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Birding and Wildlife Tour in Uganda
Uganda- Uganda
8 Days
2 Persons
English
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Brief

This safari combines the wide savannah plains Queen Elizabeth National Park with the dense tropical rainforests of Bwindi National Park. Excellent wildlife viewing and unforgettable encounters with the Chimpanzees at Ngamba Island Sanctuary and a visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

 

Tour Detail

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL – KAMPALA                                                    15 mins

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a company representative and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. Overnight at Karibu Guest House B

 

DAY 2: NGAMBA ISLAND SANCTUARY & UWEC BEHIND THE SCENCES  1hr /45kms

After your breakfast, you will depart to the jetty for the 45 minutes’ boat cruise at 9:00am to Ngamba Island arriving in time for the Chimpanzee Feeding Session. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, you will be directed to the visitor’s centre where you will be given an introduction to the project, its history, the chimpanzee residents and their plight. You will receive an educational orientation by a chimpanzee caregiver and view a feeding of the chimpanzees from the visitors raised platform area along the edge of the sanctuary fence at 11:00am before having lunch at the Island.

You will return to the main land and head to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for the Behind the Scenes Program.  Experience the thrill by going beyond just watching the animals, get to visit the holding facilities or exhibits, food preparation areas, the pharmacy, quarantine facility, workshops, taking part in rescues etc. Behind the scenes program will give you an inside view of what actually takes place in areas out of reach to the public including the animal holding facility, animal hospital and rescue centre (upon advice of the veterinarian) and within depth information from an animal keeper, veterinarian /educators. Later back to Palm Vistas Hotel B-L-D

 DAY 3:   KAMPALA – QUEEN ELIZABETH NP                                      7 hours / 430 kms

After breakfast, head to Queen Elizabeth National Park with a stopover at the Uganda Equator for a water flow demonstration of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Proceed for Lunch in Mbarara Town thereafter head to the park arriving in the evening for relaxation. Dinner and Overnight at Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba. (B-L-D)

 Classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birding International, Queen’s great variety of habitats mean it is home to over 600 species. This is the greatest of any East African national park, and a phenomenal number for such a small area. The park’s confluence of savanna and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the DR Congo allow visitors to spot East as well as Central African species.
Present in the park are numerous water birds, woodland and forest dwellers in the Maramagambo Forest, 54 raptors and various migratory species. Key species include the Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pinkbacked Pelican, African Broadbill, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Corncrake, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Shoebill, Bar-tailed Godwit.
For the best birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park, don’t miss these birding hot spots:
Kazinga Channel, Kasenyi Area, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo Forest, Ishasha Sector, Lake Kikorongo, Katunguru Bridge area and Katwe Area.

DAY 4:   GAME DRIVE & LAUNCH CRUISE AT KAZINGA CHANNEL

Arise early and set out for an early morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. You will search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for the camp. You will have your breakfast packed for you by your lodge and enjoy it in the amazing wilderness.

After lunch, you will take on a scenic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural and pre-historic canal that joins Lakes Edward and George. 33 kilometres long and 2 to 3 kms at its widest points, the Kazinga channel, formed by tectonic activity millions of years ago, during the formation of the rift valleys. On a scheduled 2 hrs boat ride over a 12 to 14 kms stretch of the channel, guests are almost always guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including, multitudes of Hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, wallowing Buffaloes on the reedy banks, Elephants, multitudes of birds including many endemics as well as hundreds of other plains game that come to it for water all day long. Later head back to the lodge for relaxation.  Dinner and Overnight at Marafiki Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 5:  QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK -  BWINDI NATIONAL PARK     5 hours / 182kms

After a relaxed breakfast, you will be departing for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas arriving in time for late lunch and relaxation. Dinner and Overnight at Marafiki Safari Lodge B-L-D

 Bwindi offers some of the finest montane forest bird watching in Africa, and is an unmissable destination for any birder visiting Uganda. There are an estimated 350 bird species with 23 endemic to the Albertine Rift and 14 recorded nowhere else in Uganda. Globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimson wing are also found here. Other birds include the Handsome Francolin; Black-billed Turaco; African Broadbill; Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters; Western Green Tinkerbird; Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds; Short-tailed and Black-faced Rufous Warblers; Mountain-masked and Collared Apalis; Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls; and Many-colored Bush-Shrike, among others.

