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Visit Uganda and embark on a journey to meet one of the world’s most endangered species – the mountain gorilla, the gentle giants at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is home to half the world’s Gorillas estimated at 440 out of the 880. Encounter Uganda’s bird life, chimpanzees while hiking through the tropical forests with experienced guides. Enjoy your trip to the Zebra and Impala heartland; keep awake for the sightings of the tree climbing lions. Enjoy boat cruises on the marshlands and lake channels as you search for the elusive Shoe bill and other aquatic wildlife. Your challenging treks will be rewarded with this action packed adventure.
Entebbe International Airport
Your 16 day Birding and Primate Uganda safari will include;
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport and meet up with Yaneta safaris team. Depending on time and body fitness level, the guide will transfer you to your hotel and you can rest or visit the nearby Entebbe botanical gardens an excellent birding spot to get started on arrival
Early breakfast, go to nearby Mabamba Wetlands on the shores of Lake Victoria. This is one of the few remaining swamps in the country protected by the local communities – an extensive papyrus swamp with its labyrinth of channels and lagoons, classified as an important Bird Area, and home to several pairs of Shoe bills, Uganda’s most famous avian resident.
In the afternoon, head westwards to our first of many national parks, Mburo Lake. This park has varied habitats from open Acacia woodlands, to a number of papyrus-lined lakes and swamps.
Lake Mburo National Park contains multiple habitats, and our time will be divided between birding an extensive area of wetland and the lake, some forested areas, and open country with numerous mammals. No fewer than 300 different bird species have been recorded in the park, an indication of the high diversity present here. The more open acacia grassland particularly along the Zebra Track, is worth exploring for species such as Coqui Francolin, Rednecked Spurfowl, Blackbellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, and African Wattled Lapwing.
Later we head southwards, to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Birding on the road at Bwindi Forest is usually productive. Look for Sharpes Starling, Cinammon Chested Bee-eater, Mountain Buzzard, Mountane Oriole, Olive Wood pecker, Handsome Francolin, Mountain Masked Apalis, Chestnut Throated Apalis, Olive Pegion, and Black Saw-wing.
Today we spend a whole day either walking down to the Mubwindi Swamp, or the Bamboo area and the community trail. The 4 km trail to Mubwindi Swamp is the best place for some of the most difficult to find of all the Albertine Rift endemics including Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill, the beautiful Regal Sun bird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat. Mubwindi Swamp is also home to Dwarf Honey guide, Stripe-breasted Tit, and Ruwenzori Apalis,Located in mubwindi swamp view point, western region of Uganda
On this day, we set off early, with packed lunch to the park headquarters for a briefing prior to Gorilla Tracking. This is the most exciting lifetime experience of all time. The gorillas are gentle animals and it is an unforgettable experience to photograph them as they interact. It is a wonderful experience to stare in to the eyes of these gentle giants watch them in awe as they play and go about their daily activities. It is indeed a “once in a lifetime” experience that you must never miss located in Bwindi impenetrable national park western region Uganda
Today, we shall start early after breakfast and drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Our route to the park will be determined by road conditions, either passing through the Ishasha sector, well known for its climbing lions, or alternatively drive through the beautiful sceneries of Rukungiri district. The park, which is named after Queen Elizabeth who visited it in 1954, is the second largest national park in Uganda, and ranks highest with respect to overall diversity, with over 600 bird species listed.travel time is about 4 hours and located in Queen Elizabeth national park western region of Uganda.
After breakfast, we will drive to Kibale forest arriving in Fort Portal in the late afternoon. Kibale forest national park is the best safari destination for chimpanzee tracking in East Africa. It contains one of the loveliest and most varied tracts of all tropical forests in Uganda. It hosts 13 species of primates including the chimpanzee. It has 1450 chimpanzees and these represent Uganda’s largest population of this endangered primate. It is also home to the rare L’hoest’s monkey and East Africa’s largest population of the threatened red colobus monkey. Other primates that you may see include the black and white colobus, blue monkey, grey cheeked Mangabey, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, bush baby and pottos.its located in fort portal western region of Uganda and it about 3hours drive.
After an early breakfast we drive to Kibale National Park visitor’s center for briefing and chimp tracking. The activity may last from a few hours to several hours. Kibale forest is home to 13 primates of Uganda. Birding in the afternoon along the main road may be productive. Depending on the weather predictions, birding in bigodi wetland is also productive with riverine forest birds. Kibale National Park is a good site for a number of birds that are hard to find elsewhere including Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Cabanis’s Greenbul and Joyful Greenbul.
On this day we travel to Semuliki National Park. You go for chimpanzee tracking in the Rain forest. This is done in the morning or in the evening due to the fact that these playful primates disappear in the middle of the day. Semuliki is a habitat of over 250 bird species that are melodious in the forest. Later go for a game drive to view the parks’ game and birds. Located in Semuliki national park in bundibugyo western region Uganda and the travel time is about 3 hours.
Today depart early for Murchison Falls, after the park entry and watch the falls force its way through the narrow gorge to form a rainbow. Its located in Murchison falls national park, Amuru ,northern region of Uganda and its about 7 hours drive.
Enjoy a 3 hour boat ride to the foot of Murchison Falls. Enjoy the sightings of Hippos, crocodiles, elephants, buffaloes, Hartebeests. Notable birds seen along the Nile include; Lovebirds, African Fish Eagles, Pied Kingfishers the elusive Shoe bill. Continue later for another boat ride. It takes about 4 hours. It is also a rewarding trip with a variety of animals and birds to the Delta where Victoria Nile meets Lake Albert..
Travel to Kampala en-route the Rhino Sanctuary. Rhino tracking will be enjoyed in the afternoon. The resident rangers will guide you to the tracking activity. Get close to them, at a very safe distance. It is such a memorable experience to see them at close range. Tracking lasts between 1 – 2 hours. After tracking proceed to Kampala city.
End of tour and enjoy you transfer to Entebbe international Airport. Depending on your flight time you can take a tour of Kampala attractions. And it will be a 2 hours’ drive to the airport.