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The Ardent Birder’s Extra

THE ARDENT BIRDER’S EXTRA

Day 1: arrival

Meet and greet our Sabili Tours’ representative on arrival at Entebbe International airport.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Laicco Lake Victoria Hotel/Protea Hotel (High Class)

Executive Airport Hotel/The Boma (Mid range)

Central Inn /Airport Guest House (Budget)

Day 2: transfer to Entebbe botanical gardens

Leave your hotel after breakfast and spend the entire morning birding on the shores of lake Victoria in Entebbe botanical gardens with a lunch break in between. Possible sightings may be: Verreuax’s Eagle Owl, Golden Backed Weaver, Orange Tufted Sunbird, Black Headed Weaver, Red Chested Sunbird, Vielliot’s Weavers, Common Squacco, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, Long Tailed Cormorant, Orange Weaver, Hammerkop, Yellow Backed Weaver, Jackson’s Weaver, Black Headed Heron, Yellow Billed Duck, African Open Billed Stork, Terns, Pied Kingfisher, Grey Headed Gulls, Swamp Fly Catcher, Black Headed Gonolek, Rock Pranticoles, Diederik Cuckoos, Broad Billed Roller, Black And White Casqued Hornbill, Woodland Kingfisher, Splendid Starling, African Fish Eagle, Hooded Vultures, Hadada Ibis, Grey Plantain Eater, Grey Capped Warbler, Angola Swallow, Red Faced Cisticolas, Blue Cheeked Bee Eater, Grey Kestrel, Lizard Buzzard, Palm nut Vultures, Hooded Vultures, Shikra, Green  Throated Sunbirds , Common Wattle Eye, Black Crake and Scarlet Chested Sunbirds.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Laicco Lake Victoria Hotel/Protea Hotel (High Class)

Executive Airport Hotel/The Boma (Mid range)

Central Inn /Airport Guest House (Budget)

Day 3: transfer to Mabamba swamp                                                                                 

Today you will be driven along Masaka road to Mabamba swamp on the shores of Lake Victoria. Spend the entire day birding equipped with your packed lunch in search of Madagascar bee eater, Carruther’s Cisticola, grey rumped swallow,  Papyrus Gonolek, Lesser Jacana, White Winged Warbler, Saddle Billed Stork, Common Squacco, Long Toed plover, whistling duck, blue swallow, Yellow Billed Egret, Black Crake, Purple Heron, African skimmer, White Winged Terns, Goliath Heron, plain backed pipit, African Pygmy Goose, Malachite And Pied King Fisher’s, Swamp Fly Catcher, Shoebill Stork, African Fish Eagle, Winding Cisticola, Blue Breasted Bee Eater, Fan Tailed Widow Bird, Red Chested Sunbird, Yellow Billed Duck and Hottentot Teal. Transfer to Kampala for dinner and overnight.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Kampala Serena Hotel/Golf course Hotel (High Class)

Metropole Hotel/ Protea Hotel (Mid range)

Holiday Express Hotel /Namirembe Guest House (Budget)

Day 4: transfer to Zziwa rhino sanctuary

Have breakfast at your Kampala hotel after which you will be driven through Luweero to Nakasongola district the home of Zziwa rhino sanctuary. On arrival have lunch then do some birding with possible sightings of Lesser Striped Swallow, African Green Pigeon, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, African Grey Hornbill, Little Egret, African Blue Flycatcher, Lizard Buzzard, African Paradise Flycatcher, Red-eyed Dove, African Crowned Eagle, Little Grebe, Sedge Warbler, African Broad Bill, Long-tailed Cormorant, African Pied Wagtail, African Open-billed Stork, Abdim’s Stork, African Goshawk, African Marsh Harrier, Barred Warbler, African Golden-breasted Bunting, Barn Swallow, Semi-colored Flycatcher,  Black-shouldered Kite, Ring-necked Dove, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Red-headed Malimbe, Bat Hawk, Long-crested Eagle, Black-crowned Tchagra, Black-headed Weaver, Little Swift, African Black Crake, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, African Scop’s Owl, Red-headed Weaver, Black-and-white Manikini, Booted Eagle, Cattle Egret, African Black-headed Oriole, Little Weaver, Bateleur, African Jacana, Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher, African Hawk Eagle, Blue-naped Mouse Bird, Cardinal Woodpecker and many more

