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14 Days Entebbe, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi, Lake Mburo, Mabira, Jinja

A birding and wildlife watching tour of Uganda’s untamed rainforests and bountiful wetland

This specialist birding tour of Uganda is ideal for those looking for wildlife watching opportunities in Africa’s best birdwatching regions. Uganda is noted for both the large number of bird species which call the country home (over a thousand) and the easy access to bird-rich habitats.

The tour starts in Entebbe and winds through the south and west of the country, exploring Uganda’s swamps, forests, highlands, savannahs, woodlands, lakes and rivers. They’ll be stop-offs in Mabamba Swamp, Kibale Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi, Lake Mburo, Mabira and Jinja.

You’ll be treated to the sights of smirking shoebills, the regal halo of the gray crowned crane (Uganda’s national bird) and the vivid feathers of the green-breasted pitta, among many others. Lake Mburo is the only place in the whole of Africa that you can easily see the aquatic African finfoot.

However, birds aren’t the only impressive creatures in this region. In Kibale, you’ll seen chimpanzees, elephants, buffalo and lions at Queen Elizabeth National Park; in Bwindi, you’ll encounter mountain gorillas; while the flat plains of Ankole feed long horned cattle.

Uganda is a bird-lovers paradise and this birdwatching and wildlife tour is perfect for amateur ornithologists and seasoned birders. Start planning your dream birding adventure by contacting our Africa travel specialists today with your requests, preferences and interests.

What’s included:

  • All entry fees and safari trips around national parks and reserves
  • Chimp and gorilla trek permits
  • Private airport transfers
  • Selected meals, as stated in the itinerary
  • Private tours and wildlife watching excursions with local guides and wildlife experts
  • Accommodation, as stated in the itinerary
  • Professional local staff with fair salaries

Call us on 0203 143 4293 to speak with our Africa Team and begin planning your private & bespoke bird watching tour in Uganda

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Your Holiday at a Glance

Day 1

Arrival in Entebbe

Day 2

Transfer to Mabamba Swamp, Kibale Forest

Day 3

Birding in Kibale Forest

Day 4

Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 5

Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6

Transfer to Bwindi National Park

Day 7

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

Day 8

Birding in Bwindi

Day 9

Transfer Lake Mburo National Park

Day 10

Game Drives & Birding around Lake Mburo

Day 11

Transfer to Mabira Forest

Day 12

Transfer to Jinja

Day 13

Departure from Uganda

Trip Itinerary

Day 1-3: Arrival & Transfer to Kibale

Day 1 - Arrival in Entebbe
Uganda's National Bird, Grey Crowned Crane

You’ll arrive at Entebbe International Airport and will be greeted by a private driver in the Arrivals Hall. Then, it’s just a quick five-minute drive to The Boma Guesthouse, where you’ll be saying, so you can start relaxing or conveniently drop your bags and head out exploring, depending on your energy levels and flight arrival time.

The Boma Guesthouse has the rustic charm of a 1940s estate, decorated in a fusion of colonial and African styles. Look out at the lush views of tropical gardens out to Lake Victoria, take a dip in the luxurious swimming pool, or enjoy a quiet game of croquet or boules!

If you’d rather head out to the town, it’s only a few minutes away and can be explored via one of the guesthouse’s rental bikes. Take a wander around the Botanical Garden and explore the rainforest surroundings for the chance to sport a colobus monkey or your first species of birds of your birdwatching trip, with a guide to help you with introductions.

Day 2 – Mabamba Swamp, Kibale Forest

From Entebbe, it’s a five-hour transfer through Uganda’s stunning countryside to the town of Fort Portal located at the foot of the Rwenzori Mountains and gateway to nearby Kibale Forest.

Between Entebbe and Kibale, you’ll stop off at the Mabamba Wetlands, where you’ll take a canoe safari through the swamp to find rare shoebills, as well as a number of others including the malachite kingfisher and blue-breasted bee-eater.

You’ll be staying at Kibale Forest Camp, situated right in the heart of Uganda’s rainforest. Your room is a luxury safari tent, equipped with en-suite bathroom, hot water and a private balcony. Refuel with a four-course dinner and spend the evening listening out for the calls of wood owls.

Day 3 – Birding in Kibale Forest

Today, you’ll explore Kibale Forest even further, as you head to central and south Kanyanchu. Look out for the colourful plumages and melodic tunes of joyful greenbuls and whinchats, but keep your eyes peeled for birds of prey, such as the western banded snake eagle and the lizard buzzard.

With the cost of a chimp trekking permit included in your tour, there’s also an opportunity to track the troops of chimpanzees that also call the upper branches of Kibale Forest home. The forest is full of primates, including colobus monkeys and red-tailed monkeys. However, these monkeys are wild, so note that your encounters could range from a faraway sighting to something close-up and personal, depending on their mood!

Day 4 - 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 4 – Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Mokoros in Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Next, you’ll transfer onto Queen Elizabeth National Park for game drives to see more of the region’s mammals and birds. This gorgeous park can be found at the base of the Rwenzori Mountains, near Lake Edward and Lake George. QENP is particularly noted for its large elephant population.

You’ll be staying at Mweya Safari Lodge, located in the heart of the park, with lovely views of the Kazinga Channel. If you need some rejuvenation, opt for a massage at the health club and spa, or sip on a cocktail by the infinity-style swimming pool.

Day 5 – Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

QENP has a plethora of wilding watching opportunities. One of the best birdwatching spots in Africa, the park and particularly the area around the Kazinga Channel, is home to pelicans, African spoonbills and yellow-billed storks, among many others.

