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UGANDA BIRDS SAFARIS: Birding safaris Uganda to Murchison falls, Heritage Park, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi forest, Fort Portal and Kibale forest for African bird safaris

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LUB 001: Murchison falls, Heritage Park, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi forest, Fort Portal and Kibale forest

Day 1
Arrival and are recieved by Leading Expeditions team, pick and transfer to Boulevard Hotel on all meals

Day 2
Airport transfer after breakfast for flight to Uganda to check in at Windsor hotel. Afternoon birding in the botanical gardens and the Heritage Park trail. Expect to spot Great Black headed Gull, Little ringed Plover, European turtle dove, Crowned Hornbill, Slender billed Gulls, Angola Swallow, Rock pratincoles, Diederik Cuckoo and so on. Overnight at Windsor Lake Victoria on all meals.

Day 3:
Travel to Murchison Falls National Park with an afternoon en route bird watching tour to the top of the falls. Birding through the Budongo Forest and along the Sambiya Riverine forest Valley introduces you to Silverberg, Viteline masked weaver, Rock pratincoles, Palm nut Vulture, Black Kite. Meals and overnight at Nile Safari Camp.

Day 4:
Morning launch cruise aboard the "shoebill boat" to the delta area for a half-day bird watching cruise in the swamps. Bird species here include the rare shoe billed, saddle Billed & Abdim's Stork. Also look out for Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher and the African skimmer. Return for lunch then take an evening drive though the park to arrive late evening for Dinner and overnight at Nile Safari Camp.

Day 5:
Morning transfer to Pabidi Forest. Birds here include the Black collared Lovebird, Brown Illadopsis, Jameson's Wattle eye, Brown Twin spot and others. Later after lunch, take another boat cruise to the Delta. Water birds residing in the rich swamps here include Grey Headed Kingfisher, Great white egret, African Darter, Spoonbills, Black crake, and the Lilly trotter. Meals and overnight at Nile Safari Camp.

Day 6:
Depart for Fort portal arriving late afternoon for an evening bird walk highlighting the Scaly Francolin, Black bellied seed cracker, Marsh Tchagra, Narina Trogons and many more along the edges of the Kibale Forest National Park. Meals and overnight at Ndali Lodge.

Day 7:
Breakfast and spend the day in Kibale and Bigodi swamp which will probably yield spotting of Papyrus Gonolek, Snowy Robin chat, Grey - capped Robin chat, White spotted Flufftail..Meals and overnight Ndali Lodge.

Day 8:
Breakfast and leave to Semuliki Game Reserve with bird watching and boat cruises on Lake Albert. Common birds here include Black winged oriole, ground thrush, spot-breasted Ibis, White Throated Blue Swallow, Grant's Blue Bill, Dwarf Kingfisher. Meals and overnight at Semuliki Safari Lodge.

Day 9: Breakfast and spend the morning and afternoon bird watching. Overnight at Semuliki Safari Lodge on all meals.

Day 10:
Breakfast and depart for Queen Elizabeth arriving for afternoon Kazinga Channel Launch cruise. You will most likely spot, African Skimmer, White Pelican, White faced whistling duck, African Fish Eagle, Cormorants and other birds.

Day 11:
Breakfast and spend the morning bird watching before returning to the bird hide at Mweya where spotting of birds will be done in concealment. Meals and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 12:
Breakfast and leave to Bwindi along the Maramagambo Forest before Bwindi Impenetrable Park for an evening bird walk along the Munyaga River. This walk is recommended for the spotting of Blue fly catcher, Ludher's bush shrike, Long crested eagle. Meals and overnight at Bwindi Tented Camp.

Day 13:
Morning take a guided forest walk in the Bwindi Impenetrable forest for the forest endemics. See, Black rough wing swallow, McKinnon's Grey Shrike, Great blue turaco and many other species. Meals and overnight at Bwindi Tented Camp.

Day 14:
Morning transfer to Kampala and proceed to Entebbe airport for your departure flight.
~End of safari~

High Season
1 Jan - March 30, July 1 to 15th Dec Low Season
April 1 to 15th June
Price person sharing US$5950 US$5855

Minimum two persons.

Prices includes:
Airport transfers,
accommodation in top lodges or luxury camps,
meals and bottled mineral water, park entrance fees,
Forest walks, Bird watching and game drives in open topped safari vehicles,
local forest guides, Boat trips on the Nile and Kazinga Channel,
and private 4x4 custom built vehicle with knowledgeable driver/bird guide.

Alcoholic beverages and those not mentioned above, tips, Gorilla permits which cost US$395 per person and personal expenses like laundry and communication.


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