COME TRAVEL WITH MIRAMA HILLS SAFARI
Duration: 11 Days Safari
Info:Let us show you the Power of nature during this 11 days Birding Uganda safari, including all the big highlights. You’re given the chance to experience a various bird species and animals of the savanna and the primates in the forests with Chimps trekking as well as game-drives and boat-cruises mixed with culture and scenic nature.
• Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
• Murchison Falls National Park
• Budongo Forest
• Semuliki National Park
• Kirumia River Trails
• Sempaya Hot Springs
• Kibale Forest National Park
PRICES from 3,765 USD INCLUDE:
• Chimps Permits
• English speaking Guide
• 4 wheel Drive Safari Vehicle
• Ranger guide during game drives
• Ranger for trekking
• Boat Trips
• Bottled Water
• English speaking Guide
• Park Entrance Fees
• All Activities mentioned apart from the extra/optional ones.
PRICES from 3,765 USD EXCLUDE:
• International flights
• Visas charges
• Laundry services
• Alcohol drinks
DAY 1: ARRIVAL AT ENTEBBE AIRPORT
At Entebbe Airport you meet your safari guide who takes you to the hotel in Entebbe to relax and be ready to set off for the 5 days Birding Uganda safari the next morning.
Overnight Green Valley Hotel, Ggaba.
DAY 2: BIRDING BY ZIWA RHINO SANCTUARY.
We have a very early start as your guide picks you in Kampala for the Murchison Falls birding safari. Just out of Kampala your guide will point out to the road side raptors, and scanning the vast open bushland for some cuckoos, and marshes for some storks. We go birding in Ziwa Rhino sanctuary or Rhino trekking. Pygmy kingfisher, African green pigeons, Purple starlings,brown babblers, greater blue and lesser blue eared starlings plus a host of sunbirds with the Marico sunbird are residents here. In the evening transfer to Masindi for a night as we try to Grip on the African Scops owl a mega tick!
Overnight in Masindi hotel
DAY 3: BIRDING IN THE ROYAL MILE & BOAT- MURCHISON FALLS NP.
After breakfast early transfer to a great birding area, the Royal mile, for the remarkable forest birds Dwarf kingfisher, Chocolate backed kingfisher, chestnut- capped flycatcher and Jameson’s wattle eye are among the top birds in this habitat extension of the Guinea- Congo forest with the knowledgeable patch guides we have in this top birding forest in Uganda. After this we shall continu our Murchison Falls birding safari and leave the forest with a great knowledge and a convincing checklist in terms of forest birds. We advance into the Park through ( Kanio Pabidi tropical forest) in the afternoon a super highlight in the 2-5pm 3hours Boat ride to the base of Murchison Falls where you get to see the Hippos! Nile crocodiles, elephants and a variety of beautiful bird species along the banks the chance to tick off the Rock pranticole is our main aim as we approach the base of the falls.
Overnight in Hornbill Bush Lodge
DAY 4: GAME-DRIVE, BIRDING BY THE NILE BANKS & TOP OF THE FALLS.
In the morning we continue our Murchison Falls birding safari. On to the Game drive Nile river Bank to the broad savanna for the most likelihood seeing Big cats hunting, Elephants, Giraffes, Buffaloes, plus more as the checklist of mammals reaches 76 we continue browsing the Drive circuits to the Delta point for a cocktail of birds. The Great Shoe bill stork, and if between Feb and March the Elusive Egyptian plover its Spur winged geese, Denham’s bustard, among the over 450 species recorded in this area and – Visit the top of the falls, after we make a transfer to Budongo forest.
Overnight in Budongo Eco Lodge
DAY 5: FOREST BIRDING AT BUDONGO
Head into the forest with an informative guide, for a smooth birding walk in the forest for the top residents which are most sought after birds in Uganda. The African broad bill, blue throated roller, Puvels illadopsis, Nahans francolin, Yellow billed barbet plus a lot of birds hosted by the Oldest trees in this great habitat concentrated with Figs and mahogany trees providing insects for Crombecs, Long bills, spine tails, and forest guinea fowls with this morning tour we will get to tick off as many forest species as possible to make a great combination with our two days with savanna and urban birds. Transfer to Kampala after this after a great Murchison Falls birding safari.
Get a great taste of the birding paradise of Uganda during this Murchison Falls birding safari. Explore habitats of forest, river and savanna in just a few days getting the most out of your time. Be guided by a specialized birding guide and hopefully ticking of some of the top birds in the area.
