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18 day Uganda Rwanda Birding safaris

Overnight at Lake Victoria Serena. Meal: Dinner.

DAY 2: SIMPLE CITY TOUR, AND THEN BIRDING TO MURCHISON FALLS.

Today we drive north and see the beauty of Uganda. No wonder Uganda becomes the Eden of African Birding, here the ecosystem completely changes and we get exposed to different bird spp enroute like the Bronze Tailed, Lesser and Greater Blue-eared Starlings which are a very difficult but the idiosyncratic calls help in their identification. Black Winged-bishop, Fantailed Widowbird, White Crested Turaco, Black Billed and Blue Spotted Wood-dove, Yellow Bellied Hyliota, African Moustached Warbler, Brown Twinspot, the seasonal Lesser Grey Shrike, Brown Parrot, African Thrush, Little Sparrow – Hawk, African Harrier Hawk, Grey and Nubian Woodpecker, Green Backed Eremomela, Grey Headed Olive Back, White Chinned Prinia, Black and White Mannikin, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Red Eyed, African Morning, Ring Necked and Loughing Dove plus many other species of birds. We shall later reach Murchison with a visit to the top of the falls and check into Paraa Safari Lodge, Meal: FB

DAY 3: BIRDING TO NORTHERN MURCHISONFALLS AND BOAT RIDE TO THE BOTTOM OF THE FALLS.

After breakfast, we shall do birding on the northern banl on Murchisonfalls look out for both game and birds, among those there, expext to see the Grey Headed, Striped and Woodland Kingfisher, Red Shouldered Cuckoos-Shrike, Beautiful Sunbird, Foxy, Whistling, Croaking, Singing, Rattling, Zitting and Siffling Cisiticola, Abyssanian Ground Hornbill, Black Bellied and Stanley’s Bustard, White Fornted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Yellow Billed, Wood Chat and Grey Backed Shrike, Abyssinian and Rufous Crowned Roller, Spotted Morning Thrush, African Quail Finch, Vitteline Masked Weaver, Black Billed Baerbet, Swallow Tailed, Northern Carmine, Little and the seasonal Eurosian, Blue Cheeked and Olive bee-eater.White-browed ands Chestnut Crowned Sparrow-weavers, White Headed Buffalo Weaver, Speckle Fronted Weaver, Rufaous Sparrow, Superb Starling and many more bird species. This Morning some of the mammals to be seen alongside the birding will be the Girrafe, Cape Buffalo, African Elephant, Jackson’s Heartbeast, Oribi, Bohor Reedbuck, Bush and Water Buck, Jackal, Lion, Hyeane and with big luck the Leopard. In the afternoon the cruise to th botom of the falls exposes us to lots of water birds like the Saddle Billed, Yellow Billed and African Open Billed Stork, lots of different Kingfishers and large schools of Hipos and Nile Crocs. We later get back to the lodge for  dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge , Meal: FB

DAY 4: BIRDING TOBUDONGO AND MASINDI. 

We start in the morning and bird to Masindi via Kaniyo Pabid which is part of the Budongo Forest Reserve an area with mammoth diversity of flora and fauna. The forest is criss crossed with well maintained network of forest trails making it doable to explore the dense forest with its beautiful biodiversity in different ways and this gives us the best sighting for the Puvel’s Illadopsis a shy and secretive dull brown bird, other species here will include the Grey and Yellow Lobgbill, Chocolate Backed, Blue Breasted and Pygmy Kingfisher, We also have good views of the shaggy-crested Guinea fawl, Fire Crested Alethe, Narina Tragon Yellow Billed, Grey Throated and Yellow Spotted Barbet among the species for today. After this we shall continue for Diner and overnight at Masindi hotel masindi: FB

DAY 5: BIRDING TO ROYAL MILE AND BUSINGIRO FOREST. 

Today we have a birding excursion to the above two unique sites within the Murchison Falls Conservation Area. We shall start early and head to the Royal Mile where many ceremonies of the Bunyoro kingdom took place before this was a conservation area. Enroute we shall have some birding stopovers to look out for bird spp like the Singing Cisiticola, Cabanis’s Bunting, Dark Capped Yellow Warbler, Grey Headed Olive Back, Brown Twinspot, Black Bellied Fire Finch and more then carry on to the Mile. Birding here is excellent with an open interior and gives us unique bird spp like the Ituri Batis. Lemon Bellied Crombec, Firest Warbler, Dusky Longtailed Cuckoo, Dwarf, Blue Breasted, Pygmy and Chocolate Backed Kingfisher, Western Black Headed Oriole, Red Headed Malimbe, Blue Throated Roller, White Spotted Greenbul, Rufous Crowned Eremomela, Chectnut Capped and Forest Flycatcher, Yellow Crested Woodpecker and many more. we drive to Busingiro looking out for bird species which might have been missed at the mile then later back to Masindi for dinner and overnight stay. Diner and overnight at contik hotel masindi: FB

Day 6: TRANSFER AS WE BIRD ENROUTE TO KIBALE FOREST.

