Uganda Savannah Birding Safari

5 Days 4 Night

Rates are per person (pp) and based on 2 people sharing 1 room
Excluding international flights (from/to your home country)

Overview

This 5 Day Uganda Savannah Birding safari takes you birding through Entebbe, Mabamba Wetlands and Lake Mburo National Park. The trip starts with birding in Entebbe’s UWEC, the Botanical Gardens and along the Lake Victoria Shores. The next day, visit Mabamba Wetlands, the best place to see rare Shoebill Storks in Uganda. Apart from the rare shoebill stork, this Important Bird Area has a good population of other birds. The trip ends with a 3 days birding in Lake Mburo National Park, home to 313 bird species. Bird through wetlands, lakes, savannah, rolling hills, acacia trees – all there providing the perfect habitat for a variety of birds.

Tour Summary

  • You will visit Uganda
  • You will have game drives Nature walks and boat cruises
  • Pre and post accommodation can be booked at an extra cost.
  • Day one: You will do birding at UWEC and Botanical gardens Entebbe
  • Day two: Birding at Mabamba Wetland
  • Day Three: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day Four: Birding at Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day Five: Morning birding and Transfer back to Kampala/Entebbe

Hightlights

  • You will have game drives Nature walks and boat cruises
  • Safari starts and ends in Entebbe (Uganda)
  • 5 Day Uganda Savannah Birding Safari
  • Mountain gorilla tracking and spending one hour among a selected gorilla family
  • Countryside road trip in an open-sided 4×4 vehicle & pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
  • A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
  • Additional accommodation before the tour departs and on the last day can be arranged for extra cost

Things To Consider

  • Accommodation is Inclusive
  • Small Group Safari: Max 6 People per group
  • Tour Can Depart any day
  • Tour can be customized
  • Solo travelers can join this tour
  • Age Limit: 15 years and above

Detailed Itinerary

Arrival

  • You’ll be picked up from the airport (or hotel)
  • Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for extra cost

DAY 1: Birding at Uganda Wildlife Education Center.

For this 5 Day Uganda Savannah Birding Safari,  you will be picked up in the morning to start your 5 day Uganda Birding safari. You will visit the Uganda Wildlife Education center (UWEC) formerly known as the Zoo. This has attracted over 170 species of wild birds 10 species of Weavers such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed, African paradise, Baglafect  Northern Brown Throated, Grosbeak, Black Necked and many others.  5 species of flycatchers, Red bellied, Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, and many others. 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. Have lunch relax as you move forward to the evening visit to the sewage lagoons. Return for Dinner and Overnight.

Meals Paln: Full board

Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse


DAY 2: Birding at Mabamba Wetland

After an early breakfast you will take a boat to Namugabo near Mabamba swamps with the biggest population of shoebills recorded on a single day. Most of the birding is done canoeing.  Other species to be seen may include Squacco, African water Rail, long Toed Plover, Goliath, Purple, Herons, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, White Faced Whistling Duck, Grey and Black Headed Heron Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Jacana among others. Sitatunga Antelope (swamp Antelope) and many more. En route to Kampala stop by another swamp this may reveal Papyrus Gonolek, White winged Warbler, Yellow Crowned Bishop, Weyns Weaver, and many more have a packed lunch and go ahead birding as you take an evening in Dinner and Overnight in Kampala.

 Meal Plan: Full board

Accommodation: Papyrus Guest House


DAY 3: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast you will transfer to Lake Mburo National park via the Equator for photography and have other stops to view birds on the way. The park is situated in western Uganda. Briefly stop at the equator, proceed to Lake Mburo, birding to the entrance of Nshara gate.  Expect the following Common Scimitarbill, 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 Scimitarbill, 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.

Meal Plan: Full board

Accommodation: Rwakobo Rock/ Lake Mburo Safari Lodge


DAY 4: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park

After an early breakfast you will have 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. You will later return to the lodge for Dinner and overnight

Meal Plan: Full board

Accommodation: Rwakobo rock/ Lake Mburo Safari Lodge


DAY 5: Morning game drive and Return to Kampala/Entebbe to end the safari

You will do an an early morning game drive along the Lakeside Track. This entails approach to Aquatic habitats around Lake Mburo. Species to expect may include, 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 launch- cruise in search for papyrus species missed, Hippos, Crocodiles are the extras expected. You will drive back to Entebbe/Kampala and you will stopfor Lunch before you proceed to Kampala.

Meal Plan: Halfboard

End of Tour

  • Additional accommodation can be arranged for extra cost
  • You’ll be dropped off at the airport (or hotel)

COST PER PERSON SHARING

PersonsDatePrice per person
1 PersonAny dateUSD900.00
2 PersonsAny dateUSD490.00
3 PersonsAny dateUSD470.00
4 PersonsAny dateUSD450.00
5 PersonsAny dateUSD440.00
6 PersonsAny dateUSD440.00

Lodge Options

Cost Includes

  • Airport transfers on first and last day,
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking driver guide
  • Fuel for the whole trip
  • Accommodation and meal plan as per the itinerary
  • All park entrance fees
  • Drinking water while in the vehicle

Cost excludes

  • Pre and post tour accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala
  • International airfares
  • Uganda Visa (USD50.00 which can be paid on arrival at the Airport
  • Items of personal nature such as tips, drinks, and laundry

Route Map

STANDARD: 4X4 SAFARI VAN

Our standard mode of transport is by road and we use 4×4 Safari Vans customized for game viewing and photography. Each safari van comes with a professionally trained driver guide and fuel for the whole safari. Our Safari vans have viewing hatches and each client is entitled to a window seat. Our Vans can take up to eight people. We also have 4×4 Super Customs very comfortable and stable on the road. These carry up to 5 people with their luggage. We also have 4×4 RAV 4 for a group of two people

UPGRADE: 4X4 LUXURY SAFARI LANDCRUISER

We have luxury latest Land cruisers each driven by professionally trained driver guides and fuel. They have pop-up roofs for proper game viewing and photography. They come with a small fridge for cooling your drinking water while on safari (which is always included while IN THE VEHICLE). They have inverters for charging small gadgets such as your smartphones and cameras. They can seat five to a maximum of seven people and each client is guaranteed of a window seat.

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