4 Day Bird Watching in Murchison Falls

4 Day Bird Watching in Murchison Falls National Park

shrike-yellow-billedThisbirding safaritakes you to Murchison falls National Park, which is one of the popular parks for both game viewing and birding. You will bird through the amazing park while carrying out several game drives, launch cruise along the Nile as well as nature walks. This will offer you the best opportunity to meet many distinct bird life. The park has over 650 bird species which have been recorded to be existing in the conservation area which is classified in border categories of the savannah forest birds, water birds and the Albertine endemic. Some of the common birds found here include; ground horn bills,Open-billed storks,the marabou storks, secretary birds, black-bellied bustards, Widow birds, wheatears, bishops and weavers among others.
Closer to the river where there are more thickets and woodlands, the commonest bird varieties include the black bee- eater, swallow tailed bee-eater, red-throated bee- eater, woodland king fisher, francolins, hornbills, grey heron, hamerkop, doves, mouse birds, shrikes, flycatchers, cuckoos, coucals, woodpeckers, crombecsand warblers. The area close to the river is also home to ducks, geese, stilts and plovers.

Tour Highlights

  • Day 1: Birding from Kampala, Masindi via Mabamba swamp
  • Day 2: Birding in Budongo- Royal Mile and a transfer to Murchison falls National Park
  • Day 3: Birding Northern Murchison
  • Day 4: Birding to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Birding from Kampala, Masindi via Mabamba Swamp

You will have an early transfer to Mabamba swamp, which 50 kms west of Kampala, look bar-tailed-trogon2out for many different bird species which include; the Papyrus Gonolek, White Shouldered Tit, Red Cap, Western Banded Snake Eagle, White Winged Warbler and Weyns Weaver. The swamp is one of the best place to spot the exceptional shoebill stork.  There are also many other species which are found here and they include; Grey herons, Jacanas,Rufous Bellied Heron, Squaco,Purple and Goliath Heron,the Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, the Globally threatened Pallid Harrier and Blue Swallow a migrant species, a variety of egrets, ducks etc. We shall later drive backwards to Kampala and then transfer to Masindi where we shall spend a night via Luwero triangle passing through the undulating grasslands and the mosaic woodland where we drive looking out for the White Headed Barbet, white crested Turaco, Bronze-tailed Starling, lesser Blue and Great Blue Eared Starlings, Black, Yellow Mantled and Black Winged Bishops, Cardinal and Nubian Woodpecker, Broad Billed Roller, Lesser and Greater Honeyguide, Grey Capped Warbler, Lesser Striped, White Shouldered Tit, Angola and Barn Swallow, Lizard Buzzard, Shikra, Brown Throated Wattle Eye,Brown Twin-spot, Eastern and Dark Chanting Goshawk, Banbed Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Village and Black Headed Weaver, Red Throated Bee-eater, Sooty Chat, Black Headed Batis among others.

Day 2: Birding in Budongo- Royal Mile and a transfer to Murchison falls National Park

Bird KazingaDepart early in the morning and head to BudongoForest, then bird along the Royal Mile, which is truly a spectacular road with the forest canopy towering far overhead. It has a good system of the trails in the forest, today you will expect to see many birds including; Yellow-browed Camaroptera,Chestnut-capped Flycatcher,Blue-throated Roller,excessively noisy White-thighedHornbill,theNahan’s Francolin, graceful Cassin’s and Sabine’s Spinetail, Forest Flycatcher, IturiBatis, Lemon Bellied Crombec, Tit Hylia, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Forest Robin, Yellow Billed, Grey Throated, Hairy Breasted and Yellow Spotted Barbet, Great Blue and Black Billed Turaco, Dusy Long TailedCuckoo, Spotted, Plain, Slender Billed, White Throated, Little Grey and Little Greeenbul, and many more. The chimps can also be spotted on lucky days. Dinner and overnight at Nile safari camp/ Sambiya Lodge.

Day 3: Birding Northern Murchison

There will be a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls and on the game drive as we make it to the delta, you can also spot the shoebill if lucky. The other birds here include; the imagesRed-throated and Northern Carmine Bee-eater mammals such as Rothschild’s Giraffe, Cape buffalo, Elephant, Waterbuck and many others will be viewed. Other birds to look out for include the Saddle-billed, Yellow Billed and African Open Billed Stork, Hauglins Francolin, Senegal Thick-knee, Rock Pratincole, Giant, Woodland, Grey Headed, Malchite, Pygmy and striped Kingfishers. On the game drive we look out for Heuglin’sFrancolins, Black Billed Barbet, Northern and Red Faced Barbet, Swallow-tailed, Little Bee-eaters, Abyssinian Rollers, the giant Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Black Winged and Northern Red Bishops, Chestnut Crowned and the White Browed Sparrow Weaver and many more. A night drive today is very advisable looking out for nocturnal mammals and birds.

Day 4: Birding to Kampala

Have breakfast in the morning and after start the transfer to Kampala, but first we visit the top of the falls. Then continue to Kampala enroute as look out for species that we might have missed on our way in and explore more secret spots of birding.

End of Tour

Tour inclusions

  • photography and touring,
  • full board accommodation,
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
  • Bottled water while on safari,
  • Transport

Tour Exclusions

  • Kampala hotel fees( the eve of the safari and the night after the safari),
  • Tips,
  • Laundry services,
  • Beverages/ drinks,
  • international flights,
  • Visas,
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary

 

 

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