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The Swamp Dweller

12 DAYS BIRDING SAFARI

Day 1: 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 2 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 3: 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 4: 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 5: 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: 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 6: 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 7: 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 8: 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 9&10: 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 11: 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

Day 12: 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