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9 Days Uganda Birding Tour

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There are an estimated 52 tribes existing in Uganda. All these tribes have their own customs that are still practiced to this day. Uganda is the second-largest producer of bananas in the world, falling second only to India. The country produces an estimated 11 million tons annually. Even though Uganda is a landlocked country, it has many large lakes. The south of the country is heavily influenced by one of the world’s biggest lakes, Lake Victoria, which contains many islands. Uganda’s main cities are located in the south, near this lake, including the capital city of Kampala.

Uganda also has 60 protected areas, which includes ten national parks, two of which – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Ruwenzori Mountains National Park – are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These places are home to many endangered species, such as birds, plants, insects, mountain gorillas, and different kinds of monkeys. In the west, there are series of mountains associated with the Albertine Rift, the Western Great Rift Valley, the Albertine Rift region spans the borders of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Tanzania, and extends over a distance of 1,000 km

Albertine Rift is an area of extraordinary endemism and contains many species threatened with global extinction, chiefly within the mountain forest habitats. Over 50% of birds, 39% of mammals, 19% of amphibians, and 14% of reptiles and plants found in mainland Africa occur in the Albertine Rift With a rich diversity of bird species, friendly people, pleasant climate, attractive, green landscapes Plus well- established birding sites, add to this a good number of Albertine Rift bird endemics and the opportunity to see Gorillas and Chimpanzees.

The key to Uganda’s diversity is its variety of habitats: arid semi-desert, rich savannahs, lowland, and montane rainforests, vast wetlands, volcanoes, and an Afro-alpine zone. Uganda covers an altitude from 650 to 5000m. Uganda’s remarkable avian diversity-1,008 species attributed to its location at a transitional point between the East African savanna, the West African rainforest and the semi-desert of the north. Most of these Uganda’s specials are West African and Congolese forest birds

Itinerary

Day 1:Arrival in Entebbe Airport

Arrival in Entebbe Airport. Morning birding at the Botanical Gardens Species: Orange Weaver, Orange tufted &Red chested sunbirds, Black and white casqued Hornbill.

Dinner/overnight Sunset Hotel

Day 2:Birding in the morning

Birding in the morning at Mabira Forest searching for; Little, Olive, Superb, Brown & Blue-throated Sunbirds, Black-bellied Seedcracker and Illadopsis

Dinner/overnight Sunset Hotel

Day 3:Mabamba Swamp

Mabamba Swamp looking for the Jurassic Shoebill, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp flycatcher, Papyrus Canary, Blue-breasted Bee-eater

Dinner/overnight Sunset Hotel

Day 4:Lake Mburo National Park

Whole day birding in Lake Mburo National Park, look for highly sought Red-faced Barbet

Dinner/overnight Rwaboko Rock Hotel

Day 5-9:Travel for 5 night stay in Bwindi

Travel for 5 night stay in Bwindi impenetrable national park,131km2 located about 25km North of the Virunga Volcanoes in Southwestern Uganda, it’s one of the largest forest in East Africa containing both Montane and lowland forest in continuum, which supports 24-26 Albertine Rift Endemics occurring in Uganda.

Starts at Bahoma area for species like; Red throated Alethe, Red faced woodland Warbler, Montane masked Apalis,Rwenzori Batis,Rwenzori hill Babbler,Grauer’s Warbler, Shelly’s Crimsonwing,Dusky Crimsonwing,Archer’s Robin Chat, Regal Sunbird,Blue headed Sunbird, Dwarf Honeyguide,African green Broadbill, Forest ground Thrush, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon,Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Strange Weaver, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, White bellied crested Flycatcher,

One day reserved for Gorilla tracking.

Dinner/Overnight Volcanoes Bwindi Camp;