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Young Mountain Gorilla Young Mountain Gorilla

Bird Watching and Primates Uganda Safari- 11 Days

Jan 01, 2011

This Primates and birding safaris takes you to Uganda's forests with the highest concentrations of primates as well as specialty birds.  Kibale Forest, has the highest concentration of primates in East Africa and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is known for its record as one of the most biologically-rich forests in Africa and the fact that it has Africa's number one birding spot for 2011 as by the African Bird Club.

Tour Highlights

Departs: Entebbe International Airport Tour Length: 11 Days Focus: Birding | Chimpanzee Trekking | Mountain Gorilla Trekking Key Species: Orange Weaver, Shelley's Crimsonwing, African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Kivu Ground Thrush, Albertine Rift Endemics, Green-breasted Pitta, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee Expected # of birds: 300 Species Birding PaceModerate Physical DifficultySome degree of fitness is required for Chimpanzee and Gorilla trekking exercises Group LimitMaximum 8 Bird Photography: Worthwhile- can be quite difficult in the forest

Day 1: Arrival For Uganda Primates and Birding Tour

Arrive at 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: Uganda Birding Tour to Kibale Forest National Park

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: Birding Tour and Primates Trekking in Uganda - Bird Uganda Tours

Today, we bird Kibale forest for the Green-breasted Pitta other species 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-white Casqued 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.ChimpanzeeChimpanzee

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

Day 4: Chimpanzee tracking and Birdwatching Tour in Uganda

Chimpanzee tracking activity starts quite early in the morning, therefore you will be required to wake early, have breakfast then assemble for briefing by a ranger guide at the starting point. As the most accessible of Uganda's major rainforests, Kibale has a well established Chimpanzee tracking program with a high success rate. Other primates among the 13 recorded here you should expect to see include; Guereza Colobus, Olive Baboon, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L'Hoest's Monkey, Galagos, Potto, Bush Babies, Red-tailed Monkeys and the others. In the evening, a nocturnal primates walk will be available.

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

Day 5: Bird Uganda Sebitore and Bigodi Swamp - Uganda Birding

This morning we bird the sebitore sector of Kibale Forest National Park for the Joyfull Greenbul and a number of other species and Bigodi swamp for the Papyrus endemics and water birds, in the afternoon. 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: Uganda Birding Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast, we bird to western Uganda for the birding experience in Africa’s No. 1 birding Spot. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to over a half of the world’s endangered Mountain Gorillas and is home to a number of nocturnal and diurnal Primates thus expect an excellent adventure.

Overnight at Gorilla Resort | Buhoma Community Rest Camp (FB)

Day 7: Mountain Gorillas Trekking and Bird Watching Tour of Uganda

There are less than 800 mountain gorillas in the whole world. Uganda is home to more than a half of these beautiful, majestic gentle giants and yet endangered apes. Therefore, Gorilla tracking in Uganda is a must experience not to be missed. Bwindi impenetrable forest habituates families of mountain gorillas along with other species of primates for example, Chimpanzees, Colubus monkeys, Olive baboons, name it.

Early in the morning, you have breakfast then assemble for a briefing from the ranger guide before heading for the Gorilla trekking. You have plenty of chances to spot more forest birds during Gorilla tracking, so keep your eyes open. If trekking is successful early, you can have a self-guided bird watching evening, look out for species like, the Black Bee-Eater, Dusky Tit, Brown-caped Weaver, the Yellow-billed and yellow-spotted Barbets, the African and Black-and-white Shrike Flycatchers, Common Stonechat, Brown-throated and Chestnut Wattle-eyes, Apalises, Equatorial Akalat, Slaty Flyacatcher, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Grey Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, the Olive-green and Grey-backed Camaropteras, White-chinned Prinnia, Green Hylia, Short-tailed Warbler, White-tailed Antithrush, Cape Wagtail, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer's Warbler, Grauer's Rush Warbler, White-browed Crombec, the list is long.

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Overnight at Gorilla Resort |  Buhoma Community Rest Camp  (FB)

Day 8: Ruhija Twitcher Tour of Uganda - Uganda Birding

Today we bird Ruhija in search for the darling African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Strange Weaver, Shelley’s and Dusky Crimson-wings, Striped-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, White-browed Crombec, White-napped Raven, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Sharp’s Starling, Mountain masked and Rwenzori Apalises and many more.

Overnight at Ruhija Gorilla Lodge | Trekkers Tavern (Full Board)

Day 9: Mubwindi Birding- Albertine Endemic Birds Tour in Uganda - Birding Uganda

Whole day birding Mubwindi Swamp. We look out for the Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, White-tailed blue flycatcher, Brown-capped warbler, Black-billed weaver, Black-necked weaver, Red-headed Malimbe, Grey-headed Sparrow, Waller's Starling, Stuhlmann's starling, Montane Oriole, Many Coloured Bush-shrike, Bocage's Bush-shrike, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Pink-footed Puffback, Ludher's Bush-shrike,Doherty`s Bush-shrike, Mountain Illadopsis, Rwenzori Nightjar.

Overnight at Ruhija Gorilla Lodge | Trekkers Tavern (Full Board)

Day 10: Transfer to Entebbe Birding Enroute

After breakfast, we bird to Kampala lunch enroute.

Overnight at Entebbe Traveller's Inn

Day 11: End of Bird watching tour -Departure


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Common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes)

Chimpanzees are the closest living evolutionary relatives to humans, sharing a common ancestor with humans about four to six million years ago. They share 99% DNA with human beings.

Male grow up to 1.7 m high when standing, and weigh as much as 70 kg; the female is somewhat smaller.

Chimpanzees live in a leaner hierarchy in which more than one individual may be dominant enough to dominate other members of lower rank. Typically, a dominant male is referred to as the alpha male.

They make tools and use them to acquire foods and for social displays; they have sophisticated hunting strategies requiring cooperation, influence and rank; they are status conscious, manipulative and capable of deception; they can learn to use symbols and understand aspects of human language including some relational syntax, concepts of number and numerical sequence; and they are capable of spontaneous planning for a future state or event.

Chimps communicate in a manner similar to human nonverbal communication, using vocalizations, hand gestures, and facial expressions.

Woodland Kingfisher (Halcyon senegalensis)

Woodland Kingfisher

This brightly coloured medium-sized Kingfisher ranges from 20 - 23 cm, from bill tip to tail.

The bird is endemic to Africa, preferring a variety of wooded habitats with some trees, especially Acacias, including around human habitation. The Woodland Kingfisher is aggressively territorial, attacking intruders including humans. It has a striking display in which the wings are spread to show the white linings.

They nest in tree holes excavated by Woodpeckers or Barbets, where they lay up to three round white eggs.

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