The Bambuti pygmy Uganda cultural experience – Uganda Safari News

The Bambuti pygmy Uganda cultural experience – Uganda Safari News

Nestled in the Albertine Rift at the northern base of the Rwenzori Mountains, the forested Semuliki National Parks Valley is a haven for rare birds and mammals. This alone has put on the top Uganda’s most visited destinations by people on Uganda birding safaris during their Africa safari holiday. Semuliki National Park protects an eastern extension of the Congolese Ituri Forest making it one of the alluring ornithological destinations in Uganda, with roughly 400 recorded species being Guinea-Congo biome endemics known from no other locality in East Africa.

The Batwa/Bambuti pygmies in Semuliki National Park Uganda

When we trace the roots of the stone age period, the closest relatives to the stone-age people in Uganda are the Batwa and the Bambuti. The Bambuti are often referred to as pygmies and they are believed to have been the original inhabitants of the Rwenzori Mountain areas before the arrival of the Bantu. Their original home is said to have been the Congo forest. Their language is called Kumbuti. It is said to be very complex and difficult to learn.

Although some people believe that the Bambuti pygmies are closely related to the Batwa around Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. These people are even smaller in number than the Batwa Pygmies and have more interesting activities that include growing and smoking of marijuana. The similarity between the Bambuti Pygmies and the Batwa Pygmies is that they all once lived within Forests, were hunter-gatherers and were all evicted from their ancient homes.

They live by hunting and gathering and they do not have permanent dwellings. They tend to be semi-sedentary, camping for a time where food can be obtained. However today, this is probably so because there is no longer much scope for survival by hunting and gathering because of increased population encroachment on gathering grounds.

The way of life of the Bambuti

The Bambuti are nomads always on the move from place to place, hunting and gathering. They are said to be cannibals and their average height is about 1.5 meters. They have a light bronze colour and a beautiful complexion. They have the same curly, wooly hair as their Bantu neighbors. Their faces are broad, their nostrils wide and their lips are extraordinarily thick.

Their huts are built in the same model as Bantu huts but are made of leaves, not grass. They round, very short, and with a small entrance so small and low that they crawl on their hands and knees when entering and getting out. Their huts are temporary due to their nomadic life.

Food

Their diet is basically composed of meat. Often, they supplement it with bananas and sweet potatoes which they obtain by bartering meat for them with Bantu neighbors. They obtain their food by hunting and they are very skilled at it. When in the forest hunting, a dozen of them will make less noise than that of the animal being tracked.

Dressing

Their dress is composed of a belt wound round the waist, with a piece if bark cloth attached to the belt in the middle of the back, brought down between the legs and fixed against the belt front. This type of dress suits both men and women but it is not very common for the Bambuti to put on clothes.

Economy

The Bambuti‘s economy is just as simple as their general way of life. They are wanderers by nature with no fixed residence. Their chief means of subsistence is meat and the forests where they live abound with elephants, monkeys, lizards and some antelopes. The Bambuti prey on these animals and several others which the forest contains.

As one would expect, the Bambuti have no home industries. Their mode of life is purely subsistence and they do not seem to be troubled by lack of home comfort. If a Mwambuti can find some where to sit and a skin to sleep on, if he has eaten and drunk he finds nothing to trouble the world for.

Movements

When on their normal travels, the women carry all the family property. They also do all the work including construction of huts. The man only carries his spears and arrows. The men do the hunting and really excel at it.

For visitors on short Uganda wildlife safaris, the main focal point on their safari Uganda to Semuliki is the steaming Sempaya hot springs, which are reached via a short walking trail along which a full seven species of forest hornbill may be seen, among them the immense black-wattled hornbill, along with the likes of Nkulengu rail and swamp greenbul. Common primates include grey-cheeked mangabey, red colobus, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkey, and bush pig, forest buffalo, chimpanzee, sitatunga, white-bellied duiker and water chevrotain are also present.

 

Bird watching safaris in Uganda – Uganda safari News

Bird watching safaris in Uganda – Uganda safari News

Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing distinctions suitable for exploring on your Africa safari or Uganda safari. No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats ranging from arid semi-deserts, rich savannahs, lowlands and montane rain forests to vast wetlands, volcanoes and an afro-alpine zone, and covering an altitude from 650 to 5000 meters.

This richness is reflected in the number of birds per square kilometer the highest than any other country in Africa! Given the small size of the country, which is approximately 235,000 square kilometers, Uganda boasts a national bird list of over 1008 species. This represents more than half the bird species that can be found in the whole of Africa.

What is the checklist Ugandan Birds?

Are you wondering what bird species enrich the colorful birdlife in Uganda? Then have a look at Uganda’s complete Birding List of Uganda in Adobe PDF format (165 kb), with a total of 1062 species.

Birding sites in Uganda

Forests

Uganda has an area contiguous with the Great Guinea / Congo Basin rain forest on its western border. Subsequently there are a number of west and central African bird species occurring in Uganda that are not found elsewhere in East Africa.

There are more than 700 forest reserves in Uganda. One particular region is the Albertine Rift Endemic area, which has 38 species of birds confined to Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and the Congo. Of the Albertine Rift Endemic areas, Uganda has 25, mostly confined to the forests of Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwest.

Wetlands

Uganda has 30,000 square kilometers of wetlands. Not less than 210 species, ranging from the Shoebill and African Skimmer to the endemic Fox’s Weaver, are found in these wetlands. More to the above are four Papyrus endemics; the Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Yellow warbler. And a White winged Black Tern roost of 2-3 million birds in the Entebbe area (Lutembe bay).

Savannah

In Uganda savannahs vary from the remote, semi-dessert, dry thorn-scrub region of Karamoja in the northeast, to the richer fertile savannahs of the western rift valley. Queen Elizabeth National Park has a bird list of 604 species, the highest for any protected area in Africa.

Which bird species are in Semliki?

Common species in Semuliki National Park Uganda include the, Spot-breasted Ibis, Hartlaubs’s Duck, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Long-tailed Hawk, White-bellied and African Dwarf Kingfishers, White-crested, Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf, Piping and Black-wattled Hornbills, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Spotted, Lyre-tailed and Zenker’s Honeyguides, African Piculet, Gabon Woodpecker, Red-sided Broadbill, White-throated Blue Swallow, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Sassi’s Olive, Yellow-throated Nicator, Capuchin Babbler, Northern Bearded Scrub Robin, Forest and Grey Ground Thrushes, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Blue-headed Crested Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, Red-billed Helmet -Shrike, Red-eyed Puff-back, Xavier’s, Swamp, Simple and Eastern Bearded Greenbuls, Forest Francolin, Nkulengu Rail, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’ Nightjar, Chocolate-backed, Black-winged Starling, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Blue-billed, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbes, Pale-fronted and Chestnut-breasted Negro finches, Grant’s Bluebill.

There are many more different birding destinations in Uganda however, you can enjoy a short Uganda wildlife safari, a gorilla trekking safari Uganda, a chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda, horse riding Jinja, water rafting Jinja, kayaking in Jinja, a Kampala city tour, a Jinja city, and many more Uganda safaris or Uganda tours.

All Questions answered about the True Birder’s Haven; Semuliki National Park – Uganda safari News

All Questions answered about the True Birder’s Haven; Semuliki National Park – Uganda safari News

Situated in a remote corner, of southwestern Uganda, Semuliki National park protects the eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest. It is strategically situated in Western Uganda, along the Congo border following River Semuliki and the Western arm of the Albertine Rift Valley.

