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20 Days Uganda Safari

Introduction

This 20 days journey will take you to the best safari destinations in Uganda: From Entebbe to Mabamba swamp for birding; to Lake Mburo national park for game drive, birds watching and boat cruise; to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park for gorilla tracking and birding at Mubwindi swamp; plus Birding to Buhoma through “The Neck”, to Queen Elizabeth National Park, birding en-route, game drive and boat cruise; to Kibale forest national park, birding-enroute, chimpanzee trekking and Bigodi swamp walk; to Murchison Falls national park for game drive and boat cruise, birding towards the delta; to kidepo valley national park, game drive, birding, hot spring and culture; to Pian Upe wildlife reserve, birding en-route; to sipi falls, en-route birding.

All lodges are selected for their location and service standards.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Welcome to Uganda

Our company representative will pick you up on arrival at Entebbe International Airport and drive you to your hotel. Just 10 minutes drive from Entebbe international airport. Depending on your arrival time, you can visit interesting places within Entebbe including: Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre; Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, botanical gardens and others. Journey time: 10 minutes. Breakfast, lunch, dinner & overnight stay at Gorilla Africa Guesthouse or Via Via Entebbe. All activities today are at additional cost.

Day 2: Drive to Mabamba Swamp for Birding

After an early breakfast at the hotel, you will drive to Nakiwogo Landing site where you will board a motorized canoe, and transfer to Mabamba Swamp on Lake Victoria. The Mabamba swamp is located on the shores of Lake Victoria, and is one of the best places to spot the rare and elusive shoebill stock in central Uganda. The bird species that we expect to encounter here include the Goliath Herons, White faced whistling Duck, White-winged Warbler, Lesser Jacana, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Yellow-backed, Golden-backed, Vieillot’s Black, Weyns’s and Orange weaver and Red-headed Lovebird among others. The birding at mabamba swamp, we normally use a canoe to maneuver through the thin pass in the swamp until we find the mabamba shoebill stock as well identify other bird species, which makes the whole activity exciting. The boat transfer from the Nakiwogo Landing site to Mabamba will typically last ±45 minutes (Oneway) before you meet up with your local mabamba guide who will then join us on the boat for the shoebill Tracking experience across the vast Mabamba Swamp. The guide will also point out other bird species while on the trip. Upon finding, the shoebill stork, you will be allowed ample time to photograph this elusive bird. Thereafter you will head back to the Nakiwogo Landing site (45 minutes transfer on water) and transfer back to your Entebbe hotel. Breakfast, Packed Lunch and dinner and overnight stay at Gorilla African Guest House.

Day 3: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park, Birding en-route.

After breakfast, you will check out of the guest house and we will drive to Lake Mburo national park while birding en-route, with stopovers at the Equator for photographs and equator experience and en-route lunch. We will proceed and make another stopover at Kaku swamp where we sometimes encounter species like the Black kite, the White-faced and Fulvous, whistling ducks, Common and Purple Swamphen, Lesser Moorhen, Hottentot Teals, Spur-winged and Egyptian Geese, Grey-crowned Cranes and Saddle-billed Storks, Grey wood Pecker, Dusky Blue, African Dusky, African Paradise, Red-bellied Paradise, Brown-throated Wattle-Eye, Arrow-marked, Black-lored and Brown Babblers, Lesser and Scaly-throated Honeyguide among others. You will then proceed on to Lake Mburo national park for overnight. Drive time: approximately 5-6 hours; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Rwakobo Rock Lodge.

Day 4: Birding in Lake Mburo National Park and Boat cruise.

