11 Days Gorilla Trekking & Birding Safari

Places to Visit: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kibale Forest, & Queen Elizabeth National Park

Tour Overview

The safari will later take you to Lake Mburo National park, the best place where you can view Elands, Antelopes, as well as Zebras, Topi, Impala, and several Acacia -associated birds. The five lakes within the park attract Hippos, Crocodiles and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as the Sitatunga Antelope and Red, Black and Yellow Papyrus Gonalek. On the boat ride different bird species can be seen which include the Brown Chested Plover, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, African Finfoot, and Black Collard Barbet among others.

The safari also precedes to Queen Elizabeth national park, probably one of the highest biome nature reserves in the world. The park boasts of over 606 bird species including both native and migrant bird species. The Kazinga channel is a haven for birders given the existence of various bird species at the lake shores as well as large congregations of Gull-billed Terns (maximum 1200 on Kazinga Channel and African Skimmers.

From Bwindi impenetrable national park, you will not only go birding but also track The Mountain gorillas. The park has got all 24 of the Albertine Rift endemic species including African Green Broadbill, Chapin’s Flycatcher and Shelley’s Crimson-wing among others. Other interesting birds in the park include the African Green Broadbill, Shelley’s Crimson wing, Black–faced Rufous, Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Banded Prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis and the Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher. An expedition to the magical spot of Lake Bunyonyi which it translates as ‘a place of little birds’.

Highlights:

  • Discover the southern region of the Pearl of Africa optimizing the transfer times
  • Fly to Kisoro.
  • Unforgettable encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
  • Beautiful hike “across” Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, accompanied by professional guide and armed rangers
  • Meet, explore and learn from the local communities
  • Trek Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest National Park.
  • Game drive in Ishasha Sector for Tree climbing Lions and Kazinga Channel boat trip.
  • Support sustainable tourism initiatives

Specially created for:

  • Nature lovers
  • Safari aficionados
  • Walking enthusiasts
  • Adventure travellers
  • Perfect for those guests who like the “short” hike across Bwindi or wish to continue by road to QENP

The safari at a glance

  • Day 1: Adventurous Birding in the Entebbe Enviroments  B, L, D
  • Day 2: Birding in Mabamba Swamps primarily to view the famous Shoebill stock  B, L, D
  • Day 3: Birding Day in Lake Mburo National Park.  B, L, D
  • Day 4: Game Drive in Lake Mburo and Transfer to Lake Bunyonyi B, L, D
  • Day 5: Beautiful lake Bunyonyi – Boat Rides 7 Island Tour.  B, L, D
  • Day 6: Morning Birding in Lake Bunyonyi & Lake Nkuringo in Bwindi forest  B, L, D
  • Day 7: Gorilla Trekking Activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest B, L, D
  • Day 8: Walking safari and passionate birding guide transvere the Bwindi Impenetrable B, L, D
  • Day 9: Game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha sector and proceed on to the Kasenyi sector. B, L, D
  • Day 10: Early morning adventure in the Maramagambo Forest (part of Queen Elizabeth Park).  B, L, D
  • Day 11: Return to Entebbe for your flight back home B, L, D

SAFARI ITINERARY IN DETAIL

DAY 1: BIRDING IN THE ENTEBBE ENVIRONMENTS

With the guide transfer for bird watching around the shores of Lake Victoria. From the lake shores and wetlands search for birds such as for Blue Monarch, Brown Twin Spots, Fain tailed Widow bird, Moustached Warbler, White headed Barbets, Black headed Gonolek, Striped Kingfisher, African Pied hornbill, Diederik’s Cuckoo, Black Bishop, among others. After lunch, visit the Uganda Wildlife Education centre where you will see different birds such as Ostriches, African grey parrots, the Peacock, crested cranes, Egyptian goose among others.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 2: BIRDING IN THE MABAMBA SWAMP

After early breakfast you will set off Mabamba Wetland also found at the shores of Lake Victoria. This is the nearest birding destination where the rare Shoebill stork can be seen. Other birds that can e seen include the Lesser Jacana, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Blue Swallow, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, White Winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek among others. Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park, having lunch enroute.

  • Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 3: BIRDING SAFARI IN LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK

Early in the morning carry out a game drive through Lake Mburo National Park. On the drive different animals as well as birds habituated in savannah grasslands and woodlands can be seen. Punctuated with many lakes surrounded by swamps, the park has also attracted various water-loving bird species. Return to the lodge for breakfast. Relax as you wait for your lunch. After lunch proceed to the lake for a boat ride. On the boat ride several animals such as crocodiles, hippopotamuses and birds like Pelicans, Black crake, Heron, cormorant, fish eagle, you may also sight the rare Shoebill Stork may be seen.

  • Accommodation: Mihingo Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 4: LAKE MBURO – LAKE BUNYONYI

Morning game drive in Lake Mburo and transfer via the town of Mbarara further south to Kabale to overnight on an Island on Lake Bunyonyi

After checking in at the lodge, carry out some birding around the shores of Lake Bunyonyi. Relax in the evening at this beautiful island.

  • Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arramgement

DAY 5: LAKE BUNYONYI – BOATRIDES & ISLAND TOURS

After having breakfast, take on a morning boat ride on Lake Bunyonyi visiting the Islands where different species of birds and migratory birds from Europe can be seen. A visit to the Akampene Island where the Bakiga used to dump unmarried pregnant girls is anther memorable adventure you can take on this island. Return to the Lodge for Lunch.

  • Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Eco Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arramgement

DAY 6: LAKE BUNYONYI – BWINDI GORILLA FOREST

After breakfast embark on motorsied canoe from the accommodation with local birding guide for 2 hour and later rendenzous with your guide at Muko landing site to continue the journey on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable forest. In the afternoon conduct birding around the Nkuringo village with possibility of visiting the Buniga pocket forest for more birding.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arramgement

DAY 7: GORILLA TRACKING ACTIVITY

Wake up very early for gorilla tracking in this dense tropical Afromontane forest. Seeing the few elusive gentle giants moving in families is quite a memorable experience which cant easily be got any where in Africa. On the search for these World Giants from the steeper forested sides, different birds as well as other primates can be seen.

  • Accommodation: Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
  • Meal Plan: Full board arramgement

DAY 8: BWINDI FOREST TRANSVERSE

With walking safari and passionate birding guide transvere the Bwindi Impenetrable forest walk through the different trails where you may get the chance to see the Albertine Rift endemics such as African Green Broadbill, Chapin’s Flycatcher and Shelley’s Crimson-wing. Other interesting bird species that can be seen include the African Green Broadbill, Shelley’s Crimson wing, Black–faced Rufous, Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Banded Prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis and the Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher among others. Meet up with your driver guide and transfer to Queen Elizabeth Ishasha sector for Savannah birding safari and wildlife safari

  • Accommodation: Ishasha Wilderness Camp
  • Meal Plan: Full board arramgement

DAY 9: BIRDING SAFARI IN QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Early in the morning take a game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park Ishasha sector and proceed on to the Kasenyi sector. In the savanna grassland and woodlands, different birds can be seen which include the Martial Eagle, Lesser Flamingoes, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer, Ovampo Sparrow hawk, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, White-tailed Lark, Saddle-billed Storks, Red Footed Falcon, Papyrus Gonolek and Papyrus Canary among others. Return to the lodge for lunch in the evening visit the Katwe salt works and please don’t forget to keep an eye out for the different birds at this salty lake and the neighboring lush environments.

  • Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 10: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

Early morning adventure in the Maramagambo Forest (part of Queen Elizabeth Park). From this tropical moist forest you will see different forest birds such as Hornbills, Kingfishers and Sunbirds. Other highlights are Bat Cave where thousands of Egyptian Fruit Bats stay, a small bluish transparent Blue Lake and Hunter’s Cave. Proceed to Mweya reaching in time for a launch cruise on Kazinga channel. On the cruise different waterbirds such as Pelican, Saddle-bill Stork, African Fish Eagle, African Jacana and Kingfisher can be seen

  • Accommodation: Kasenyi Safari Camp
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

DAY 11: QENP – ENTEBBE

Early morning game drive or birding in the Kyambura gorge and there after transfer to Entebbe via Mbarara with lunch stop at the Igongo Cultural Centre.

  • Accommodation: Papyrus Guesthouse
  • Meal Plan: Full board arrangement

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