Dinner and overnight at Zziwa rhino sanctuary

Day 5: birding in Zziwa rhino sanctuary

Spend the entire day birding in Zziwa rhino sanctuary where you may spot birds that you missed yesterday like Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widow Bird, African Citril, Black-and-white Cuckoo, Puvel’s Illadopsis, Black-winged Stilt, Red-chested Cuckoo, Blue-spotted Dove, African Morning Dove, Soot Chat, Augur Buzzard, Pied Crow, Black-winged Bishop, Red-billed Fire Finch, Black Cuckoo, Ruff, Broad-billed Roller, Common Fiscal Shrike, African Hoopoe, Black-headed Heron, Common Chat, Black-bellied Bustard, Common Greenhawk, African Darter, Senegal Coucal, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Common Kestrel, Egyptian Goose, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Eurasian Hobby, Shikra, Goliath Heron, African Grey (domestic) Augur Buzzard, Double-toothed Barbet, Isabelline Shrike, African Fish Eagle, Black Kite, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Common Waxbill, Red-faced Crombec, Common House Martin, Eurasian Nightjar, African Golden Oriole, Chin spot Batis, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Red-winged Starling, Red-rumped Swallow,  Brown-backed Scrub Robin, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Coqui Francolin, Red-headed Bluebill, Crowned Hornbill, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Grassland Pipit, Pied Kingfisher, Great Sparrow Hawk, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Black-crowned Waxbill, Rupell’s Long-tailed Starling, European Bee-eater, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Foxes Weaver, Common Bulbul, Greater Honey Guide, Red-necked Falcon,  Brown Parrot, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Black-headed Gonolek, Grey-headed Sparrow, Helmeted Guinea fowl, Common Ringed Plover to mention but a few.

Dinner and overnight at Zziwa rhino sanctuary

Day 6: Transfer to Murchison falls national park

Leave Zziwa rhino sanctuary after breakfast and drive to Masindi reaching Murchison falls national park in time for lunch. After lunch take a stroll between the Paraa rest camp and the ferry crossing. Shoebill stork, Martial Eagle, Hugli’s Francolin, White-faced Whistling Duck, Senegal Thick-knee, African Darter, Secretary Bird, Black-faced Waxbill, Denham’s Bustard, Pied Kingfisher, Goliath Heron,  Spotted Thick-knee, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Silver bird, Northern Crombec, Yellow-billed Stork, Veracious Dove, Dark Chanting-Goshawk, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Blue-napped Mousebird, Abdim’s Stork, Standard-winged Nightjar, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Malachite Kingfisher, Vaseline Masked Weaver, Osprey, Black-billed Wood-Dove, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Red-throated Bee-eater, Black Scimitar bill, Double-toothed Barbet, Long-toed Plover, Spur-winger Geese, Whistling Cisticola and many more

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Paraa safari lodge/Nile safari lodge/Chobe safari lodge (High Class)

Fort Murchison/Murchison River lodge (Mid range)

Red Chilli Bandas/Fort Murchison Tents (Budget)

Day 7: birding drives and birding launch cruise

Entire day will be spent birding on the northern banks of the river Nile in the park and after lunch a launch cruise for view of water birds. Possible sightings may include what you missed yesterday like: Sacred Ibis, Bar-breasted Fire finch, Grey-headed Bush Shrike, Black-billed Barbet, Piacpiac, Yellow-throated Greenbul, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Black Crake, Black-headed Plover, Black-headed Gondola, Beautiful Sunbird, Red-winged Grey Warbler, Rock Pratincole, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, White-fronted Black Chat, Blue-napped Moosebird, White-rumped Seedeater, Spotted Morning Thrush, Long Tailed Nightjar, Saddle-billed Stork, Black-headed Batis, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Giant Kingfisher, Black-lored Babbler, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Yellow-fronted Tinker bird and the Grey-crowned Crane and many more

