Uganda Forest Birding 12 days

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12 days Uganda Forest birding offers excellent birding opportunities through Uganda forests:-Mabira,Budongo,Kibale,Semliki & Bwindi Impenetrable forest

GO 1: Botanical Gardens, Introductory Birding

Uganda forest birding starts with an introductory birding at the botanical gardens & shores of Lake Victoria  before transferring to your  Kampala booked hotel.  O/N Cassia lodge/ Nexus Resort B/B

Key species: Great blue Turaco, White & Black casqued Hornbills, Grey crowned crane, compact weaver, Hadada Ibis, Open billed stork, Woodland Kingfisher, Papyrus gonlek, Grey heron and Pied King fisher.

GO 2: Birding Mabira Forest, Forest Birding,

Go birding Mabira forest gets you early enough at the forest centre, where you register and later enjoy a full day forest birding.   O/N Cassia lodge/ Nexus Resort B/B

Mabira forest species:Purple throated cuckoo shrike, Nahan’s francolins, Forest wood hoopoe, Green tailed bristle bill, Joyful greenbul, Tit hylia, Grey long bill, Great blue turaco, Weyns weaver, African harrier-hawk, Hairy breasted barbet, Brown eared woodpecker, White-headed saw-wing.

GO 3: Budongo Forest, Birding Busingiro sector

Budongo forest, transfer from Kampala to Busingiro sector for an afternoon forest birding, depending on time of arrival, start birding from visitor centre areas and continue along the main road. Dinner & overnight in Masindi town(Masindi Hotel/Kabalenga resort F/B

Forest birds: African Dwarf Kingfisher, chestnut capped flycatcher, western black headed oriole, Sabine’s spine tail, white breasted negro finch, Yellow crested woodpecker, Yellow footed flycatcher, Lemon bellied crombec, Piping hornbill, Sabine’s spine tail

GO 4: Budongo Forest, Royal Mile

Budongo Forest birding, early rise with a parked lunch and head for the royal mile enjoy a full day bird watching along the forest road ending at the Forest Bridge. Returning at hotel before dark. O/N: Masindi Hotel/Kabalenga resort F/B

Budongo Forest species: Ituri Batis, Nahan’s francolin, Chocolate backed king fisher, Brown twin spot, White spotted fluff tail, Jameson’s wattle eye, white breasted negro finch, Grey headed sunbird, Red headed bluebill, Green sunbird, Little green sunbird.

GO 5:To Kibale Park  – Forest Species

Birding forest species, transfer to Kibale forest and check in at a booked hotel, enjoy the rest of the afternoon birding around the hotel gardens and if you are at Kibale Forest Cottages then bird along the main road. O/N Crater safari lodge/Kibale forest cottages F/B

Kibale forest birds: Black billed turaco, Yellow billed barbet, Great blue turaco, Haily breasted barbet, Vanga flycatcher, Brown throated wattle eye, Western Nicator, Yellow bill.Red bellied paradise fly catcher.

GO 6: Swamp Walk, Kibale Forest

Birding Kibale forest park, early morning walk in Bigodi swamp, Chimpanzee tracking and forest birding in Kibale National park in the afternoon. O/N Crater safari lodge/Kibale forest cottages F/B

Forest species: White coloured Olive back, Red Tailed Bristle bill, Yellow billed barbet, White bellied crested fly catcher, Joyful greenbul, Black billed Turaco, Blue shouldered robin chat, Green breasted Pitta, white spotted Fluff tail

GO7:To Semliki, Semliki Rarities

Birding in Semliki forest starts early morning with a parked lunch drive down the Semliki valleys for forest experience, visit Ssepaya hot spring and bird Kirumia trails the rest of the day Return late afternoon to Fort portal town and check in at a booked hotel one night.  O/N Dutches/Fort Motel F/B

Semliki Rarities: Spot breasted ibis, Grey throated rail, Capuchin babbler, Congo serpent eagle, Piping Hornbill, Red billed dwarf hornbill, White crested hornbill, African Piculet, Red bellied Malimbe, Zenker’s honey guide.

GO 8: To Bwindi Park – Forest Species

Transfer to Bwindi Park early morning, birding hotel surroundings in the afternoon.O/N  Silverback lodge/Crested crane hotel F/B

Albertine species: Banded prinia ,Narina tragon, Magie Manikin, Grey headed Negrofinch, Black billed weaver, Black necked weaver, Stuhlmann’s starling, Pink footed puff back, Bocage’s bush-shrike, Ludher’s bush shrike Narina tragon, banded prinia, blue headed sunbird, Ross’s Turaco, Black billed Turaco

GO 9: In Bwindi Park – Albertine Rift Endimics

Trekking Mountain Gorillas (optional US$ 600) otherwise full day bird watching along the water fall loop searching for rarities and rift endemics.  O/N  Silverback lodge/Crested crane hotel F/B

Rift endemics: Red throated alethe, Black bee eater, Short tailed warbler,Purple breasted sunbird, yellow eyed black fly catcher, Red faced woodland warbler, Blue headed sunbird, Brown capped weaver, Strange weaver

GO10: Ruhinja – Bunyonyi

Birding Bwindi forest starts with the neck, Ruhija surroundings and Bamboo zone before transferring to Bunyonyi for dinner and over night stay. O/N : Bunyonyi Resort/Overland camp F/B

Albertine rift species: Mountain wagtail, Black bee eater, Bar tailed trogon, Regal sunbird, olive pigeon,white tailed ant-thrush, Banded prinia, Mountain capped apalis, Handsome francolin, Chapin’s flycatcher, sooty flycatcher.

GO11: Back to Kampala

Depart Lake Bunyonyi early morning birding at interesting point’s enroute to Kampala and check in at a booked hotel for a night stay. O/N Cassia lodge/ Nexus Resort B/B

GO: 12 Departure

Transfer to EBB airport for your home flight

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PRICES

Uganda Forest birding     12 days

 

 

Lodges/Hotels

 

Seasons

 

2  pax

 

4  pax

 

6  pax

 

8  pax

 

10 pax

Up market lodges

 

High Seasons

Jan/Feb/Mar/June/

Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct/Dec

 

 

3680

 

 

 

2918

 

 

2664

 

 

2832

 

 

2696

 

Up Market lodge

Low Season

Apri/May/Nov

 

3390

 

 

2629

 

 

2375

 

 

2542

 

 

2377

 

 

Medium Lodges

 

Standard  Prices

 

2843

 

 

2081

 

 

1827

 

 

1995

 

 

1860

 

 

*Quotation in US$ per person in a group

*Transportation:  Land cruiser (Station wagon/Mini buses)   8-10 pax use two Vehicles

*Accommodation and meal as indicated in the Itinerary

*Park entrances

*Fuel

* Professional guide (English speaking)

* Boat cruise

* Guided Nature walk

*Game drives

* Bottled drinking water

*Chimp permits

Items Excluded

*Visa, Travel /Health Insurance, Flight ticket, Items of personal nature, Tips, Laundry,

Gorilla permits $600 high season, $ 450 low  Season