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Westly Birding


DAYS : 15


  • Bird the Botanical Gardens,

  • Mabamba, Kibale,

  • Queen Elizabeth,

  • Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and

  • Lake Mburo National Parks.

Day 1: Arrival

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet & greet by your driver/guide and proceed to bird the Botanical gardens looking out for birds like the Cormorants, Herons, Egrets, Storks, Black-winged Stilt, Doves, Turacos, Kingfishers, Hornbills, Sunbirds, Starlings, Weavers, if  lucky the Grey Parrot among others. Proceed to accommodation in time for lunch.

Overnight at The Boma Entebbe.  

Day 2: Bird Mabamba

Early breakfast and then with packed lunch proceed to bird Mabamba Wetlands where you will be motorized canoe as you bird through the swamp, look out for birds like the mighty Shoebill and other birds like Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Long toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Bee-eater among other birds. Bird your way back to Kampala looking out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers birds, Finches among other birds.

Overnight at The Boma Entebbe. 

Day 3: Bird to Fort Portal

After breakfast, start your drive as you bird westwards getting to Fort Portal in time for lunch. After lunch as it cools down go and bird Sebitoli area. Look out for birds like Red-chested Cuckoo, Great blue Turaco, Lizard Buzzard, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Joyful Greenbul, Masked Apalis, Whinchat, Stonechat, Grey-headed Sunbird, Many coloured Bush-shrikes among other birds. Getting back to accommodation in time for a warm shower and dinner.

Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Guest House. 

Day 4: Bird Kibale National Park  

Early breakfast and then proceed to bird Kibale Forest which is the best place in Uganda to see Chimps and other primates. A morning walk through the forest combines chimp trekking with a selection of forest birds. Look out for birds like Narina Trogon, African Emerald Cuckoo, Grey Parrot, Sabine’s Spinetail, Black-billed Turaco, Yellow-billed Barbet, Red-tailed Ant Thrush among other birds and Primates like Blue Monkey, Black and white Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Varvet Monkey, Red tailed Monkey, L’Hoest’s Monkey among others. 

Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Guest House.

Day 5: Bird Bigodi and transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast, proceed to bird the Bigodi swamp getting Getting back to accommodation in time for lunch. After lunch, head for the drive along the foothills of the mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori Mountains) by Kasese, and crossing the Equator as you get close to Lake Kikorongo, birding en-route to the Mweya Safari lodge where you will spend three nights. Look out for birds like Helmeted Guinea Fowl, Red-necked Spurfowl, Great blue Turaco, Barbets, Tinkerbirds, Kingfishers, Bee eaters, Cuckoos, Lesser Striped Swallows, Black-lored babbler, Grey-backed Shrike, Sunbirds among other birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge. 

Day 6: Bird Queen Elizabeth National Park

After breakfast a morning game drive/birding. Lunch at the Lodge and in the afternoon go looking for birds a launch (boat) cruise on the Kazinga Channel, to see a variety of wildlife like, hippos, crocodile and bird life from a boat for two hours. Look out for birds like Yellow-billed Stork, Saddle-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Raptors, Lapwings, White-browed Robin-chat, Rufous napped Lark, Red-chested Sunbird, Scarlet chested Sunbird, Shrikes, Weavers, Finches, among other birds. Also, look out for mammals like Uganda Kob, Bushbuck, Defassa Water buck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthog among others.

Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 7: Bird Queen Elizabeth National Park

After a cup of tea or coffee and a muffin, with your packed breakfast drive to bird Imaramagambo area around Lake Nyamusingiri looking out for birds like Pink-backed Pelican, Black Bee Eater, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Blue–breasted Kingfisher, Barbets, Tinkerbirds, Woodpeckers, Narina Trogon, Apalises, Red-collared Widowbird Honeyguide Greenbul, Snow capped Robin-Chat among other birds. On a lucky day, you can get an African Finfoot here.

Dinner and Overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 8: Bird to Bwindi

After breakfast with your picnic lunch, leave Queen Elizabeth National Park and proceed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest birding en-route arriving in the late afternoon. Look out for birds like Martial Eagle, Francolins, Barbets, Chats, Cuckooshrikes, Sunbirds, Fork tailed Drongo, Larks, Pipits, Weavers, Widowbirds among other birds. You will look out for mammals like Topi, Uganda Kob, Water Buck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Baboons and others.

Dinner and overnight at Engagi Lodge. 

Day 9: Bird Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast, start looking for birds as we find that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest doesn’t live up to its name as we penetrate it looking for species like Bar-tailed Trogon, Black Bee-Eater, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, assorted Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Starlings, Black-billed Weaver, Brown-capped weaver among other birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Engagi Lodge

Day 10: Bird to Lake Mburo National Park

This morning, we’ll bird eastwards through the terraced mountains of Kigezi to the open plains and rocky hillsides of Ankole. We’ll have a few stops along the way to enjoy the scenery and birds. We’ll be able to get closer views of the fabulous Ankole long horned cattle as we drive to Mbarara and onto Lake Mburo where we’ll stay at Mihingo Lodge for the next three nights. Birding here is a delightful experience, and often one of the highlights of a birding trip to Uganda. Look out for birds like Augur Buzzard, Crested Francolin, Emeraled Spotted Wood Dove, Spot flanked Barbet, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Lailac-breasted Roller, Black-headed Gonolek, Starlings among other birds.

Dinner and Overnight at Mihingo Lodge. 

DDay 11: Bird Lake Mburo National Park  

Whole day birding Lake Mburo National Park looking for birds like the Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Blue- napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Long tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis among others birds. In the afternoon, take a boat cruise to look for the African Finfoot and

other birds. Before dinner try the African Scops Owl, Swamp, Black-shouldered and Freckled Nightjars among other birds. Look out for animals like the gorgeous Eland, Zebra, Impala, Buffalo, Topi, Reedbuck, Water buck Bushbuck, Hippos, Oribi, Bush duiker as you look for birds

Dinner and Overnight at Mihingo Lodge.

Day 12: Second day of birding

We’ll spend this day birding Lake Mburo National Park again looking out for birds like Black-chested Snake Eagle, Bateleur, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Coqui Francolin, Spot flanked Barbet, Lilac Breasted Roller, Brubru, Yellow-breasted Apalis, the elusive Red-faced Barbrt, Long tailed Cisticola, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Fork tailed Drongo among other birds. Look out for Mammals like the gorgeous Eland, Buchels Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Topi, Bushbuck, Waterbuck as you look for the birds.

Dinner and overnight at Mihingo Lodge. 

Day 13: Drive to Jinja

After breakfast, we’ll set off on our journey to Jinja, birding en-route, and stopping for lunch before we reach Kampala in the late afternoon. 

Dinner and overnight at the Jinja Nile Resort.

Day 14: Bird Mabira Forest

Our last day will be spent at the Mabira forest where we’ll be looking for birds such as White-spotted Flufftail, Great Blue Turaco, Sabine’s Spaintail, Forest Wood Hoopoe, Crowned Hornbill, African Pied Hornbill, Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Woodpeckers, Greenbuls, Brown and Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Forest Robin, Fire crested Alethe, Green Hylia, Black-throated Apalis, Purple-throated Cuckoo-

Dinner and overnight at Imperial Botanical Beach Hotel.

Day 15: Departure

Its time to go home and so we transfer to Entebbe International Airport in time for the return flight.


P.O.Box P.O. Box 24015 
Kampala, Uganda

+256 (0) 393238236

+256 (0) 772 468521

+256 (0) 772448209

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