For birding in Uganda it is important to accommodate enough time to do birding in some of the over 30 IBA’s important birding areas, recognized By BirdLife international, Nature Uganda and IUCN. With this in mind the itinerary should not be too full to get an enjoyable bird-watching safari with our field and patch guides. If you have a shorter time it is better to focus on a few birding destinations in Uganda and with more time a full north to south of Uganda birding safari gives a chance to improve your checklist greatly. Based on your time constraints and hit-list or wish list we can help you recommend what is possible and put together an itinerary for your Uganda birding safari.
Since Uganda is a destination rich in birds we have many areas that are exciting with small areas that can get you to tick off 50- 85 species in 2-3 hours with basic field crafts. Starting from Entebbe airport, we already have a good birding location, the Entebbe Botanical gardens with over 4 habitats – Water, marshes, forest, cultivated gardens, transitional etc attracting master craftmen the weavers like the orange weaver, golden backed weaver, orange tufted sunbirds with other species in the family, the bat hawk, african emerald cuckoos etc. Continuing on northwards from Kampala en-route Mabira Forest for the white headed wood hoopoes, narina trogon, is worthwhile on the way towards the east with Ugandas’ only endemic the fox’s weaver ploceus spekeoides in the lake bisina swamp grasslands as we bird towards Kidepo Valley National Park. Kidepo is in the far northeast of Uganda and here habitats that identify with neighboring Tanzania and Kenya are found with resident and palearctic migrants of the dry bushlands foraging in numbers! with a fine number of raptors like Eagle hawks, fox and greater kestrels with the highlight of a trip there not to dip on the Karamoja apalis apalis karamojae and the rufous chatterer turdoides rubiginosa.. Crossing the country over to the west side to Murchison Falls National Park, eastern paradise whydah, cut-throat finch, red – winged pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera, black bellied firefinch lagonosticta rara rare LBJ’s fancied for most avian photographers to digscope.
We have Uganda’s lowest point, the Nile delta, that can be visited during a birding safari in Uganda. Here there are hopes of seeing the elusive Egyptian plover pluvianus aegyptius if the Nile banks float to some levels mainly between Feb and April, a lot of fish here attracts numbers of intra-african migrants like the African skimmers, herons, snipes and Shoebill storks. In the area we also have Budongo Forest where the famous “Royal mile” is found with the Impressive chocolate backed , Dwarf Kingfisher and chestnut – capped flycatcher, Puvels illadopsis and the birders favorites Jameson’s wattle-eye Dyaphorophyia jamesoni and hopping for the African broadbill Smithornis capensis display during the forest birding. Continuing on at the border to the Democtratic Republic of Congo Semuliki National Park is found with over 30 bird species here not found elsewhere in Uganda, it contains low land tropical rain forest and birds of the Congo basin can be spotted here during your Uganda birding safari.
To the southwest Kibale Forest National Park is found, with forest resident birds and on crater rims canopy lovers can be seen like the Crowned eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus, Green breasted pitta Pitta reichenowi. Further on to the south there is Queen Elizabeth National Park where wetland and terrestrial savanna birds have boosted the greatest density of birds with 610 resident and migrants seen with more birds than Serengeti, a seven times bigger area! Your Uganda birding safari can continue here in Queen Elizabeth National Park where we find the Ramsar site on lake George and the boat cruise on Kazinga channel that gives a great bird-watching opportunity. In the far south of Uganda we have Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with birds inhabiting heights between 1400m- 2700m and a range of Albertine rift valley endemics. Here we also find Echuya forest and the highest lake sitting on 1850m, many rare species can be spotted along the trails here making them boggy.
Leaving the south Lake Mburo National Park is found along the way leading back to Kampala / Entebbe. This park is dominated by acacia and rock kopjes will lead us to the Ramsar site where we always promise over 70% of seeing the rare African Finfoot Podica senegalensis, Red faced barbet Lybius rubrifacies and Tabora cisticola Cisticola angusticaudus. Close to Entebbe we have the Mabamba bay swamps with chance of seeing the Pygmy Goose Nettapus auritus and the Great Shoebill stork balaeniceps rex as well as that Weyns’s Weaver ploceus weynsi are sought after here with positive ticks. With locations like these there is no problem to plan an intriguing birding safari to Uganda in company of our birding guides.
WHAT TO THINK ABOUT FOR BIRDING IN UGANDA
• Bring binoculars
• For those great pictures a camera with good zoom or telephoto lens is needed
• Hiking boots are preferable for forest bird-watching
• Take along rain-gear as well as long-sleeved pants and shirt
• If you have a special interest be sure to inform us already at the planning stage so the itinerary can be made with it in mind
COME TRAVEL WITH MIRAMA HILLS SAFARI