Semuliki National Park, also known as the “True Birder’s Haven”, is among Uganda’s wonderful safari protected destinations that suits tours for tourists interested in Uganda wildlife safaris, Uganda’s birding safaris, as well as adventure safaris in Uganda. his park covers an area of about 220 square kilometers standing on an elevation of about 800 to 900 meters above sea level. It is credited for its amazing and rewarding Uganda birding adventure safaris in Uganda.

Semuliki has a large number of mainly central African Species that cannot be found anywhere else in East Africa. These include some of the continent most spectacular and sought-after birds such as Congo Serpent eagle, Long-tailed Hawk, Nkulengu rail, black-wattled horn bill, and Lyre-tailed honey guide. Although it lies a bumpy three hour’s drive from Fort portal, Birders on Uganda birding safaris who make it to Semuliki national park Uganda are privileges to be birding in the true birders haven.

A Uganda birding safari one of the most sought after and exciting rewarding adventure that tourists shouldn’t miss out while on a safari in Uganda. Semuliki National Park is one of the national parks where the largest population of bird life is inhabited. This offers higher chances for birders to sight numerous birds in this rich forest.

Are you are planning for any Uganda safari? make sure you include Semuliki National Park in your itinerary. It is one of the best spots for you to catch a glimpse of distinct bird species that repay endeavors with unforgettable encounters.

Unique bird species only found in Semuliki National Park

Birds with an extremely limited distribution in East Africa are reasonably likely to be seen by visitors spending a few days in Semuliki National Park. Species to look out for here include the Nkulengu Rail, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Congo serpent eagle, Black-casqued Wattled Horbill, Rufous sided broadbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Blue-billed malimbe, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch.

What to carry on a Uganda birding safari in Semuliki National Park

Tourists need binoculars, cameras, birding clothes, bottled drinking water, comfortable walking shoes, note book and others.

Don’t miss writing a bird list like this on your adventurous Uganda birding safari!

The best time for a birding safari in Uganda in Semuliki National Park

Uganda has one of the best climates in Africa and in the whole world. Uganda is gifted with a tropical like climate where bird watching can be done all year round. However, the best time to visit Semuliki while on a Safari in Uganda is during a relatively dry season. This is because during the wet season, there may occur heavy rains leading to flooding of some areas of the park. During the wet season, the walks trails become slippery for visitors and the roads are slippery too and not suitable for a game drive. The rainy season occurs between the months March to May and then from September to December. The breeding season however, is during the month of June and this is when the birds are very colorful.

Dress code for a Uganda birding safari tour in Semuliki National Park Uganda

Since birding is done in forested and bushy places, wearing long-sleeved shirt and trousers is necessary so as to protect your body from scratches.

Visitors are advised to wear trekking shoes since you will have trek through bushy and slippery trails during the rainy season. In most cases the trails used need hiking shoes.

Tourists should carry a sweater and a rain coat since the temperatures in the forests are low or it might rain at any time.

Carrying a hat and sun glasses for protection from the scotching sun is important.

Bring a small bag where you can pack your bottled drinking water for it will help you during birding.

You will need birding binoculars and birding guide book for better identification of Uganda safari birds.

 

 

A guide to Uganda’s True Birders’ Haven; Semuliki National Park – Uganda safari News

Semuliki National Park is believed to be one of Africa’s most ancient and bio diverse forests, that have survived the last ice age that ended approximately 11,700 years ago. Geological processes that have been carried out in Semuliki National Park Uganda show the age of this forest and its hot springs bubbling up from the depths, demonstrating the powerful subterranean forces that shaped the rift valley millions of years ago.

This park is located in the Semuliki Valley on the remote, western side of the Rwenzori Mountains in western Uganda along the Congo border following River Semuliki and the Western arm of the Albertine Rift Valley. Semuliki National Park covers an area of 220 kilometers standing on an elevation of about 800 to 900 meters above sea level. It is credited for its amazing and rewarding Uganda birding adventure safaris in Uganda.

A Uganda birding safari one of the most sought after and exciting rewarding adventure that tourists on a Uganda safari usually undertake. A traveler on a birding safari Uganda shouldn’t miss out while on a safari in Uganda. This park is home to over 400 bird species of which 216 are true forest birds making it a “True birders haven“,including the Sassi’s olive greenbul and the forest ground thrush. The park is also home to over 53 mammals, with 11 of those being endemic species such as pygmy antelopes and two flying squirrel species. Other mammals include hippos, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, and the unique ‘fanged deer’.

Species to look out for here include the Nkulengu Rail, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Congo serpent eagle, Black-casqued Wattled Horbill, Rufous sided broadbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Blue-billed malimbe, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch.

What to carry on a Uganda birding safari in Semuliki National Park

Tourists need binoculars, cameras, birding clothes, bottled drinking water, comfortable walking shoes, note book and others.

Don’t miss writing a long bird list or ticking off several bird species on your adventurous Uganda birding safari!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A must know story about Semuliki’s Female & Male hot springs! – Uganda safari News

Are you an adventurous person? Are you interested in finding out how somethings started existing? Then here is a story for you to follow when on a safari in Uganda! I am going to tell you about the Male and Female hot springs in Semuliki National Park Uganda. When we interacted with the locals around Semuliki National Park, they told us that these hot springs are one of the attractions in Semuliki National Park Uganda that are sought by many tourists on Uganda safaris.  These hot springs, commonly known as the Sempaya hot springs are a must see so tourists who visit Uganda and go to this park for Uganda birding safaris and Uganda wildlife safaris. The name “Sempaya” originated from a Kiswahili phrase Sehemu mbaya (the difficult side) owing to the steep challenging rocks and terrain during the construction of the Fort Portal Bundibugyo road along the ridges of the Rwenzori Mountains.

The story begins here!

The locals of this park have a very different folk story to tell and it totally differs from the scientist’s technical explanation about the hot springs. According to Mzee Adonia Balinsanga the head of the Bamaga clan, the site of the steaming male hot spring is historical and a treasure to the whole society. He said that once upon a time, the Bamaga women had one time gone to fetch firewood from the forest, and on their way, they sighted a strange hairy man dressed in bark cloth, having a spear and a dog moving in a zig-zag formation around that location where the hot springs are. Because of fear, the women ran back home to tell their husbands about this man. Their husbands met and decided to pick and take him to their homes and after sometime, they got him a wife from the same village.

This man whose identity was known as Biteete, was a hunter in life. He continued to go hunting in the wild because it is what he was used too. So, one time he went out to hunt but never returned home. His wife and other people who used to stay around him kept wondering where he had gone. So, after three days of missing, the men of the village went out to search for him in the village but failed to get him. So, as they passed by the present day male hot spring, they only found a spear but no traces of the man nor his dog. They assumed he had disappeared from the same spot where the women had found him. These men ran back to tell the wife (Nyansimbi) about what they had found out. In confusion, the wife also ran to the forest never returned.

In the subsequent search, only her clothes were found at the present day female hot spring. This was how the two springs became to be known as the male and female hot springs and to-date the Bamaga believe their female ancestors live beneath the female hot spring while their male ancestors live at the male spring. This is why the Bamaga until today perform annual rituals at the springs to appease their ancestors and the national park allows them access these places.

