Day 1: Arrival
Meet our professional bird guide then transfer to the hotel of your budget in Kampala for accommodation. Early arrivals may enjoy birding around the botanical gardens in Entebbe. Overnight at Windsor Lake Victoria Hotel or Sheraton Hotel. FB
Day 2: Transfer to Semliki National Park.
After an early breakfast, proceed to Semliki with a stopover for Lunch en-route. Overnight at Semliki Safari Lodge. FB
Day 3: Whole day birding Semliki National Park
After an early breakfast we go birding for a whole day in the Forest which is home to some of the Congo biome species. These include, Red billed, black wattled, black bill and white crested hornbill, African piculet, Zenkel honey guide, Black chested cuckoo, red rumped tinkerbird, rufous sided broadbill, Nkurengu rail, White bellied, dwarf, and Pygmy kingfishers, piping, white thighed, black and white casqued, and African pied hornbills, fire crested alethe, red bellied and blue billed malimbe, swamp palm bulbul, forest scrub robin, Green tailed bristle bill, Leaf love, red breasted sparrowhawk, Long tailed hawk, pale fronted and chestnut breasted negrofinches, black winged oriole, and others. Overnight at Semliki Lodge. FB
Day 4: Birding Sebitoli site
After breakfast we drive to Sebitoli birding site which is the best birding site in Kibale Forest. Specials in this park include Olive long tailed cuckoo, African black duck, Joyful, cabanis, Toro olive and Cameroon sombre greenbuls, Black faced rufous warbler, tiny sunbird, green twinsport, Brown and scaly breasted illadopsis, blue shouldered robin chat, Green-throated Sunbird, Blue-throated sunbird, Green-breasted Pita, African pita, white-throated Greenbul , Yellow whiskered Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristle Bill, Red-capped Robinchat, Dusky Tit, Green-headed Sunbird, Brown-capped Weaver, Velvet-mantled Drongo, Bocage's Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puff Back, Ludher's Bush-shrike. Overnight at Margherita hotel at the foothills of Mountain Rwenzori.
Day 5: Whole day birding Rwenzori National Park
After breakfast, with packed lunch, leave for Rwenzori National Park. Special birds of the day include purple breasted sunbird, Abyssinian, Red faced, Shelly's and Dusky crimson wing, Red bellied seed cracker, woodhouse antipecker, stripe breasted tit, forest flycatcher, Grey apalis, Ayres and cassin's hawk eagle and many others. Overnight at Margherita hotel.
Day 6: Transfer to Bwindi
Today we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Ishara Sector where you will have the opportunity to view the tree climbing lions. Time allowing after arrival in Bwindi, go for birding along the Munyaga trail. Special birds include Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer's Warbler, Banded Prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Chapin's Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Rwenzori Batis, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Mountain Illadopsis, African Hill-Babbler, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Mackinnon's Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty's Bush-shrike, White-naped Raven, Montane Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Stuhlmann's Starling, Narrow-tailed Starling, Waller's Starling, Strange Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing, Yellow-bellied Waxbill, Magpie Mannikin, Yellow-crowned Canary, Thick- billed Seedeater, Streaky Seedeater, African Green Broadbill, Shelly's Crimsonwing, Oriole Finch, Mountain Buzzard, Ayre's Hawk-eagle, Handsome Francolin, Black-billed Turaco, Barred Long-tailed Cuckoo, African Wood-Owl, Rwenzori Nightjar, Scarce Swift, Bar-tailed Trogon, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Black Bee-eater, (Western) Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-chested Owlet, Tullberg's Woodpecker, Elliot's Woodpecker, African Broadbill, Western Green Tinkerbird, African Green Broadbill, Lagdens Bush Shrike, Petit's Cuckoo-shrike, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Archer's Ground Robin, Toro Olive-Greenbul, Ansorge's Greenbul, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Robin-chat, Olive Thrush, White-tailed Ant-Thrush, Grauer's Rush-warbler, Short-tailed Warbler, Neumann's Warbler and Red faced Woodland-Warbler. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Buhoma Homestead. FB
Day 7: Whole day birding in Bwindi
Birding in Bwindi is one of the best birdwatching hot spost in Uganda. It is home to over 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics. After breakfast explore the Buhoma Forest section. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Buhoma Homestead. FB
Day 8 Gorilla Trekking
The park's headquarters are at Buhoma, and it is from here that we will set out on our gorilla trek. A great deal will depend upon where the Mountain Gorillas are, as to how far one has to trek, but one should expect to be in the forest most of the day. You will be allowed an hour with the gorillas and it is sure to be a very rewarding experience. Overnight at Gorilla Forest Camp or Buhoma Homestead. FB
Day 9: Birding to Ruhiija.
Key species include: Mountain Wagtail, Red-tailed and Shelley's Greenbul, Cassin's Flycatcher, Black Duck, Banded Prinia, Grey-throated Barbet, Common Buzzard, Tree Pipit, Chin-spot Batis, Black-billed Turaco, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Dwarf Honeyguide, Red-tailed Greenbul, and we should come across Bee-eaters including Black Bee-eater and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Many-coloured Bush Shrike, Ayres's Hawk-eagle, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Narina Trogon, Honeyguide Greenbul, Red-throated Alethe, Gray Apalis, African Shrike-flycatcher and Red-headed Malimbe and in areas of dry fern vegetation, Dusky Twinspot. Overnight at Ruhiija Hostel. FB
Day 10: Whole day Birding to Mubwindi Swamp
After breakfast we head for a whole day birding to the Mubwindi Swamp. The 4km trail to Mubwindi Swamp drops from 2350m to 2050 m and 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 home to Dwarf Honeyguide, Stripe-breasted Tit, Ruwenzori Apalis and African Hill Babbler sometimes treated as a separate species Rwenzori Hill Babbler, the rare and localized Grauer's Scrub-Warbler and Carruthers' Cisticola, including very difficult to see species Fraser's Eagle-Owl, African Green Broadbill, Grauer's Rush Warbler, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Grauer's Broadbills, Archer's Robin-chat, Eastern Mountain-greenbul, Strange Weaver, Black-headed Waxbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Waller's Starling, Stuhlmann's Starling, Ludher's Bushshrike, Handsome Francolin and Montane Nightjar
Day 11: Whole day birding the Bamboo Section
Birding along the main road through the bamboo area for more chances of Albertine rift and Highland Endemics.
Day 13: Transfer to Kampala
After breakfast we drive back to Kampala with a stopover for lunch en-route. You will also have an opportunity to stop at the equator where you will be able to stand in 2 hemispheres at the same time. Overnight at Sheraton Hotel or Windsor Lake Victoria. FB
Day 14 Departure
Leaders: Best bird guides and Members of Uganda Bird Guides Club and the local site guides.
Accommodation and Meals: Full board accommodation in comfortable lodges or tented camps, packed lunches, drinking water, Gorilla permits, Chimpanzee tracking, transport throughout the tour by 4WD safari vans and trucks, boat and ferry, park entrance fees and services of all the guides and leaders.