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Paraa safari lodge/Nile safari lodge/Chobe safari lodge (High Class)

Fort Murchison/Murchison River lodge (Mid range)

Red Chilli Bandas/Fort Murchison Tents (Budget)

Day 8 & 9: Birding along the Royal mile and in Budongo forest reserve

Go birding all day after breakfast in the Budongo forest reserve and  along the Royal mile. Possible sightings may be Piping Hornbill, Yellow-billed Barbet, Nathan’s Francolin, Western-black Headed Oriole, Dwarf Kingfisher, Blue-throated Roller, Red-capped Robin-Chat, African Crowned Eagle, Yellow-spotted Barbet, White-spotted Fluff tail, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Rufous-crowned Elemomela, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Chestnut-caped Flycatcher, White-thighed Hornbill, Sabine’s Spine tail, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Cassin’s Spine tail, Yellow-crested Woodpecker, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Ituri Batis, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Spotted Greenbul, Fire-crested Alethe,, Black-capped Apalis  and the Grey-headed Sunbird to mention but a few

Dinner and overnight at Budongo Eco lodge

Day 10: transfer to Kibale forest national

Breakfast early then begin your journey to Kibale Forest national park. The drive will take up most of your day with a lunch stop over enroute.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Ndaali lodge/Kyaninga lodge (High Class)

Kibale Forest camp/Klug’s guest house (Mid range)

Nyinabulitwa camp/ Chimpanzee guest house (Budget)

Day 11: birding nature walks in Kibale forest, Bigodi wetland and Magombe swamp

After breakfast you will go birding in Kibale forest, Bigodi wetland and Magombe swamp equipped with your packed lunch. Possible sightings may be:  Uganda woodland warbler, Red winged francolin, Black-capped apalis, Blue-breasted kingfisher, grey winged robin, Yellow spotted nicator, Black-eared ground thrush, joyful greenbuls, white bellied crested fly catcher, Green-breasted pitta, Purple-breasted sunbird, Brown-chested alethe,  Little Greenbul, Crowned eagle, Yellow-rumped tinker bird, African pitta, Collared Apalis, red chested flufftail, Abyssinian ground thrush, Dusky crimson wing, masked Apalis,  Black bee-eater, chestnut winged starling, African pitta, tiny sunbird and the grey headed olive back and many more.

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Ndaali lodge/Kyaninga lodge (High Class)

Kibale Forest camp/Klug’s guest house (Mid range)

Nyinabulitwa camp/ Chimpanzee guest house (Budget)

Day 12: transfer to Queen Elizabeth national park

Leave Kibale after breakfast then transfer to Kasese, queen Elizabeth national park. Check into your lodge; have lunch then have a birding drive in the crater lakes area. Possible sightings may include: White shouldered cliffchat, Broad-tailed Warbler, common Buttonquail, marsh Tchagra, Curlew Sandpiper, Croaking Cisticola, Eurasian Mash Harrier, Lesser Flamingos, Common Greenshank, African Moustached Warbler, Greater Flamingos, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Little Stint, Southern Red Bishop, Montagu’s Harrier, Gull-billed Tern, Avocet, Pallid Harrier and the Red-capped Lark and many more

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Mweya safari lodge/Jacana Lodge (High Class)

Ihamba safari lodge/Kingfisher lodge Kichwamba (Mid range)

Queen Elizabeth Bush lodge/ Simba safari camp (Budget)

 

Day 13&14: birding in the Mweya peninsula, Kasenyi area, airstrip area and launch cruise along the Kazinga channel

