Birding in Kampala-Mabira Forest-Lake Mburo National Park 7days
Bird watching places in uganda include Mabamba swamp, mubwindi in ruhija, semliki valley, Mabira forest,kazinga channel and lake bunyonyi
Day 1 - Uganda wildlife education Center and Botanical gardens
Early Morning after breakfast, go for birding to The Uganda Wildlife Education center (UWEC) formerly known as the Zoo. This has attracted over 170 species of wild birds 10 species of Weavers such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed, African paradise, Baglafect Northern Brown Throated, Grosbeak, Black Necked and many others. 5 species of flycatchers, Red bellied, Crested shrike flycatcher, Lead colored, Swamp flycatcher, and many others. Encounter Raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, Shikra, African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby and many more species including captive animals. Proceed to Botanical gardens for another birding experience. Have lunch relax as you move forward to the evening visit to the sewage lagoons.
Dinner and Overnight at Imperial Resort Hotel / Lake Victoria Rinsar hotel(luxury), Botanical imperial hotel (mid range), Goma guest house ( budget).
Day 2 - The Heritage Trail
In the morning have breakfast and transfer to the Heritage trail . Here are high chances of viewing Short Toed Snake Eagle, Brown Crowned Tchargra, Mssustached Warbler, Violet backed Starlings, Black Cuckoo Shrike, Red Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Yellow bill, Brown Twin spot, Great sparrow hawk, Southern Banded Snake Eagle and many more. Proceed to Lutembe Beach for lunch. Take a boat in search for the thousands of Grey Headed Gulls, the papyrus Canary, White Winged black Terns, Papyrus Gonolek, Dinner and Overnight at Imperial Resort Hotel / Lake Victoria Rinsar hotel(luxury), Botanical imperial hotel (mid range), Goma guest house ( budget).
Day 3 - Canoe Ride on the Mabamba Swamp area.
Have breakfast then proceed to Mabamba swamps another Important Bird Area (IBA) with a population of about 5 Shoebills. Most of the birding is done canoeing. Other species to be seen may include Squacco, African water Rail, long Toed Plover, Goliath, Purple, Herons, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, White Faced Whistling Duck, Grey and Black Headed Heron Moorhen, Allen's Gallinule, Black Crake, African Jacana among others. Sitatunga Antelope (swamp Antelope) and many more. En route to Kampala stop by another swamp this may reveal Papyrus Gonolek, White winged Warbler, Yellow Crowned Bishop, Weyns Weaver, and many more. Have lunch on the way diner and overnight at Imperial Royale (luxury), Grand Imperial hotel (mid range), Namirembe guest house (budget)
Day 4 – Transfer to Mabira Forest - Kampala
Morning breakfast and drive to Mabira forest to view Yellow whiskered Greenbul, Leaf love, Toro Greenbul, Buff spotted Woodpecker, Grey spotted Woodpecker, White spotted Fluff tail, Red headed Blue Bill, Yellow spotted Barbet, Grey throated Barbet, Forest Robin, Yellow Rumped Tinker bird, Yellow Throated Tinker bird, Blue Breasted Kingfisher, African Pygmy, Shining blue, Woodland Kingfishers, Banded Wattle Eye ,Red tailed Ant Thrush, Chin spot Batis, , Brown capped ,Chestnut Wattle Eye, Yellow mantled, Black Billed, Weyn's Weavers, Violet backed Starling, Red headed Malimbe, Purple headed Starling, and many more attractive species. Have a picnic lunch and continue birding the evening.
Return to Kampala, having Dinner and Overnight at Imperial Royale (luxury), Grand Imperial hotel (mid range), Namirembe guest house (budget)
Day 5 - Transfer to Lake Mburo National park and Game drive along the Zebra tracks
Take breakfast and transfer to Lake Mburo National park. It's a 4 hours drive from Kampala. The park is situated in western Uganda. Briefly stop at the equator, proceed to Lake Mburo, birding to the entrance of Nshara gate. Expect the following Common Scimitarbill, species; Emerald Spotted Wood Dove, Bare faced Go-Away Bird, Crested Francolin, Green Wood Hoopoe, Lilac breasted Roller, Spot-Flanked Barbet Northern Black Tit, Common Scimitarbill, Trilling Cisticola, Greater Blue Eared Starling, African Grey Hornbill, Brown Parrot may be seen. Take lunch at Rwonyo Restaurant. After lunch, embark on late afternoon game drive along the Zebra Track which may expose you to species like Coqui Francolin, Black Bellied Bustard, Temmricks Courser, African Wattled Plover, Rufous napped Rufous, Chested Swallow and Flappet Lark, etc. Look out also for evasive Leopard and other nocturnal species. Dinner and Overnight at mantana tented camp (luxury), Rwonyo camp site (budget).
Day 6 - Nature Walk and Game drive along the Kigambira Loop
Have an early morning Breakfast, embark on a nature walk encountering several species of wetland and savanna species of birds, Impalas among others. Return for lunch head for evening game drive along the Kigambira loop. Species to expect are; localized Red Faced Barbet, Red Headed lovebird, Black Collared Barbet, Green capped Eremomela and Lead colored Flycatcher. Dinner and Overnight at mantana tented camp(luxury), Rwonyo camp site (budget).
Day 7 - Game drive along the Lakeside track and Return to Kampala
Set off for an early morning game drive along the Lakeside Track. This entails approach to Aquatic habitats around Lake Mburo. Species to expect may include, White Winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Lesser and Greater Swamp Warbler and also the elusive Shoebill, the Blue headed Coucal. Continue to the lakeside campground, as we look out for the African Darter, African Water Rail, African Fin foot, Spur winged plovers, and many others. Return midmorning for breakfast and proceed for a launch- cruise in search for papyrus species not to miss them out, as well as Hippos, Crocodiles as the extras expected.
Drive to Kampala lunching en route arriving early evening.
This Safari includes,
-Transportation by 4x4 wheel drive
- Full board Accommodation
-En route meals
-An English speaking guide
- Park entry fees
But excludes all personal expenditures like visa, phone calls etc