WHERE? QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK & LAKE BUNYONYI

Discover birders paradise in Uganda! This safari takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake Bunyonyi; both unparalleled places for bird watching.

 BIRDING PLAN:

Day 1: ARRIVAL,

Day 2: KAMPALA – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK,

Day 3: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK,

Day 4: QUEEN ELIZABETH – LAKE BUNYONYI,

Day 5: LAKE BUNYONYI,

Day 6: LAKE BUNYONYI – KAMPALA,

Day 7: DEPARTURE

Day 1: ARRIVAL

You will be welcomed by a representative of Buyaga Safaris who will transfer you to your hotel in Kampala. Depending on the time of arrival you might spend the afternoon at Uganda Wildlife and Education Center, home to captive animals and over 170 species of birds. This includes 7 species of weavers, such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver and Orange Weaver, etc. Dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge

Day 2: KAMPALA – QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

From Kampala we will depart for Queen Elizabeth National Park. On our way we will pass the Ugandan equator where you can take pictures and shop for a souvenir. After lunch in Mbarara we continue to the southwest and head for the Western Rift Valley. Upon arrival in Queen Elizabeth National Park you will enjoy an evening game drive before you check in at the accommodation in the park. Dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge

Day 3: QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK

The day starts early when we make a game drive to the northern parts of the park. This is not only an area for excellent game viewing but also offers much to birders. We move through open grassy plains which support large flocks of White and Abdims Stork as well as the spectacular Saddle Billed Stork during the migratory season. Raptors are well represented, including the Brown Snake Eagle, Whalbergs Eagle, Bateleur, African harrier-hawk, Marsha Eagle and Grey Kestrel.
We return for lunch and then take a boat launch. Watch hundreds of hippos, elephants and many migratory bird species, such as the Grey headed Gulls, White winged black Terns, African skimmers, Morning Dove, Water Dikkops, Great white and Pink-Backed Pelicans, etc. Return for dinner and overnight at Katara Lodge.

Day 4: QUEEN ELIZABETH – LAKE BUNYONYI

We depart from Queen Elizabeth with some game and bird viewing on our way out and proceed to the area that is often referred to as “Little Switzerland of Uganda”. Here you will find Lake Bunyonyi, the deepest lake in Uganda and situated close to the borders. On a bright day you might even see the beautifully shaped volcano Mount Muhavura. Upon arrival at the “Lake of the small birds” a motor boat awaits you for transport to Bushara Island. Dinner and overnight at Birdnest Resort.

Day 5: LAKE BUNYONYI

After breakfast you can hire a canoe and explore the surroundings from the water surface. Drift quietly to the several small islands and enjoy the rich birdlife. Return for lunch and then take on a Bird Walk in Mukoni Village. Pass small farms and enjoy the spectacular view as you look out for many birds. Generally 40 to 50 different species may be seen on this walk, including the African Hobby, Black Kite, Swamp Flycatcher, Scarlet-chested, Bronze and Red-chested Sunbirds, White-headed Saw-wing etc. Dinner and overnight at Birdnest Resort.

Day 6: LAKE BUNYONYI – KAMPALA

After breakfast we return towards the capital city, with lunch en route. The drive takes about 7 hours but runs through a beautiful countryside. Arrival in Kampala late in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at Cassia Lodge

Day 7: DEPARTURE

Enriched with an experience of a lifetime and unforgettable memories you will say goodbye to the Pearl of Africa. Depending on the time of departure you will be transferred to the airport for you flight back home. We are looking forward to seeing you again!

Terms and conditions

 

 Discover Uganda: 8 Days

Day 1: Kampala – Murchison Falls

Drive north-west through the famous Luwero Triangle and, travel to Masindi via Ziwa Rhino Project. A visit to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary for Rhino trekking tour. After lunch, drive in to Murchison Falls. Meals and over night at: – Meal plan: (L, D)

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Paraa Safari Lodge| Chobe Safari Lodge | Bakers Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Murchison River Lodge |Bwana Tembo Camp| Sambiya River Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Heritage Safari Lodge| Fort Murchison| Red Chili Rest Camp

Day 2: Murchison Falls

Begin the day with a cup of African Coffee. After your cup of coffee, cross the Nile by ferry to the northern bank of the park. Your guide will help you spot Elephant, Lion, Cape buffalo, Rothschild’s giraffe, hartebeest, Waterbuck, Oribi, Bushbuck, Bohor reedbuck, hyena and if you are lucky, the leopard. Return to the hotel for breakfast and lunch. After lunch, go for a boat safari upstream the calm Victoria Nile to the base of the falls stopping just tens of meters from the “Devil’s Cauldron”. En-route, marvel at the toothsome hippos, crocodiles and over this 17km stretch you may see elephants, waterbucks, Uganda Kobs and crocodiles.
This is also a zone of many bird species like Goliath heron, Egyptian goose, pelican bee-eater, kingfisher, hornbill, cormorant and the rare shoebill stork. There you leave the boat and start your – quite heavy – hike to the Top of the Falls (approx. 1 hour). See where the world’s longest river explodes violently through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. Your driver/guide will be waiting for you to bring you back to the lodge. Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Paraa Safari Lodge| Chobe Safari Lodge | Bakers Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Murchison River Lodge |Bwana Tembo Camp| Sambiya River Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Heritage Safari Lodge| Fort Murchison| Red Chili Rest Camp