After your breakfast, with our parked lunch, we shall start our game drive/birding in Lake Mburo national park. Among the 350 bird species recorded here includes; the Spot-franked, Double-toothed, Red-faced and Crested Barbets, Western-banded and Brown Snake-eagles, Trilling, Red-faced and Tabora Cisticolas, Crested and Coqui Francolins, Chin-spot Batis, Broad- billed and Lilac-breasted Roller, Brown-chested Lapwing, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Brown Parot, Bateleur, and Emerald-spotted wood dove among others. We latter drive towards Rwonyo, and the lake side for our picnic lunch and later go for the boat cruise on lake Mburo. Here we expect species like; the White-faced and Fulvous whistling ducks, White-backed and Black-crowned Night Herons, African Finfoot, African Darter, Rufous-bellied Heron, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warbler, Common and Purple Swamphen, Lesser Moorhen, Spur-winged and Egyptian Geese, Grey-crowned Cranes, African Water Rail and Allen’s Gallinule among others. We later drive back to our lodge while birding on the way. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Rwakobo Rock Lodge.

Day 5: To Bwindi Impenetrable National Park birding en-route.

After breakfast at the lodge you will drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, you will have opportunities to stop along the way to spot some bird species as well as sightseeing. This journey takes you through the beautiful green rolling hills of southern Uganda with banana and tea plantations and good scenic views. Lunch will be served en route and you will arrive in Bwindi in the evening. Drive time: 6-7 hours; Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge.

Day 6: Gorilla Trekking Experience

After your early morning breakfast, your guide will drive you to Ruhija Park headquarters for briefing and joining others for gorilla trekking. You will start your trek which can take from 30 minutes to 7 hours depending on the location of mountain gorillas on that particular day. Once you have found them, you will be around one hour of observation and photography before returning back to the park headquarters for certificate and drive to Ruhija sector for overnight at Broad Bill Forest Camp or Bakiga Lodge. Breakfast, lunch, dinner and overnight stay at Broad Bill Forest Camp or Bakiga Lodge.

Day 7: Birding in Mubwindi Swamp.

After breakfast at the Lodge we will go for birding at Mubwindi swamp, we will spend the entire day birding at this area. The 4km trail to Mubwindi Swamp is the best place for some of the most difficult to find of all rift endemics including Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Mubwindi Swamp is also home to Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Apalis, African Hill Babbler and the rare and localized Grauer’s Scrub-Warbler. Some of the many species we have a chance of seeing here include Black Goshawk, Augur Buzzard, Crowned Hawk-Eagle, Handsome Francolin, Olive (Rameron) Pigeon, Bronze-winged Pigeon, Black-billed, Ruwenzori, and Ross’s Turacco, African, Barred Long-tailed, and African Emerald Cuckoos, Red-chested Owlet, Narina and Bar-tailed Trogons, Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Blue-throated Roller, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Gray-throated, Double-toothed, and Yellow-spotted Barbets, Western and Yellow-rumpedTinkerbird, Thick-billed and Dwarf Honeyguides, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Tullberg’s, Speckle-breasted, Elliot’s, and Olive Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, Rock Martin, Black Saw-wing, Gray and Petit’s Cuckoo-Shrike, Ansorge’s, Kakamega and Cabanis’ Greenbuls, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Olive and Mountain Thrushes, Red-throated Alethe, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia, Ruwenzori, Black-throated, and Black-faced Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera, Grauer’s Warbler, Cinnamon and Black-faced Bracken-Warblers, Mountain Yellow Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Short-tailed Warbler, Red-faced Woodland-Warbler, White-eyed Slaty- Flycatcher, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Sooty Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, White-starred Robin, White-bellied and Archer’s Robin-Chats, Ruwenzori Batis, White-tailed, and African Blue-Flycatchers, Pale-breasted, Mountain, and Gray-chested Illadopses, Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, Gray-headed, Western Violet-backed, Green, Green-headed, Blue-headed, Green-throated, Stuhlmann’s, Northern Double-collared, and Regal Sunbirds, Mackinnon’s Shrike, Ludher’s, Gray-green, Many-colored, and Lagden’s Bush-shrikes, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Slender-billed, Waller’s, Narrow-tailed, Stuhlmann’s, and Sharpe’s Starlings, Black-billed, Strange, and Brown-capped Weavers, Jameson’s and Woodhouse’s Ant-peckers, and Red-faced and Dusky Crimson-wings. Breakfast, Packed Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Broadbill Tented Forest Camp or Bakiga Lodge.

