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15 Day Birding Primates Safari Uganda


In Uganda, visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, to encounter one of the world’s most endangered species, the mountain gorilla-the gentle giants. It is home to half of the world’s gorillas, with 440 out of 880 being found there. Hike through Uganda’s tropical forests with professional guides to see Uganda’s birdlife and chimps. Enjoy your trek to the heartland of the Zebra and Impala; keep an eye out for tree climbing lion sightings.


Day 1: The first day of your trip begins with your arrival in Uganda.

    Meet our safaris team at the Entebbe international airport. The guide will drive you to your hotel based on your arrival time and fitness level, and you can rest or visit the adjacent Entebbe botanical gardens, which is a great place to start birding right away.

Day 2 : Mabamba Wetland Birding Transfer to the Mburo National Park (Lake Mburo).

    After an early breakfast, visit the neighbouring Mabamba Wetlands on Lake Victoria’s shoreline. A large papyrus swamp with its labyrinth of canals and lagoons, recognised as an Important Bird Area, and home to numerous pairs of Shoebills, Uganda’s most famous avian resident, this is one of the few remaining wetlands in the country preserved by local communities. In the afternoon, travel west to Mburo Lake, our first of many national parks. This park offers a variety of habitats, ranging from open Acacia trees to a number of papyrus-lined lakes and swamps. We’ll have the afternoon and the next day to cover several different habitats, and it’s located in the mamba swamp in Busiro’s central region, and it’ll take around 7 hours.

Day 3 : Birding in the morning, including a boat tour, followed by a journey to Bwindi Forest.

    Our time will be spent between birding in vast region of wetland and the lake, some forested areas, and open country with abundant mammals in Lake Mburo National Park. The park has been home to more than 300 different bird species, demonstrating the land’s rich diversity. Coqui Francolin, Red-necked Spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, and African Wattled Lapwing can all be seen in the more open acacia grassland, notably along the Zebra Track. We then travel south to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In Bwindi Forest, birding along the road is generally fruitful. Sharpes Starling, Cinnamon Chested Bee-eater, Mountain Buzzard, Mountain Oriole, Olive Woodpecker, Handsome Francolin, Mountain Masked Apalis, Chestnut Throated Apalis, Olive Pigeon, and Black Saw-wing are some of the birds to keep an eye out for. The location is Lake Mburo National Park in the Nyabushozi Western Region of Uganda, with a journey time of approximately 6 hours.

Day 4 : Mubwindi Swamp Birding.

    We spend the entire day today either trekking down to the Mubwindi Swamp on the Mubwindi Trail or exploring the Bamboo area and the community trail. The 4km route to Mubwindi Swamp is the finest spot to see some of the Albertine Rift’s most difficult-to-find endemics, such as Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill, Regal Sunbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, and Ruwenzori Apalis live in Mubwindi Swamp, which is located near Mubwindi Swamp viewpoint in Uganda’s western area.

Day 5 : Tracking gorillas.

    On this day, we leave early with a packed lunch for a briefing at the park headquarters before going gorilla tracking. This is the most thrilling experience of a lifetime. The gorillas are lovely creatures, and photographing them while they interact is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. It’s a magical experience to gaze into the eyes of these gentle giants and watch them play and go about their daily routines in awe. It is indeed a “once in a lifetime” event that you must not miss in Uganda’s western area, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Day 6 : Birding in Queen, followed by a boat excursion along the Kazinga Channel in the evening.

    After breakfast, we’ll get up early and go to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Our route to the park will be dictated by road conditions, and will either take us through the Ishasha sector, which is famous for its climbing lions, or through the stunning scenery of the Rukungiri region. The park is the second largest in Uganda and ranks first in terms of total variety, with over 600 bird species identified. It was named after Queen Elizabeth, who visited it in 1954. Travel time is approximately 4 hours, and it is located in Uganda’s western area, in Queen Elizabeth National Park.We’ll have lunch at our arrival to the hotel and later go on a boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel to view a variety of animals.

Day 7 : Game drive in the morning and transport to Kibale National Park.

    You’ll go on a morning game drive in the park and then later in the afternoon be driven to Kibale National Park for an evening birding tour of some of the species present in the Kibale Bigodi Swamp Walk. Chimpanzee guest house for dinner and the night Kibale is home to one of Uganda’s most beautiful and diverse tropical forest tracts. It is home to 13 different primates, including the chimp. It is home to 1450 chimps, making it Uganda’s largest population of this endangered species.

Day 8 : Kibale National Park Birding.