Spend two days birding in Mweya peninsula, Kasenyi area and airstrip area. Take off an afternoon after lunch for a launch cruise along the Kazinga channel. Possible sightings here may be: Knob-billed Ducks, Squacco Heron, Great White and Pick-backed pelicans, White-faced whistling Ducks, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Black-headed Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher, Yellow-backed Nightjars, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Grey-capped Warbler, African Mourning Dove, Red-chested Sunbird, Swamp Flycatcher, Swifts, Red-capped Lark, Bateleur, Temminck’s Courser, Grey Kestel, Brown Snake Eagle, pelicans, African Harrier-Hawk, swallows, Black Bee Eater, White Tailed Lark, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Martial Eagle, White-shouldered Cliff Chat, African Skimmer, Papyrus Canary, Shoebill and White-winged Warbler, Blue-napped Mousebird, Martins, Squire-tailed Nightjar, Diederik Cuckoo, Swallows, Lesser Masked Weaver, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Yellow-backed Weaver, Black-headed Gonolek, Pygmy Kingfisher, African Mourning Dove, Little Bee-eater, Nubian Woodpecker, Swamp Flycatcher, Red-chested Sunbird, Pin-tailed Whydah, Red-capped Lark, Swifts, Slender-billed Weaver, Grey-capped Warbler, Swamp Nightjar  and the Scarlet-chested Sunbird and many more

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Mweya safari lodge/Jacana Lodge (High Class)

Ihamba safari lodge/Kingfisher lodge Kichwamba (Mid range)

Queen Elizabeth Bush lodge/ Simba safari camp (Budget)

Day 15: birding game drive in Kasenyi and transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Have breakfast then enjoy a birding game drive in the Kasenyi area before you exit the park. Possible sightings may be: Wahlberg’s Eagle, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Martial Eagle, Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, African Wattled Plover, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Rufous napped Lark, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Black-bellied Bustard, Bateleur, Senegal Plover, White-tailed Lark, Long-created Eagle, Flappet Lark, Zitting Cisticola, Temminck’s Courser, Black-crowned Tchagra, Kittlitz’s Plover, Grey backed Fiscal, Brown-backed Srub-Robin, Grey Kestrel, Croaking Cisticola, Grey-capped Warbler, Pin-tailed Whydah, Black-lored Babbler, Crowned Plover, Fork-tailed Drongo, African Crake and the Black-headed Gonolek and many more

Have lunch then transfer to Bwindi impenetrable national park

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Gorilla resort/Mahogany springs/Engagi lodge (High Class)

Nkuringo safari lodge/Silver Back lodge (Mid range)

Buhoma community Bandas/Nkuringo gorilla camp/Nkuringo safari lodge (Budget)

Day 16&17: birding in Bwindi forest

Spend two days birding in Buhoma, Ruhija, the saddle, school trail and Mubwindi swamp. Possible sightings may be: Black Bee-eater, Bar-tailed Trogon, Rwenzori Nightjar, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Handsome Francolin, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, African Wood Owl, Doherty’s Bush Shrike, Red-throated Alethe, Montane Oriole, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Shelly’s Greenbul, Mountain Masked Apalis, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Grauer’s Warbler, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, African Green Broadbill, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Strange Weaver, Black Bee-eater, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Western Green Tinkerbird, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Tit Hylia, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Dwarf Honey guide, Blue-headed Sunbird, Dusky Twinspot, Short tailed Warbler, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Regal Sunbird, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Strip-breasted Tit, Red-fronted Antpecker, Collared Apalis, Brown-capped Weaver,  Grauer’s Rush Warbler and the Dusky Crimsonwing, Mackinnon’s Shrike, African Black Duck, Black Bee Eater, Waller’s Starling, Narrow Tailed Starling, Mountain Masked Apalis, Equatorial Akalat, Banded Prinia, African Sooty Fly Catcher, Common Wattle Eye, Olive Green Camaroptera, White Bellied Robin Chat,  Cassin’s Grey Fly Catcher, Pitta-Like Short Tailed Warbler, Fraser’s Eagle Owl, Chestnut Throated Apalis, White Chinned Prinia, Dusky Long Tailed Cuckoo, Olive Long Tailed Cuckoo, Grauer’s Warbler, Black Faced Rufuos Warbler, Bocage’s Bush Shrike, White Browed Crombec, Dusky Tit, Red Tailed Bristle Bill, Oriole Finch, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red Throated Alethe, Fine Banded Wood Pecker, Handsome Francolin, Western Bronze Napped Pigeon, Brown Backed Scrub Robin,  White Tailed Ant Thrush, Short Tailed Warbler, Black Necked Weaver, Elliot’s Wood Pecker, Cameroon Sombre, Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Red Fronted Ant Pecker, Grey Chested Illadopsis, Slender Billed Starling, Grey Capped Warbler, Luhder’s Bush Shrike, White Collared Olive Back, African Broad Bill and Dusky Blue Fly Catcher and many more

