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Ecologically, Uganda is where the East African savannah meets the West African jungle. Where else but in this impossibly lush country can one observe lions prowling the open plains in the morning and track chimpanzees through the rainforest undergrowth the same afternoon, then the next day navigate tropical channels teeming with hippo and crocs before setting off into the misty mountains to stare deep into the eyes of a mountain gorilla? Certainly, Uganda is the only safari destination whose range of forest primates is as impressive as its selection of plains antelope. Yet there is more to the country than wildlife - far more!
Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport.
You will be met by our professional guide at the Entebbe International Airport and transferred to Kampala where you will camp at Backpackers' Camp.
Day 2: Transfer to Lake Mburo national park. Stay at Mantana Tented Camp or budget campsite for 2 nights.
After breakfast we transfer to Lake Mburo, arriving in the afternoon with a game drive in the park. There is a superb wetland and Acacia savanna sanctuary. Birding here is a delightful experience, with superb scenery and a markedly different fauna to other reserves. This is the best place in the country to see game animals such as Eland as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala, and acacia-associated birds. The lakes within the park attract Hippos, Crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as Sitatunga, plus much rarer Roan, Leopard, Hyenas and Jackals.
Day 3: Whole day in the Park.
On this day, we have a game drive in the park. Later in the afternoon, we have a boat trip. Look out for mammals like Water Buck, Impala, Eland, Buffalo, Topi, Burchells' Zebra, Bush Buck, Warthog, and Dwarf Mongoose.
Day 4: Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable national park. Stay at Buhoma Community Camp for 3 nights.
After breakfast, we have another game drive as we drive out of the park towards Bwindi Impenetrable forest. The Park is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and is home to approximately half of the world population of 600 Mountain Gorillas. This vast reserve offers arguably the most productive montane forest birding in Africa and supports 23 of Uganda's 24 Albertine Rift endemic bird species. Once part of a much larger forest that included the Virunga Volcanoes in neighbouring Rwanda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is now an ecological island within a sea of human cultivation and therefore of immense conservation importance. Buhoma lies in the valley of the Munyaga River at 5100 feet and is flanked by steep, forested hills. Excellent forest birding, not least the prospect of numerous rare and localised Albertine Rift endemics, makes this a true birding Mecca.
Day 5-6: Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest, Village walk in the Buhoma Community.
We set off early, with packed lunch, to the park headquarters for a briefing prior to Gorilla Tracking. This is the most exciting lifetime experience of all time. The gorillas are gentle animals and it is an unforgettable experience to photograph them as they interact. It is a wonderful experience to stare in to the eyes of these gentle giants; watch them in awe as they play and go about their daily activities. It is indeed a "once in a lifetime" experience that you must never miss. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards; you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngsters frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful display.
We also have a village walk around the Buhoma Community. We will visit the Batwa and you will observe their ways of living. The Batwa were given land upon relocation from the forest and most of their basic needs are taken care of. The money they receive out of the village walk is, therefore, used to buy clothes and food. They also use the money from sale of crafts for recreational purposes, reading and buying of alcohol. You will also observe how they go about the process of juice making. We will also visit the traditional healer and you will observe how he treats ailments using tree bark, leaves, and some animal material. He dresses in goat and cow skin to preserve the way traditional healers used to dress. You will also be taken through tea plantations and 10 sites that describe the way of life of the Buhoma Community.
We will spend the balance of our time here looking for other primates like the Lehoist Monkey, Black and White Colobus; Red tailed, and Blue monkeys. Mammals include the Rwenzori Duiker, Yellow back duiker, Caruthers squirrel, Bohm's and Alexander squirrels, and many other species.
Day 7: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Stay at Simba Safari Camp for 2 nights.
We drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. If conditions are condusive, we will drive through the Ishasha section which is famed for the presence of tree climbing lions. If lucky, you wmy have a view of these magnificent creatures as they bask in the trees. This afternoon upon arrival, we may have an evening game drive in the park. We check in at Mweya Safari Lodge. This Park is from open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that QENP boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world. Almost 100 mammal species and a remarkable 6012 bird species make this superb safari territory, with elephant, a profusion of hippos, the elusive giant forest hog and handsome Uganda kob all regularly sighted around the tourist village on the Mweya Peninsula - which also boasts of a marvelous waterfront setting in the shadow of the Rwenzori Mountains.