The unforgettable safari activities of Toro Semuliki National Park Uganda

Established in 1926, the 542 square kilometer wildlife is a conservation endangered area situated in western Uganda in Ntoroko and Kabarole districts. Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, also recognized as Semuliki Wildlife Reserve is positioned on the rift valley base between Lake Albert, Rwenzori mountains and the Kijura escarpments. The rift valley escarpment grows sharply from the east shore of lake Albert, the 2500m high Congolese blue mountains on the western horizon and the mighty glacial peaks of the Rwenzori visible to the south west. Safari in Uganda to have a look at the stunning scenery in this wonderland. It’s a very beautiful place suitable for an adventurous wildlife safari Uganda. It is a very scenic paradise that gives you chance to view Lake Albert on a clear day setting, enjoy fantastic highland views, the thick rain forest, and the steep green slopes at the foothills of Rwenzori. These main geographical and ecological unique features that soar the reserve are truly awesome in making long lasting memories!

Uganda safari activities/ what to do in Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve

You may be wondering what you can do while on in Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve. Just like its name; wildlife reserve, there are variety of Flora and Fauna to interact with and there are very many activities to do in order to enjoy interacting with the flora and fauna in this precious wildlife reserve!

Day Game drives

Semliki Wildlife Reserve offers day game drives to tourists interested in Uganda Wildlife safaris. Day game drives in Semuliki Wildlife Reserve are usually done in the morning and in the afternoon. Tourists are driven through the savannah grassland and the forest of Toro Semuliki Wildlife Reserve for a few hours as they look out for animals in the reserve. During the adventurous game drive in the reserve, tourists sight animals like buffalos, water bucks, warthogs, bush bucks, Uganda Kobs, bush babies, pygmy hippos among others.

Night game drives

Night game drives are usually done at night in search for the nocturnal animals in Semuliki Wildlife Reserve. Cars used during night these game drives are equipped with a spot light to enable tourists sight-see creatures in their hide outs. Nocturnal animals viewed during the night game drives include; spotted genets, white tailed mongoose, eagle owls among others. Semuliki lodge is the only place in Semuliki Wildlife Reserve that offers night game drives.

Birding

Semuliki Wildlife Reserve is blessed with several bird species including the migratory birds that entice birders to safari Uganda for a Uganda birding safari. Birds found in the reserve include; the African open bill, Great white pelican, Abyssinian ground hornbill, African crake, Black caudal, piapiac, leaf love, Broad billed roller, Double toothed barbet, African pygmy goose, Black chinned quail finch, Blue breasted Bee eater and the list goes on.

The best time to go birding for those interested in a Uganda birding safari tour in Semuliki Wildlife Reserve is all year round. However, the best time for bird watching is during the breeding season and this is normally in March after the dry spell from December-February. During rainy seasons, birding may be a little difficult because the trails can be impassable therefore you may not enjoy birding.  Migratory birds relocate to semuliki Wildlife Reserve from November – April.

Primate walks

Semuliki Wildlife Reserve is one of the few game reserves that offer primate walks to tourists on Uganda Safaris. These primate walks normally take 3-4hours. The starting point is at Semuliki Safari Lodges where tourists meet the experienced ranger guides. During the primate walks, visitors are able to sight animals like chimpanzees under habituation, red tailed monkeys, Vervet monkeys, black and white monkeys, colobus monkeys, baboons. Other wildlife encountered are waterbucks, warthogs, bushbucks, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, elephants but rarely.

Nature/ Forest walks

On a Uganda safari to Semuliki Wildlife Reserve, tourists spend part of their hours doing forest/ nature walks through the green vegetation of the reserve. During the walks, tourists come across attractive habitats, birds, butterflies and several plant species hidden in the vegetation of Semuliki Wildlife Reserve. The vegetation comprises of savannah woodland and riverine forest. Species encountered as tourists do forest walks include; ground hornbills, warthogs, Uganda Kobs, baboons, black and white colobus and Vervet monkeys.

Boat rides

Tourist normally enjoy the dramatic view of the rift valley setting between Rwenzori’s Kijura escarpment during their boat cruise along the beautiful shimmering Lake Albert. During the boat cruise ride, tourists get chance to view the shoebill, blue breasted and blue cheeked bee eaters and blue headed caudal as they feed along the shores of the Lake. Safari Uganda to one of the beautiful lakes situated on the rift valley floor.

Hiking to Nyaburogo Gorge

Hiking to Nyaburogo Gorge is ideal for birders on a Uganda birding safari. Hiking to the gorge is about 7km. Tourists go through a diversity of surroundings including savannah, woodland, and the forest in the gorge. While hiking, tourists come across several animals as well as birds. Birds seen during hiking include arrow marked babbler, tropical bubals, black headed bush shrike, and primates such as black and white colobus, baboons, Vervet and sometimes chimpanzees.a

Cultural encounters

Safaris in Uganda permit tourists to have cultural safaris with the people found in the different destinations where they carry out their Uganda tours. The Semuliki Wildlife Reserve is surrounded with many different communities with different tribes. These tribes include;

Rwebisengo community is located in the west and part of northwestern edge of the reserve within the Semuliki flats. This community comprises of tribes like the Batooro and Bahuma. These tribes famous for their pastoralism way of life.

Karugutu – Kyabandara community is found in the southern side of the reserve is about 18km from Fort Portal town. This community is largely inhabited by the Bakonjo traditional cultivators. The Bakonjo cultivate food like maize, cassava, beans, soya beans, rice and bananas. The Bakonjo also arrange traditional dances, and songs for the tourists to enjoy.

Kasenge – Kyakabaseke community is located in the eastern escarpment of the rift valley. The majority are Bakiga migrants who originally came to work in the tea estates in 1960’s occupied here.

Ntoroko fishing community situated at the south eastern tip of Lake Albert between the estuaries of Wasa and Musizi rivers. This community covers an area 4km2. Ntoroko depends on fishing therefore the people living here are fishmongers. Tourists normally join them for fishing.

 

 

Why Semuliki National Park is unique from other Uganda birding safari destinations!

Semuliki National Park, also known as the “True Birder’s Haven”, is among Uganda’s wonderful safari protected destinations that suits tours for tourists interested in Uganda wildlife safaris, Uganda’s birding safaris, as well as adventure safaris in Uganda. It is strategically situated in Western Uganda, along the Congo border following River Semuliki and the Western arm of the Albertine Rift Valley. This park covers an area of about 220 square kilometers standing on an elevation of about 800 to 900 meters above sea level. It is credited for its amazing and rewarding Uganda birding adventure safaris in Uganda. Semuliki National Park is mainly occupied by the Eastern parts of the Ituri forests from the Congo Basin.

A Uganda birding safari one of the most sought after and exciting rewarding adventure that tourists shouldn’t miss out while on a safari in Uganda. Semuliki National Park is one of the national parks where the largest population of bird life is inhabited. This offers higher chances for birders to sight numerous birds in this rich forest.

Are you are planning for any Uganda safari? make sure you include Semuliki National Park in your itinerary. It is one of the best spots for you to catch a glimpse of distinct bird species that repay endeavors with unforgettable encounters.

Unique bird species only found in Semuliki National Park

Birds with an extremely limited distribution in East Africa are reasonably likely to be seen by visitors spending a few days in Semuliki National Park. Species to look out for here include the Nkulengu Rail, Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Congo serpent eagle, Black-casqued Wattled Horbill, Rufous sided broadbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Blue-billed malimbe, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch.

What to carry on a Uganda birding safari in Semuliki National Park

Tourists need binoculars, cameras, birding clothes, bottled drinking water, comfortable walking shoes, note book and others.

