8 Days Uganda Birding

8 Days Uganda Birding In Murchison Falls NP and Budongo Forest
Murchison Falls National Park and Budongo Forest Reserve boast of a rich bird life in Uganda. Budongo Forest protects the largest natural forest area in East Africa with over 350 bird Species offering excellent birding opportunities. It is also home to several primates including Chimpanzees. Murchison Falls National Park was voted No. 9 birding spot in Africa. It is home to over 450 bird species and 76 mammal species with a wide range of bird habitats. This trip will combine these two great birding spots for an excellent birding experience.
Birding Sites
Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve
Key Bird Species
Shoebill, Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Spinetail, Ituri Batis, Orange Weaver, Puvel’s Illadopsis, Lesser Kestrel, Black-winged Pratincole, Secretary bird, Senegal Think-knee, Egyptian Plover, Vinaceous Dove, Bronze-tailed Starlings, Beautiful Sun birds, Northern Carmine bee eater,
Forest, Acacia Savanna, grassland, agricultural lands, Moist woodland with grass understory, Borassus Palm Savannah, Papyrus Swamps, Lakes and rivers
Optional Activity
Chimpanzee Trekking

Day 1: Arrival for the Uganda birding tour
On arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will be welcomed by Safari Eye’s representative and be transferred to your hotel in Entebbe or Kampala. In case you arrive on an early morning flight, you have opportunity to bird Entebbe botanical gardens as an introduction to Uganda birding.
Journey time – 15 minutes
Meal plan – Dinner
Up market – Laico Lake Victoria
Mid-range – The Boma
Budget – African Roots GH

Day 2: Birding Tour to Murchison Falls National Park
After breakfast, we bird our way to Uganda’s largest National Park – Murchison falls national park with some stops in key areas along the way. Our first major stop over will be at Ziwa Rhino sanctuary, an excellent birding area and only home to Rhinos in Uganda. We will arrive here in the mid-morning and proceed to track Rhinos after a short briefing at the Rhino fund offices.
After the Rhino trekking experience, we have a lunch and proceed to our lodge for overnight.
Journey time – 6 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Up market – Paraa Safari Lodge
Mid-range – Murchison River lodge
Budget – Heritage Lodge

Day 3: Birding in Murchison falls national park
We have an early morning breakfast and then go birding on a game drive. We will carry packed lunch with us to maximize our time in the field sighting savanna birds along other wildlife. We will look out; Secretary Bird, Northern Carmine and Red-throated Bee-eaters, Giant, Pied, Stripped, Chestnut-bellied, Blue-breasted, Woodland and the African Pygmy Kingfishers, African Rock Martin; Lesser Stripped, Ethiopian, Angola, Red-rumped and Rufous-chested Swallow, Nightingale, Rock Thrush, Pied Wheatear, Whinchat, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat. Common Bulbul, Cameroon Sombre and Yellow-throated Greenbul, the Black, White-breasted, and Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes, the Black and Penduline Tits, Black-lored, and Brown Babblers, Nubian Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide,and many more

Day 4: Birding safari on River Nile – Murchison falls National Park
Today we will take a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile looking for water birds and those on the fridges in the vegetation. While on the boat, we will look out for the; Shoebill, Little Grebe, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Water Rail, Allen’s Gallinule, Black Crake, African Crake, Grey-crowned Crane, Southern Pochard, The Egyptian, African Pygmy, and the Spur-winged Gooses, Saddle-billed, Open-billed, White, Yellow-billed, Marabou. More birds include,Woolly-necked, the Little and Dwarf Bitterns, Night Heron, Black Heron, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Green Backed Heron, Common Squacco Heron, Great White Egret, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, African and Eurasian Spoonbills, the Lesser Flamingo, Lesser Jacana, African Finfoot, Painted Snipe, Wattled Plover and more.

Day 5: Uganda Birding tour to Budongo forest
Today morning after breakfast, we bird our way to Budongo forest. Depending on which part of the park our lodging was, we leave in time to catch the morning ferry across river Nile to the southern bank of the Nile. We bird the park one last time before starting journey to Budongo forest for some of the rare birds. We arrive at our lodge later that evening ready for the birding excursion starting early morning.
Journey time – 2 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Mid-range – Masindi Hotel
Budget – New Court View

Day 6: Birding Budongo Forest Reserve
In Budongo, we bird the famous “Royal Mile”- a stretch covering a mile with great birding opportunities along the road in the forest. We shall not get to much into the forest because the birds are easily seen on the fringes of the forest. Some of the bird species are unique to this areas whereas others might have been seen in the Savannah areas. The bird species to look out for include; the Puvel’s Illadopsis, Nahan’s Francolin,the Chocolate–Backed Kingfisher, White-headed Saw-wing, White Wagtail, Black-eared Ground-Thrush, Little Crake, Yellow-billed Barbet, Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, African Paradise Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Grey-backed Camaroptera, Lemon-bellied Crombec, African MoustachedWarbler, Green-backed Eremomela. Yellow-throated Greenbul, African Citril, African Golden-breasted Bunting, Black-crowned Waxbill, Bronze Mannikin, Black-winged Red Bishop, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Spectacled Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Compact Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Holub’s Golden Weaver, Red-headed Weaver, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Purple Starling, Purple-headed Starling, Splendid Starling, Northern Puffback, Black-headed Gonolek, Tropical Boubou, Isabelline Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Lesser Grey Shrike, Western Violet-backed Sunbird and many more.

Day 7: Birding to Entebbe
After that amazing day birding Budongo forest, we bird part of the morning before preparing to leave for Kampala and subsequently continue to Entebbe. The birding opportunities are immerse en route with stopovers at swampy areas and open areas to catch several birds we may have missed previously. We later arrive in Entebbe later that evening for overnight ready to transfer home.
Journey time – 6 hours
Meal plan – Breakfast, lunch & Dinner
Up market –Serena Lake Victoria
Mid-range – The Boma
Budget – African Roots GH

Day 8: End of Murchison Falls NP & Budongo Forest birding Safari
Early morning or later in the day, you will be transferred to the Airport for your departure flight back home. Thank you for birding Uganda with Safari Eye. We truly hope you had a mystical time and will choose to visit again to explore another part of Uganda for birding opportunities.

What to bring
Long trouser and long sleeved tops
Insect repellent
Sun hut
Rain jacket
Day pack to carry lunch and water

Tour includes
Ground transport
Park entrance
Boat trips
Bottled water in the safari vehicle
Full board accommodation for two nights
Service of an English-speaking birding guide
All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes
Extras at the accommodation i.e. drinks, telephone, laundry etc.
Tips to porters and driver/ guide