Chimpanzee and Bird Watching Tour in Uganda- 7 Days

Chimpanzee

Tour Highlights

Departs: Entebbe International Airport Tour Length: 7 Days Focus: Birding | Chimpanzee Tracking Key Species: Orange Weaver, Green-breasted Pitta, Chimpanzee Expected # of birds: 250 Species Birding Pace: Moderate Physical Difficulty: Moderate Group Limit: Maximum 8 Bird Photography: Can be difficult in the forest

Day 1: Arrival for Uganda Birding Safari

Entebbe International Airport, transfer to the Hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, we bird Entebbe botanical Gardens or Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

Overnight at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel | Entebbe Travellers Inn (FB)

Day 2: Birding to Kibale Forest National Park - Uganda Birding Tour

Have breakfast then bird to Kibale Forest National Park. We will have several stops on the way if we are to increase our chances of see a number of the beautiful birds along, and probably a number of primate species.

Overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Day 3: Uganda Birding in the forest-Green-breasted Pitta search

Today we bird the forest for the Green-breasted Pitta other species to look out for will include; Brown Illadopsis, Brown-capped Weaver, Brown-chested Alethe, Black-headed Oriole, African Emerald Cuckoo,African Green-pigeon, Black-crowned Tchagra, African Wood Owl, African/Rwenzori/Abyssinian Hill-Babbler, Alpine Swift, Ashy Flycatcher, Barn Swallow,Black Bee-eater, Black Cuckoo,Black Cuckoo-shrike, Black-and-whiteCasqued Hornbill, Black-and-white Mannikin, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Black-billed Turaco, Black-billed Weaver,Black-faced Rufous Warbler, African Dusky Flycatcher, Black-headed Weaver,Black-necked Weaver,African/Western Citril,Black-throated Apalis, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird,Blue-throated Roller, African Blue Flycatcher, Bocage' Bush-shrike,Bronze Mannikin, Zebra Waxbill,Bronze Sunbird, and many more.

Copper Sunbird

Overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Day 4: Birding and Chimpanzee tracking Uganda Safari

After an early breakfast, go Chimp tracking while you bird for more forest species and in the night, an optional primates walk will be available.

Overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Day 5: Birding Uganda Tour in Sebitore and Bigodi Swamp

This morning we bird the sebitore sector of Kibale Forest National Park for the Joyfull Greenbul and a number of other species and in the afternoon we bird Bigodi swamp for Papyrus endemics and water birds. In Bigodi we expect the Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, just to mention but a few.

Overnight at Kibale Primate Lodge | Kibale Forest Camp (FB)

Day 6: Birding to Entebbe

Overnight at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel | Entebbe Travellers Inn (FB)

Day 7: End of Chimpanzee Tracking and Birding Tour - Departure

Grauer's Broadbill (Pseudocalyptomena graueri)

Kingdom: Animalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Aves, Family: Eurylaimidae, Genus: Pseudocalyptomena, Species: Pseudocalyptomena graueri

The Grauer's Broadbill or African Green Broadbill (Pseudocalyptomena graueri) is an actual broadbill, one of only a few African representatives of a primarily Asian family. It is bright green with a blue throat and vent and a small bill, quite unlike those of the other broadbills. It is endemic to the Albertine Rift Mountains of Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo. Its natural habitat is subtropical or tropical moist montane forests where it forages in canopies.

It is one of the African Big Five bird species, highly sought after by ornithologists but very elusive.

The species is both globally endangered and endangered according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

Blue-breasted Bee-eater (Merops variegatus)

Kingdom: Amimalia, Phylum: Chordata, Class: Aves, Order: Coraciiformes, Family: Meropidae, Genus: Merops

The Blue-breasted Bee-eater is endemic to Africa and just as the name suggests, predominantly eats flying insects, especially bees and wasps, which are caught in the air by sallies from an open perch. While pursue any type of flying insect, honey bees predominate in their diet. Hymenoptera (ants, bees and wasps) comprise from 20% to 96% of all insects eaten, with honey bees comprising approximately one-third of the Hymenoptera.

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