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Day 1: Arrival – Kampala.
On arrival at Entebbe Airport, your guide from TopLife Safaris will warmly welcome you and later transfer you to Serena Kampala Hotel (High end accommodation), Hotel Africana or Humara Resort (Medium class accommodation). B/B.
Day 2: Kampala – Jinja - Kampala
After breakfast and a briefing from the General Manager, you will set off on the eastbound road to Mabira Forest. This is the nearest site for the Purple Throated Cuckoo Shrike, Nahan's Francolin, Forest Wood Hoopoe, Green tailed Bristlebill, Joyful Greenbul, Tit Hylia, Grey Longbill and the Sooty Boubou.
Spend the whole morning birding in this forest and the surrounding areas and later transfer to the source of the Nile in the afternoon. Have a picnic lunch there and later visit the spectacular Bujagali Falls returning to Kampala in the evening for the overnight at either Serena hotel (High end accommodation) or Humara Resort (mid- range accommodation). B/B.
Day 3: Kampala – Budongo.
This morning you will depart Kampala for Budongo Forest Reserve which lies at the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley to the south of Murchison Falls National Park and protects the largest natural forest area in East Africa
It boasts of an impressive bird list of over 350 species and is the best site in Uganda for a number of sought-after birds such as Nahan's Francolin, Cassin's Spinetail, Ituri Batis and Chestnut-capped Flycatcher. This birding hot spot is also home to Uganda’s Chimpanzees. An excellent network of trails and a wide track known as “The Royal Mile" provides access to the forest.
The Royal Mile is considered by some to be the country's premier forest birding locality. Chocolate-backed, Blue-breasted and African Dwarf Kingfishers are remarkably common and this is definitely the best place in Uganda to see these three species. Birding in the afternoon and over night at Masindi Hotel (High end accommodation), Alinda Guest House (Medium accommodation). F/B.
Day 4: Royal Mile – Murchison Falls.
After breakfast, we will drive to the Royal Mile and spend the whole day birding here. In the evening, transfer to Murchison Falls National Park via Kaniyo Pabidi, have a game drive while entering and over night at either Paraa Safari Lodge, Barker’s Lodge or Murchison River Lodge (High end accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge or Murchison River Lodge (Medium class accommodation) .
Murchison Falls has a variety of unique habitants and lots of superb birds, which makes the park a must visit for every birder.
Habitat: Dense woodland and open grassland Savannah, Papyrus swamps, moist woodland and grassy under storey, Borrasus Palm Forest, lakeshores and riverbanks.
Key species: Egyptian Plover, Secretary Bird, Silver Bird, Denham's Bustard, Rock Platincoles, Wire-tailed Swallow, Swallow-Tailed Bee-Eater, Abysinian Ground Hornbill and the rare Shoebill stork. F/B.
Day 5: Murchison Falls.
After breakfast, go for a boat trip to the foot of Murchison Falls where the Nile thunders through a small 7-metre gap, or down river to the delta where the Nile empties into Lake Albert. This is an experience not to be missed! The banks of the Nile are home to many species. You may see huge Nile Crocodiles, big Pods of Hippos and other wildlife that may come down to drink from the river, -later return to the Lodge for lunch.
Then off for an early evening drive on to the rolling plains where you can view Lions, Giraffe, Hartebeest, Buffalo and Elephant as well as many of the other mammals of the park. For the bird watchers, these areas
support the Secretary Bird, Black Chested Snake Eagle, Tawny and Marshal Eagles Carmine and Swallow tailed Bee-Eaters, to pick just a few. This is a beautiful drive across Borassus Palm Forest and grassland savannah down to Lake Albert where the Albert Nile heads north to the Sudan. Overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge, Barker’s Lodge or Murchison River Lodge (High end/luxurious accommodation), Sambiya River Lodge or Murchison River Lodge (Medium class accommodation). F/B
Day 6: Murchison Falls – Kibale.
You will have a mini game drive to the top of Murchison Falls where you can have a close look in to the gorge where the Nile squeezes in to a 7-metre gorge dropping 40 metres. The falls are spectacular and thunderous with a beautiful rainbow displayed on sunny days. Thereafter, drive to Kibale National Park bird watching enroute arriving in the evening and over night at either Primate lodge, Kyaninga Lodge (High end) or Chimp Forest House, Kibale Forest Camp (Medium accommodation).
Kibale Forest has a total of 335 bird species and it's a tall evergreen forest with grassland, swamps and exotic conifers.
The main key species here are; White Collard Oliveback, Leaflove, African Broadbill, Willcock's Honeyguide, Green Breasted Pitta, African Pitta, Grey Winged Robin, Red Winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, White Bellied Crested Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Red Chested Fluftail, Grey Winged Robin, White Napped pigeon, Chestnut Winged Starling etc. F/B.