Day 8: Game Drive in the park and Launch Cruise on the Kazinga Channnel.
We start early at dawn with an early cup of coffee and go for a game drive to look for the big game and beautiful sceneries. This afternoon, after our lunch at the lodge, we have a boat cruise on the spectacular Kazinga Channel. Back for dinner at the campsite.
Day 9: Transfer to Kibale National Park. Stay at budget campsite for 2 nights.
Today we transfer to Kibale forest. We carry our packed lunch which we shall enjoy on the way. Check in at Ndali Lodge. Kibale's major attraction, however, is the opportunity to track habituated chimps - these delightful apes, more closely related to humans than to any other living creature, are tremendous fun to watch as they squabble and play in fruiting trees. A network of shady forest trails provides much to delight botanists and butterfly lovers, while birders are in for a treat with 335 species. The elusive forest elephant, smaller and hairier than its savannah counterpart, moves seasonally into the developed part of the park, while other terrestrial mammals include buffalo, giant forest hog and a half dozen antelope species.
Day 10: Chimp tracking at Kibale National Park.
We start after a dawn breakfast, carry packed lunch and go to the forest for chimp tracking. Tracking the chimpanzee that is our 'cousin' is a very interesting experience. The way they feed, climb trees, respond to humans, caring for their young ones, is just phenomenal. This is a drama of life in a rain forest. This park is notable for its primate population, with the chimpanzees being the most famous. In the afternoon, if time allows, it will be possible to have a nature walk at Bigodi wetland which is managed by the community. This demonstrates a successful story of the ecotourism development benefits. Overnight at Ndali Lodge.
Day 11: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park. Stay at Red Chilli camp site for 3 nights.
After breakfast, we drive northwards to Murchison Falls National Park stopping for lunch at Masindi Hotel. We later cross the River Nile and check-in at Paraa Safari Lodge. Murchison Falls Conservation area (MFNP) comprises of Bugungu and Karuma Wildlife Reserves. It derives its name from the Murchison Falls where the mighty River Nile explodes through a narrow gorge and flows down to become a placid river whose banks are thronged with hippos, crocodiles, waterbucks and buffaloes. The vegetation is characterized by savannah, river line forest and woodland. Wildlife includes lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hartebeest, oribis, Uganda kobs, chimpanzees and many bird species including the rare shoebill.
Day 12: Game Drive in Murchison Falls national park.
We start after an early breakfast and go for a whole morning game drive in the delta area. We will have lunch at the camp. We later take the afternoon launch cruise to the bottom of the falls. This brings us to the closest distance to the magnificent falls. Dinner at the camp.
Day 13: Game Drive in Murchison Falls national park.
After breakfast, we again have another chance to enjoy viewing the big game in the largest conservation area in Uganda. Lunch at the camp. Another game evening game drive will may offer opportunities of Nocturnal species of wildlife.
Day 14: Transfer to Budongo for chimpanzee tracking at Kanio Pabide. Stay at bush campsite.
We start early after our breakfast and head for Budongo forest Kanio Pabide section. We have a forest walk in search of chimpanzee our close cousins. Budongo forest is known for the highest populations of Chimpanzees in the tropical Africa. We have dinner and overnight stay at Masindi Hotel.
Day 15: Transfer to Kampala. Stay at Backpackers' Campsite.
On this day, we transfer to Kampala carrying along a packed lunch later to be enjoyed on the way.
Day 16: Transfer to Entebbe Airport for departure.
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22 Days Uganda Rwanda Wildlife, birding and primate tour.
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From the source of the White Nile on Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Range, the montane forests of the Virunga volcanoes, harboring some of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas, to the extensive savannas around the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, Uganda and Rwanda are one of the equatorial countries of astonishing contrasts. No other area in Africa can match the amazing diversity of habitats, and this richness is reflected in its incredible bird list of over 1000 species. Amongst these are many highly sought-after birds, such as the unique Shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the Albertine Rift Valley, currently impossible to find anywhere else. The huge bird list is all the more remarkable given the small sizes of these countries with Uganda alone (approximately equal to Great Britain), making it, arguably, the richest African birding destination.