Day 8: Birding to Buhoma through “The Neck”

Today we will go for birding to Buhoma section through “The Neck”. The Neck (where the forest narrows) offers excellent forest birding. Key species that we will look for there include many of the Albertine Rift Endemics that we may not have seen earlier. These include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyguide, African Green Broadbill, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, DuskyCrimsonwing. A few other species we may encounter as well include Ayres’s Hawk-Eagle, Fine-banded and Cardinal Woodpeckers, Willcocks’s Honeyguide, KakamegaGreenbul, Red-tailed Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Mountain Wagtail, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Equatorial Akalat, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Dusky Tit, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Red-headed Malimbe, Dusky Twinspot, Cape Wagtail, Brown-backed Scrub Robin, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, and Western Citril. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Buhoma Community Rest Camp.

Day 9: To Queen Elizabeth National park, en-route birding

This morning you will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park, be prepared for some incredible scenery along the way as well as spotting some birds. You will arrive in time for Lunch at the lodge and game drive in the plains of Kasenyi in search for savannah wildlife including spotting bird different birds like the Red Chested, Diederik, and Klaas’s Cuckoo, Short-toed, Black-chested and Brown Snake-eagles, African white-backed, among others and savannah animals that may include herds of buffaloes, antelopes, elephants and if lucky, some wild cats such as lions and leopard. Drive time: 4-5 hours; Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Elephant Hab\Buffalo Resort.

Day 10: Game drive/ Birding and Boat cruise.

The day begins early with an early morning breakfast, then with our parked lunch, we start our birding/game drive through the kasenyi plains. The park has more than 612 bird species recorded and this is said to be the highest concentration of bird life as compared to any nature reserve in the World. Here we expect sightings of bird species like; the Red Chested, Diederik, and Klaas’s Cuckoo, Short-toed, Black-chested and Brown Snake-eagles, African white-backed, Ruppel’s Griffon, Lappet-faced and Hooded Vultures, African Marsh, Eurasian Marsh, Pallid and Montagu’s Harrier, Wahlberg’s, Tawny, Long-crested and Martial Eagles, African Crake, Harlequin and Blue Quail, Common Button-quail, European Roller, Rufous-naped, White-tailed and Flappet Lark, Winding, Wing-snapping, Croaking, Trilling and Stout Cisticola,Temminck’s Courser, Vereaux’s Eagle-owl, Black-crowned Tchagra and Collared Pratincole among others. We drive towards Mweya peninsular, have our picnic lunch and then go for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel for yet another but deferent view of wildlife and birds. We then drive back to our lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Elephant Hab\Buffalo Resort.

Day 11: To Kibale forest National park, en-route birding at Maramagambo Forest.

After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we check out of the lodge and drive to Maramagambo Forest for birding/nature walk in the forest. During the walk, we expect to encounter different bird species that includes; the Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Chestnut Wattle Eye, African Dusky, African Paradise, Red-bellied Paradise and Bedford’s Flycatchers, African Golden oriole, Red headed blue bill, Bat hawks, Sulphur-breasted bush shrike, Brown-eared woodpecker, Fawn breasted Waxbill, Yellow-rumped, Yellow-fronted and Speckled Tinkerbirds, African Moustached, Garden,Willow and Dark-caped Yellow Warbler among others. We also expect to encounter different primate species like the Black and white Colobus monkey. Later in the afternoon we drive to Kibale Forest National Park, arriving in the evening and check in to the lodge for dinner and overnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Chimpanzee Forest Guest House.

Day 12: Birding in Kibale Forest National Park /Bigodi swamp.