DAY  6:  GORILLA TRACKING / OPTIONAL BIRDING EXCURSION

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants!  Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and slippery conditions at times with rain overhead, which can be quite a challenge so you require to be reasonably fit. These magnificent animals live in small troops, each within its own defined boundaries and each with several females and their young being led by a single dominant male, the magnificent 'Silverback'. 

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving around playing and grooming– it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Thereafter head back to the lodge for relaxation. 

 Optional Birding Excursions at Munyaga Waterfall Trail and River Ivi Trail.

The park offers some of the best montane-forest bird watching in Africa. There are an estimated 350 bird species, with 14 not recorded anywhere else in Uganda and 23 bird’s endemics to the Albertine Rift including migratory birds November to April.

After breakfast, head for a 3-hour birding session at the Munyaga Waterfall Trail. Look out for 40-50 bird species including, Bee-Eater, Bar-tailed Trogon, Black , White-headed, Tinker birds Wood-hoop, and Barbets, Woodpeckers, African Broad bill, assorted Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe,Brown-capped weaver Chapin's Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Pink-footed Puff back Grauer's Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler , Oberlander’s Ground Thrush ,Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage's Bush-shrike, Luhder's Bush-shrike,  Petit's Cuckoo shrike, Starlings, Black-billed Weaver, among other birds. Return for lunch and thereafter head to River Ivi Trail a 6 hours’ nature walk trail south through the rainforest, ascending and descending gently through beautiful areas with several viewpoints overlooking lush valleys. This trail is excellent for viewing birds, duikers and monkeys.  Dinner and overnight at Silverback Lodge   

DAY 7: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK -KAMPALA                            10 hours / 550 kms

After breakfast, we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head back to Kampala. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then proceed back to Kampala arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Karibu Guest House. (B-L-D)

Day 8:  DEPARTURE

Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. Depending on your flight schedule you can join our guide on a city tour and thereafter you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for your international flight.

Price Detail
Inclusions

Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD with gasoline/fuel, Mineral water in the vehicle, services of an English speaking Driver/guide, Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary;  Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), all Park Entrance Fees, Boat rides where applicable, Statutory Taxes where applicable.

Exclusions

International Airfares; Excess baggage charges; Ugandan Entry Visa Fees USD 50 per person; fees for International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations; Items of personal nature such us Room service, Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.; Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff, Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts, International Airport Departure Taxes, Optional activities unless specified as included, Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.

Cancellation Policy

You will get

100% refund if cancel 51 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 50 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 30 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 7 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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Birding and Wildlife Tour in Uganda
Uganda, Uganda
8 Days
2 Persons
English
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Brief

This safari combines the wide savannah plains Queen Elizabeth National Park with the dense tropical rainforests of Bwindi National Park. Excellent wildlife viewing and unforgettable encounters with the Chimpanzees at Ngamba Island Sanctuary and a visit to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre.

 

Tour Detail

DAY 1:  ARRIVAL – KAMPALA                                                    15 mins

Welcome to the Pearl of Africa! Arrival at Entebbe Airport where you will be welcomed by a company representative and transferred to your hotel in Kampala. Overnight at Karibu Guest House B

 

DAY 2: NGAMBA ISLAND SANCTUARY & UWEC BEHIND THE SCENCES  1hr /45kms

After your breakfast, you will depart to the jetty for the 45 minutes’ boat cruise at 9:00am to Ngamba Island arriving in time for the Chimpanzee Feeding Session. Upon arrival at the sanctuary, you will be directed to the visitor’s centre where you will be given an introduction to the project, its history, the chimpanzee residents and their plight. You will receive an educational orientation by a chimpanzee caregiver and view a feeding of the chimpanzees from the visitors raised platform area along the edge of the sanctuary fence at 11:00am before having lunch at the Island.

