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Birding Tours Vall de l'Ebre (hivern)

Uganda, the heart of Africa

Uganda, the most Western of the Eastern African countries, is a green and fertile land of high plateaus, luxuriants forests, papyrus-fringed lakes and great swamps where the scarce Shoebill can be seen. It is also a country of contrasts, where you can enjoy the open savannahs of the Kenian-Ethiopian plains but also where the source of the White Nile id to be found, with the majestic Lake Victoria. In the South of the country, the Congolese rainforest penetrates into Uganda, with a huge variety of birds and good chances for both Chimpanzees and Gorillas.


PLÀNING DIARI

Day 1, 10th Jan, 2020 - Arrival to Uganda
Evening arrival to Kampala, where we will meet our local guide and drivers. Transfer to our Hotel for an overnight in a lovely guesthouse by the Lake Victoria shore. If having time this first day, we will some birding in Entebbe botanical garden where we will have a first contact with birding in Uganda and will have a first contact with Orange Weaver, Golden-backed Weaver, Superb Sunbird, Green Hylia, and chances for Bat Hawk among many others. If time of arrival to Kampala is really late we may better drive directly to our first spot, to catch better chances for Shoebill Stork, among others.

Day 2. Mabamba Swamp & Lake Mburo 
In the morning we will transffer to Mabamba Swamp in search for the prehistoric looking Shoebill Stork. This is one of the most sought-after birds in Eastern Africa. Here we also find some aquatic birds including Saddle-billed Stork, African Marsh Harrier, Pygmy Goose. After enjoying Mabamba we will drive to Lake Mburo crossing some vast savannah dotted with acacia and shrubs, as we game drive in for view of Zebras, Topis and African Buffaloes. In the afternoon we will have a boat-cruise looking for the shy African Finfoot. Here we will also look for the skulky Papyrus Gonolek, African Openbill, Purple-banded Sunbird, Violet-backed Starling and Holub's Golden Weaver to name a few.
Day 3. Rwizi Track
We will invest the morning birdwatching in the savannah area known as Rwizi Track, where we will look for specialities such as Crested Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Tabora Cisticola, Crested Francolin or Lilac-breasted Roller. Transfer to Kibale. In the afternoon we will enjoy the Kibale Forest, where we will enjoy the a good variety of goodies including the endemic Great Blue Turaco but also Black-and-White Casquest Hornbill, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Ituri Batis and many more. 
Day 4. Kibale National Park
Early start with a clear first goal, the wonderful Green-breasted Pitta. After enjoying this incredible bird we will go for a Chimpanzee trekking inside Kibale N.P, in a impressive rain forest rich in birds. If lucky, we will have unforgettable views in this Apes! We will spend the whole day in this impressive location, exploring some spots where expecting to have Great Blue Turaco, Joyful Greenbul, Red-headed Bluebill, Brown Illadopsis, Brown-chested Alethe, Black-chinned Quail-finch, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Elliot's Woodpecker, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Red-chested Owlet, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, and the superb Black Bee-eater as we bird out towards the edge of the forest. 
 
Day 5. Semukili National Park- transfer 
In the morning we will transfer to Semukili NP, investing most of the day in this protected area of rain forest exploring spots depending on what species we got the previous day. Still Semukili is worth visiting the for the rare Nkulengu Rail, trying also for Spot-breasted Ibis, Afep Pigeon, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Orange-chekeed Waxbill, Stunning Bishop, Marsh Tchagra and, if lucky, White-spotted Flufftail. Before bed, we will also look for some Owls around our accommodation, with chances for African Wood and Verreaux's Eagle Owls.
 
Day 6.  Semuliki National Park
Full day exploring this magical place in search of some of the Cogo-forest species including mithycal birds such as Akun Eagle Owl, Blue-billed Malimbe, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Maxwell's Black Weaver, Congo Serpent Eagle, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, African Dwarf Kingfisher, the rare Capuchin Babbler. Both Red-thighed & Long-tailed Hawks are two mega ticks and we will hope to enjoy both along with the small African Piculet. Yellow-throated & Western Nectar Bats are showing in the area and located many times thanks to their liquid super call!
 