Don’t miss writing a bird list like this on your adventurous Uganda birding safari!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda

Overview of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda

This 12 Days Uganda Birding Safari & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 12 Days Uganda safari is the most adventurous safari in Uganda you can ever choose to do. This 12-day safari Uganda is blended with a Uganda birding tour and a Uganda wildlife safari. As part of your adventure, you will visit the Mabamba swamp and the Entebbe botanical gardens for a birding safari Uganda, Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for birding and rhino tracking, Budongo forest for birding, Murchison Falls National Park for birding, a wildlife and a boat cruise along the river Nile, and birding Kibale National Park and in the Bigodi wetland. You will travel with your driver guide in a 4×4 safari van, 4×4 super custom, 4×4 minivan, 4×4 safari Land-cruiser depending on the number of people your traveling. Accommodation on this trip in Uganda will range from luxury, mid-range and budget.

Safari highlight of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda

Day 1: Arrive at the Entebbe International Airport and transfer to Hotel

Day 2 of the : Transfer from your hotel to Mabamba swamp for your day birding trip.

Day 3 of the : Do a day birding safari in the Entebbe botanical gardens and at the Lutembe Bay

Day 4 of the : Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park with a birding en route for Birding to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Masindi.

Day 5 of the : Depart your hotel/lodge after breakfast and procced to Budongo Forest for a whole day birding tour

Day 6 of the : You will do birding and a boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

Day 7 of the : You will do an early morning game drive in the park, have lunch and do birding for the rest of the day

Day 8 of the : Depart Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale National Park.

Day 9 of the : Do chimpanzee trekking and Birding in Kibale National Park, have lunch and do birding in Bigodi Wetland later in the afternoon.

Day 10 of the : You will do Birding you transfer to Semuliki National Park.

Day 11 of the : You will go birding along Kirumya trail in Semuliki National Park.

Day 12: Departure

Detailed Itinerary of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda

Day 1 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: Arrive at the Entebbe International Airport and transfer to your hotel in Entebbe

Upon arrival at the Entebbe International Airport, you will meet and greet your Uganda safari guide, have a brieifing about your safari and transfer to your hotel that was booked for you. Arrive, check in dine and rest.

Day 2 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: Transfer from your hotel to Mabamba swamp for your day birding trip.

Early in the morning after your Breakfast at your hotel, you will meet our professional driver guide who will take you through a short briefing about your 10 Days Uganda Birding Safari & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 10 Days Uganda safari. After getting your briefing about your birding safari, you will proceed to Mabamba swamp and while there expect to see birds like Grey Parrots, Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Grey-crowned Cranes, African and Lesser Jacana, White-backed Duck, Black-necked, Baglafecht and Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Shoebill Stork, African Fish Eagle, African Goshawk and the Swamp Flycatcher.

You will have a lunch break and then continue birding. As part of your adventure, expect to see yellow-throated Greenbul, Great-blue, Ross’s Turaco, Black and White-casqued and Pied Hornbill, Yellow-backed, Brown-throated and Orange Weaver among others. Later after your day trip in Mabamba swamp, you will return to your hotel, dine and rest as you prepare for the next day.

Day 3 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: Do a day birding safari in the Entebbe botanical gardens and at the Lutembe Bay

The Entebbe botanical gardens are strategically located along the shores of Africa’s greatest and largest fresh water Lake Victoria, just 34 km’s from Kampala. The gardens are an attractively laid-out mix of indigenous forest, cultivation, and horticulture, and a highly attractive destination to birdwatchers. The garden hosts a variety of water, open country and woodland bird species among which include: the Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-billed Stork, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Yellow White-eye, Purple-banded Sunbird, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Yellow-billed Duck, Glossy Ibis, African Open-billed Stork, Malachite Kingfisher, Blue-checked Bee-eater, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black Crake, Long-tailed Cormorant, Crowned Hornbill, Vieillot’ Black Weaver, Woodland Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, the Africa and Red-billed Firefinch, Black-and-white-Casqued Hornbill, Senegal Coucal, Little Stint, Little Weaver, Striated Heron, Ruff, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoos, Green Crombec, Tambourine Dove, Cameroon, Little and Tooro Olive Greenbuls, Water Thick-knee, Madagascar Bee-eater, Egyptian Goose, Black-headed Weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Long-tailed Sterling, Grey-Headed Sparrow, the Spur-winged Lapwing, endless list.

The gardens are also clouded with butterflies, different plant species, Primates and other wildlife. Spend your day there, have lunch and return to the lodge in the evening.

Day 4 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park with a birding en route for Birding to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Masindi.

Quuen Elizabeth National Park
Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

After breakfast at your hotel or lodge, you and your guide will set off for your journey to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for birding and Rhino tracking in this reserve along the Kampala- Masindi road driving for about 4-5 hours. Your birding safari Uganda will begin towards Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You will pass through the famous Luwero Triangle, giving you chance to see birds like the Hooded Vulture, Black Kite, Piapiac, African Hoopoe, White-crested Turaco, Crowned Hornbill, Meyer’s Parrot, Red-billed, Bar-breasted and African Firefinch, Broad-billed and Abyssinian Roller, Shoebill Stork, Marabou Stork, Greater and Lesser Blue-eared Starling, White-crested Helmet-Shrike, Northern Puffback, and Claas’s Cuckoo among others. As you do birding in sanctuary, you can also do Rhino tracking and later drive to your booked lodge or hotel arriving in the evening. Arrive at your hotel in Masindi, check in, freshen up, dine and relax.

Day 5 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: Depart your hotel/lodge after breakfast and procced to Budongo Forest for a whole day birding tour

Depart your lodge/ hotel after breakfast in the morning together with your packed lunch, you and your guide will head to Budongo Forest for your birding tour. Budongo Forest is one of Uganda’s best birding spots also known as the royal mile. This forest was historically known as a leisure spot for the traditional King of Bunyoro that’s where the name Royal Mile came from. While in the forest, you will enjoy your stay in the inside this tropical rain forest. Expect to encounter with several bird species including; the Yellow and Grey Longbill, Chestnut-capped, Yellow-footed, Yellow-crested and Brown-eared Woodpecker, Rufous-crowned Eramomela, Forest Robin, Grey-chested, Brown and Puvel’s Illadopsis, Blue-breasted, Forest Flycatcher, African Dwarf, African Pygmy and Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied and Green Crombec, Western Black-headed Oriel, African Crowned Eagle, Yellow-spotted, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-thighed and Black & White-Casqued Hornbill, Jameson’s and Chestnut Wattle-Eye, Sabine’s and Cassin’s Spaintail among others. Later in the evening, drive back to your hotel, freshen up, dine and relax.

Day 6 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: You will do birding and a boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

After morning breakfast at the lodge, you will start birding in Murchison falls national park with your Uganda birding safari guide. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s biggest conservation area, covering close to about 3,893sq km, protecting about 78 mammal species and over 450 bird species. While in the park, you will enjoy its wide variety of habitats including wetlands, open savannah grasslands, savannah woodland and forest habitats. During birding, you are likely to encounter specialties that include; the Bat Hawk, Little Sparrow-Hawk, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Heuglin’s Francolin, Black-bellied and Denham’s Bustard, White-crested Turaco, Black-billed and Blue-spotted Wood-dove, Red-throated and Madagascar Bee-eater, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe, Rock Pratincole, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Black-crowned and Marsh Tchagra among others.

