12 Days Uganda Bird watching Safari

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12 Days Bird watching Safari in Uganda

This 12 Days Uganda Bird watching Safari takes you to the best birding destination in Uganda which includes Entebbe Botanical Gardens or the Uganda wildlife education center, Mabamba Swamp for Shoebill, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, and many others.

Safari Highlights of Bird Watching Safari in Uganda

  • Shoebill Stork in Mabamba Swamp
  • Gorilla tracking in the Bwindi forest
  • Bird Watching in all visited parks
  • Tree climbing lions in the Ishasha sector
  • Game drive in Queen Elisabeth Park
  • Boat Cruise on Kazinga Channel

Tour Summary for Bird watching Safari in Uganda

  • Day 1: Arrival for Bird watching Safari Uganda
  • Day 2: Bird-watching Safari Uganda
  • Day 3: Bird watching in Mamba swamp-looking for Shoebill stork
  • Day 4 & 5: In Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
  • Day 7: Birding Watching in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Day 8: Gorilla tracking and Bird Watching in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park
  • Day 10: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 11: Game drive and nature walk in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 12: Departure to Kampala

12 Days Bird watching Safari in Uganda

Day 1: Arrival

A guide from Kisoro Tours Uganda will transfer you to the hotel but if you arrive early enough, he will take you for a birding afternoon around Entebbe Botanical Gardens or to the Uganda wildlife education center on your 12 Days Uganda Bird watching Safari and look out for the Slender-billed Weaver, Brown-throated Weaver¸ Golden-backed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Grey-headed Gull, Long-tailed Cormorant, Yellow-billed Duck, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, Broad-billed Roller, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Orange Weaver, Red-chested Sunbird, Ross’s Turaco, Pied Hornbill, Open-billed Stork, Great Reed Warbler, Grey-capped Warbler, among others.

Day 2: Full day of Bird watching

After breakfast in the morning, you will go for birding on the Lincoln Trail which was established by some local bird guides in 2000 and has got more than 170 species and those serious birders may be able to see over 110 bird species in a day. This trail is currently suggested as the best birding site near Kampala and Entebbe as you can see the White-headed Barbet, Red-headed Lovebird, Double-toothed Barbet, Brown Twinspot, Tambourine Dove, Black-headed Bush-shrike, Scaly Francolin, Tropical Boubou and many others.

Day 3: Bird Watching in Mabamba swamp in search of the Shoe billed Stork

Bird-watching Safari Uganda, you will drive to Mabamba Swamp 50 km west of Kampala. You may stop at Mpigi Swamp for papyrus where you will see the White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-backed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, and other species in the swamp before you continue to Mabamba Swamp. It is important to note that most birding is done while on a canoe in Uganda as you look for the Shoebill both in the sky and down on the marsh. lookout for Swamp Flycatcher, Purple Swamphen, African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy-goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Squacco Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron, and Black Crake to mention but a few. Return to your hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 4 & 5: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP) birding en route. Your lunch will be in Mbarara and proceed to Queen which is home to over 600 bird species. The species will include pelicans, skimmers, kingfishers, thick-knees, storks, martins, swallows, weavers, raptors, canaries, kites, and many grassland specialties. Birding in the park begins early in the morning on the open savannah.

You will have to go to the lodge for lunch. In the afternoon enjoy birding the Kazinga Channel on the boat. your dinner and night will be at either of the below lodges depending on your budget.
Budget – Mweya Hostel /samba Lodge (BB)
Mid-range – Bush Lodge (BB)
Luxury –Mweya safari lodge/ Jacana Lodge (FB)

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

After an early breakfast, you chose to check out some of the birds around the hotel before you check out and drive to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Stop over for lunch in Kihihi town, enjoy birds en route, and your dinner will be at your lodge in the noiseless jungle except for the sound of the birds singing.