The tour begins and ends in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria. The trip is very diverse and visits most of the important National Parks around the two countries. After arrival at Entebbe, the following day we set out straight away to find the most iconic bird of the tour - Shoebill! We'll spend a morning in the Mabamba Wetlands before heading west to beautiful Lake Mburo National Park for a two night stay. Continuing south we cross and visit the rich Akagera National Park. We will continue to the Albertine Rift Endemics Region where will spend more days in both Uganda and Rwanda. This regions is arguably one of the more scenic, as well as an excellent place for birds.
Although the Gorilla trek can be strenuous, staring into the eyes of a Mountain Gorilla from a few feet away is nothing short of a life-changing experience. About half the surviving Mountain Gorillas live within the boundaries of the Albertine Rift Region, and to have the opportunity to meet these gentle giants and be part of their family group for an hour is a rare privilege indeed, and rated by many to be the greatest wildlife experience on the planet! The next portion of the trip heads north and visits a series of fabulous national parks in the northwest portion of the Uganda, and offers the chance for many unique bird species, as well as some of the finest mammal watching in the country. First we travel to wonderful Queen Elizabeth National Park for two wonderful nights. Here we take a famous boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which links Lakes George and Edward, and is one of the most productive of birding excursions! From here we work further north to the Kibale National Park and a three night stay, and perhaps the best area in Uganda for primates. Here we will have the opportunity for tracking Chimpanzees, as well as birding in excellent forest where we will search for the rare Green-breasted Pitta. From here we'll move to one of the most productive birding areas in East Africa, and spend three nights at famous areas such as Budongo Forest the "Royal Mile," and Kaniyo Pabidi. We will finish the tour in wonderful Murchison Falls National Park, perhaps the best park in Uganda for large game.
The tour will likely see more than 500 species of birds, which will include Shoebill, and a large percentage of Albertine Rift endemics, as well as a wide variety of representatives of many of the classic African families such as hornbills, barbets, bee-eaters, woodhoopoes, fabulous raptors, incredible water birds, and on and on! We will cover a multitude of habitats from lush rainforest, to wild savannahs, to dry acacia forests, to wetlands and swamps, to the shores of the incredible Nile River. The scenery is varied and arguably some of the finest in all of Africa, and the mammal experience would be great enough with chances for about 50 species, including elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, and leopard, not to mention, of course, Mountain Gorilla and Chimpanzee.
Day 1 Arrival Stay at Travellers Inn.
Depending on the time of arrival, Early arrivals have chances of birding around Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Birds here include Orange and Golden backed weavers, Ross's, and Great blue , Giant Kingfisher, African pied and crown Hornbills, White throated bee eater, and many other interesting species. Velvet and Black and White Colobus monkeys are also present.
Day 2 Birding Mabamba/Kamengo for the Shoebill and other water birds. Proceed to Lake Mburo in the afternoon.
After breakfast, we set off towards Mabamba for the Shoebill. This most famous and bizarre avian wonder is the only representative in its family. Marvel at its huge grinning wooden-looking clog-like bill as it preens. Other birds here include African Marsh Harrier, Weavers, Hamerkop, Purple Heron, Malachite Kingfisher, Common Waxbill, Swamp Flycatcher, Yellow-billed Duck, Blue-headed Cuckoo, Winding Cisticola, African Jacana, Pied Kingfisher, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Intermediate Egret, Osprey, Cormorants, Lesser Jacana, Rufous-bellied Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Long-toed Lapwing, African Pied Wagtail, Red-billed Fire-finch. Thereafter, we proceed to Lake Mburo National Park.
Day 3 Birding in the Park with a boat ride on Lake Mburo. Mammals and birds.
After breakfast take a game drive in the park. This is a superb wetland and Acacia savanna sanctuary. Birding here is a delightful experience, with superb scenery and a markedly different fauna to other reserves. This is the best place in the country to see game animals such as Eland as well as Zebra, Topi, Impala, and acacia-associated birds. The lakes within the park attract Hippos, Crocodiles and a variety of waterbirds, while fringing swamps hide secretive papyrus specialists such as Sitatunga, plus much rarer Roan, Leopard, Hyenas and Jackals. There are plenty of more typical East African savanna birds to keep us busy: Pink-backed & Great White Pelicans, African Darter, White- winged Tern, Banded Snake-Eagle, African Fish Eagle and maybe African Finfoot. We'll be looking out for Augur Buzzard, Crested Francolin, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Spot-flanked Barbet, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Black-headed & Papyrus Gonoleks, White-winged Warbler, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross's Turaco and Red-faced Barbet. Lake Mburo's woodlands are the northern-most example of the southern savanna system and home to several species at the edge of their range. Most sought-after is the Red-faced Barbet, known only from remote north-eastern Tanzania, Rwanda and here.