Later in the afternoon after the activity, you will go for lunch and later catch the 2pm boat at Parra jetty. The boat cruise is about 2 hours along River Nile to the bottom of the falls and after you will hike to the top for about 1 hour where you will find our guide waiting for you. This provides us with yet another but different view of wildlife from a close range, as they come to cool off on the showers of this mighty river. Transfer to the lodge, rest and have dinner there.

Day 7 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: You will do an early morning game drive in the park, have lunch and do birding for the rest of the day

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will enjoy a game drive in the park to see for yourself the big 5 game animals, driving throught the park trails in your safari vehicle with a pop-up roof to enable you view animals very well. During this activity, you will see animals including; Elephants, Cape Buffaloes, Kob, Giraffes, Ruth-Child’s Jackson’s Hartbeast, Oribi, Jackals, Common Duikers, Patus Monkeys, Lions and Leopards among others. The game drive in the park lasts about 3-4 hours depending on your choice. Have lunch and after do birding.

As part of this adventure, you will expect to encounter bird species like; the Black-bellied and Denham’s Bustard, White-browed and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Broad-billed and Abyssinian Roller, Whistling, Singing, Black-backed, Croacking and Foxy Cisticola, Black-Lored and Brown Babbler, Double-toothed and Black-billed Barbet, Northern Carmine, Red-throated and Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-necked Falcon, Black-headed Lapwing, White-faced, Matial Eagle, White-headed Black Chat, African Quail-Finch and Shoebill among others. Retire from the activity, return to the lodge and rest.

Day 8 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: Depart Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale National Park.

After an early breakfast, with our packed lunch, transfer to Kibale national park with your guide because this day will be more of driving than birding. This drive to Kibale National Park takes you through the Bulisa escarpment, along the Albertine Rift Valley, giving you good views of lake Albert. Continue your journey through Hoima, having spectacular views of the rolling hills of Kagadi and the beautiful tea plantations of Kabarole (Fort-Portal). Along the way you are likely to encounter with the Vinaceous Dove, Morking Chat, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Foxy Cisticola, Black-billed Barbet, Lesser and Greater Blue-eared Starling, White-winged Warbler Rufous Sparrow, Cut-throat Finch, Beautiful Sunbird, White-browed, and Papyrus Gonolek among others. Arrive in Kibale alte in the evening, check in your prior booked for dinner and overnight.

Day 9 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: Do chimpanzee trekking and Birding in Kibale National Park, have lunch and do birding in Bigodi Wetland later in the afternoon.

Wake up early in the morning, and report to Kanyanchu; the headquarters of the Kibale National Park where you will have briefing by the rangers about the etiquette of Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. After the briefing, the ranger guide will lead you in the forest to search for the chimpanzees. The activity takes about 4 hours. This park is also home to a community of more than 1000 Chimpanzees and about 12 other primate species. During your trekking, you will see a big number of primates alongside the chimpanzees. This forest also has over about 335 recorded bird species. While in the forest, you may also come across bird species like the Green-breasted Pitta, Olive and Afep Pigeon, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted and Yellow-billed Barbet, African Broadbill, Willcock’s and Thick-Billed Horneyguide, Horneyguide Greenbul, Purple-headed and Chestnut-winged Starling, Dark-backed and Black-necked Weaver, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Red-capped and Grey-winged Robinchat, African Crowned Eagle, Fairy-breasted, Red-chested Owlet, Red-headed Bluebill, Brown and Scaly Illadopsis among others. Retire from the forest, have lunch and later in the afternoon, go for birding in Bigodi wetland.

Later in the afternoon, go for a nature walk or birding in the Bigodi wetland sanctuary, for another birding experience and here you may have chances for the Buff-spotted and Brown-eared Woodpecker, Shining-Blue Kingfisher, White-collard Oliveback, Joyful Greenbul, Dark-capped and Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Green-backed Twinspot and White-spotted Flufftail among others. Later go back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 10 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: You will do Birding you transfer to Semuliki National Park.

After breakfast at the lodge, have your lunch packed, and set off for birding towards Semuliki national park, that lies in the Albertine Rift Valley and it’s an Eastern extension of the great Ituri forest from Eastern Congo. On your way there, expect to encounter large a good number of the Guinea-Congo biome species. Semuliki National Park is the best place in Uganda where a birder can see some of the West African species that can hardly be accessed from other places in East Africa. The specialties here include; the Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Spot-breasted Ibis, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Nkulengu Rail, Orange-Cheeked Waxbill, Grant’s Bluebill, Black-bellied Seedcracker, White-crested, Red-billed Dwarf, Black-Dwarf, Black-casqued Wattled, White-thighed and Piping Hornbill, Shining-Blue, Chocolate-backed and White-bellied Kingfisher, Barred Long-tailed, Olive Long-tailed and Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Long-tailed Hawk and Red-thighed Sparrowhawk among others. Transfer to your lodge, relax, and have dinner.

Day 11 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: You will go birding along Kirumya trail in Semuliki National Park.

After an early morning breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start a whole day birding activity along the Kirumya trail of Semuliki National Park. Semuliki National Park poses among Uganda’s best birding spots. While there, expect to encounter with species like; the African Piculet, Fire-crested Aleth, Lyre-tailed, Spotted, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Yellow-throated Nicator, Long-tailed Hawk, Capuchin Babbler, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Leaf-love, Xavier’s, Icterine, Zenker’s Horneyguide, Sassi’s, Olive and Simple Greenbul, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Red-billed Helmet-Shrike, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Chestnut-breasted and Pale-fronted Negrofinch, Forest Scrub-robin, Nkulengu Rail, Green-tailed and Red-tailed Bristlebill, Black-collard Lovebird, Ituri Batis, White-throated Blue Swallow, Red-rumped Tinkerbird and Red-thighed Sparrowhawk among others. Return to your lodge and relax.

Day 12 of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda: Departure

After breakfast, prepare to set off for Entebbe. You and your guide will start birding as you transfer to Entebbe, via the Kampala-Mubenede-Mityana road driving for about 6 hours. You will arrive in Kampala in the afternoon have lunch and drive to the Airport for your flight back home.

End of the 12 Days Uganda Birding safari & wildlife tour/ 12 Days birding safari Uganda

 

11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari

Overview of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari

This 11 Days Uganda Birding Safari & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda safari is the most adventurous safari in Uganda you can ever choose to do. This 11-day safari Uganda is blended with a Uganda birding tour and a Uganda wildlife safari. As part of your adventure, you will visit the Mabamba swamp and the Entebbe botanical gardens for a birding safari Uganda, Ziwa Rhino sanctuary for birding and rhino tracking, Budongo forest for birding, Murchison Falls National Park for birding, a wildlife and a boat cruise along the river Nile, and birding Kibale National Park and in the Bigodi wetland. You will travel with your driver guide in a 4×4 safari van, 4×4 super custom, 4×4 minivan, 4×4 safari Land-cruiser depending on the number of people your traveling. Accommodation on this trip in Uganda will range from luxury, mid-range and budget.

Safari highlight of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari

Day 1 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: Transfer from your hotel to Mabamba swamp for your day birding trip.

Day 2 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: Do a day birding safari in the Entebbe botanical gardens and at the Lutembe Bay

Day 3 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park with a birding en route for Birding to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Masindi.

