7 Days Birding Safari

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Day 1, Birding at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre
Have an early morning breakfast and then go birding to The Uganda Wildlife Education center (UWEC) which is formerly known as the Entebbe Zoo. The Zoo has over 170 species of birds such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed, African paradise, Baglafect  Northern Brown Throated, Grosbeak, Black Necked and many others like flycatchers, Red bellied, Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, and many others. You will also encounter Raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, Shikra, African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby and many more species including captive animals. Proceed to Botanical gardens for another birding experience. Return for Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel in Kampala

Day 2, Birding along the Heritage Trail
Have an early morning breakfast and transfer to the Heritage trail .look out for bird species like short Toed Snake Eagle, Brown Crowned Tchargra, Mssustached Warbler, Violet backed Starlings, Black Cuckoo Shrike, Red Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Yellow bill, Brown Twin spot, Great sparrow hawk, Southern Banded Snake Eagle and many more. Proceed to Lutembe Beach for lunch. Take a boat ride in search for the thousands of Grey Headed Gulls, the papyrus Canary, White Winged black Terns, Papyrus Gonolek, and continue birding the evening. Return to Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel.

Day 3, Mabamba swamp Birding Tour.
After breakfast at your hotel, depart for Mabamba Wetland which is around 50 km west of Kampala. This wetland is a newly discovered home for the most bird species, like the rare Shoebill stork. Here Bird watching is done on canoes in marsh channels and this may give you a chance to see birds like, Yellow Backed Weaver, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, Papyrus Gonolek, African Purple Swamp Hen, African Water Rail, Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, White-faced Whistling Duck, Squacco Heron, Blue Breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron and many more.  Drive back to Kampala for dinner and overnight stay at your Hotel

Day 4, Birding in Mabira Forest
Take breakfast and drive to Mabira forest for specially forest birding. Expect bird species like Yellow whiskered Greenbul, Leaf love, Toro Greenbul, Buff spotted Woodpecker, Grey spotted Woodpecker, White spotted Fluff tail, Red headed Blue Bill, Yellow spotted Barbet, Grey throated Barbet, Forest Robin, Yellow Rumped Tinker bird, Yellow Throated Tinker bird, Blue Breasted Kingfisher, African Pygmy, Shining blue, Woodland Kingfishers, Banded Wattle Eye ,Red tailed Ant Thrush, Chin spot Batis, Brown capped ,Chestnut Wattle Eye, Yellow mantled, Black Billed, Weyn’s Weavers, Violet backed Starling, Red headed Malimbe, Purple headed Starling, and many more attractive species. Have a picnic lunch and continue birding the evening. Return to Kampala for Dinner and Overnight at your Hotel.

Day 5, Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
Take breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National park. The park is situated in western Uganda and it is approximately 4 hours drive from the Kampala city centre. Have a brief stop over at the equator for water experiments and photographs. Proceed to Lake Mburo with a birding en route to the entrance of Nshara gate.  Expect the following Common Scimitar bill, species; Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Bare faced Go-Away Bird, Crested Francolin, Green Wood Hoopoe, Lilac breasted Roller, Spot-Flanked Barbet Northern Black Tit, Common Scimitar bill, Trilling Cisticola, Greater Blue Eared Starling, African Grey Hornbill, Brown Parrot may be seen. Take lunch at Rwonyo Restaurant. After lunch, embark on late afternoon game drive along the Zebra Track which may expose you to species like Coqui Francolin, Black Bellied Bustard, Temmricks Courser, African Wattled Plover, Rufous napped Rufous, Chested Swallow and Flappet Lark, etc. Look out also for evasive Leopard and other nocturnal species. Dinner and Overnight at Rwonyo/Mihingo Lodge/Mantana tented camp

Day 6, Nature Walk
Have an early morning Breakfast, and after take a nature walk encountering several species of wetland and savanna species of birds, Impalas among others. Return for lunch head for evening game drive along the Kigambira loop. Species to expect are; localized Red Faced Barbet, Red Headed lovebird, Black Collared Barbet, Green capped Eremomela and Lead colored Flycatcher. Dinner and Overnight at Rwonyo/Mihingo Lodge/Mantana tented camp

Day 7, Game Viewing, Birding, Boat ride and transfer back to Kampala
Have an early morning game drive along the Lakeside Track. Expect to see bird species like White Winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Lesser and Greater Swamp Warbler and also the elusive Shoebill, the Blue headed Coucal. Continue to the lakeside campground, as we look out for the African Darter, African Water Rail, African Fin foot, Spur winged plovers, and many others. Return midmorning for breakfast and proceed for a boat ride/cruise in search for papyrus species missed, Hippos, Crocodiles and so on. Set off for Kampala with stop over in Masaka town for Lunch. Dinner and overnight at your Hotel in Kampala

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