Day 7. Transfer out to Queen Elizabeth National Park,
Transfer day to the famous Queen Elizabeth National Park through the crater area with an important evening target; the boat cruise and Nightjars. During the transfer we will look for Sabine's Spinetails, Cassin's Honeyguide, different species of Greenbuls, Giant Kingfisher and Ross’s Turaco as we cross different environs of the forest. During the drive further South we will enjoy the impressive Rwenzori Ranges, a wonderful volcano area! Once arrived to our cottage, we will enjoy a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel, where will enjoy Swamp & Montane Nightjars. 
 
Day 8. Queen Elizabeth NP, Ishasha sector,
Target through Ishasha for the savannah birds, lookng for the massive Lappet-faced vulture but also for Bateleur, Rüppell's Griffon, Black-breasted Snake Eagle, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Martial Eagle, Flapped & White-tailed Larks, Namaqua Dove, Levaillant's Cuckoo, Rock Pratincole and several more. Mammals here may include African Bush Elephant, Lion, Impala and, if lucky, Leopard or Caracal. We will also check on the rare Cassin’s Flycatcher on River Ishasha.
 
Day 9. Bwindi Forest to Gorilla mist camp,
Before starting our way to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest we will enjoy a morning walk around in the forest can produce Swee Waxill, Mountain Wagtail, Green-headed Sunbird, Tropical Boubou, Brown Babbler, White-winged Black Tit, Chin-spot Batis, Brown Illadopsis, Black-billed Weave to name a few plus a stop over at the neck for trying out the rare Cassin's Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, and try the very shy Shinning Blue Kingfisher. In the moist tropical montane forest we will also have a chance for Neumann's Warbler, a member of the Uganda top ten, Willard’s Sooty Boubou, Oriole Finch, Red-faced Cisticola, Chapin's Flycatcher, Bar-tailed Trogon and the very shy Ground Thrushes. Bwindi as we prepare for the Highland swamp. Overnight in Gorilla mist camp
 
Day 10. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, 
Very early morning start as we will walk up the slopes of this impressive African tropical forest. The Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest can allow awesome encounteers with this huge Apes. Please remember to follow all indications of our guides and the guards joining us. This is for both our safety and the safety of the Gorillas. In the afternoon we will walk down as keep looking for more birds including Dusky Crimsonwings, Black-billed Weaver, African Broadbill, White-headed Barbet, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Chubb's Cisticola, Petit's Cuckoshrike, Mackinnon's Shrike, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, African Hill Babbler, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater or Grauer's Warbler are all good possibilities to name just a few along with several species of Monkeys.

Day 11. Mubwindi Swamp (Bwindi Impenetrable Forest NP),
We will spend most of the day exploring the famous Mubwindi Swamp having as a main goal to grip on to some of the Albertine Rift endemics. The hike could get you to a point of over 2650 meters above sea level with the Mist where the Gorillas leave in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Here we will enjoy flocks of Stuhlmann's Starlings with their aerial displays we will be searching for African Grauer's Broadbill, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Fraser's Eagle Owl, Black-billed Turaco, Rwenzori Batis, Oberlander's Ground Thrush, White-browed Crombec, Tullberg's Woodpecker, Dusky Crimsonwing and Blue-headed Sunbird and many more. This Impenetrable Forest is full of flora and fauna, birds, and the list of mammals includes Little Bohms Squirrel, Giant Forest Hogs, African Forest Elephants, Sitatungas, Blue Duiker. Dinner and overnight Broadbill Forest Camp. 
 
Day 12. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Royal Mile,
After some birding morning in the forest to add some species to our growing list we will do the short transfer to the bamboo zone of Lake Bunyonyi. As we head out we will enjoy some road-side raptors like the Common kestrel, Lanner Falcon, African Hobby, Lizzard Buzzard and White-napped Raven. Once in the lake we will surprise by the beauty of this area, called the Switzerland of Africa, and the several species living on it. Here we will search for different species of Weavers and Canaries but also Tropical Boubou, Chubb's Cisticola, . Dinner and overnight Bunyonyi Eco resort.
 
Day 13. Royal Mile to Entebe International Airport (Kampala),
In the morning we will explore the Nyombe Swamp where we will look for Lesser Jacana, African Swamphens, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Palm-nut Vulture, Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eater, African Skimmer and Blue-headed Couckal among several more. From here we will do the final transfer to Kigali for an overnight in the city after the crossing the border into Rwanda. The border cross is easy due to the multiple cooperation agreements settle between both countries.
Day 14. Flight back,
This is day we will take our flight back. Some birding can still be done in out hotel grounds as long as timing allows.