Day 4 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: Depart your hotel/lodge after breakfast and procced to Budongo Forest for a whole day birding tour

Day 5 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: You will do birding and a boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

Day 6 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: You will do an early morning game drive in the park, have lunch and do birding for the rest of the day

Day 7 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: Depart Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale National Park.

Day 8 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: Do chimpanzee trekking and Birding in Kibale National Park, have lunch and do birding in Bigodi Wetland later in the afternoon.

Day 9 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: You will do Birding you transfer to Semuliki National Park.

Day 10 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: You will go birding along Kirumya trail in Semuliki National Park.

Day 11 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: Departure

Detailed Itinerary of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari

Day 1 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari : Transfer from your hotel to Mabamba swamp for your day birding trip.

Early in the morning after your Breakfast at your hotel, you will meet our professional driver guide who will take you through a short briefing about your 10 Days Uganda Birding Safari & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 10 Days Uganda safari. After getting your briefing about your birding safari, you will proceed to Mabamba swamp and while there expect to see birds like Grey Parrots, Great-white and Pink-backed Pelicans, Grey-crowned Cranes, African and Lesser Jacana, White-backed Duck, Black-necked, Baglafecht and Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Shoebill Stork, African Fish Eagle, African Goshawk and the Swamp Flycatcher.

You will have a lunch break and then continue birding. As part of your adventure, expect to see yellow-throated Greenbul, Great-blue, Ross’s Turaco, Black and White-casqued and Pied Hornbill, Yellow-backed, Brown-throated and Orange Weaver among others. Later after your day trip in Mabamba swamp, you will return to your hotel, dine and rest as you prepare for the next day.

Day 2 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari: Do a day birding safari in the Entebbe botanical gardens and at the Lutembe Bay

The Entebbe botanical gardens are strategically located along the shores of Africa’s greatest and largest fresh water Lake Victoria, just 34 km’s from Kampala. The gardens are an attractively laid-out mix of indigenous forest, cultivation, and horticulture, and a highly attractive destination to birdwatchers. The garden hosts a variety of water, open country and woodland bird species among which include: the Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-billed Stork, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Yellow White-eye, Purple-banded Sunbird, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Yellow-billed Duck, Glossy Ibis, African Open-billed Stork, Malachite Kingfisher, Blue-checked Bee-eater, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black Crake, Long-tailed Cormorant, Crowned Hornbill, Vieillot’ Black Weaver, Woodland Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, the Africa and Red-billed Firefinch, Black-and-white-Casqued Hornbill, Senegal Coucal, Little Stint, Little Weaver, Striated Heron, Ruff, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoos, Green Crombec, Tambourine Dove, Cameroon, Little and Tooro Olive Greenbuls, Water Thick-knee, Madagascar Bee-eater, Egyptian Goose, Black-headed Weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Long-tailed Sterling, Grey-Headed Sparrow, the Spur-winged Lapwing, endless list.

The gardens are also clouded with butterflies, different plant species, Primates and other wildlife. Spend your day there, have lunch and return to the lodge in the evening.

Day 2 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari : Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park with a birding en route for Birding to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary – Masindi.

Quuen Elizabeth National Park
Boat cruise on Kazinga Channel

After breakfast at your hotel or lodge, you and your guide will set off for your journey to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for birding and Rhino tracking in this reserve along the Kampala- Masindi road driving for about 4-5 hours. Your birding safari Uganda will begin towards Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary. You will pass through the famous Luwero Triangle, giving you chance to see birds like the Hooded Vulture, Black Kite, Piapiac, African Hoopoe, White-crested Turaco, Crowned Hornbill, Meyer’s Parrot, Red-billed, Bar-breasted and African Firefinch, Broad-billed and Abyssinian Roller, Shoebill Stork, Marabou Stork, Greater and Lesser Blue-eared Starling, White-crested Helmet-Shrike, Northern Puffback, and Claas’s Cuckoo among others. As you do birding in sanctuary, you can also do Rhino tracking and later drive to your booked lodge or hotel arriving in the evening. Arrive at your hotel in Masindi, check in, freshen up, dine and relax.

Day 3 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari : Depart your hotel/lodge after breakfast and procced to Budongo Forest for a whole day birding tour

Depart your lodge/ hotel after breakfast in the morning together with your packed lunch, you and your guide will head to Budongo Forest for your birding tour. Budongo Forest is one of Uganda’s best birding spots also known as the royal mile. This forest was historically known as a leisure spot for the traditional King of Bunyoro that’s where the name Royal Mile came from. While in the forest, you will enjoy your stay in the inside this tropical rain forest. Expect to encounter with several bird species including; the Yellow and Grey Longbill, Chestnut-capped, Yellow-footed, Yellow-crested and Brown-eared Woodpecker, Rufous-crowned Eramomela, Forest Robin, Grey-chested, Brown and Puvel’s Illadopsis, Blue-breasted, Forest Flycatcher, African Dwarf, African Pygmy and Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied and Green Crombec, Western Black-headed Oriel, African Crowned Eagle, Yellow-spotted, Yellow-billed Barbet, White-thighed and Black & White-Casqued Hornbill, Jameson’s and Chestnut Wattle-Eye, Sabine’s and Cassin’s Spaintail among others. Later in the evening, drive back to your hotel, freshen up, dine and relax.

Day 4 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari : You will do birding and a boat cruise in Murchison Falls National Park

After morning breakfast at the lodge, you will start birding in Murchison falls national park with your Uganda birding safari guide. Murchison Falls National Park is Uganda’s biggest conservation area, covering close to about 3,893sq km, protecting about 78 mammal species and over 450 bird species. While in the park, you will enjoy its wide variety of habitats including wetlands, open savannah grasslands, savannah woodland and forest habitats. During birding, you are likely to encounter specialties that include; the Bat Hawk, Little Sparrow-Hawk, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Heuglin’s Francolin, Black-bellied and Denham’s Bustard, White-crested Turaco, Black-billed and Blue-spotted Wood-dove, Red-throated and Madagascar Bee-eater, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Fire-crested and Brown-chested Alethe, Rock Pratincole, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Black-crowned and Marsh Tchagra among others.

Later in the afternoon after the activity, you will go for lunch and later catch the 2pm boat at Parra jetty. The boat cruise is about 2 hours along River Nile to the bottom of the falls and after you will hike to the top for about 1 hour where you will find our guide waiting for you. This provides us with yet another but different view of wildlife from a close range, as they come to cool off on the showers of this mighty river. Transfer to the lodge, rest and have dinner there.

Day 5 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari : You will do an early morning game drive in the park, have lunch and do birding for the rest of the day

After an early breakfast at the lodge, you will enjoy a game drive in the park to see for yourself the big 5 game animals, driving throught the park trails in your safari vehicle with a pop-up roof to enable you view animals very well. During this activity, you will see animals including; Elephants, Cape Buffaloes, Kob, Giraffes, Ruth-Child’s Jackson’s Hartbeast, Oribi, Jackals, Common Duikers, Patus Monkeys, Lions and Leopards among others. The game drive in the park lasts about 3-4 hours depending on your choice. Have lunch and after do birding.

As part of this adventure, you will expect to encounter bird species like; the Black-bellied and Denham’s Bustard, White-browed and Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Fulvous Whistling Duck, Broad-billed and Abyssinian Roller, Whistling, Singing, Black-backed, Croacking and Foxy Cisticola, Black-Lored and Brown Babbler, Double-toothed and Black-billed Barbet, Northern Carmine, Red-throated and Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-necked Falcon, Black-headed Lapwing, White-faced, Matial Eagle, White-headed Black Chat, African Quail-Finch and Shoebill among others. Retire from the activity, return to the lodge and rest.

