7 Day Birding in Murchison Falls Park

This birding safari takes you to north western Uganda. More so it will take you birding in Feisty-little-copper-sunbirds-are-known-forMurchison falls national park conservation area, were you will look for all the specials and the Guinea Congo biome endemics. Bird the royal mile, the Albertine Escarpments etc. there are over 650 bird species that are recorded to be existing in the park. The common birds found here include; the marabou storks, ground horn bills, secretary birds, black-bellied bustards, etc.

Tour highlights

  • Day 1: Arrival & Bird through Entebbe
  • Day 2: Birding to Murchison falls & Hike the top of the falls.
  • Day 3: Birding in Murchison falls national park.
  • Day 4: Bird in thenorthern Sector of Murchison Falls national Park
  • Day 5: Bird through the Albertine Escarpment
  • Day 6: Bird the Royal Mile
  • Day 7: Return to Kampala, birding enroute.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival & Bird through Entebbe

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Arrive at Entebbe international airport, and you will be met by the company representative who will transfer you to your hotel in Entebbe. The early arrivals can be introduced to birding in Entebbe near botanical gardens which will expose you many bird species including; the Great Blue and Ross’s Turacos, Red Chested, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoo, Great Reed, Grey Capped, Sedge, Greater Swamp and Eurosuian Reed Warblers, Fain Tailed Widow bird, Striped, Malachite, Giant, Woodland and Pygmy Kingfishers, Black Bishop, Grey Woodpecker, Olive, Olive bellied, Red chested, Superb, Green Throated and Collard Sunbirds, Orange, Yellow Backed, Golden Backed, Slender Billed and Black Headed Weavers, Lizard Buzzard, Grey Kestral, Black Kite, Gaber Goshawk, African Paradise and Red Bellied Paradise and Ashy fly catchers, and many more dinner and overnight stay  your hotel. This day watch out for the Bat Hawk in the evening hours

Day 2: Birding to Murchison falls & Hike the top of the falls.

Early in the morning, drive to Murchison falls national park birding enroute for white crested Turaco and, many other birds. Have lunch at Masindi and then continue to the park and enjoy the top of the falls for the for Pel’s fishing Owl, Rock Pranticoles, Bat Hawk and a variety of Night Jars overnight Hotel. Dinner and overnight stay at kaniyoPabidi.  FB.

Day 3: Birding in Murchison Falls National Park.

bird01Wake up early in the morning, and start birding. Our main focus for today will be the Puvell’sIlladopsis, Grey and Yellow Longbill, other species which might be encountered in this forest might include among others the Fire Crested Alethe, NarinaTragon, Dusky Longtailed Cuckoo, Xavier’s, Ictrine, Plain and Little Greenbul, Yellow Billed and Yellow Spotted Barbet, Green, Olive Bellied and Olive Sunbird, Crested Guinea Fowl, Speckled, Yellow Rumped and Yellow Throated Tinker bird, Brown Eared and Yellow Crested Woodpecker plus other forest birds. Diner and overnight stay at Sambiya River Lodge

Day 4: Bird in thenorthern Sector of Murchison Falls National Park

pale-flycatchersThis day, we start with a drive as we proceed to cross the ferry for a game drive to the delta area searching for the shoebill stork and many other water birds. Here we expect to find some nocturnal species of birds mostly the Nightjars and the owls. During the game drive, expect to see animals including; the Lion, Leopards mostly on a lucky day, Giraffes, Oribis, Hartebeests, Elephants, cape Buffalo, the birds usually seen on this drive include the White Fronted Black Chat, African Quil Finch, Fawn Bat and Breasted Waxbill, Northern Carmine, Swallow Tailed and Red Throated Bee-Eater, Silver Bird, Stanley’s Bustard, Black Billed Barbet, Rufous Crowned and Abyssinian Roller, White Browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle Fronted Sparrow Weaver, Rufous Sparrow, Vitelline Masked and Little Weaver. In the afternoon, have a boat trip along the Nile to the bottom of the falls where we shall see a variety of water birds, hippos, crocodiles etc. Dinner and overnight stay at Sambiya River Lodge. FB.

Day 5: Bird through the Albertine Escarpment

Drive to Masindi while birding the escarpments in search for the black billed and spot Crestedflanked Barbet, Red-chested Cuckoo, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Green-backed Eremomela, Foxy Cistcola, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Foxy Cisticola, Striped Kingfisher, Black-headed Batis, Cliff Chat, Yellow-bellied Hyliota, Green-headed Sunbird, Red-winged Pytilia,  birding to the pond for the Shining Blue King fisher, Sabine’s and Cassin’s Spinetail might be rewarding overnight at Masindi Hotel or New Court View Hotel. FB.

Day 6: Bird the Royal Mile

Bird the royal mile for Cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Nahan’s Francolin, Chocolate-backed and d71fb791bd55fae0980cf8035fbc290cDwarf Kingfishers, Narina Trogon, White-thighed Hornbill, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Forest Flycatcher,  numerous Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Yellow-crested and Brown-eared Woodpecker, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Fraser’s and Red- tailed Ant Thrush, Western Black-headed Oriole, Purple headed Starling after our picnic lunch we transfer in the afternoon to the  Busingiro sector looking out for the IturiBatis, , Tit Hylia, Uganda Woodland Wabler, Lemon Bellied Crombec Jameson’s Wattle Eye then later to our Hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 7: Return to Kampala, birding enroute.

Today, we transfer to Kampala birding enroute. We shall a variety of grassland birds reaching Kampala in the late evening depending on the time of your flight.

End of Safari

 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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