Day 4- 5 Birding to Kisoro Mgahinga National Park. Stay at Travellers Rest.
This is Uganda's smallest and probably most scenic national park situated in the extreme south western corner of the country on the slopes of the Virunga Volcanoes which rise up to 4000m in elevation. To the south of the park is Rwanda, and to the west is the Democratic Republic of Congo. The park has a nice variety of Albertine rift endemics, and we shall explore the treasures of this park along the excellent Gorge trail, which loops half way up Mt. Sabinyo, traversing a variety of montane habitats. One trail winds up through former farmland where regenerating vegetation has a semi-natural heath character. Here we'll look for Dusky Turtle- Dove, Cape Robin-chat, Brown-Crowned Tchagra, Bronze Sunbird, Rwenzori Turaco, Shelly's Crimson-wing, Kivu Ground Thrush, Black-headed Waxbill, and Streaky Seedeater, all of which favor the scrubby early successional habitat in this area. As we climb and enter the bamboo belt at about 2500m, we may encounter the Handsome Francolin, Kivu Ground Thrush, and Cinnamon Bracken Warbler. The flowering Red-hot Pokers attract Malachite, Scarlet-tufted, and Ruwenzori Double-collared Sunbirds, as well as Lagden's Bush-Shrike. Many of these are Albertine Rift endemics. The beautiful Golden Monkey, a localized form of the Blue Monkey, occurs in the bamboo zone and Mountain Gorillas are seasonally resident in the park (although we are unlikely to see one).
Day 6 - 7 Birding to Ruhiija through Echuya forest. Stay in Trekkers' Tavern.
( Mountain Gorilla and birding country)
Echuya is one of the forests good for birding the Albertine rift Endemics. Stops on the roadside may create opportunities for these rare but exciting endemics. We enter Bwindi birding through the Bamboo zone.
We spend one entire day birding the Mubwindi Swamp area and the surroundings and one entire day Gorilla tracking. ( However those that finish tracking early can have a change of birding around). The 4km trail to Mubwindi Swamp is the best place for some of the most difficult to find of all rift endemics including Grauer's (African Green) Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, and Archer's Robin-Chat. Mubwindi Swamp is also home to Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Apalis, African Hill Babbler (sometimes treated as a separate species from Ruwenzori Hill Babbler), the rare and localized Grauer's Scrub-Warbler and Carruther's Cisticola. Some of the many species we have a chance of seeing here include Black Goshawk, Augur Buzzard, Crowned Hawk-Eagle, Handsome Francolin, Olive (Rameron) Pigeon, Bronze-winged Pigeon, Black-billed, Ruwenzori, and Ross's Turacco, African, Barred Long-tailed, and African Emerald Cuckoos, Red-chested Owlet, Narina and Bar-tailed Trogons, Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters, Blue-throated Roller, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Gray-throated, Double-toothed, and Yellow-spotted Barbets, Western and Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Thick-billed and Dwarf Honeyguides, Rufous-necked Wryneck, Tullberg's, Speckle-breasted, Elliot's, and Olive Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, Rock Martin, Black Saw-wing, Gray and Petit's Cuckoo-Shrike, Ansorge's, Kakamega, Olive-chested, and Cabanis' Greenbuls, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Olive and Mountain Thrushes, Red-throated Alethe, Chubb's Cisticola, Banded Prinia, Ruwenzori, Black-throated, and Black-faced Apalis, Olive-green Camaroptera, Grauer's and Cameroon Scrub- Warblers, Cinnamon and Black-faced Bracken-Warblers, Mountain Yellow Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Short-tailed Warbler, Red-faced Woodland-Warbler, White-eyed Slaty- Flycatcher, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Sooty Flycatcher, Chapin's Flycatcher, White-starred Robin, White-bellied and Archer's Robin-Chats, Ruwenzori Batis, White-tailed, Slaty, and African Blue-Flycatchers, Puvel's, Pale-breasted, Mountain, and Grey-chested Illadopses, Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, Gray-headed, Western Violet-backed, Green, Green-headed, Blue-headed, Green-throated, Stuhlmann's, Northern Double-collared, and Regal Sunbirds, Mackinnon's Shrike, Ludher's, Gray-green, Many-colored, and Lagden's Bush-shrikes, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Slender-billed, Waller's, Narrow-tailed, Stuhlmann's, and Sharpe's Starlings, Black-billed, Strange, and Brown-capped Weavers, Jameson's and Woodhouse's Ant-peckers, and Red-faced and Dusky Crimson-wings.
