12 Days Savannah Birding

DAY 1: ARRIVE AT ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT.
Meet & greet by your driver/guide and proceed to go to the Botanic gardens looking out for birds like the Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Storks, Black-winged Stilt, Doves, Turacos, Kingfishers, Hornbills, Sunbirds, Starlings, Weavers and if you are lucky the Grey Parrot. Proceed to accommodation in time for lunch.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena /Protea hotel/  2 Friends beach hotel/ Sunset hotel.

DAY 2: BIRD MABAMBA.    
Early breakfast and then with packed lunch proceed to bird Mabamba Wetlands where you will be paddled in a canoe as you bird through the swamp, look out for birds like the mighty Shoebill and other birds like Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Long toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Bee-eater among other birds. Bird your way back to Kampala looking out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, African Green Pigeon, great Blue Turaco, Ross's Turaco, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers birds, Finches among other birds.

Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena /Protea hotel/  2 Friends beach hotel/ Sunset hotel.

DAY 3: BIRD TO MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK.    
After breakfast, bird as you head for Murchison Falls National Park with a lunch stop at Masindi Hotel. After lunch, bird as you continue to Paraa via the top of the falls. Have a short walk around the top of the falls from where you can walk down to the river's edge and see the waters narrow as they are forced through a rocky cleft and plunge down 35 meters in a majestic cascade. Look out for birds like the beautiful White-crested Turaco, Greater blue-eared Starling, Cuckoos, Weavers, Raptors, White- headed Barbet, African Paradise-flycatcher, Red-cheeked Cordon blue, Waxbills, Finches, Sunbirds among other birds.

Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari lodge/Murchison River lodge/ Fort Murchison. 

DAY 4: BIRD MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK.    
After Breakfast, head out for morning birding getting back in time for lunch. After lunch, transfer to Paraa northern bank for the boat trip up to the bottom of the Falls, and it is possible to view hundreds of hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of bird life. Look out for birds like Denham's Bustard, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Black-headed Plover, Rock Pratincole, Swallow tailed Bee-Eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Carmine Bee-Eater, Black-billed Barbet, Spotted Morning Thrush, Northern Red and Black-Winged red Bishops, Speckle fronted Weaver, White-browed Sparrow Weaver among other birds. Look out for mammals like the graceful Roth Child Giraffe, Jackson's Hartebeest, Uganda kob, bushbuck, Defassa Waterbuck, buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, hippos, oribi and when lucky a leopard and lion among others.

Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari lodge/Murchison River lodge/ Fort Murchison.

DAY 5: BIRD TO FORT PORTAL.    
After breakfast, bird your way to Fort Portal town in western Uganda. Look out for birds like Western banded Snake Eagle, Crested Guinea Fowl, Striped Kingfisher, Red-chested Cuckoo, great Blue Turaco, Lizard Buzzard, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Lesser Striped and Red-breasted Swallows, Joyful Greenbul, Masked Apalis, Cassin's Grey Flycatcher, Whinchat, Stonechat, Green-headed Sunbird, Common Fiscal, Dark-backed Weaver among others.

Dinner and overnight at Kyaninga lodge/ Primate lodge/ Kibale Forest Camp.

DAY 6: BIRD TO QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.    
After breakfast, bird as you head towards Queen Elizabeth National Park along the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains through Kasese, and crossing the Equator. Game drive en-route to accommodation where you will spend three nights. Look out for birds like Grey-headed Kingfisher, Lesser Striped Swallows, Zitting Cisiticola, Babblers, Grey-backed Shrike, Common Fiscal, Starlings, Widowbirds and many more.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari lodge/ Bush lodge.

DAY 7: BIRD QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK.    
We start with a cup of tea or coffee in the lounge and set off for a game drive/birding. Lunch at the Lodge and in the afternoon go for the launch (boat) trip on the Kazinga Channel, to see a variety of wildlife, hundreds of hippos, crocodiles and bird life from a boat for two hours. Look out for birds like Pelicans, Green-backed Heron, Yellow-billed Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Martial Eagle, Common button Quail, Kittlitz's Plover, Senegal Plover, Wattled Plover, Larks, Yellow-throated Longclaw, Babblers, Sunbirds, Weavers, Widowbirds among other birds. Look out for mammals like Uganda kob, bushbuck, Defassa Waterbuck, buffaloes, elephants, warthogs, when you are lucky a leopard and a lion.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari lodge/ Bush lodge.

DAY 8: SECOND DAY BIRDING QUEEN ELIZABETH.
After an early breakfast drive to bird Imaramagambo area around Lake Nyamusingiri looking out for birds like Black Bee Eater, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Barbets, Tinkerbirds, Woodpeckers, Apalises, Red-collared Widowbird Honeyguide Greenbul, Snow-capped Robin-Chat and others. On a lucky day you can get an African Finfoot here.

Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari lodge/ Bush lodge.

DAY 9: BIRD TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK.
After breakfast, bird your way to Lake Mburo getting to Mbarara in time for lunch. After lunch continue with the drive to Lake Mburo National Park birding en-route. Birding here is a delightful experience, and often one of the highlights of a birding trip to Uganda. Look out for birds like Crested Francolin, Emeraled Spotted Wood Dove, Spot flanked Barbet, Bare-fac ed Go-away-bird, Black-headed Gonolek, Starlings, among other birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Mihingo lodge/ Arcadia cottages/ Eagles Nest.

DAY 10: BIRD TO MBURO NATIONAL PARK.    
Whole day birding Lake Mburo National Park looking for species like the Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Long tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis and more. In the afternoon, we’ll take a boat cruise to look for the African Finfoot and  others. Before or  after dinner try the African Scops Owl, Swamp Nightjar, Fiery-necked Nightjar, Black-shouldered Nightjar and other birds. Look out for animals like the gorgeous eland, zebra, impala, buffalo, reedbuck, topi, waterbuck, bushbuck, hippos, oribi, Grey-duiker and others.

Dinner and Overnight at Mihingo lodge/ Arcadia cottages/ Eagles Nest.

DAY 11: BIRD TO ENTEBBE
After breakfast with your luggage, bird your back to Entebbe arriving in the late afternoon. Look out for birds like Bateleur, Crested Francolin,  Lilac-breasted Roller, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Striped Kingfisher, Golden-backed Weaver among other birds.

Dinner and overnight at Protea hotel/ 2Friends beach hotel/ Sunset Guesthouse.

DAY 2: DEPARTURE
After breakfast, transfer to Entebbe International Airport in time for your departure flight.

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