We a long drive today, so birding will be minimised with a few stops enroute. We shall be leaving Masindi with a picnic lunch which we shall enjoy enroute. Some bird spp we expect today on our stopovers include the Brown and Western Banded Snake Eagle, Little Sparrow Hawk, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Joyfull Greenbul, Grey Throated Barbet, Olive Longtailed Cuckoo, White Breasted Nigrofinch, African Emerald Spotted Cuckoo and many more. We later continue and checkin for Dinner and overnight at mountains of the moon hotel: FB

Day 7: BIRDING AND OPTIONAL CHIMP TRACKING IN KIBALE FOREST. 

Today we have an option of chimp tracking. The close cousines of ours the Chimpanzees live in intricate societies, just like a coummity of humans, the have the ability to solve complicated problems, the are also able to make and bring into play tools, engage in convoluted social interactions and communicate through a variety of sounds and gestures. When encountering these habituated chimpanzees, you may scrutinize a variety of behaviours. Its worthy watching them play and interact with one another. The main bird spp we look out for here is the Green Breasted Pitta a very uncommon bird and restricted to forest interiors. We shall as well loom out for the African Broadbill, Rufous Flycatcher Thrush, Red Tailed Ant-Thrush and many more other spp. We later get back to our lodge for dinner and over night stay. Dinner and overnight at mountains of the moon hotel: FB

Day 8: EARLY BIRDING AS WE TRANSFER TO QUEEN ELIZABETH UGANDA PARK. 

Transfer to queen Elizabeth National Park while birding enroute. Evening game drive and birding for the nocturnal. Dinner and overnight at at Mweya Safari Lodge. Meal:FB

Day 9: EARLY BIRDING DRIVE AND AFTERNOON LAUNCH CRUISE ALONG THE KAZINGA CHANNEL. 

This is Uganda’s second largest National Park and with a recorded bird spp of about 612. On a wonserful day we have had records of over 150 bird spp. We shall start early and bird through the vast grassland looking out for rarity bird spp within there like the African Moustached Warbler, Black and White Browed Coucal, Golden Weaver, Grey Kestral, Southern Red Bishop, Flappet, Red Capped and Rufous Napped Lark, Grassland, Plain Backed and Thick Billed Pipit, Black-Chinned Quail Finch, Crimson Rumped Waxbill, White Browed Robinchat, Black Headed Gonolek, Common and Blue Quail, African Crake, Temminck’s Couser and many more other grassland birds. Today we have a boat ride along the natural Kazinga channel which takes us close to lots of water birds among which we shall see the Goliath Heron, Black Crake, African Spoonbill, African Jacana, Collard Pratincole, Great White and Yellow Billed Egret, Squacco Heren and many more. Back to the Lodge for Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge. Meal:FB

DAY 10: EARLY MORNING, VISIT BUHOMA, AND THEN BIRDING TO BWINDI. 

The birding tour gets us close to Rwanda and today we get to head towards the Gorilla Sanctuary in Bwindi. This is home to half the remaining population of the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas. We have two optional routes which lead us there. One through the Southern part of Queen Elizabeth called Ishasha which is very popular for the tree clinbing lions. It’s a unique encounter finding these predators in the trees, this sector is also great for savannah birding and always provides good sitings for the African Cuckoo-hawk , African Cuckoo, Commom Scimiterbill, Black Bellied Bustard, Red Faced Crombec, Bateleur, Hooded, Rupell’s Grifon, Lappet Faced and White Backed Vulture. We shall enjoy our picnic lunch at the Ishasha river  where we at times view the Black Bee-eater then continue to Bwindi. Dinner and overnight at Silverback gorilla lodge. Meal: FB

Day 11: BIRD WATCHING BUHOMA 

 We have two days here, one optional visit to the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Tracking them always starts where they were left the previous day and may take 30 minutes to reach them or the whole day. This is conducted by patient, qualified and knowledgeable ranger guides with wide experience in natural history with particular attention to gorilla behavior. Finding them and watching them play is quiet amazing. The other option of the birding day takes us to watchout for the  merrymaking Greenbuls such as the Red-Tailed, Cabanis’s, Shelley’s, Yellow Whiskered, Slender Billed, Little Grey, Plain, Toro Olive other bird spp here will be the Yellow Spotted, Yellow Billed and Grey Throated Barbet, Red Faced Woodland Warbler one of the Albertine Rift Endemics and easily seen here. Yellow Bill, Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo, Red Throated Alethe, differienting the White Bellied and Equatorial Akalat would very interesting. Red Capped, Grey Winged and Blue Shoulderd Robin Chat, African Shrike and Vanga Flycatcher, Black Faced Rufous Warbler, Red-Fronted Antpecker, Pink Footed and Northern Puffbuck, Buff Throated, Grey and Black Throated Apalis, Wallers, Narrow Tailed and Stuhlumann’s Starling, Elliot’s and Buff Bellied Woodpecker, Cassin’s and Least Honeyguide among the other bird spp in this area. Later we retreat to our lodge for Dinner and overnight at Silverback gorilla lodge. Meal: FB

DAY 12: TRANSFER TO VIRUNGA VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK.