Gorilla trekking day
After breakfast, we shall assemble for briefing before we head for the most exhilarating wildlife experience on this planet, the Gorilla trek. Although Gorilla tracking can be strenuous, gazing into the eyes of a Mountain Gorilla from a few feet away is nothing short of a life-changing experience. A single Mountain Gorilla survives per 10 million people on earth and to have the opportunity to meet these gentle giants and be part of their family group for even an hour is a rare privilege indeed that you must never miss on each of your visits to Uganda. In all our Gorilla tours in both Rwanda and Uganda, we put an emphasis on the community benefits to enhance the community collaborative conservation of Gorillas.
Day 8 - 9 Birding to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Stay at Mweya Safari Lodge.
Today, we shall start early after breakfast and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Our route to the park will be determined by road conditions, either passing through the Ishasha sector, well-known for its climbing lions, or alternatively drive through the beautiful sceneries of Rukungiri district. This depends on the nature of the road and weather conditions. The park, which is named after Queen Elizabeth who visited it in 1954, is the second largest national park in Uganda, and ranks highest with respect to overall diversity, with a species list exceeding 600. The park has wild savannah excellent for Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Hyenas, Ugandan Kobs, Side-striped Jackal, Baboons, Giant Hogs, just to name a few. While at the park we may partake of a game drive or boat cruise on the Kazinga Channel, which is one of the best and thrilling in Africa. This trip is one of the better places to look for African Skimmers, which are sometimes present, while just some of the many species possible include Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, Grey, Purple and Goliath Herons, Saddle-billed and Yellow-billed Storks, Sacred and Glossy Ibises, African Spoonbill, Egyptian Goose, Black Crake, African Jacana, Black-winged Stilt, Water Thick-knee, Spur-winged, African Wattled, Kittlitz's, and Three-banded Plovers, Collared Pratincole, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Brown-throated Sand Martin, Greater and Lesser Swamp Warblers, Carruthers's Cisticola, and Papyrus Gonolek.
Day 10- 11 Birding to Semliki. Stay at Vanilla hotel.
We start early after breakfast and drive to Semliki forest. We have a whole day in the birding including visiting the male and the female hot springs. Semliki Forest represents the only example of Congo-Basin vegetation in Uganda. A large number of Guinea-Congo biome species reach their eastern limits here, which is one of the richest for forest birds in the country.
Semliki forest marks the Eastern extention of the great Ituri Forest. This therefore makes it the best place in Uganda with high chances of encountering some of the West African species which can not be easily accessed from other places. It is ranked number 2 in Uganda Birding spots.
Specialties include Congo Serpent Eagle, Black-throated Coucal, Grey-throated Rail, Nkulengu Rail, Long-tailed Hawk, Spot-breasted Ibis, Capuchin Babbler, Yellow-throated Nicator, Northern Bearded Scrub Robin, Red-chested Owlet, Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, White-bellied Kingfisher, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Lyre-tailed Honeyguide, Zenker's Honeyguide, White-throated Blue Swallow, Bate's Nightjar, Yellow- throated Cuckoo, Orange-tufted Sunbird, Black-winged Oriole, Red-billed Helmet Shrike, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Rufous-sided Broadbill, Icterine Greenbul, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Crested Malimbe and Blue-billed Malimbe, Fiery-breasted Bush-shrike, Pale-fronted Negrofinch and Piping, Red-billed Dwarf, Black Dwarf, White crested, Black-casqued Wattled and White-thighed Hornbills.
