Special bird-watching Safari

DAY 1: ARRIVAL:

Meet our professional bird guide at Entebbe airport and then transfer to your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe. Early arrivals may enjoy birding around the botanical gardens in Entebbe. Overnight and Dinner at Space Hotel Apartments and Spa.

 DAY 2: BIRDING MABAMBA:

After an early breakfast, drive to Mabamba Swamp 50km west of Kampala. Stop enroute in the Mpigi Swamp for papyrus rarities. Watch out for the White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-backed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, and other swamp specialities. At the swamp, most of the birding is from a canoe paddled by our local site guides. Look out for the Shoebill both in the sky and down on the marsh. Also look out for the Swamp Flycatcher, African Purple Swamp hen, 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. Overnight and Dinner at Space Hotel Apartments and Spa

 DAY 3: KAMPALA – LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK:

With a stopover at the equator where you will be able to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. Lake Mburo National Park contains an extensive area of wetland and harbours several species of mammals including zebras, Impalas, Elands, Topi and Buffaloes. The bird population include, Green-backed Woodpecker, African Finfoot, Brown-chested Plover, Southern Ground Hornbill, Spot-flanked, Red-faced Barbet, Black-collared Barbet, White–winged Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Carruthers, Cisticola, Papyrus Gonoleka, Yellow-billed Oxpecker and, Northern Brown-throated Weaver. Overnight and Dinner at Mburo Safari Lodge.

 DAY 4: TRANSFER TO BWINDI NATIONAL PARK:

Special birds include Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Banded Prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Redthroated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Rwenzori Batis, Blackand-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Mountain Illadopsis, African Hill-Babbler, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Northern Doublecollared Sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, White-naped Raven, Montane Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Narrowtailed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Strange Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, Yellowbellied Waxbill, Magpie Mannikin, Yellow-crowned Canary, Thick- billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, African Green Broadbill, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Handsome Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Wood-Owl, Rwenzori Nightjar, Scarce Swift, Bar-tailed Trogon, Cinnamonchested Bee-eater, Black Beeeater, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Tullberg’s Woodpecker, Elliot’s Woodpecker, African Broadbill, Western Green Tinkerbird, African Green Broadbill, Lagdens Bush Shrike, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Cuckooshrike, Archer’s Ground Robin, Toro Olive-Greenbul, Ansorge’s Greenbul, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Robin-chat, Olive Thrush, White-tailed AntThrush, Grauer’s Rush-warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler and Red faced Woodland-Warbler.

Overnight and Dinner at Silverback Lodge or Buhoma Homestead. FB

 DAY 5: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK:

After breakfast explore the Buhoma Forest section. Birding in Bwindi is one of the best bird watching hot spots in Uganda. It is home to over 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics. Overnight and Dinner at Silverback Lodge or Buhoma Homestead. FB

 DAY 6:  ULTIMATE GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK:

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge.

If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s safari adventure.

Don’t forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and water proof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain

Overnight: Silverback Lodge Meal Plan: Full Board

 DAY 7: TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

After early breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector where you will have an opportunity to view the tree climbing lions. Relax at the Hotel or swim Lunch and Overnight at Mweya Safari lodge.

  DAY 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK:

Whole morning birding in the Park and then afternoon Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. The channel is a natural, narrow neck of water that connects Lakes George and Edward, with excellent photographic opportunities for waterside birds and abundant Hippopotamus.

Amongst the birds we’ll likely encounter African Skimmer, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, African Crake, Water Thickknee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Gray-headed Gull, Plain Martin, Lesser SwampWarbler, Collard Planticoles and Yellow-billed Oxpecker. Overnight at Mweya Safari lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge (FB).

 DAY 9: TRANSFER TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK:

Morning Game Drive and birding in Queen Elizabeth and then transfer to Kibale National Park in the afternoon. Dinner and Overnight at Primate Lodge (FB)

 DAY 10: CHIMP TRACKING AND BIRDING IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK:

Early morning breakfast then  go for chimp tracking and birding. Specials in this park include Olive long tailed cuckoo, African black duck, Joyful, cabanis, Toro olive and Cameroon sombre greenbuls, Black faced rufous warbler, tiny sunbird, green twinsport, Brown and scaly breasted illadopsis, blue shouldered robin chat,

Green-throated Sunbird, Bluethroated sunbird, Green-breasted Pita, African pita, whitethroated Greenbul , Yellow whiskered Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristle Bill, Red-capped Robinchat, Dusky Tit, Green-headed Sunbird, Brown-capped Weaver, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puff Back, Ludher’s Bush-shrike. Dinner and Overnight at Primate Lodge.

DAY 11: TRANSFER TO KAMPALA:

After early morning Breakfast transfer to Kampala. Have lunch, after start a short city tour and shopping before going to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Space Hotel Apartments and Spa.

DAY 12:  SHOPPING AND TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT FOR YOUR FLIGHT BACK HOME.

 End of Safari thanks for booking with Breeze Travel and Safaris Ltd!

+ Safari Itinerary

DAY 1: ARRIVAL:

Meet our professional bird guide at Entebbe airport and then transfer to your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe. Early arrivals may enjoy birding around the botanical gardens in Entebbe. Overnight and Dinner at Space Hotel Apartments and Spa.