Day 7: Birding kibale Forest
Early morning wake up and get a chance to see other species like the Grey-Throated Flycatcher, Masked & Black-Capped Apalis', Chestnut-Winged Starling, Orange -Tufted & Tiny Sunbirds and a good infrastructure & a variety of interesting activities which makes this a worthwhile destination. There is a network of forest trails which radiate out from the visitor centre, allowing you to search for a number of species that shun the vicinity of the main road. Birding in the forest interior can be frustrating, how ever, as many species are very shy & difficult to see in the under growth. You will visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a superb community development fringing the park. We will be able to see the fruiting trees, which attract Narina Trogon, Pied Hornbill, Yellow Spotted, Hairy Breasted and Yellow-Billed Barbets then return to either Primate lodge, Kyaninga Lodge (High end), or Chimp Forest House, Kibale Forest Camp (medium accommodation). Full Board.
Day 8: Kibale – Semuliki National Park.
Leave the hotel early heading north to Semuliki Valley Wildlife Reserve. Over 350 species have been recorded at Semliki and this is also a good area to see the extraordinary Shoebill and other wetland varieties. The key species here include the African Pygmy Goose, Red-necked Falcon, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue-breasted Bee-Eater, Black-billed Barbet, Piapiac, Leaflove and Black-chinned Quail-Finch. Take tea by the pool and watch as the Hamerkop dips into the water and the Weaver birds flock nearby. The most exciting aspect is that new species are still being discovered in the reserve. You might be lucky enough to discover one. Have an afternoon boat trip on Lake Albert in search for the Shoebill and over night at Semuliki Safari Lodge or the Camp site. Full Board.
Day 9: Chimpanzee Tracking In Semuliki National Park.
Early in the morning, you will go for Chimp tracking in the gallery forest of the Mugiri River. Leaflove are in proliferation here, despite being scarce in the rest of Uganda. In the Forest you may see: White-spotted Flufftail, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Red-tailed Ant-Thrush and Blue-breasted Kingfisher.
In the late afternoon, a game drive will reveal herds of Uganda Kob, Waterbuck, Reed Buck, several monkey species as well as lots of bird opportunities: White-crested Turaco, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Mouse birds, Kingfishers and Bee-Eaters, to name a few. Or take a night drive if possible to see Pennant and Standard Wing Nightjars within 2 metres. Over night at Semuliki Safari lodge or the Camp site. Full Board.
Day 10: Semliki Valley Reserve.
Spend the whole day birding in Semliki Valley Wildlife Reserve and over night at Semliki Safari Lodge or the Camp site. Full Board.
Day 11: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After breakfast, you will transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park a home to a total of more than 604 different bird species. This park is a UNESCO Heritage site because of its biodiversity.
Habitat: Low land forest, moist thickets open woodland and grassland Savannah, permanent and seasonal swamps, lakes and rivers.
Key species: African Skimmer, Black Rumped Button Quail, Verreaux's Eagle Owl, Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Flamingoes, Grey Capped Warbler, White's and Abdim's Storks (in season), Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Wooly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, and numerous classes of Raptors, Vultures and Plovers etc. Birding in the evening and over night at either Mweya Safari Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba, Bush Lodge (Medium class accommodation). Full Board.
Day 12: Game Drive in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Whole day in Queen Elizabeth National Park bird watching while on a game drive both in the morning and in the afternoon returning to the lodge for lunch and over night at either Mweya Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Bush Lodge (Medium accommodation).
Its little wonder that Queen Elizabeth boasts one of the highest bio diversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world, - from the open Savannah to Rain Forest, dense Papyrus Swamps and brooding Crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward.
There are almost 100 mammal species that include Lions, Hippos, Buffaloes, Leopard, Spotted Hyena, Elephants and the elusive Giant Forest Hog in this park.
The primates include Chimps, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Blue, Black faced Red Colobus, and Red tailed monkeys and Olive Baboons.
Reptiles are the amazing huge rock-Python, Puffadders, Spitting Cobras, Gabon Rippers, Green Mambas, and Turtles etc. All these are regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula and all this makes a superb safari territory. Dinner and over night at either Mweya Safari Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Bush Lodge (Medium accommodation). Full Board.
Day 13: Queen Elizabeth.
A boat trip along the channel on this day will give you wildlife up close: Hippos huff and spray mere feet away from the boat, Buffalo linger in the shallows and a tremendous variety of birds grace the grasses on the channel’s edge. These may include the Great White and Pink-Backed Pelicans, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Open-billed Stork, African Jacana, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers. There is also a Bird Observatory here, which was set up with the aim of studying both migratory and resident birds. Since its inception in 1997 more new species have been identified, including Uganda's first record of the Bar-tailed Godwit. Have a game drive and over night at either Mweya Safari Lodge/ Jacana safari Lodge (High end accommodation), King Fisher Lodge Kichwamba/ Bush Lodge (Medium accommodation). Full Board.