You will return to the main land and head to the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for the Behind the Scenes Program.  Experience the thrill by going beyond just watching the animals, get to visit the holding facilities or exhibits, food preparation areas, the pharmacy, quarantine facility, workshops, taking part in rescues etc. Behind the scenes program will give you an inside view of what actually takes place in areas out of reach to the public including the animal holding facility, animal hospital and rescue centre (upon advice of the veterinarian) and within depth information from an animal keeper, veterinarian /educators. Later back to Palm Vistas Hotel B-L-D

 DAY 3:   KAMPALA – QUEEN ELIZABETH NP                                      7 hours / 430 kms

After breakfast, head to Queen Elizabeth National Park with a stopover at the Uganda Equator for a water flow demonstration of the Northern and Southern Hemisphere. Proceed for Lunch in Mbarara Town thereafter head to the park arriving in the evening for relaxation. Dinner and Overnight at Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba. (B-L-D)

 Classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birding International, Queen’s great variety of habitats mean it is home to over 600 species. This is the greatest of any East African national park, and a phenomenal number for such a small area. The park’s confluence of savanna and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the DR Congo allow visitors to spot East as well as Central African species.
Present in the park are numerous water birds, woodland and forest dwellers in the Maramagambo Forest, 54 raptors and various migratory species. Key species include the Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pinkbacked Pelican, African Broadbill, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Corncrake, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Shoebill, Bar-tailed Godwit.
For the best birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park, don’t miss these birding hot spots:
Kazinga Channel, Kasenyi Area, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo Forest, Ishasha Sector, Lake Kikorongo, Katunguru Bridge area and Katwe Area.

DAY 4:   GAME DRIVE & LAUNCH CRUISE AT KAZINGA CHANNEL

Arise early and set out for an early morning game drive and head to the mating ground of the Uganda Kobs. You will search for lions, elephants, buffaloes and other wild animals in their natural habitat before returning for the camp. You will have your breakfast packed for you by your lodge and enjoy it in the amazing wilderness.

After lunch, you will take on a scenic boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, a natural and pre-historic canal that joins Lakes Edward and George. 33 kilometres long and 2 to 3 kms at its widest points, the Kazinga channel, formed by tectonic activity millions of years ago, during the formation of the rift valleys. On a scheduled 2 hrs boat ride over a 12 to 14 kms stretch of the channel, guests are almost always guaranteed excellent wildlife sightings including, multitudes of Hippopotamus, Nile crocodiles, wallowing Buffaloes on the reedy banks, Elephants, multitudes of birds including many endemics as well as hundreds of other plains game that come to it for water all day long. Later head back to the lodge for relaxation.  Dinner and Overnight at Marafiki Safari Lodge (B, L, D)

DAY 5:  QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK -  BWINDI NATIONAL PARK     5 hours / 182kms

After a relaxed breakfast, you will be departing for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home of the endangered mountain gorillas arriving in time for late lunch and relaxation. Dinner and Overnight at Marafiki Safari Lodge B-L-D

 Bwindi offers some of the finest montane forest bird watching in Africa, and is an unmissable destination for any birder visiting Uganda. There are an estimated 350 bird species with 23 endemic to the Albertine Rift and 14 recorded nowhere else in Uganda. Globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimson wing are also found here. Other birds include the Handsome Francolin; Black-billed Turaco; African Broadbill; Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters; Western Green Tinkerbird; Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds; Short-tailed and Black-faced Rufous Warblers; Mountain-masked and Collared Apalis; Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls; and Many-colored Bush-Shrike, among others.

