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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.


DAILY PLANNING

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 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 to Murchinson Falls 
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 Lesser Jacana, Rufous-bellied Heron, White-backed Duck, Saddle-billed Stork, African Marsh Harrier, Pygmy Goose... After enjoying Mabamba we will drive to Murchinson Falls crossing some vast savannah & swamp areas dotted with acacia and shrubs, as we game drive in for view of Zebras, Topis and African Buffaloes. White-crested Turaco, Hartlaubs Marsh Widowbird and Purple Starting are probable sightings in the transfer. Once in Murchinson Falls we will look for some top targets including Heuglin's Francolin, Rock Pratincole, Water Thick-knee & African Skimmer.
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Day 3. Murchinson Falls to Busingiro
We will invest the morning birdwatching in the savannah area known as Rwizi Track, combining a great list of mammals such as Giraffes, Elephants and some antelopes with really good birds including Pennant-winged Nightjar, Brown-rumped Bunting, Denhams Bustard, Namaqua Dove, Crested Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Red-winged Pytilia, Crested Francolin or Lilac-breasted Roller. Transfer to Kibale via Busingiro. 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. 
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Day 4. Royale Mile - Kibale National Park
This morning we will enjoy birding in the noted Royal Mile. This is a wonderful patch of forest that has become famous due to the huge variety of birds living on it. Nahan's Francolin, Rufous-crowed Eremomela, Ituri Batis, Dwarf Kingfisher, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Spotted Greenbul, Cabanis Bunting and other goodies will appear as we approach the heart of the forest.
 
Day 5. Kibale
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 NP, in a impressive rainforest. If lucky, we will have unforgettable views in this Apes! We will spend the whole day in this amazing location, exploring some spots where we expect to have Great Blue Turaco, Akun Eagle Owl, Joyful Greenful, Red-headed Bluebill, Brown Woodpecker, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Afep Pigeon, Marsh Tchagra, Red-chested Owlet, Oliver Long-tailed Cuckoo, and the superb Black Bee-eater as we bird out towards the edge of the forest.
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Day 6. Nkuruba Craters  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, Joyful Greenbul, Giant Kingfisher, Ashy Flycatcher 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 7. Queen Elizabeth NP to Maramagambo Jacana Trail, 
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, White-tailed Lark, Papyrus Gonolek, Zebra Waxbill, Siffling Cisticola 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 8. 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 9. 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, Dusky Twinspot, White-headed Barbet, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Chubb's Cisticola, Petit's Cuckoshrike, Mackinnon's Shrike, Grey Apalis, 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 10. 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, Side-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Oberlander's Ground Thrush, White-browed Crombec, White-headed Hoopoe, Tullberg's Woodpecker, Dusky Crimsonwing, 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 11. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to Mburo Lake,
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, Papyrus Canary, Lanner Falcon, African Hobby, Lizzard Buzzard and White-napped Raven. Other species that we will look during the day includes Crested Barbet, Brown-chested Lapwing, Tropical Boubou, Chubb's Cisticola & Swamp Nightjar.
 
Day 12. Mburo Lake,
A full day to enjoy the wonderful birdlife in Mburo Lake. Along the morning we will look for White-winged Swamp Warbler, Red-headed Weaver, Black-faced Waxbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Tabora Cisticola, Palm-nut Vulture & Lesser Jacana. In the afterrnoon 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 along with a vast number of storks, herons and pelicans. Here there is also good chances to spotting a Zebras, Waterbucks, Hippos but also Leopards as they often come to drink water in the river!ç
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Day 13. Transfer to Entebbe - Flight back,
Early morning birding in Lake Mburofter to grap some species before our final transfer to Entebbe/Kampala International Airport.
This is a bit open day planning that can be used to enjoy Entebbe Botanical Gardens or to search some key species missing at the beggining of the tour (Shoebill Stork...), and to do some addings to our list including Bat Hawk, Orange & Golden-backed Weavers or Green Hylia before heading to the airport for an evening flight back to Europe. A great end for a wonderful tour!
 
                             

tour info

Price per person:

    4870€*

single room surcharge:
500€
deposit:
1200€

 

 10th to 22nd January, 2020            

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Tour lenght: 13 days, 12 nights

Departing / Arrival city: Kampala

Walking effort: Easy out of the walk for the Gorillas, which can be hard

Tour leader & Birding guide: Carles Oliver

* price in double room

itinerary

Day 1. Arrival to Uganda
Day 2. Mabamba Swamps & Murchinson Falls
Day 3. Murchinson Falls to Busingiro
Day 4. Royal Mile to Kibale
Day 5. Semukili National Park
Day 6. Nkuruba Craters to Queen Elizabeth NP
Day 7. Queen Elizabeth NP - Maramgambo Jacana Trail
Day 8. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 9. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Day 10. Mubwindi Swamp
Day 11. Bwindi Forest to Mburo Lake
Day 12. Mburo Lake
Day 13. Entebbe Botanical Gardens - Evening flight