Other options include boat safaris across the Kazinga Channel, which connects Lake Albert and Lake George, for a chance to see hippos, crocodiles and buffalo; dawn and dusk game drives in search of big mammals, such as elephants, leopards and lions; as well as spectacular hot air balloon rides over the area to really get a “bird’s eye view” of the park.

Day 6 - 8: Bwindi Impenetrabel National Park

Day 6 – Transfer to Bwindi
Day 6 – Transfer to Bwindi Listing Image

The next stop on your Uganda wildlife tour is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Don’t let the name put you off as this is the only park in Africa that is home to both chimpanzees and gorillas, offering some once-in-a-lifetime wildlife experiences.

You’ll be staying at Buhoma Haven Lodge, elevated above Buhoma village to show stunning views across Bwindi National Park. The six cosy cottages are all elegantly designed and en-suite, and were built using local materials.

Day 7 – Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

It’s an early start for your gorilla trek through Bwindi (your trekking permit is included in your tour), where you’ll get to encounter one of the nine habituated groups of gorillas that live in these mountains. These groups live varying distances from the base, up to eight hours away, so which group you choose to trek to and meet depends on your preferences, fitness levels and party size. En route, you’ll also be able to spot birds such as the fork-tailed drongo, cuckooshrikes and the martial eagle.

Day 8 – Birding in Bwindi

Your second day in Bwindi will be focused on birdwatching. There are plenty of species to look out for – up to 360 in Bwindi alone - including pink-footed puffbacks, white-headed wood-hoopoes and tinkerbirds.

Day 9 - 10: Lake Mburo

Day 9 – Transfer Lake Mburo National Park
Hippos playing in Lake Mburo

From Bwindi, you’ll move onto Lake Mburo National Park, with beautiful landscapes and a healthy population of game. Here, you’ll be able to enjoy a game drive, a bush walk and even a mountain bike safari.

You’ll stay at Rwakobo Rock Lodge, an eco-friendly and family-run hotel perched on a scenic outcrop just outside the park, with stunning views. You’ll most likely see zebra, warthog and impala gathering at the waterhole directly beneath the dining area.

Day 10 – Game Drives and Birding around Lake Mburo

Birding at Lake Mburo is often a highlight of a birding safari tour of Uganda. In the day, you might see the kivu ground thrush, stripe-breasted tits and the impressive mohawks of bare-faced go-away-birds, among hundreds of other species. After dark, look and listen out for the African scops owl and various species of nightjar.

Day 11 - 13: Jinja & Departure

Day 11 – Transfer to Mabira Forest
Jinja, Uganda,

In the morning, you’ll transfer to Mabira Forest, Uganda’s second largest forest, which covers around 300 square kilometres. The forest is home to many endangered species, such as the Uganda mangabey; a species of Old World monkey only found in Uganda.

You’ll be staying at the Rainforest Lodge in an individual cabin with en-suite facilities, as well as a private deck, where you can sit out and admire the view (and do a bit of birdwatching too). The property also has a swimming pool and massage options, so you can relax during your time off from trekking and birding.

Day 12 – Transfer to Jinja
Ugandan fish Eagle in Kazinga Channel, Uganda

On your last day in Uganda, you’ll transfer to Jinja, a large town in the east of the country, around 80 kilometres from the capital city of Kampala. Jinja is also the source of the Nile River and the perfect place to engage in activities such as kayaking, rafting and horse riding.

You’ll be staying at The Haven, a relaxing eco-river-lodge that overlooks the White Nile’s first waterfall. The property includes a swimming pool, restaurant and varying accommodation options from suites to bandas to cottages to tents. The lodge is solar powered and uses UV-filtered spring and rain water.

Look out for monkeys, monitor lizards and otters along the river, as well as the incredible number of bird species which call this place home, including the fish eagle.

Day 13 – Departure from Uganda

All too soon, it’s back to Entebbe to depart from Uganda and catch your flight home, with a camera full of photos and a heart full of memories. We hope this birding tour of Uganda has shown just how much the country has to offer, especially for wildlife watching, thereby inspiring you for your next safari adventure.

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Why Wayfairer

Wayfairer work with accommodation providers and tour operators which share our values of responsible tourism, especially in terms of sustainable and environment practices, which aid conservation and benefit local communities. We work with locally-owned or managed accommodation, prioritising independent lodges and tented camps over big-chain hotels. This benefits the local community more and also provides you with a more authentic cultural experience.

This tour includes stays in eco-friendly accommodation, in properties built using locally-sourced and sustainable materials, with sustainable practices such as solar power, UV-filtered rain and spring water, among other environmental initiatives.

This Uganda birdwatching safari itinerary is focused on ethical wildlife encounters, including birding and wildlife watching from a distance, without disturbing wild animals in their natural habitats. The chimp trekking and gorilla trekking permits included in the price of your tour directly contribute to ongoing conservation efforts in Uganda’s national parks and nature reserves.

Responsible tourism has saved the critically endangered mountain gorilla from extinction and when you support sustainable tourism practices by taking a trip like this one, your tourism dollars impact conservation efforts, the employment of local park rangers and the Ugandan tourism industry in general, thereby providing a much-needed profitable alternative to poaching.

Why Wayfairer A Birding Tour in Uganda

Call us on 0203 143 4293 to speak with our Africa Team and begin planning your private & bespoke bird watching tour in Uganda

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