Day 3: Murchison Falls – Kibale

All day drive south via Hoima to Fort Portal through verdant countryside and past traditional homesteads and farms along Albertine Rift escarpments. Fort-Portal rests in the shadow of the fabled Mountains of the Moon Meals and overnight at: – Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Primate Lodge Kibale |Mountains of the Moon| Fort Motel
Budget/Low facilities: Chimpanzee Guest House| Chimp’s Nest| Kibale Forest Camp

Day 4: Kibale Chimpanzee Trekking & Bigodi Walk

After early breakfast, report at Kanyanchu Tourist Centre where tourist activities begin and set out to track chimpanzee in the forest. Chances of viewing the chimps are over 90% but not a guarantee. Kibale National Park is one of the beautiful and stunning forests in the Uganda. It is home to our closest living relatives the endangered Chimpanzee, the threatened Red colobus monkey and the rare L’Hoest’s monkey. The forest also boasts of having one of the highest diversity and density of primates in Africa totaling 13 species including the Black and white colobus, Blue monkey, Grey-cheeked mangabey, Red tailed monkey and Bush babies and Pottos.
After lunch visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary from where you will take on a guided walk around the Swamp which will provide you with the opportunity to see a wide range of flora and fauna. View a variety of butterflies, birds and other insects. Have a tour of the crater region around Ndali lodge. You may also stop over at any tea plantation along the road if you wish. Return to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Have an evening tour of the crater region, visit “top of the world”, the natural bridge. On a clear day you will be able to have a view of the snow cap on the Rwenzori. Meals and overnight at: – Meal plan: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Kyaninga Lodge | Ndali Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Primate Lodge Kibale |Mountains of the Moon| Fort Motel
Budget/Low facilities: Chimpanzee Guest House| Chimp’s Nest| Kibale Forest Camp

Day 5: Kibale -Queen Elizabeth NP

After breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park viewing the mystical Rwenzori Mountain range for much of the journey. Check in at your accommodation facility as you wait for your lunch. After lunch, take on an afternoon Launch cruise along Kazinga Channel – one that joins Lakes Edward and George. The cruise is a wonderful way to see hippo, buffalo, kob and the occasional Nile crocodile (which up until recently did not inhabit this area) and a spectacular bird watching on the water bank. Many who experience the launch cruise consider it the high light of their entire African safari. Meals and over night at: – Meal plan: (B, L, D)

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: – Mweya Safari | Katara Lodge |Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Enganzi Safari Lodge |Kasenyi Safari Lodge |Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Wild Track Safari Lodge| Bush Lodge |Simba Safari Lodge

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park

Rise very early with your packed lunch take on a morning game drive to catch-up with the early risers and predators returning to their hideouts. You will most likely meet grazing Hippos, Elephants, and Lions, spotted Hyenas, bush buck, water buck, stripped jackal, comical warthogs and the elusive leopard. Proceed to Maramagambo forest. Many surprises await you here for example pythons are often observed in the crevices of the bat cave floor using the bats as a source of food. The cave is near a picturesque formerly Blue lake and Hunters cave. You may also see forest birds such as bat hawks, brown eared woodpecker and other primates. Meals and over night at: – Meal plan: (B, L, D)

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: – Mweya Safari | Katara Lodge |Kyambura Gorge Lodge
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Enganzi Safari Lodge | Kasenyi Safari Lodge | Ihamba Safari Lodge
Budget/Low facilities: Wild Track Safari Lodge | Bush Lodge | Simba Safari Lodge

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth NP – Lake Mburo

With previous day’s memories, enjoy your breakfast ready for guided Chimpanzee/primate walk along Kyambura Gorge to look for habituated chimps through the gorge. After primate walk, proceed to Lake Mburo National park. Make a stopover at Igongo Cultural village to explore and learn the Bahima and Ankole culture time permitting. This park is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains. Lake Mburo National park is renowned for zebras, impalas, buffaloes, hippos, topi and elands including the rare shoebill, crested crane, pelicans, fish eagle, heron and many water birds. Meals and over night at: – Meal plan: (B, L, D)

Available Safari Lodges:-
High end/ Luxury facilities: -Mihingo Safari Lodge | Mantana Tented Camp
Mid range/ Moderate facilities: Rwakobo Safari Lodge |Lake Mburo Safari Lodge |Acadia Cottages
Budget/Low facilities: Eagles Nest Lake Mburo

Day 8: Mburo – Entebbe Out

After early breakfast, Take on a mid morning boat cruise amidst the Hippos is amazing with a an en route game drive before returning to Kampala. You may be lucky and spot big herds of Zebra, Impala, Eland, Warthogs, buffalo and other Savannah species. For birders, this is one of the best place to find African Fin foot, Papyrus, Bush Shrike, etc. Continue your drive with a stopover at the Equator crossing with your lunch en route before you drive to back to Entebbe to catch up your flight back home. Meal Plan B-L End of Service.

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