Day 14: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
After breakfast, you will transfer to Bwindi impenetrable Forest passing through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park popularly known for the tree climbing lions. We shall drive through this beautiful area trying to look for lions on top of the accasia tree .we will continue birding enroute to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park best known for Gorillas, arriving in the evening.
This is a Montane Forest with patches of bamboo, Montane marshes and medium altitude forests. There are about 23 Albertine Rift Endemics that can be seen here with the most exciting being the African Green Broadbill, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Short Tailed Warbler, Rwenzori Turacco, Purple Breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Kivu Ground Thrush, Montane Masked Apalis, Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Olive Green Camaroptera, Handsome Francolin, Blue Headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar, Lagden's Bush Shrike, Waller's Starling, Oriole Finch, Streaky Seed Eater, Chubb's Cisticola, Barred Long Tailed Cuckoo and the Brown Capped Weaver. Overnight at either Gorilla Forest Camp / Mahogany Springs (High end accommodation), or Havens Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Medium accommodation). Full Board.
Day 15: Gorilla Tracking
Mix your love of birds with gorilla tracking on this day! This morning you will report at the park office at 8:00 am to get ready for the Gorilla tracking. Take with you lunch boxes and all the necessary gears to track the rare Mountain Gorilla, perhaps one of the most exciting wildlife experiences. There are now only 1,000 left in the world! The tracking may take between 2 and 6 hours with a Park Guide interpreting the flora and fauna and the lifestyle of the Gorillas. In the afternoon relax at the Camp or take a forest nature walk that will lead you to the Munyaga Waterfall and a chance to see primates such as the Grey Cheeked Mangabey Blue monkeys and others species. Spend the night at either Gorilla Forest Camp / Mahogany Springs (High end accommodation), or Havens Lodge / Rushaga Gorilla Camp (Medium accommodation). Full Board.
Day 16: Bwindi – Ruhija.
Spend the morning bird watching and later transfer to Ruhiija Sector birding enroute, go to Mubwindi Swamp and over night at either Gorilla Mist Camp ( High end accommodation) or Bakiga Lodge or Teckkers Tarven ( medium accommodation).FullBoard.
Day 17: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.
After breakfast, depart for Lake Mburo National Park having a game drive while entering the Park.
Lake Mburo National Park has markedly different fauna to other Parks and Reserves, and it’s the best place in the country to see the gigantic Eland Antelope, as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala, and several Acacia –associated birds. The five lakes with in the Park attract Hippos, Crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the Sitatunga Antelope and Red, Black and Yellow Papyrus Gonalek.
Have an evening game drive and over night at Mihingo Lodge (High end accommodation), Mantana Tented Camp or Rwakobo Rock (midium-class). Full Board.
Day 18: Lake Mburo National Park
Early morning wake up for bird watching while on a game drive & get a chance to see species like the Brown Chested Plover, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Yellow Billed Oxpecker, African Finfoot, Black Collard Barbet etc.
Have an afternoon boat trip and later an early evening game drives and over night at either /Muhingo Safari Lodge (High end accommodation) orRwakobo Rock, Mantana Tented Camp (medium accommodation). F/B.
Day 19: Mburo - Kampala
After breakfast, have a game drive while leaving the Park, have a stop to look at the Royal Drum makers, stand on the Equator and be in both hemispheres at once arriving in Kampala in the evening and over night at either either Cassia Lodge (High end accommodation)or Humara Hotel (medium accommodation). H/B.
Day 20: Kampala- Mabamba
After breakfast you will set off again on the southbound road to Mabamba Wetland. This is the nearest site for the Shoebill Stork, Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek and the White Winged Warbler. Spend the whole day birding in this wetland and the surrounding areas, have a picnic lunch there returning to Entebbe in the evening to later catch your flight home depending on departure times. H/B.
Please note the gorilla tracking in this itinerary can be done in Rwanda as well if permits/accommodation can’t be got in Uganda at the time of your booking..
Gorilla tracking is dependent on the permits availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are in a very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.
Please note that clients will be travelling in 4wheel drive vehicles, with enough legroom, with well-experienced guides who can handle all the requirements of the discerning traveler.
1. Gorilla Permit per person.
2. All Meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
3. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
4. Park entrance fees.
5. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
6. Drinking water during the safari.
7. All boat trips.
8. All game drives.
9. All airport pickups and drops.
10. All activities at stipulated in the itinerary.
11. And all government taxes/levies.
1. Bar Bills
2. Phone calls
3. Personal insurance
4. Laundry services
5. Air ticket
6. All other Services of a personal nature.
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