    The best safari site in East Africa for chimpanzee tracking is Kibale Forest National Park. It comprises one of Uganda’s most beautiful and diverse tropical forest tracts. It is home to 13 different primates, including the chimp. It is home to 1450 chimps, making it Uganda’s largest population of this endangered species. It also has the largest population of the endangered red colobus monkey in East Africa, as well as the rare L’hoest’s monkey. The black and white colobus, blue monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, red-tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby, and pottos are some of the other primates you might observe.

Day 9 : More chimp tracking and a Bigodi swamp hike.

    We proceed to the Kibale National Park visitor’s center for a briefing and chimp tracking after an early breakfast. The action could last anywhere from one to seven hours. The Ugandan woodland of Kibale is home to 13 primates. Birding along the main road in the afternoon could be fruitful. Birding in a Bigodi wetland can potentially provide riverine woodland birds, depending on the weather forecast. Kibale National Park is home to a number of uncommon species, including the Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis’s Greenbul, and Joyful Greenbul.

Day 10 : Transfer to Semuliki National Park, wildlife tracking, hiking, and bird watching.

    We will visit Semuliki National Park on this day. Lying on an area of 220 sq km, found Bwamba County in Western Uganda in Bundibugyo district just near Fortpotal town. The park harbors an extension of Congo’s Ituri rainforest. It is home to around 52 species of mammals, 300 recorded tree species, 374 butterfly species, and over 400 bird species hence among the best birding spots in Uganda and that is why it is called the True birders haven. During the safari different animal species will be seen such as Hyenas, white tailed and the slender mongoose, buffaloes, leopards, elephants, vervet monkeys, cats among others. Activities to be done will include; Game drives (including the night game drives), chimpanzee trekking, and bird watching among others.In the Rainforest we’ll go chimpanzee tracking. Due to the fact that these playful primates vanish in the middle of the day, this is done in the morning or evening. Semuliki is home to around 250 different bird species that sing throughout the forest. After that, embark on a game drive to see the park’s wildlife and birds. The location is at Semuliki National Park in Bundibugyo, Uganda a journey that takes around 3 hours.

Day 11 : Explore the Park: Sempaya Hot Springs and a Visit to a Waterfall.

    After your delicious breakfast, set out and visit the Sempaya hot springs which are the most attention-grabbing attractions in Semuliki. These springs have a geyser that shoots up from the 8 meters hole, and the water is at a high temperature. The most interesting part about the springs is that one can boil matooke and eggs in the springs and the can get ready for eating n a few minutes. In fact this is the largest hot spring in Uganda.Still along the trail where the hot springs are located you will be in line to see a number of birds such as the Blue breasted Kingfisher and various primates such as the red tailed monkeys, and the grey cheeked mangabey. Later proceed, to Mungilo waterfall where you will have an opportunity of seeing a number of beautiful birds and it will be a great time for a birder. There is also an opportunity of seeing/trekking chimpanzees but in this park they can be trekked either in the morning or evening because during the day they tend to hide. Later, head back to the lodge and have lunch, unwind around the pool. Diner and Overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge /Ntoroko Game Lodge/ Bumaga Cottage Meal Plan; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.

Day 12 : Hiking, scenic drives in Semliki National Park.

    We start our day after breakfast with a game drive. Your expectations should be high as you will have a great time when you meet different animals including leopards, big cats, buffaloes, antelopes, elephants, and lions among others. Also crocodiles and Hippos will be seen along River Semliki. Later we’ll have head back for lunch and rest for our transfer to Murchison Falls National Park the next day.

Day 13 : Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park.

    Hiking, scenic drives, and photo safaris are among the activities available. After entering the park, head to Murchison Falls to observe the falls make their way down the small gorge, forming a rainbow. It’s about a 7-hour trip to Murchison Falls National Park.

Day 14 : Morning game drive and Victoria Nile boat cruise.

    Bird photography, boat cruises, scenic drives, and bird viewing are among the activities available during your morning game drive. A three-hour boat voyage in the afternoon will take you to the base of Murchison Falls. Hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, and Hartebeests can all be seen. Love birds, African Fish Eagles, Pied Kingfishers, and the elusive Shoebill are among the notable birds spotted along the Nile. The Delta, where the Victoria Nile joins Lake Albert, is also a rewarding journey with a variety of animals and birds.

Day 15 : Transfer to the Zziwa rhino sanctuary.

    Among the activities are scenic animal tracking enroute to Kampala via the Rhino Sanctuary. In the afternoon, rhino tracking will be enjoyed. You will be guided to the tracking activity by the resident rangers. Get close to them, but keep a safe gap between you and them. Seeing them up close is a once-in-a-lifetime event. The tracking process takes about 1-2 hours. Proceed to Kampala city after tracking.

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