After an early breakfast, we start our day birding in Kibale forest. The forest protects more than 300 bird species, so we will expect to encounter specialties that includes; Green-breasted Pitta, Red-chested Owlet, Scally-breasted, Pale-breasted and Brown Illadopsis, Red-caped and Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe, Forest Robin, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared and Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Red-winged Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, White-naped and Afep Pigeon, Red-tailed Ant-thrush, Rufous Flycatcher-Thrush, Yellow-whiskered, Cabanis’s, Yellow-throated, Red-tailed and Little Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Yellow-spotted, Hairy-breasted and Yellow-billed Barbet among others. We come back to the lodge, have lunch and latter go to Bigodi swamp for a nature walk/birding. This is located some 4kms from Kibale national park visitors’ centre. Here we expect to see species like; the Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Great-blue Turaco, White-naped pigeon, White-tail Ant-Thrush, White spotted Flufftail, Slender-billed, Cameroon Sombre, Joyful and Toro olive Greenbul among others. We go back to the Lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Chimpanzee Forest Guest House.

Day 13: To Murchison Falls national park, birding en-route

After breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start birding as we transfer towards Murchison falls National Park, through the tea plantations for sightseeing of Fort portal and home steads of Kagadi and Hoima. We will make stopovers at some spots birding as we drive on, arriving the park in the evening for overnight. Drive time: 6-7 hours; Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Pakuba safari Lodge or Kabalega wilderness Camp.

Day 14: Birding towards the Delta, Murchison Falls N.P

After an early morning breakfast, with our packed lunch, we will cross the Nile by the ferry to the northern sector of the park and start our game drive/ birding towards the Delta, in search for the specialties that include; Swallow-tailed, Madagascar, Northern Carmine, Blue-breasted and Red-throated Bee-eaters, Sooty and White-fronted black Chat, Crested and Heuglin’s Francolin, Silverbird, Rufous Sparrow, White-browed and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-weaver, Vitelline Masked, and Speckle-fronted Weaver, Red-winged Pytilia, Zitting, Black-backed, Croaking, Siffling, Whistling, Rattling and Foxy Cisticola, Double-toothed, White-headed and Black-billed Barbets, Northern, Black-winged and Black Bishop, Nubian, Cadinal and Grey Woodpecker, Black-bellied and Denham’s Bustard, Black-billed and Blue-spotted Wood-dove, Tambourine and Namaqua Dove, Yellow-billed Oxpecker and African Golden Oriole, Long-toed lapwing, Goliath Heron, Water thick-knee, Abyssinian Ground-hornbill, and the rare Shoebill among others. We go back to our camp/lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Pakuba safari Lodge or Kabalega wilderness Lodge.

Day 15: Nile Delta & Top of Murchison Falls

After breakfast, we shall take a boat trip, birding towards the Delta and the specialities here include the Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, White rumped canary, Carmine Bee eater, Sacred Ibis, Pied Kingfisher, Red throated Bee eaters, Saddle billed stock, Red necked Falcon, Osprey, Bruce’s Green pigeon, Vinaceous dove, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Shoebill, Fulvous whistling Duck, White crested Turaco, Silver bird, Grosbeak Weaver, Goliath and Purple Heron among others. We also expect to encounter a variety of mammals including the Elephants, Buffaloes, Hartbeasts, Giraffe, Cobs, Oribis, Hyenas,Lions and Leopards among others. We go back to the camp, have lunch and later in the afternoon we go for a boat cruise upstream to the bottom of Murchison falls. We come back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 16: Birding towards Kidepo Valley National park.

After breakfast, you will drive to Kidepo valley National Park located in north eastern Uganda. Check in your Accommodation property, relax and prepare for a later afternoon game drive where you will have a chance to spot and see different bird species among them including the Kori bustard, Abyssinian ground hornbill, secretary bird, ostrich, carmine, yellow-billed and Jackson’s hornbills and some ostriches. Kidepo National Park was once voted the best Savannah National Park in Africa boosting of over 400 bird species and is the only place where you can see cheaters. Kidepo Valley National Park boosts of several prides of lions that can be easily spotted compared to other National Parks, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, and so much more in large number. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Kidepo Savannah Lodge.

Day 17: Morning and afternoon game drives in Kidepo Valley National park.

