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6 DAYS QUEEN ELIZABETH BIRDING TRAIL

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Long Hours
Availability : Jan 16’ - Dec 16’
Entebbe International Airport
Entebbe International Airport
Min Age : 12+
Max People : 40
Tour Details

Queen Elizabeth National Park`s diverse ecosystems include savanna, forests, lakes, and wetlands. This gives it the widest selection of birds in East Africa hence its immense popularity. East and Central African bird species have been recorded including migratory birds seen between November to April. 

Itinerary 

DAY 1: Arrival  

DAY 2: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

DAY 3: Birding in Mweya Peninsular & Kazinga Channel 

DAY 4: Birding in Kasenyi Tracks & Katwe 

DAY 5: Birding in Kyambura Gorge & Ishasha 

DAY 6: Departure 

Departure & Return Location

Entebbe International Airport (Google Map)

Departure Time

3 Hours Before Flight Time

Price Includes

  • Park Fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • Accommodation in preferred lodge/hotel
  • Services of a professional Tour guide-driver
  • Melas (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water
  • Roundtrip Airport Transfers
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Transport in a 4WD safari vehicle with a pop-up roof
  • All fuel for the tour

Price Excludes

  • • Gorilla Tracking permits
  • • Chimp Tracking Permits
  • • International Flights
  • • Visas
  • • Travel Insurance
  • • Tips
  • • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • • Personal purchases (souvenirs, drinks, laundry, optional activities, tips, etc)
  • • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

Complementaries

  • Umbrella
  • Sunscreen
  • T-Shirt
  • Entrance Fees
Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport where you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel of choice. Depending on your arrival time, birding Entebbe may be possible. The Uganda Wildlife Education center (UWEC) formerly known as the Zoo and The Botanical gardens offers great optional birding opportunities. Return for Dinner and Overnight.

Journey Time: +20 mins 

Meal Plan: Not Included 

Accommodation: Budget: Airport Guesthouse/Midrange: The Boma Hotel/Luxury: No.5 Boutique Hotel

Day 2Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park

we transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We have a short stop at the Equator for an informative talk, photography, and the equator experience. Continue up to the Park, check in to your accommodation of choice for dinner and overnight. 

Journey Time: +7 hrs 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner 

Accommodation: Budget: Bush Lodge /Midrange: Baboon Safari Resort /Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 3Birding Mweya Peninsular & Kazinga Channel

After breakfast, we bird the Mweya Peninsular in search of the swamp flycatcher, slender-billed weaver, yellow-backed weaver, black-headed gonolek, black bee-eater, malachite kingfisher, Verreaux`s eagle owl. In the afternoon we take a boat to the Kazinga channel. You will have exposure to the African Skimmer, White-winged Terns, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Collared Pratincole, African Jacana, Pin-tailed Whydah, Martial Eagle, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squacco Heron, African Skimmer, African Fish Eagle, Sedge Warbler, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Great White, and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Mourning Dove, African Open-billed Stork, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Yellow-billed, and Marabou Stork, Egyptian Goose, several Gull species, just to mention but a few.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner  

Accommodation: Budget: Bush Lodge /Midrange: Baboon Safari Resort /Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 4Birding Kasenyi Tracks & Katwe

Today, bird the Kasenyi trail and the craters for hundreds of Savannah species, we search for the Common Rock Thrush, Pied Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Redstart, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Isabelline Wheatear, Common Bulbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Green Wood Hoopoe, a numseveralards, Barbets, Rollers, Harriers, Vultures, Eagles, Bee-eaters, Warblers, and so forth. Proceed to the Katwe area, looking out for birds like little Grebe; African Finfoot; Greater and Lesser Flamingos; Augur Buzzard; Crested Guineafowl; Pied Avocet; Black-winged Stilt; Diederick Cuckoo; Yellowbill; Narina Trogon; Shining-blue Kingfisher; Grey-capped Warbler; Grey and Buff-throated Apalis; Brown-throated Wattle-eye; African Paradise Flycatcher; Olive-bellied, Green, Olive, Variable and Collared Sunbirds; Starlings; Weavers; Widowbirds; Bishops; Finches; and Waxbills among others.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner  

Accommodation: Budget: Bush Lodge /Midrange: Baboon Safari Resort /Luxury: Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 5Birding Kyambura Gorge & Ishasha Sector

We bird these beautiful sections of the park for hundreds of species, among which will include; African Thrush, Ruppell’s Long-tailed Starling, Black-headed Gonolek, Slender-billed Weaver, Little Weaver, Black-headed Weaver, Grey-headed Sparrow, Red-headed Lovebird, Spur-winged Lapwing, the African, Red-eyed and African Morning Doves, Cattle egret, Hamerkop, Storks, Shoebill, Ibises, Raptors, Red-necked Spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Cisticolas, Northern Black Flycatcher, Babblers, Sunbirds, Shrikes, Black-headed Gonolek, Black-crowned Tchagra, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Fork-tailed Drongo, Starlings, Weavers, Widowbirds, Finches and Waxbills among others. Look out for mammals like Uganda kobs, bushbucks, defassa waterbucks, buffaloes, elephants, warthogs… and if lucky a tree-climbing lion or a leopard!

 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner  

Accommodation: Budget: Enjonjo Lodge /Midrange: Ishasha Jungle Lodge /Luxury: Ishasha Wilderness Camp

Day 6Departure

After breakfast, proceed back to Kampala or Entebbe, birding en-route and arriving in the late afternoon. Look out for birds like the Nubian Woodpecker, Bateleur, Crested Francolin, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Lilac-breasted Roller, Broad-billed Roller, Striped Kingfisher, Blue-napped Mousebird, African Grey Hornbill, Spot-flanked Barbet, Fork-tailed Drongo, Cisiticolas, Weavers, Widowbirds, Finches, and Waxbills among others.

Journey Time: +7 hrs 

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

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