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.
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.
Mabamba Wetland Birding Transfer to the Mburo National Park (Lake Mburo) After an early breakfast, visit the neighboring Mabamba Wetlands on Lake Victoria’s shoreline. An large papyrus swamp with its labyrinth of canals and lagoons, recognized 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.
Mubwindi Swamp Birding We spent 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.
Tracking gorillas On this day, we left 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.
Birding in Queen, followed by a boat excursion along the Kazinga Canal 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.
Game drive in the morning and transport to Kibale National Park You’ll go on a morning game drive and then an afternoon game drive today. We’ll take you 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.
Kibale National Park Birding We will drive to Kibale Forest after breakfast and arrive in Fort Portal in the late afternoon. 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. It’s about a 3-hour trip from Fort Portal in Uganda’s western area.
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 a few to many 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.
Transfer to Semuliki National Park, which includes wildlife tracking, hiking, and bird watching.
We will visit Semuliki National Park on this day. In the Rainforest, 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, and the journey takes around 3 hours.
Hiking, scenic drives, and photo safaris are among the activities available on Day 11 in Semliki National Park. 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 from Murchison Falls National Park in Amuru, Uganda’s northern area.
Explore the Park: Sempaya Hot Springs and a Visit to a Waterfall After a fantastic breakfast, head out to the Sempaya hot springs, which are one of Semuliki’s most popular attractions. There is a geyser at these springs that shoots up from an 8-meter hole, and the water is quite hot. The most intriguing aspect of the springs is that they can be used to cook matooke and eggs and be ready to eat in just a few minutes. In reality, this is Uganda’s largest hot spring.
Still, along the walk leading to the hot springs, you may expect to encounter a variety of birds, including the Blue-breasted Kingfisher, as well as primates like red-tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys. Later, travel to Mungilo Falls, where you will have the opportunity to witness a variety of lovely species, making it an ideal time for birders. Chimpanzees can also be seen/tracked in this park, although they can only be seen/tracked in the morning or evening because they tend to hide during the day.
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 from Murchison Falls National Park in Amuru, Uganda’s northern area.
Morning game drive and Victoria Nile boat cruise Bird photography, boat cruises, scenic drives, and bird viewing are among the activities available. A three-hour boat voyage 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. Return later for a second boat ride. It takes roughly 4 hours to complete. The Delta, where the Victoria Nile joins Lake Albert, is also a rewarding journey with a variety of animals and birds. Murchison Falls Amuru is located in Uganda’s northern region.
Transfer to the zziwa rhino sanctuary. Among the activities are: scenic animal tracking En way to Kampala, see 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. The zziwa rhino is located in Buruli, Uganda’s central region, and it takes around 7 hours to get there.
Return to Kampala via Entebbe.
Activities include a scenic drive End of tour and enjoy your transfer to Entebbe International Airport. Depending on your flight time you can take a tour of Kampala attractions. And it will be a 2 hours’ drive to the airport.