 DAY 2: BIRDING MABAMBA:

After an early breakfast, drive to Mabamba Swamp 50km west of Kampala. Stop enroute in the Mpigi Swamp for papyrus rarities. Watch out for the White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-backed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal, and other swamp specialities. At the swamp, most of the birding is from a canoe paddled by our local site guides. Look out for the Shoebill both in the sky and down on the marsh. Also look out for the Swamp Flycatcher, African Purple Swamp hen, 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. Overnight and Dinner at Space Hotel Apartments and Spa

 DAY 3: KAMPALA – LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK:

With a stopover at the equator where you will be able to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. Lake Mburo National Park contains an extensive area of wetland and harbours several species of mammals including zebras, Impalas, Elands, Topi and Buffaloes. The bird population include, Green-backed Woodpecker, African Finfoot, Brown-chested Plover, Southern Ground Hornbill, Spot-flanked, Red-faced Barbet, Black-collared Barbet, White–winged Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Carruthers, Cisticola, Papyrus Gonoleka, Yellow-billed Oxpecker and, Northern Brown-throated Weaver. Overnight and Dinner at Mburo Safari Lodge.

 DAY 4: TRANSFER TO BWINDI NATIONAL PARK:

Special birds include Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Banded Prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Redthroated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Rwenzori Batis, Blackand-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Mountain Illadopsis, African Hill-Babbler, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Northern Doublecollared Sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, White-naped Raven, Montane Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Narrowtailed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Strange Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, Yellowbellied Waxbill, Magpie Mannikin, Yellow-crowned Canary, Thick- billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, African Green Broadbill, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre’s Hawk-eagle, Handsome Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Wood-Owl, Rwenzori Nightjar, Scarce Swift, Bar-tailed Trogon, Cinnamonchested Bee-eater, Black Beeeater, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Tullberg’s Woodpecker, Elliot’s Woodpecker, African Broadbill, Western Green Tinkerbird, African Green Broadbill, Lagdens Bush Shrike, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Cuckooshrike, Archer’s Ground Robin, Toro Olive-Greenbul, Ansorge’s Greenbul, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Robin-chat, Olive Thrush, White-tailed AntThrush, Grauer’s Rush-warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler and Red faced Woodland-Warbler.

Overnight and Dinner at Silverback Lodge or Buhoma Homestead. FB

 DAY 5: BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK:

After breakfast explore the Buhoma Forest section. Birding in Bwindi is one of the best bird watching hot spots in Uganda. It is home to over 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics. Overnight and Dinner at Silverback Lodge or Buhoma Homestead. FB

 DAY 6:  ULTIMATE GORILLA TRACKING IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK:

After an early breakfast depart to the starting point for briefing about your gorilla trekking adventure after which you will be led by experienced gorilla trackers on the slopes of the volcanoes. You will start from the site where the gorillas were encountered the day before and from here the gorilla tracking begins. Although the hike can be physically demanding, the anticipation of the exciting experience ahead is amazing, and the beauty of the gorilla forest and its inhabitants are fascinating. One of Africa’s major highlights is when you encounter these gentle apes. It is a humbling experience to stand just meters from man’s distant cousins as they eat rest, play and bond with their young ones. Follow the mountain gorillas as they range freely in the impenetrable forest, and discover their gorgeous natural habitual and the many species they share it with. You are allowed an hour with the gorillas before finally sloping down back to your lodge.

If your trek was relatively short, you may have a guided nature walk around the lodge and the surrounding communities in the evening. Return to the lodge where you will enjoy dinner with your fellow travelers before getting a good night’s rest for tomorrow’s safari adventure.

Don’t forget to carry your rain gear, packed lunch, plenty of water, gloves, hat, and water proof bag for protection of your camera in case of rain

Overnight: Silverback Lodge Meal Plan: Full Board

 DAY 7: TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

After early breakfast transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector where you will have an opportunity to view the tree climbing lions. Relax at the Hotel or swim Lunch and Overnight at Mweya Safari lodge.

  DAY 8: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK:

Whole morning birding in the Park and then afternoon Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. The channel is a natural, narrow neck of water that connects Lakes George and Edward, with excellent photographic opportunities for waterside birds and abundant Hippopotamus.

Amongst the birds we’ll likely encounter African Skimmer, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, African Crake, Water Thickknee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Gray-headed Gull, Plain Martin, Lesser SwampWarbler, Collard Planticoles and Yellow-billed Oxpecker. Overnight at Mweya Safari lodge or Jacana Safari Lodge (FB).

 DAY 9: TRANSFER TO KIBALE NATIONAL PARK:

Morning Game Drive and birding in Queen Elizabeth and then transfer to Kibale National Park in the afternoon. Dinner and Overnight at Primate Lodge (FB)

 DAY 10: CHIMP TRACKING AND BIRDING IN KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARK:

Early morning breakfast then  go for chimp tracking and birding. Specials in this park include Olive long tailed cuckoo, African black duck, Joyful, cabanis, Toro olive and Cameroon sombre greenbuls, Black faced rufous warbler, tiny sunbird, green twinsport, Brown and scaly breasted illadopsis, blue shouldered robin chat,

Green-throated Sunbird, Bluethroated sunbird, Green-breasted Pita, African pita, whitethroated Greenbul , Yellow whiskered Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristle Bill, Red-capped Robinchat, Dusky Tit, Green-headed Sunbird, Brown-capped Weaver, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puff Back, Ludher’s Bush-shrike. Dinner and Overnight at Primate Lodge.

DAY 11: TRANSFER TO KAMPALA:

After early morning Breakfast transfer to Kampala. Have lunch, after start a short city tour and shopping before going to your hotel. Dinner and Overnight at Space Hotel Apartments and Spa.

DAY 12:  SHOPPING AND TRANSFER TO THE AIRPORT FOR YOUR FLIGHT BACK HOME.

 End of Safari thanks for booking with Breeze Travel and Safaris Ltd!

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