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Uganda Birding and Primates Adventure 11 Days


The birding safari encompasses a visit to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Park, Bwindi National Park, and Lake Mburo National Park. You will see animals like lions, elephants, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, and gazelles. The trip also includes trekking through the tropical rain forest in search for the gorillas and chimpanzees. It also offers a unique birding experience with lots of birds seen including rare species of birds.

Price based on two-person trip from 5080 usd per person.



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Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe

Upon arrival at Entebbe International Airport, our assigned English-speaking professional birding driver-guide will receive and welcome you to Uganda – the Pearl of Africa. Thereafter, you will transfer to the booked accommodation in Entebbe or Kampala.
Optional (extra cost): In case you have had an early landing in Uganda and interested, you can proceed to visit the Entebbe Botanical Garden. The Garden is one of the places around Entebbe where you can spot many species of birds and a few primates.

Day 2: Visit Mabamba Swamp and Kibale National Park

After breakfast, we head out for the Mabamba excursion. The wetlands are one of the few places in Uganda that boasts of the opportunity for one to see the elusive and endangered Shoebill stork.
From Mabamba, we will embark on a transfer to Kibale Forest National Park.

Day 3: Chimpanzee habituation and birding in Bigodi Wetland

We will move to the rangers’ point for briefing. From the briefing, we will proceed to the chimpanzee habituation in Kibale Forest. The activity allows you to accompany Kibale Forest’s research and habituation team on their daily routine. We will spend the first half of the day witnessing them nesting, de-nesting, feeding, playing etc. while getting first-hand information of the experts on the ground.
We will then return to the accommodation for lunch before heading out again for the Bigodi birding experience. The Bigodi Wetland boasts of extensive array of biodiversity among which are several primates’ species like the baboon, black & white colobus monkey. The Bigodi is also a paradise for bird watchers. Among the major bird species within the sanctuary is the Great Blue Turaco. We will then return for dinner and overnight rest.

Day 4: Morning birding at Bigodi and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After an early breakfast we move out for birding in the Kanyanchu area of Kibale Conservation Area. Some bird species spotted in the area may include Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler, White-collared Olive back and Papyrus Canary among others. Return for some rest and lunch at the accommodation. After lunch, we will drive off to Queen Elizabeth National Park. If time allows, we can do some afternoon-evening game viewing where we will have chance to see lions, elephants, buffaloes, antelopes, and birds before finally heading to the accommodation for check in, dinner and overnight stay.

Day 5: Kasenyi Plains and Maramagambo Forest

After an early breakfast, we head out for a morning game drive in the Kasenyi Plains where we have the chance to spot wildlife such as lions, leopards, herds of elephants, buffaloes, among others. We will also be able to spot several bird species. We then return to the accommodation for lunch and rest time.

After lunch, we move out to explore the nearby Maramagambo Forest. Buzzing with primates including baboons and several monkey species, the forest is also alive with numerous birds including the rare Forest Flycatcher, White-naped Pigeon and the striking Rwenzori Turaco. After Maramagambo, return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi via Isasha Sector

After breakfast, we will set off for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park – famously known for its resident tree-climbing lions. Along the way you will also be birding. From the Ishasha Sector, we continue to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where we will check into our accommodation and relax as we prepare for the Bwindi gorilla trekking experience the following day.

Day 7: Gorilla trekking in Bwindi

After breakfast we gather up at the rangers’ post. We will receive some briefing and thereafter enter the Bwindi Forest for our adventure. Once we have located a gorilla group, we will be allowed an hour in their presence. We then return to the accommodation for some rest before going out birding in the nearby area outside park.

Day 8: Birding the Mubwindi Swamp trail and transfer to Mgahinga National Park

After an early breakfast, we set out for a birding experience along the Mubwindi Swamp trail. The trail offers the opportunity to spot Banded Prinia, Handsome francolin, African green broadbill, Grauer’s Rush warbler, to mention a few. We will return for lunch at the accommodation and thereafter, check out and bird our way to the accommodation close to Mgahinga National Park – Kisoro.

Day 9: Golden monkey trail

The activity starts with a briefing by the ranger guide and thereafter we head out to track the Golden monkeys. Thereafter, we take some rest and have lunch before going out on a birding experience along the Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo. The trail offers opportunity to spot Cape Robin-chat, Kivu-ground Thrush, Olive Thrush, Brown-crowned Tchagra to mention a few. Thereafter, we drive back to the accommodation for dinner and overnight rest.

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, we embark on a journey to Lake Mburo National Park via Mbarara City. Upon arrival, we will check into the booked accommodation, take some rest before moving out for the walking safari and birding. On this guided walk, you will have the opportunity to spot Black-bellied Bustard, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, Brown headed Parrot, Ross’s Turaco, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood-hoopoe to mention a few. We will also encounter zebras, giraffes, antelopes, buffaloes, among others. Later, we retire to the accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 11: Rubanga Forest and return to Kampala or Entebbe

After breakfast, we set out to explore Rubanga Forest. It is home to a variety of forest birds but the rare Red-faced Barbet – only seen in Lake Mburo National Park – is one of the forest’s featured species. Commoner species being the Green Pigeon, Narina Trogon and Double-toothed Barbet among others. From Rubanga Forest, we will embark on a return journey to Kampala or Entebbe.


  • Accommodation on full board basis.
  • Transport in a 4x4 safari car with a pop-up roof
  • Cold bottled water and a soda on the way
  • Boat cruise
  • Game drives and nature walks

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