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10 Days Bird Watching in Uganda’s Rain Forests

10 Days Bird Watching in Uganda’s Rain Forests

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Birding Journeys Uganda | Rain Forests Birding | Forest Birding Trips Uganda | Experience

 

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  • Departure/Return Location
    Entebbe

Tour Plan

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Day 1: Arrival for Uganda Rain Forests 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.

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Day 2: Uganda Birding Tour to Mabira Forest

This is the biggest forest reserve closest to the city center. It boasts of a 315 bird species record with 74 of the 144 species of the Guinea-Congo Forests biome that occur in Uganda

Search for Nahan’s Francolin which is an IUCN Red list’ endangered species, Cassin's Hawk-eagle, White-spotted Flufftail, Afep Pigeon, Grey Parrot, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Sabine's Spinetail, Cassin's Spinetail, Blue-throated Roller, African Dwarf Kingfisher, White-bellied Kingfisher, Forest Woodhoopoe, African Pied Hornbill, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Speckled Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Green-breasted Pitta, African Shrike-flycatcher, Jameson'sand Chestnut Wattle-eyes, Forest Robin, Fire-crested Alethe, Red-capped Robin-Chat, the Speckle-breasted, Yellow-crested, Brown-eared, and the Buff-spotted Woodpeckers, Cassin's Honeyguide, Red-tailed Bristlebill among others.

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Day 3: Uganda Birding Safari to Budongo Forest
Today, we bird to Budongo Forest which has a prolific birdlife with two species of birds not found elsewhere in East Africa: 10 of the 22 species of Sudan–Guinea Savannah biome and 93 of the 144 species Guinea-Congo Forests biome that occur in Uganda.
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Day 4: Birding Budongo Forest in Uganda
We bird the marvelous Royal mile and several other trails for the whole day. We look for the Puvel’s Illadopsis and Nahan’s Francolin other special birds include; the Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-throated Barbet, Honeyguide Greenbul, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, White-headed Saw-wing, White Wagtail, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Little Crake, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African Moustached Warbler, Green-backed Eremomela, Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, African Citril, African Golden-breasted Bunting, Black-crowned Waxbill, Bronze Mannikin, Black-billed Bluebill, Black-winged Red Bishop, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Spectacled Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Compact Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Red-headed Weaver, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Purple Starling, Purple-headed Starling, Splendid Starling, Northern Puffback, Black-headed Gonolek, Tropical Boubou, Isabelline Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Western Violet-backed Sunbird and many more.
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Day 5: Birding Budongo and Kaniyo Pabidi Birdwatching Spots

This morning we bird the sebitore sector of Kibale Forest National Park for the Joyful 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.

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Day 6: Uganda Birding Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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Day 7 & 8: Semliki forest and the Kirumiya trail- Uganda Birding Safaris

Being one of the richest for both flora and fauna in Africa most especially birds, we bird the place for two days. We aim at a record of 400 species including; the African Piculet, Blue Swallow, White-throated Blue Swallow, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Spotted Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Lowland Akalat, Red-throated Alethe, Fire-crested Alethe, Snowy-headed Robin-Chat, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Red-eyed Puffback, White-tailed Robin-Chat, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Capped Wheatear, Common Stonechat, Abyssinian Ground-Thrush, Oberlaender’s Ground-Thrush, Grey Ground-Thrush, Little Grey Greenbul, Toro Olive Greenbul, Mountain Greenbul, Yellow-throated Nicator, Western Nicator, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Black Saw-wing, Eurasian Oystercatcher, Long-tailed Hawk, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Chestnut-flanked Goshawk, Grant’s Bluebill, Afep Pigeon, Blue-headed Coucal, Bates’s Nightjar, Swamp Nightjar, Cassin’ Spinetail, Sabine’s Spinetail, White-bellied Kingfisher, Shining-blue Kingfisher, Gabon Woodpecker, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Double-toothed Barbet, Black-billed Barbet, White-headed Barbet, just to mention but a few.

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Day 9: Birding to Kampala

Have breakfast and with packed lunch, bird to Entebbe for the Last Night

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Day 10: End of Birdwatching Safari - Departure
Tour Highlights

Departs: Entebbe International Airport Tour Length: 10 Days Focus: Birding Key Species: Orange Weaver, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Puvel's Illadopsis, Nahan's Francolin Expected # of birds: 300 Species Birding Pace: Moderate Physical Difficulty: Moderate Group Limit: Maximum 8 Bird Photography: Can be difficult in the forest Possible Extensions: Chimpanzee Trekking

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