Today, you will spend both morning and afternoon doing game drives in the savannah plains of Kidepo valley National Park. This park hosts a great variety of animal species in comparison to any other Ugandan parks. Of the Eighty species recorded in 1971, Twenty eight weren’t known to exist in any other park within Uganda. Carnivore species distinctive to Kidepo are: the Hunting dog, Bat-eared Fox, Cheetah, Striped Hyena, Caracal and the aard Wolf. The more uncommon ungulates are: the greater & Lesser Kudu, roan antelope, Chandler’s mountain Reedbuck, beisa oryx, Klipspringer and Bright’s Gazelle, have been greatly decreased by poachers within the past few years. Among the other big ungulates are: elephants, oribi, burchell’s zebras, Jackson’s hartebeests, bush pigs, bohor reed buck, warthogs, rothschild giraffes, defassa water bucks, cape buffaloes, elands, bush duskiers and bush bucks . Five primate species are found within the park of which the most endemic is the Kavirondo bush baby. Carnivores existing include lions, side-striped jackals, leopards, black-backed jackals, various small cats as well as spotted hyenas. Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight stay at Kidepo Savannah Lodge.

Day 18: Drive to Pian Upe wildlife Reserve, birding en-route

After breakfast, you will drive to Pian Upe wildlife reserve located in Eastern Uganda commonly known as Birder’s paradise, it boosts of over 200 bird species. Check in your Accommodation property, relax and prepare for a later afternoon game drive where you will have a chance to spot and see different bird species among them including the Kori bustard, Abyssinian ground hornbill, secretary bird, ostrich, carmine, yellow-billed and Jackson’s hornbills and some ostriches. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and overnight at UWA Bandas.

Day 19: Morning game drive and Drive to Sipi Falls, en-route birding

Today after breakfast you will drive to Sipi falls for overnight and a hike to Sipi falls, in the foothills of Mount Elgon National Park. Mount Elgon has four trail heads that expose hikers to beautiful plantations, the sweet melodies of the birds and if you are lucky, you will spot a few primates playing, and some small mammals. Alternatively, you can take a trail that leads to the Sipi falls, home of the three amazing waterfalls. This magnificent wonder gives you sweet thundering sounds as well as stunning views, very perfect for photography. In the afternoon, have lunch then head for a guided coffee tour in the nearby coffee plantation. Here, the guides will take you through coffee growing and processing exercise, you will practically get involved in some stages of preparing organic, from the garden to the cup. Mount Elgon region is recognized for being one of the best Coffee producing areas in the entire East Africa. After all is done, return for dinner and overnight at your lodge. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and overnight stay at Sipi River Lodge.

Day 20: Drive to Entebbe International Airport, birding en-route

Like all great journeys, the 20 days safari has come to an end. Enjoy your last sunrise in this beautiful corner of Uganda. After breakfast you will drive back to Entebbe international Airport. After you will proceed to Entebbe, you may decide to have dinner and relax at the Lodge in Entebbe depending on your flight departure time, marking the end of your 20 Days Uganda Safari Tours. Drive time: 7 hours; accommodation for tonight is not included in the program. In case you wish us to include one (or more) nights in Entebbe and/or Kampala, please let us know.

Cost Per Person Sharing
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Rate 2024/ 2025

› 1 Person - USD 900 Per Person

› 2 Person - USD 470 Per Person

› 3 Person - USD 460 Per Person

› 4 Person - USD 450 Per Person

› 5 Person - USD 440 Per Person

› 6 Person - USD 400 Per Person

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Package Included

› All Airport Transfers

› 18 night accommodation

› English speaking friendly guide

› Drinking water while in the vehicle

› Transport in 4x4 safari vehicle

› Fuel for the whole trip

› All meals as listed

› Park fees

› Activities as listed

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Package Excluded

› 1 Gorilla Permit Per Person (USD 700)

› 1 Chimps Permit Per Person (USD 200)

› Pre and post tour accommodation

› Travel Insurance (recommended)

› Visa fees

› Personal expenses (Tips, Drinks, etc)

› Face Masks (Recommended)

› International flights

› Cost of additional activities

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