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Gorilla resort/Mahogany springs/Engagi lodge (High Class)

Nkuringo safari lodge/Silver Back lodge (Mid range)

Buhoma community Bandas/Nkuringo gorilla camp/Nkuringo safari lodge (Budget)

Day 18: transfer to Lake Bunyonyi

Leave Bwindi after breakfast with a scenic game drive through rolling hills to Kabale the ‘Switzerland of Africa. The lake has over 200 bird species.

Dinner and overnight at Bunyonyi overland camp/ Bird nest at Bunyonyi/ Arcadia cottages

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Birdnest at Bunyonyi/Arcadia cottages (High Class)

Heritage Habuharo/Bunyonyi safaris resort (Mid range)

Bunyonyi Overland camp (Budget)

 

Day 19: birding in Lake Bunyonyi

Spend the entire morning and evening birding on both the shores and waters of Lake Bunyonyi. Possible sightings may be: common Sandpiper, white tailed blue monard, Levillant cuckoo, yellow eyed black fly  catcher, African Jacana; grey crowned cranes, cardinal woodpecker, pink backed pelican, African harrier hawk, long tailed cormorant, herons, great cormorant, African green broadbill, egrets, Rufuos breasted wryneck, long crested eagle, and many more

Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Birdnest at Bunyonyi/Arcadia cottages (High Class)

Heritage Habuharo/Bunyonyi safaris resort (Mid range)

Bunyonyi Overland camp (Budget)

Day 20: transfer to Lake Mburo national park

You will leave Kabale after breakfast and drive to Lake Mburo national park. Have lunch on arrival then dinner later on as you prepare for the next day’s activities Dinner and overnight at your choice hotel/lodge

Mihingo lodge/Mantana Tented Camp (High Class)

Arcadia cottages (Mid range)

Rwonyo Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 21: birding in Lake Mburo

Spend the entire day birding in Lake Mburo where you may possibly sight: Lilac Breasted Roller, Barefaced Go Away Bird, Spot Flanked Barbet, Crested Francolin, African Grey Hornbill, Common Scimitar Bill, Brown Parrot, Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Spot  Flanked Barbet, Green Wood Hoopoe, Yellow Breasted Apalis, Southern Red Bishop, Nubian Woodpecker, Trilling Cisticola, Northern Black Tit, Marico Sunbird, Chin Spot Batis , Greater Blue Eared Starling, Rufous Chested Swallow,  White Winged Warbler, African Wattled Plover, Spur Fowl, African Wattled Plover,  Flappet Larks, Bellied Bustard, Tenmink’s Courser, Yellow Throated Long Claw, Verreuax’s Eagle, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Gonolek, Pennant Winged, White-Tailed And Fiery Necked  Night Jars, Narina Trognon, Lesser And Greater Swamp Warbler, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, African Water Rail Shoe Bill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, African Darter, Northern Brown Throated Weaver, Hammerkop, Blue Headed Coucal, Red-Faced Barbet, Yellow Throated Leaf Love, Shikra, Black Collared Barbet, Spur Winged Plover, Red Headed Lovebird, Green Capped Eremomela, African Marsh Harrier, Lizard And Augur Buzzards,  African Hawk, Long Crested Martial Eagles, African Fish Eagles, Grey Kestrel And Rupell’s Griffon to  mention but a few

Mihingo lodge/Mantana Tented Camp (High Class)

Arcadia cottages (Mid range)

Rwonyo Rest Camp (Budget)

Day 22: salt lick and transfer to Kampala

After breakfast go birding in the park then have lunch. After lunch drive back to Kampala ending your safari with your arrival