The inconceivable Shoebill is among Uganda’s most notorious bird species and this eight-day experience offers many locating encounters of this abnormal and great bird. Obviously, we will discover numerous other species around the wetland and waterway Nile natural surroundings of the shoebill and we will likewise experience many forest species in one the world’s driving forest birding goals in Budongo Forest. You’ll additionally find the opportunity of recognizing the “Huge 5” safari game creatures. A basic trip for birders all things considered.
You will be met at the airport by your guide and transferred to your guesthouse for the evening. Contingent upon your flight arrival time you will have your first birding opportunity directly here at Via as its gardens and neighbouring wetlands are home to more than 100 types of birds.
Rhino tracking and night/late evening birding
After breakfast overlooking the wetland, we will travel north through the farmlands and swamps of focal Uganda, arriving at your lodge set in Acacia forest in time for lunch. You’ll have a couple of hours to explore around the lodge or relax in its pool. In the late evening, as the warmth of the day starts to disperse, you will go for your rhino trek. You’ll go through around 2 hours walking to and viewing the rhinos. Albeit protected every minute of every day, the rhinos live as wild and this is a remarkable opportunity to invest some energy with these giants while supporting their reintroduction to the wild in Uganda. After your rhino trek, you will go on a nightfall birding walk. With more than 300 types of forest, savannah and wetland species on the sanctuary, you make certain to be fulfilled. Supper will be served in the quiet environs of the lodge.
Shoebills and other birds
An early start to the day as we head out into the sanctuary’s wetlands by walking and by kayak looking for the shoebill. The odds of sightings here are generally excellent and we hope to have the option to invest some quality energy viewing these unimaginable birds. After time to rest up and spruce up, you will be guided again around the sanctuary’s changed natural surroundings looking for birds. Late toward the evening, you will transfer to Masindi and your hotel for the evening.
Birding The Royal Mile
Off early through the sugarcane fields to the renowned “Illustrious Mile” where our master guides will assist you with looking out hornbills, kingfishers, rollers, woodpeckers, barbets, spinetails, sunbirds and a whole lot more. We’ll then proceed with the panoramic detour near Lake Albert to your lodge in time for lunch. You will have the alternative of a guided birding walk around the lodges grounds or potentially a short night birding/game drive in the park. On the banks of the Nile, arranged in forest yet neighboring farmland, your lodge is home to a considerable number bird animal varieties including flycatchers, weavers, sunbirds, kingfishers, kestrels, owls, hornbills and the sky is the limit from there.
Shoebills on the Nile
Your booked boat will gather you from the front of the lodge soon after first light and you will go to the “delta” of the stream looking for shoebill. Albeit harder to discover here given the wide field they have, there is as yet a decent possibility of seeing them and obviously significantly more en route. You will come back to your lodge for lunch and have the evening to explore the area or once more, go on a short night game drive.
Game Drive and Murchison Falls
An early wake-up and full breakfast before going to Paraa to cross the Nile for our morning game drive looking for lion, panther, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hyena, hartebeest and that’s only the tip of the iceberg. We will go through around 4 hours driving around the moving savannah, riverine forest and marshland of the northern area of Murchison Falls NP before coming back to Paraa. After lunch, back at your lodge, we’ll take the planned cruise to Murchison Falls with rich waterbirds on view and afterwards walk to the top of the falls where your driver will be sitting tight for you to take you on to your lodge for supper.
At daybreak, you’ll head out on a three hour guided walking birding safari with your two guides. Again you will get the opportunity to see different forest species just as different primate species and perhaps even chimpanzees, in spite of the fact that this isn’t the aim. This is likewise an incredible site to discover endemic Puvell’s Iladopsis. After lunch, we will head back south to Entebbe.
One last attack into the wetlands looking for Shoebill by kayak. Mbamba Swamp is one of the absolute best destinations for Shoebills so in the event that you’ve had no karma so far on the trip, this is a marvellous opportunity. After lunch, back at your guesthouse, we will transfer you to Entebbe airport for an evening or night flight.