DAY  6:  GORILLA TRACKING / OPTIONAL BIRDING EXCURSION

Arise early today and prepare for the highlight of your safari, an unforgettable encounter with the Gentle Giants!  Following breakfast, transfer to the national park offices where you will be allocated a gorilla family in groups of 8 as well as a gorilla tracking guide. After a pre-tracking briefing by your guide touching on the gorillas generally, your assigned gorilla family as well as appropriate safety precautions, you drive to the trailhead for the start of a thrilling adventure. Expect to walk between 2 and 8 hours in steep and slippery conditions at times with rain overhead, which can be quite a challenge so you require to be reasonably fit. These magnificent animals live in small troops, each within its own defined boundaries and each with several females and their young being led by a single dominant male, the magnificent 'Silverback'. 

Please remember to bring your passport for registration, appropriate, water proof hiking boots and a light rain coat. To protect from stinging nettles, we recommend long pants and long sleeved tops. A pair of old gardening gloves can help grabbing onto the vegetation while most hotels/lodges provide a walking stick that come in very handy especially when hiking downhill. A small waterproof backpack is an excellent idea to carry a light snack, bottled water as well as protection for your camera.

Upon sighting the gorillas, you spend the allowed one hour with them as they go about their daily life; feeding, moving around playing and grooming– it is a totally unique and unforgettable experience! Thereafter head back to the lodge for relaxation. 

 Optional Birding Excursions at Munyaga Waterfall Trail and River Ivi Trail.

The park offers some of the best montane-forest bird watching in Africa. There are an estimated 350 bird species, with 14 not recorded anywhere else in Uganda and 23 bird’s endemics to the Albertine Rift including migratory birds November to April.

After breakfast, head for a 3-hour birding session at the Munyaga Waterfall Trail. Look out for 40-50 bird species including, Bee-Eater, Bar-tailed Trogon, Black , White-headed, Tinker birds Wood-hoop, and Barbets, Woodpeckers, African Broad bill, assorted Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe,Brown-capped weaver Chapin's Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Pink-footed Puff back Grauer's Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler , Oberlander’s Ground Thrush ,Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage's Bush-shrike, Luhder's Bush-shrike,  Petit's Cuckoo shrike, Starlings, Black-billed Weaver, among other birds. Return for lunch and thereafter head to River Ivi Trail a 6 hours’ nature walk trail south through the rainforest, ascending and descending gently through beautiful areas with several viewpoints overlooking lush valleys. This trail is excellent for viewing birds, duikers and monkeys.  Dinner and overnight at Silverback Lodge   

DAY 7: BWINDI NATIONAL PARK -KAMPALA                            10 hours / 550 kms

After breakfast, we depart the impenetrable forest of Bwindi and head back to Kampala. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant then proceed back to Kampala arriving in the evening. Dinner and overnight at Karibu Guest House. (B-L-D)

Day 8:  DEPARTURE

Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. Depending on your flight schedule you can join our guide on a city tour and thereafter you will be transferred to Entebbe Airport for your international flight.

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Price Detail

Ground transportation in a safari customized 4WD with gasoline/fuel, Mineral water in the vehicle, services of an English speaking Driver/guide, Accommodation mentioned in the itinerary;  Meals as shown (B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner), all Park Entrance Fees, Boat rides where applicable, Statutory Taxes where applicable.

International Airfares; Excess baggage charges; Ugandan Entry Visa Fees USD 50 per person; fees for International travel Vaccinations and Inoculations; Items of personal nature such us Room service, Beverages, Communications charges (telephone, fax, internet), Laundry, etc.; Postage fees, Porterage fees, Tips and Gratuities for your Driver/guide and Hotels staff, Shopping charges for Curios and Crafts, International Airport Departure Taxes, Optional activities unless specified as included, Any other services not expressly shown in the itinerary or indicated as included.

Cancellation Policy

100% refund if cancel 51 days before tour starts.

80% refund if cancel within 50 days before tour starts.

50% refund if cancel within 30 days before tour starts.

NO refund if cancel within 7 days before tour starts.

You will be refunded for all costs EXCEPT Processing Fees.

Guests can get full refunds at any time of cancellation prior to the actual date of the tour if that cancellation is due to a Force Major reason. Force Major reasons include but are not limited to war, civil insurrection, strikes, volcanoes, extreme weather, earthquake, and natural disasters.

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