Early morning breakfast and we head out to Rwanda to Virunga volcanoes national park home to some of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and the Karisoke research institute where Dian Fossey brought the plight of the endangered mountain gorillas to the attention of the rest of the world. Dinner and overnight at Mountain Gorilla Lodge. Meal: FB

DAY 13: GORILLA TRACK AND THEN VISIT IBY’IWACU.

After an early morning breakfast, transfer to the national park headquarters for a briefing by the park rangers before; trek through the tropical Virunga rainforest in search of the rare mountain gorilla. Carry your lots of water, study walking shoes, water-proof warm clothing, sun-screen, insect-repellant and a hat. A no-flush camera is recommended because you will come up close with these gentle giants. The park ranger guides will make your 3 – 6 hour trek both educative and enjoyable. The excursion in a thick rain forest and the interaction with the mountain ape, gives a wonderful experience in life. Later in the afternoon visit the iby’iwacu a cultural viallge where tradition still runs the modern world there lots of choices of activities including cycling through the villages, walking through the villages, visiting a local healer, visiting schools and so much more to experience the livies of the local people. Dinner and overnight Mountain Gorilla Lodge. Meal: FB

DAY 14: BIRDING TO LAKE KIVU. HOTEL:

After breakfast, you will transfer to Gisenyi town which is located on the shores of Lake Kivu. On arrival, you will go for relaxing activities like swimming, sport fishing and boat cruise. The cruise will provide you with a spectacular view of the Kibuye and Gisenyi towns. Dinner and overnight at Serena. Meal: FB

DAY 15: TRANSFER TO WALK IN NYUNGWE FOREST. HOTEL:

Nyungwe is at present the best site in the world to see the thrilling and localized Red-collared Mountain-Babbler. This peculiar and active flock species is a stellar attraction. This park give us chnces of seeing endemics like the Rwenzori  Apalis and Turaco, the Red-faced Woodland Red Throated Alethe, and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Doherty’s  and many Coloured Bushshrike, this is another good spot for Handsome Francolin, Sooty Boubou, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, , Grauer’s Rush, Neumann’s, and Grauer’s Warblers, Black-faced Apalis, Lagden’s Bushshrike, Purple-breasted, Blue-headed, and Regal Sunbirds, Stripe-breasted Tit, Dusky Crimson-wing and Strange Weaver. Other gems we’ll hope to see include Kivu Ground-Thrush, White-bellied Robin-Chat, and White-tailed Blue-Flycatcher. While birding here, we shall also keep our eyes out in the canopies to find primates like the Chimpanzee, Angola Pied Colobus a spp known in west African countries, as well as Blue, Red-tailed, and L’Hoests Monkeys. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe forest lodge. Meal: FB

DAY 16: MONKEY TRACK. HOTEL:

After breakfast, you will go for the morning canopy walk to search for the black and white colobus monkeys along with different bird species like paradise flycatcher, the red throated alethe, drab Chubb’s Cisticola, green pigeon, the great blue Turaco, forest hornbills, Ross’s Turaco, red – breasted sparrow hawk and white – headed wood hoopoe. These playful doile monkeys are a pure delight to watch with large troops in some parts of the forest. In the afternoon, continue with other forest encounters in this rich and aged forest encounter more bird species and other primate species like chimpanzee and colobus monkeys, L’hoests monkey, Silver monkey, golden monkey; Owl faced monkey, red tailed monkey, Dent’s Mona monkey, crowned monkey, Vervet monkey, and Olive baboon and so on. Dinner and overnight at Nyungwe forest lodge. Meal: FB

DAY 17: TRANSFER TO KIGALI VIA BUTARE

Early morning breakfast and we will transfer to Kigali Rwanda’s Capital city for a city tour. Kigali is a smaller city compared to Kampala but has a lot of stories to tell about Rwanda today. We will stopover in Butare home of Rwanda’s ethnographic museum the largest of its kind in Eastafrica.  Her you will find all the information you need to know about the Rwandese people from their culture, lifestyles, history among others. Dinner and overnight at Hotel Des Mille Collines by Kempinski. Meal: FB.

DAY 18: DEPARTURE

After breakfast, you will for a Kigali city tour where you will visit places like the Genocide Memorial centre at Gisozi, Market places, Shopping Malls and so on. Later on the driver guide will transfer you to the airport to catch your flight back home.