5 Day Uganda Birding Safari

This trip takes you birding through Entebbe, Mabamba wetlands as well as Lake Mburo birding-in-ugandaNational park. The safari starts with birding in Entebbe’s UWEC, the botanical gardens and along Lake Victoria. You will also visit the mabamba swamp on the second day for you to see the shoebill stork in Uganda. This trip also ends in Lake Mburo National park, which is a home to over 313 bird species. You will bird through the wetlands, lakes, savannah, rolling hills, acacia trees and these have the best habitant for the birds.

Tour Highlights

Day 1: Bird in Entebbe Areas (UWEC, Botanical Gardens, Lake Victoria Shores)
Day 2 : Birding in Mabamba Wetlands
Day 3:  Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park
Day 4: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park
Day 5: Return to Kampala

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Bird in Entebbe Areas (UWEC, Botanical Gardens, Lake Victoria Shores)

Black headed weverHave breakfast at your hotel and then go birding to UWEC which is formerly known as the zoo. This place has over 170 species of wild birds, 10 species of weavers like the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Baglafect Northern Brown Throated, Lead colored, Golden Backed, African paradise, Grosbeak, Black Necked and many others.  5 species of flycatchers, Red bellied, Crested shrike flycatcher, Swamp flycatcher, and many others. Encounter Raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, Shikra, African Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby and many more species including captive animals. You will later proceed to Botanical gardens for another birding experience, have your lunch, and relax as you wait for the evening visit to the sewage lagoons. Return for Dinner and Overnight.

Day 2: Birding in Mabamba Wetlands

African Fish eagleHave breakfast, and then proceed to Namugabo near Mabamba swamps, which harbors the biggest population of shoebills recorded on a single day. Birding is done by canoeing and the species seen here include; the long Toed Plover,Goliath, Purple, Herons,Squacco, African water Rail, 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. Again enroute Kampala, stop by another swamp were you will view bird species including; 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.

Day 3:  Kampala – Lake Mburo National Park

Swamp FlycatcherHave breakfast, and then transfer to Lake Mburo National park. The park is located in western Uganda. Have a stopover at the Equator for photos and experiments, proceed to Lake Mburo; and birding to the entrance of Nshara gate. Expect to see many birds including; Common Scimitar bill, species; Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Lilac breasted Roller, Bare faced Go-Away Bird, Crested Francolin, Green Wood Hoopoe, 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 the restaurant in the park.  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, etc. Look out also for evasive Leopard and other nocturnal species. Back for Dinner and Overnight.

Day 4: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park

Snake eagleHave breakfast early in the morning and after embark on nature walk encountering many species of birds. You will then return to the lodge for lunch as you prepare for an evening game drive along the Kigambira loop. The species here include; localized Red Faced Barbet, Red Headed lovebird, Black Collared Barbet, Green capped Eremomela and Lead colored Flycatcher. Back for Dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Return to Kampala

Have an early morning game drive along the lake shores, the species to view here 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. You will return to the lodge for breakfast and proceed for a boat cruise in search for the papyrus species missed, hippos, the crocodiles and many more. Set off birding to Kampala but take a stopover in Masaka town for Lunch before you proceed to Kampala.

End of Safari

grote textorwever; black-headed weaver; Ploceus cucullatusTour 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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