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7 DAY BWINDI BIRDING SAFARI

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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

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, boosts of a 360 bird species record with 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics, among which include the globally threatened African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing. Other Albertine Rift endemics include; Oberlander’s/Forest Ground Thrush, Sassi’s Olive Greenbul, Dusky Crimson-wing, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short -tailed/Neumann’s Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Collared Apalis, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red-throated Alethe, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin.

Activities Available: 

  • Birding
  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Gorilla Habituation 
  • Nature walks, Hikes
  • Cultural encounters
  • Mountain cycling/biking

Itinerary 

DAY 1: Arrival

DAY 2: Travel to Bwindi  

DAY 3: Birding in Buhoma

DAY 4: Birding to Ruhija 

DAY 5: Birding in Mubwindi

DAY 6: Birding in Ruhija 

DAY 7: 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 offer 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 2Travel to Bwindi

we transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable 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.  

Alternatively, Fly on a scheduled (daily) flight to Kihihi Airstrip or Kisoro Airstrip. (1hr) Upon arrival, you’ll be met by our representative and driven to the Lodge. There are a variety of optional activities that can be done this afternoon (time permitting), these include: forest walk or community tour. 

Journey: +8 hrs   

Meal Plan: Lunch & Dinner

Accommodation: Budget: Bwindi Cultural Center /Midrange: Silverback Lodge/Luxury: Buhoma Lodge 

Day 3Birding in Buhoma

Today we explore the Bwindi Buhoma area looking out for birds like the Pink-footed Puffbuck, Yellow Billed Barbet, Bocage’s Bush-Shrike, Bar-tailed Trogon, Black Bee-Eater, Cassin’s and Scaly throated Honey Guide, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Western Green Tinkerbird, Short Tailed Warbler, African Broadbill, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Mountain Illadopsis, Red Faced Woodland Warbler, Equatorial Akalat, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Black Faced Rufous Warbler, Mountain Masked Apalis, Dusky Tit, Many Coloured and Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Black Billed Turaco, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Blue Throated Brown, Blue-headed, Northern Double Collard and Green Sunbird, Black-billed Weaver,   Red-fronted Antpecker, Magpie Mannikin among others..

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & dinner 

Accommodation: Budget: Bwindi Cultural Center /Midrange: Silverback Lodge/Luxury: Buhoma Lodge 

Day 4Birding to Ruhija via the Neck

After breakfast, start the drive to Ruhija in the Northern part of Bwindi, birding en-route. On our drive and the stopovers we make, expect to see the Black Bee-eater, calling out the Red-throated Wryneck and finding it would be a great addition, Mountain Wagtail and the Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, White-starred Robin, Olive Thrush, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, MacKinnon’s Fiscal, Collared, Mountain Masked Chestnut-throated, and Grey Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Sharpe’s Starling, the elusive Regal and Purple-breasted Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Twinspot etc. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Accommodation: Budget: Broadbill Forest Camp /Midrange: Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp /Luxury: Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 5Birding to Mubwindi Swamp

Today our birding will start early and our main focus will the beautiful leafy looking broadbill, Black-billed Turaco, Olive, Elliot’s and Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Greenbul, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Red-faced Woodland and Mountain Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-throated Collard and Black Throated Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, African Green-Broadbill, Mountain, Shelley’s and Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Rwenzori Batis, Regal Sunbird among other birds. We later get back to our place of stay. 

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 

Accommodation: Budget: Broadbill Forest Camp /Midrange: Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp /Luxury: Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 6Birding to Ruhija

After breakfast, we start our birding in the Rift Valley Area. We will have a stopover in a near by Swamp towards Echuya forest mostly to look out for the Little Rush Warbler plus the Grauer’s Rush Warbler one of the rare Bradypterus Warblers within the Albertine rift zones also, continue birding to Ruhija with numerous stopovers expecting birds like the Augur and Mountain Buzzard, Yellow Bellied Waxbill, Dusky Crimsonwing, Dusky Twinspot, Common Stonechat among others birds. Towards the camp headquarters we look out for the Handsome Francolin, Olive Pigeon, Western Green Tinkerbird, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Chestnut Throated Apalis, White-browed Crombec, Stripe-breasted and Dusky Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Black-headed Waxbill and much more.

Meal Plan: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Accommodation: Budget: Broadbill Forest Camp /Midrange: Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp /Luxury: Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge

Day 7Departure

After breakfast, we head back to Kampala or Entebbe. End of Tour.

Journey: +9 hrs   

Meal Plan: Breakfast & Lunch

Accommodation: Budget: Not included  

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