Day 6 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari : Depart Murchison Falls National Park for Kibale National Park.

After an early breakfast, with our packed lunch, transfer to Kibale national park with your guide because this day will be more of driving than birding. This drive to Kibale National Park takes you through the Bulisa escarpment, along the Albertine Rift Valley, giving you good views of lake Albert. Continue your journey through Hoima, having spectacular views of the rolling hills of Kagadi and the beautiful tea plantations of Kabarole (Fort-Portal). Along the way you are likely to encounter with the Vinaceous Dove, Morking Chat, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Foxy Cisticola, Black-billed Barbet, Lesser and Greater Blue-eared Starling, White-winged Warbler Rufous Sparrow, Cut-throat Finch, Beautiful Sunbird, White-browed, and Papyrus Gonolek among others. Arrive in Kibale alte in the evening, check in your prior booked for dinner and overnight.

Day 7 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari : Do chimpanzee trekking and Birding in Kibale National Park, have lunch and do birding in Bigodi Wetland later in the afternoon.

Wake up early in the morning, and report to Kanyanchu; the headquarters of the Kibale National Park where you will have briefing by the rangers about the etiquette of Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda. After the briefing, the ranger guide will lead you in the forest to search for the chimpanzees. The activity takes about 4 hours. This park is also home to a community of more than 1000 Chimpanzees and about 12 other primate species. During your trekking, you will see a big number of primates alongside the chimpanzees. This forest also has over about 335 recorded bird species. While in the forest, you may also come across bird species like the Green-breasted Pitta, Olive and Afep Pigeon, Black Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted and Yellow-billed Barbet, African Broadbill, Willcock’s and Thick-Billed Horneyguide, Horneyguide Greenbul, Purple-headed and Chestnut-winged Starling, Dark-backed and Black-necked Weaver, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Red-capped and Grey-winged Robinchat, African Crowned Eagle, Fairy-breasted, Red-chested Owlet, Red-headed Bluebill, Brown and Scaly Illadopsis among others. Retire from the forest, have lunch and later in the afternoon, go for birding in Bigodi wetland.

Later in the afternoon, go for a nature walk or birding in the Bigodi wetland sanctuary, for another birding experience and here you may have chances for the Buff-spotted and Brown-eared Woodpecker, Shining-Blue Kingfisher, White-collard Oliveback, Joyful Greenbul, Dark-capped and Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, White-tailed Ant-thrush, Green-backed Twinspot and White-spotted Flufftail among others. Later go back to the lodge in the evening for dinner and overnight.

Day 8 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari : You will do Birding you transfer to Semuliki National Park.

After breakfast at the lodge, have your lunch packed, and set off for birding towards Semuliki national park, that lies in the Albertine Rift Valley and it’s an Eastern extension of the great Ituri forest from Eastern Congo. On your way there, expect to encounter large a good number of the Guinea-Congo biome species. Semuliki National Park is the best place in Uganda where a birder can see some of the West African species that can hardly be accessed from other places in East Africa. The specialties here include; the Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Spot-breasted Ibis, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Nkulengu Rail, Orange-Cheeked Waxbill, Grant’s Bluebill, Black-bellied Seedcracker, White-crested, Red-billed Dwarf, Black-Dwarf, Black-casqued Wattled, White-thighed and Piping Hornbill, Shining-Blue, Chocolate-backed and White-bellied Kingfisher, Barred Long-tailed, Olive Long-tailed and Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Long-tailed Hawk and Red-thighed Sparrowhawk among others. Transfer to your lodge, relax, and have dinner.

Day 9 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari : You will go birding along Kirumya trail in Semuliki National Park.

After an early morning breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start a whole day birding activity along the Kirumya trail of Semuliki National Park. Semuliki National Park poses among Uganda’s best birding spots. While there, expect to encounter with species like; the African Piculet, Fire-crested Aleth, Lyre-tailed, Spotted, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Yellow-throated Nicator, Long-tailed Hawk, Capuchin Babbler, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Leaf-love, Xavier’s, Icterine, Zenker’s Horneyguide, Sassi’s, Olive and Simple Greenbul, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Red-billed Helmet-Shrike, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Chestnut-breasted and Pale-fronted Negrofinch, Forest Scrub-robin, Nkulengu Rail, Green-tailed and Red-tailed Bristlebill, Black-collard Lovebird, Ituri Batis, White-throated Blue Swallow, Red-rumped Tinkerbird and Red-thighed Sparrowhawk among others. Return to your lodge and relax.

Day 10 of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari Departure

After breakfast, prepare to set off for Entebbe. You and your guide will start birding as you transfer to Entebbe, via the Kampala-Mubenede-Mityana road driving for about 6 hours. You will arrive in Kampala in the afternoon have lunch and drive to the Airport for your flight back home.

End of the 11 Days Semuliki birding safari Uganda & Murchison Falls Park wildlife safari tour/ 11 Days Uganda birding safari

 

10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari

Safari overview of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari

7 days Murchison Kibale Semuliki National Park
Murchison falls

Our 10 days Uganda tour will be a private Uganda safari taking you to Murchison Falls National Park for the best Uganda wildlife safari game viewing and a breathtaking boat cruise along the world’s longest River; River Nile, then to the world’s primate capital Kibale Forest National Park for your chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda and finally to Semuliki National Park for Uganda birding safaris, nature walks, and sightseeing. After Semuliki National Park, you will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park for a game drive and a boat cruise in the park. Your accommodation while on safari will depend on your choice either Luxury, mid-range or budget. This safari will start and end in Kampala.

Trip Highlights of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari

Day 1 : Arrive at the Entebbe International airport, meet and greet with your driver guide and transfer to your hotel that was prior booked for you

Day 2: Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park for Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Day 3: Do an early morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and an afternoon Launch Cruise along the world’s longest river; River Nile and hike to the top of the falls

Day 4: Do morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and transfer to Lake Albert for sightseeing.

Day 5: Transfer to Fort Portal and visit the crater lakes and the Amabere ga Nyinamwiru

Day 6: Do chimpanzee trekking and afternoon walk in Bigodi Wetland/ You may also choose to do chimpanzee habituation which takes the whole day.

