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10 Days Uganda Birding Safari

10 days Uganda tour takes you to different route to most Ugandan bird tours. We concentrate on the often forgotten swamp and wetland species of eastern and central Uganda and the best of the southern circuit.

The phenomenal Mabira Forest, with over 300 species and Lake Mburo’s acacia-associated species are covered, together with the shoebills of Mabamba and two further IBA’s: Lakes Bisina and Opeta.

Day 1:Lake Mburo
We begin the tour by heading to the beautiful and sere Lake Mburo. This park has 315 recorded species and is considered the best place in Uganda for spotting acacia-associated species. Six papyrus endemics are also present.

Our first look around and game drive should reveal a wealth of birds and some excellent large mammals. Mburo is noted for its zebra and antelope, including the giant eland.

  • common scimitarbill
  • Mosque swallow
  • spot-flanked barbet
  • spot-flanked barbe
  • spot-flanked barbet
  • rufous-napped rufous
  • southern ground hornbill
  • black-collared barbet
  • trilling cisticola
  • black-throated barbet
  • brown parrot
  • Temmrick’s courser
  • lilac-breasted roller
  • northern black tit
  • blue-headed coucal
  • white-winged warbler
  • black-bellied bustard
  • African wattled plover
  • bare-faced go-away bird
  • papyrus warbler
  • papyrus gonelek
  • African grey hornbill
  • emerald-spotted wood dove
  • Ruppell’s long-tailed starling

Day 2:Lake Mburo
We have a full day in the acacia forests and swamps of Lake Mburo and a chance for some excellent birding. A morning nature walk should see several species of wetland and savannah birds, along with many impala, and zebra. In the afternoon, we take a game drive along the Kigambira loop, hoping to spot a few nocturnal species and the elusive leopard.

Day 3:Lake Mburo – Kampala
A final day in Mburo with a morning game drive, guided walk and an afternoon boat trip in the main lake. This a great chance to see yet more papyrus species (not to mention hippos and crocodiles).

  • papyrus yellow warbler
  • lesser swamp warbler
  • African water rail
  • spur-winged plover
  • red-headed lovebird
  • lead-coloured flycatcher
  • greater swamp warbler
  • African darter
  • African fin-foot
  • red-faced barbet
  • green-capped eremomela
  • Flappet Lark

In the late afternoon, we head back to Kampala.

Day 4: Mabamba
We spend the day at the Mabamba Swamps, listed as an Important Bird Area (IBA). There is an excellent selection of water species and it is perhaps the most reliable place in country to see the magnificent shoebill stork.

To make the most of the swamps, much of the birding is done whilst canoeing; which is also a great opportunity to see the elusive sitatunga antelope.

  • pygmy goose
  • African water rail
  • gull-billed tern
  • goliath heron  
  • Carruther’s cisticola
  • white-faced whistling duck
  • Allen’s gallinule
  • grey-headed heron
  • lesser jacana
  • long-toed plover
  • blue-breasted bee-eater
  • yellow-billed duck
  • white-winger warbler
  • black-headed heron
  • moorhen
  • black crake

Day 5:Heritage Trail
Just north of Entebbe lies the Heritage Trail. Established in 2000, this is a trail designed for bird watchers where 170 species have been recorded and it is common for serious birders to note over 100 species in a single visit.

  • short-toed snake eagle
  • brown twin-spot
  • moustached warbler
  • black-headed bush shrike
  • brown twin-spot
  • double-toothed barbet
  • red-shouldered cuckoo shrike
  • yellow bill
  • emerald cuckoo
  • white-headed barbet
  • Richard’s pipit
  • brown-crowned tchargra
  • great sparrow hawk
  • violet-backed starling
  • red-fronted lovebird
  • black cuckoo shrike
  • little ringed plover
  • tambourine dove
  • Verreaux’s eagle owl
  • southern banded snake eagle
  • white-spotted flufftail
  • Klass’ cuckoo

Day 6:Mabira Forest
An hour’s drive from Kampala, takes us to Mabira Forest. This is one of Uganda’s largest surviving natural forests and one of its most important ornithological sites. In addition to the 300 plus species of birds in the forest, keep an eye out for red-tailed monkeys and the 218 butterfly species.

  • great blue turaco
  • African grey parrot
  • yellow-whiskered greenbul
  • toro greenbul
  • buff-spotted woodpecker
  • speckle-breasted woodpecker
  • black-bellied seed cracker
  • yellow-spotted barbet
  • forest robin
  • yellow-throated tinker bird
  • woodland kingfisher
  • chestnut wattle eye
  • red-tailed ant thrush
  • purple-headed starling
  • red-headed malimbe
  • purple-throated cuckoo shrike
  • Nahan’s francolin
  • green-tailed bristlebill
  • grey-crowned negro finch
  • snowy-headed robin-chat
  • forest wood hoopoe
  • African pitta
  • Cassin hawk eagle
  • leaf love
  • joyful greenbul
  • grey-spotted woodpecker
  • white-spotted fluff-tail
  • red-headed bluebill
  • grey-throated barbet
  • yellow-rumped tinker bird
  • blue-breasted kingfisher
  • shining blue kingfisher
  • banded wattle eye
  • chin-spot batis
  • Weyn’s weaver
  • violet-backed starling
  • grey longbill
  • sooty boubou
  • black-throated apalis
  • African blue flycatcher
  • black and white flycatcher

Day 7:Mabira – Mbale
With so many birds on offer, we return for a second day in Mabira Forest and only in the afternoon do we begin our journey northwards to Mbale.

Day 8:Bisina – Opeta – Soroti
Leaving Mbale, we continue north towards Soroti, stopping off at the IBAs Lake Bisina and Lake Opeta. These swamplands provide a number of exciting possibilities including the rare Fox’s Weaver.

Continuing our journey, we arrive at Soroti in the late afternoon and will finish the day with a visit to an orchard, just outside Soroti town.

  • rufous-bellied heron
  • Papyrus gonelek
  • pygmy goose
  • Fox’s weaver
  • black-and-white pied wagtail
  • black-headed heron
  • shoebill stork
  • white-winger warbler
  • lesser jacana
  • ground hornbill
  • woodland kingfisher
  • moorhen

Day 9:Lake Kyoga
We spend most of the day on the shores of the enormous Lake Kyoga, admiring its plethora of water, swamp and-papyrus associated species. In the afternoon, we have a break from birding and look at local communities. We visit a cotton spinning factory and a local orphanage.

Day 10:Awoja – Kampala
Our last bird watching takes place at the Awoja swamps, where we hope to observe a last few species before making the trip back to Kampala, where the tour ends.

End of Safari