You will wake to the morning songs of the Snowy-capped Robin-chat and the Grey-capped Warbler and also see the Grey-green Bush-shrike, Black Bee-eater, and Narina’s Trogon around the lodge.
Budget- Buhoma Community banda or Bwindi View banda
Midrange – Engagi Lodge or Buhoma lodge
Luxury – Gorilla Forest Camp or Bwindi safari Lodge

Day 7: Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bird watching Safari Uganda, Bwindi is one of the best birding areas in the world as it begins right away from the morning as you take breakfast to the evening when you go to bed. You will carry packed lunch when you go birding in the jungle which has over 300 species of bird species among which are the Red-throated Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Forest Robin, Montane Oriole, Grey-throated Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Narina’s Trogon, Pettit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Shelley’s Greenbul, Ansorge’s Greenbul, White-bellied Robin-chat, Black-faced Rufous-warbler, Kivu Ground-thrush, Short-tailed Warbler, Red-fronted Antpecker, Oriole Finch, to mention but a few. Return for dinner and overnight at the previous lodge

Day 8: Gorilla tracking and Bird Watching in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

most of the birders that have visited Bwindi have done gorilla tracking but this is an optional activity that you may do if you are interested the decision has to be made early enough so that you can get your gorilla tracking permit early enough as they are bought from Kampala.
We will go with packed lunch and dinner at the lodge, Otherwise, you can go for nature and community walks.

Day 9: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park

After breakfast will travel eastwards through the terraced mountains of Kigezi to the open plains and rocky hillsides of Ankole. Stop for lunch in Mbarara town and you will see those Long-horned Ankole cattle during your birding and then, later on, proceed to the park region. you will have the birds wake you up in the morning, and enjoy the songs of the Morning Dove, Dideric Cuckoo, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-headed Weaver, and Ring-necked Dove.
Dinner and overnight at:
Budget; Birds Nest Lodge
Midrange; Rwakobo Rock Lodge
Luxury; Mihingo Safari Lodge

Day 10: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park

You will have to wake up early to go see the African Finfoot at Lake Mburo as it usually hides in the papyrus which is floating on the lake. You will search for the Brown-chested Lapwing, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-bellied Bustard, Helmeted Guinea fowl, Coqui Francolin, Rufous-napped Lark plus many raptors and this is the only park where you can find the Eland, Burch ell’s Zebra, and Impala in the whole of this region. After this, you will go back to the lodge for lunch and you may choose to rest at the lodge in the afternoon.

Day 11: Game drive and nature walk in Lake Mburo National Park

early morning game drive, later at mid-morning return for breakfast and relax at the lodge, and after your lunch, you will go for a nature walk and so you will have a chance to see the different tree species and wildlife.

Day 12: Departure to Kampala.

After your breakfast, we drive back to Kampala. stop at the equator for photos, The guide will drop you at your hotel in Kampala if you still have some time in Uganda otherwise he will have to drop you at the airport to catch your plane back home.
Bird-watching Safari in Uganda

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  • All our tours/safaris can start and end in Kigali Rwanda or Entebbe Uganda with no extra costs
  • Our tour consultant is at your disposal for any information you may need 24/7
  • We do all your airport transfers in Kigali or Entebbe
  • We arrange accommodation for you day before the tour starts and on the day tour ends with no extra costs

Transportation & Guides

We use both standard 4×4 customized safari vans and 4×4 luxury customized safari Land cruisers as our road mode of transport for game viewing, taking photos wildlife filming and photography, all our safari vehicles has pop up roofs for proper game viewing and easy for to take as much photos as you can, with also charging system for your cameras, phones and also every client is guaranteed of a window seat for easy view.

Our drive/guides are very professionally and well trained, we know every successful safari needs a great guide, majority of the comments from our clients regarding our services are centered on the professionalism of our guides, returning clients request the same guide on their second and third trip.


– Meet & greet services airport transfers to/from Entebbe airport,
– Accommodation and meals on safari as above,
– one Chimp & gorilla permit per person,
– Bottled water in the safari vehicle,
– Full-time services of English-speaking driver/guide,
– All park entry fees and set activities on the itinerary.


– Visas,
– Personal travel insurance and items of a personal nature.
– Charter/Scheduled flights are also an optional extra.
– Plus all expenses of personal nature like tips, drinks, etc.


Cost per person sharing Price(USD)

1 person 5575
2 people 4995
3 people 4845
4 people 4660
5 people 4365
6 people 4190

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