Day 7: Transfer to Semuliki National Park for the Sempaya nature walk and hot spring excursion

Day 8: Transfer back to Kampala

Detailed Tour Itinerary of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari

Day 1 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Arrive at the airport and transfer to your hotel

Arrive at the Entebbe International airport, meet and greet with your driver guide and transfer to your hotel that was prior booked for you. Arrive at hotel, check in, dine and rest

Day 2 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Transfer from Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park for Rhino Tracking at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

After an early morning breakfast at your hotel, you will be picked and briefed by your driver guide about the adventurous safari tour Uganda and then embark on your road trip to Murchison Falls National Park. This Uganda wildlife safari tour will start as early as 6:00am from Kampala-Uganda’s capital. On your way to the park, you will have an en route at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary in Nakasongola district,164km from Kampala and 128km to Murchison falls national park via Kampala-Masindi road. While at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, you will have chance to track the White rhinos in Uganda on foot. Later check in at your prior booked lodge for your overnight and dinner.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Bakers lodge/ Paraa safari Lodge/

Mid-range-Murchison River lodge/Pakuba safari lodge

Day 3 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Do an early morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and an afternoon Launch Cruise along the world’s longest river; River Nile and hike to the top of the falls

7 days Murchison Kibale Semuliki National Park
Boat Cruise

Wake up to a cold beautiful morning at your hotel in Murchison falls national park where you will be picked by your Uganda safari guide. You will set off for an early game view drive on the North of the Nile. While on this trail, expect to see Lions, buffaloes, waterbuck, Jackson’s hartebeest, oribi and baboons among others. This game drive lasts for about 2-4 hours then you return to the hotel for breakfast. Later at around 2pm in the afternoon after your hot lunch at your hotel, you will have a launch cruise to the bottom of the falls. While enjoying this fantastic wildlife experience, you will spot a big number of hippos, large crocodiles, and some small herds of buffaloes. As part of this beautiful adventure, you will watch lots of birdlife along the papyrus banks of the Nile river. Don’t not forget to watch out for one of the most sought birds in Uganda; the shoebill stork. After this experience of about 2 hours, you will hike to the top of the falls, a lovely scene for viewing the world’s most powerful falls and the park as well. This hiking experience is about 1 hour. You will find your guide waiting for you and then drive back to the hotel for your dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Bakers lodge/ Paraa safari Lodge/

Mid-range-Murchison River lodge/Pakuba safari lodge

Day 4 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Do morning game drive in Murchison Falls National Park and transfer to Lake Albert for sightseeing.

Wake to another interesting morning, have breakfast and get set for another morning game drive in the park which will last 3-4 hours depending on your interests. During the game drive, you will see more animal species include; warthogs, giraffes, buffaloes, lions, leopards, waterbucks, Ugandan kob, oribi, hartebeest, sitatunga, bushbucks, duikers, mongoose, genet, hyenas, jackals, elephants among others. This morning game drive is rich as you will see the animals out in the open. You will also sight several bird species during the game drive. Have lunch and transfer to lake Albert for beautiful views of the Rift valley escarpment and after return to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Bakers lodge/ Paraa safari Lodge/

Mid-range-Murchison River lodge/Pakuba safari lodge

Day 5 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Transfer to Fort Portal and visit the crater lakes and the Amabere ga Nyinamwiru

Wake up to a relaxed breakfast and after transfer to the to Fort Portal to the crater lakes and later to the Amabere ga Nyinamwiru. The Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru Caves are one of the most interesting sights in western Uganda. The English translation of Amabere Ga Nyina Mwiru is the breasts of Nyina Mwiru. Amabere Caves and the three surrounding Explosion Crater Lakes make a visit to the area a most interesting half day adventure and it can be easily taken in on your way to Queen Elizabeth Park. These caves are hidden away in the Toro Kingdom found in Western Uganda. After the visit, you will transfer to Kibale Forest National Park to your prior booked hotel for your dinner and overnight stay.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Crater safari lodge/Primate lodge Kibale

Midrange- Chimpanzee Forest Guest House/ Kibale Forest Camp

Day 6 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Do chimpanzee trekking and afternoon walk in Bigodi Wetland/ You may also choose to do chimpanzee habituation which takes the whole day.

7 days Murchison Kibale Semuliki National Park
Chimpanzees

Early morning after breakfast at the lodge, transfer to Kibale Forest National Park and report to Kanyanchu, the park headquarters at around 7:30am for your briefing at 8am from the park ranger guides about your chimpanzee trekking tour Uganda before you start trekking. After the briefing, start your journey into the forest with the rangers in search for chimpanzees and other primates including the red-tailed monkeys, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkey, olive baboons among others. The forest an array of birds including the grey-throated flycatcher, masked and black-capped apalis among the many in a park that is home to over 375 bird species. Retreat from the activity and have lunch.

After lunch proceed to Bigodi village to the fascinating Bigodi wetland sanctuary located in Magombe swamp. Bigodi wetland is an area is recognized for an extensive collection of bio diversity among which are several primate species like the red colobus monkey, baboon, black and white colobus monkey, blue monkey grey cheeked, mangabey, vervet monkey, red tailed monkey and the L’Hoest monkey. The wetland is also a cool and a perfect birders paradise for visitors on a Uganda birding tour. While here, skilled birders can spot over 50 bird species out of over the 138 species of bird have been recognized in Bigodi Wetland. After your happy knowledge rich afternoon and interaction with the locals at Bigodi, return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation:

Luxury- Crater safari lodge/Primate lodge Kibale

Midrange- Chimpanzee Forest Guest House/ Kibale Forest Camp

Day 7 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Transfer to Semuliki National Park for the Sempaya nature walk and hot spring excursion

After your delicious breakfast, set out and visit the Sempaya hot springs which are the most attention-grabbing attractions in Semuliki National Park. These springs have a geyser that shoots up from the 8 meters hole, and the water is at a high temperature. The most interesting part about the springs is that one can boil matooke and eggs in the springs and the can get ready for eating n a few minutes. In fact, this is the largest hot spring in Uganda.

Still along the trail where the hot springs are located you will be in line to see a number of birds such as the Blue breasted Kingfisher and various primates such as the red-tailed monkeys, and the grey cheeked mangabey. Later proceed, to Mungilo waterfall where you will have an opportunity of seeing a number of beautiful birds and it will be a great time for a birder. Return to lodge dine and rest.

Accommodation

Luxury-Kyaninga

Midrange-Mountains of the moon

Day 8 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route tour to Ruboni Community & evening game drive upon arrival.

After breakfast, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park 152km about 2 – 3 hours’ drive without en route stops. You branch off as you approach Kasese & continue to the foothills of Rwenzori Mountains to tour the Ruboni Community that has thrived in this mountainous ecosystem for over the last 300 years. Learn about their traditions and way of life. Return to Kasese for hot lunch and proceed to Queen Elizabeth National park– Kasenyi sector for an afternoon game drive. The sights of savannah plains dotted with counts of wild game in the evening are rewarding to explore.

Accommodation

Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Lodge

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge – Deluxe Room

Day 9 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Undertake game drive in the morning through the Kasenyi sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, afternoon Kazinga Channel launch cruise & evening game drive along the channel track

After breakfast, depart at 7am for a game drive in the park in search for wildlife. The Kasenyi savannah plains provide high opportunities to explore a wide range of animals like four of the Big five namely; lions, leopards Elephants, and Buffaloes. Other wild animals include Defassa spotted hyena, waterbucks, antelopes, Topis among others. Retreat from the game drive to Mweya peninsular for hot lunch at Tembo restaurant. In the afternoon, gather at Mweya jetty for a Kazinga Channel boat cruise departing at 2pm. The majestic Kazinga Channel boat cruise offers high chances of viewing Nile crocodiles, Hippos, and bird species along the shores as you enjoy a recreational moment. The boat cruise lasts for two hours and from there, you will undertake an evening game drive along the channel track for more chances of wild game viewing.

Accommodation

Budget: Pumba Safari Cottages

Midrange / Standard: Enganzi Lodge

Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge – Deluxe Room

Day 10 of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari : Depart this part of the world and return to Kampala for your flight back home

Wake up to a relaxed breakfast, get your bags packed and set off for Kampala with Lunch en route in Mbarara and at the equator for a polar water experiment, photos and purchase of souvenirs. Proceed to Entebbe for your flight.

End of the 10 Days Murchison Falls wildlife safari & chimpanzee trekking safari Uganda/ 10 Uganda wildlife safari

 

 

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