Day 12. Evening transfer to Nature Lodges, at Kibale National Park.
Day 13 Spend a whole in Kibale Forest Area.
Kibale is an extensive National Park, c760 sq.km, at an altitude of c.4,000', protecting a large block of rainforest that offers excellent birding. It harbours the greatest variety and concentration of primates found anywhere in East Africa and is famous for its Chimpanzees. Superb birds and primates combined with easy access, a good infrastructure and a variety of interesting activities make this forest a "must-see". Bird life in Kibale is magnificent and prolific with over 335 species recorded: African Crowned-Eagle, Afep Pigeon, Red-winged Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, Narina Trogon, Black Bee-eater, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, African Pitta, Grey-winged Robin-chat, African Broadbill, Willcock's & Thick-billed Honeyguides, Cassin's Honeybird, Mountain Wagtail, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Petit's Cuckoo-Shrike, Joyful & Honeyguide Greenbuls, Banded Prinia, Masked Apalis, Black-and-white Flycatcher, Pink-footed Puffback, Chestnut-winged Starling, Superb, Green-headed & Green-throated Sunbirds, Dark-backed Weaver are all possible specials of the area.
Day 14- 15 Birding to Masindi Budongo forest. Stay at Masindi Hotel.
The drive to Masindi will be the longest on this tour. We will have a full day spent driving and birding to Budongo area staying at Masindi Hotel. There should be a good mix of widespread species and more local specialities such as White-crested Turaco, Chestnut-crowned Eremomela, Yellow & Grey Longbills, Olive-bellied Crombec, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Little Green Sunbird, Crested Malimbe and Red-headed Bluebill among others. Kanio Pabidi is a well-known section of protected primary forest where we will concentrate our efforts today. Here are many other special birds with a West African origin: White-thighed Hornbill, Blue-breasted, Dwarf & Chocolate-backed Kingfishers, Yellow-crested & Brown-eared Woodpeckers, Yellowbill, Western Black-headed Oriole, Yellow-spotted, Hairy-breasted & Yellow-billed Barbets, Green Hylia, Buff-throated, Black-throated & Black-capped Apalises, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, the elusive Lemon-bellied Crombec, Crested & Red-headed Malimbes various forest starlings among others. Several species are more easily found at Kanio Pabidi, particularly the very local Puvel's Illadopsis. We will also be in prime area for a wide range of primates such as Blue & Red-tailed Monkeys and Black and white Colobus - and if lucky Chimpanzees .It is believed that this area is home to Uganda's largest population of Chimpanzees.
Day 16- 17 Birding to Murchison Falls National Park. Stay at Sambiya River lodge.
This National Park is Uganda's largest and famous for its big game, spectacular scenery and the falls for which the park was named. Abundant Hippos, Crocodiles, Elephant, Buffalo, Uganda Kob and Waterbuck can be seen along with occasional Lions and Patas Monkeys. More importantly for us is another good chance of finding Shoebill. Amongst a huge variety of widespread African bird species in the wetlands and various dry savanna and open woodland habitats are more special birds: African Finfoot, Stanley's Bustard, Saddle-billed Stork, Rock Pratincole, Bat Hawk, Little Sparrowhawk, Bruce's Green-Pigeon, Red-necked Falcon, Senegal Thick-knee, Long-toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, White-crested Turaco, Heuglin's Francolin, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue-spotted and Black-billed Wood Doves, Blue-breasted, Madagascar, Red-throated and Swallow-tailed Bee-eaters, Broad-billed & Abyssinian Rollers, Piapiac, Black-billed & Double-toothed Barbets, Moustached Grass-Warbler, Marsh Tchagra, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Black & Black-winged Red Bishops, Yellow-throated Leaflove, Whistling, Siffling & Singing Cisticolas, Broad-tailed, Red-winged & Red-winged Grey Warblers, White-breasted Cuckoo-shrike, Black-headed Gonolek, White-fronted Black-Chat, Sooty Chat, Copper & Olive-bellied Sunbirds, Brown Babbler, Black-headed Batis, Slender-billed & Compact Weavers, Black-bellied and Bar-breasted Firefinches and African Quailfinch, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, White-rumped Seedeater, and Cabanis's Bunting
Day 18 Drive to Entebbe for evening departure.