WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER 
 WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER 
 WILDLIFE ENCOUNTER 

NUMBER OF DAYS

12 Days

CATEGORY

Gorilla and Birds

BEST TIME

January – December

12 days Uganda gorillas and birding expedition.

Day 1. Arrive at the air port, meet your guide and depending on time, take one or two hours visit to the botanical gardens for canopy and lake shore birding and viewing primates around as you listen to your briefing. You will have an overnight night in a quiet situated hotel in Entebbe town.

Day 2. Transfer northwards to Murchison falls national park and birding enroute, do an evening game drive before checking in to the lodge to view the common highlights of the park for example the eastern chanting goshawk, Abyssinian ground hornbills, oribis, the side striped jackals, giraffes, Jackson’s heart beasts and spotted hyenas.

Day 3. We do an early morning game drive in the largest protected area that holds oil mineral reserves of Uganda in lake Albert, we search for predators and during this time, there are high chances of spotting the cats hunting among an enormous number of game. We also look for the shoebill, northern carmine bee eaters, swallow tailed bee eaters and then afternoon cruise on the Nile to the bottom of the mighty falls, the world’s strongest. River Nile at this point is forced to congest in a gorge of a bout 7m wide and 40m high causing it to produce the strongest falls. The Nile is generally 9 to 11m deep with such an interesting list of attractions. There are chances of spotting the pel’s fishing owl one of the Largest nocturnals into the dense forested river banks, red headed bee eaters hanging on their bank hollow nests, African darter, rock pratincole among others, see the sun basking crocodiles regulating their body temperatures, water bucks, giraffes as well as large schools of wallowing hippopotamuses.

Day 4. After an early breakfast, we drive to Kibale forest national park. We do some birding along the way where we can spot fox’s cisticola and cliff chat, the specialists of the escarpments of the Albertine rift valley, look out for northern red bishop and the white colored oliveback, and check in in the evening. This region is one of Uganda’s culturally managed areas, it is a kingdom and like Buganda, Toro is ruled by Omukama/king with his palace situated in Fort portal about 30km away from Kibale forest.

Day 5. We visit the information center of Kibale national park in the morning to attend the briefing before we set out for chimpanzee trekking. While on this trip, we expect a lot to see, the fact that Kibale is a primate haven of Uganda and therefore also possible is the grey cheeked mangabey, red Colubus, red tailed monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, black and white Colubus monkey, the special green breasted pitta, the monkey predator crowned eagle among more. This park is also rich in flora and we come accross multiple trees and shrubs that make up a dense home to these primates and birds.
We visit Bigodi marshes about 5km away from Kibale forest information centre in the afternoon after a successful trek. Bigodi is a community protected area initiative that the people around Kibale national park engaged to demonstrate extended efforts to conservation. Bigodi is there fore home to a good list of forest adge birds including the African time teller the great blue turaco, joyful greenbul, white winged warbler,white spotted flufftail, the nice looking double toothed burbet and over five primates spacies all with in this belt lining marshland.

Day 6. Today, we transfer to queen Elizabeth national park after breakfast. We drive through the Rwenzori lowland communities made up of Batoro and Bakonjo. We take a look at their gardening strategies on plantations of bananas, maize/corn and cotton. This is also the historical region of Uganda’s mineral industry with copper and cobalt riches. We take our packed lunch from the queen’s pavilion and later, report to Uganda wild life authority reception for registration before the evening game drive. Our expectations are to get a high light of African big five, that is to say; the gigantic African bush elephant, cape buffalo, lion, and leopard as well as large flocks of Uganda cobs browsing in the mating grounds of Kasenyi sector of the park. Over night around the park.

Day 7. Wake up early for breakfast to catchup with the first day light in the park. Our intention is to search for the cats as this is normally their best time of working/hunting. Kasenyi is the best area where we get to see these cats along the well designed tracks of a true Savannah setting of acacia and cactuses. There is also a good opportunity of registering ground running birds for example the red necked spurfowl, kitliz prover, Senegal lapwing, crowned lapwing among more others.
Drive to kazinga channel in the afternoon for a boat cruise. Kazinga channel connects lake Edward to lake George and it’s wide with approximately 32km length and this magnificent activity usually starts at 01400hours lasting for two hours and on the boat, we spot alot of game approaching the banks for a life relieving quench. See the great herds of elephants, buffalos, wallowing hippopotamuses, the un common crocodiles as well as the climbing monitor lizard. This trip also offers the best birding opportunity throught out the park as the best specialist the African skimmer can best be spotted. See the little ringed plovers, the black crake, African hoopoe, the ruff among more.

Day 8. Our minds are already turned to the excitement of seeing the mountain gorillas and today, we set off for Bwindi impenetrable national park. We visit Ishasha sector before check in, do a short game drive to look for fig tree climbing lions. This sector also offers the only obvious opportunity of sighting the topis and in large numbers, the waterbucks, spotted hynas and pythons. Also bird watch in the area to get the best view of Africa’s largest bird of prey; the martial eagle, the bateleur, African golden breasted Banting, flappet lark, zitting cisticola, white headed burbet and lappet faced vulture

Day 9. Bwindi impenetrable national park is located deep in the south of western Uganda about 2 hours drive from queen Elizabeth national park and 9hours from kampala covering a total area of about 321sq km along Democratic Republic of Congo boarder. Its home to over 460 mountain gorillas which is over half of the world’s population and has over 360 species of birds with 23 of the 24 albertine rift valley endemics. We ascend to the visisters’ information centre of the park before 0745hour to catch up with the orientation time. It’s a full day reserved for gorilla tracking but takes only one hour spent with the gorillas which gives you a life time event to remember. The forest is rich green, with well grown endengered brown mahogany, the hardest common wood in the park, cardia Africana also known as the drum tree, cecropia trees, Ceiba trees, macamia wood from which gorilla curvings are made. While on this activity, you are also breath taken by a very cool breeze with spectacular sounds from several species of insects as well as from a beautiful number of bird species.

Day 10. Today is a day to relax and after breakfast or after noon, we may do a forest walk where we can chose from several trails that anable us experience the reality of a truelly grown up mountain forest with over 250 years old tree trunks, mountain streams and waterfalls, this park also offers another good chance for the primates including un habituated chimpanzees, blue, red tailed, L’Hoest’s monkeys. Spot also the black fronted, yellow backed duikers as well as the spectacular, rare and endemic short tailed warbler, western bronze napped pigeon, among others. In another case, we can choose to do a community walk to experience life styles of people of this region.

Day 11. Transfer to lake mburo national park where we shall summarize up our trip from. We shall do an evening game drive before checking in. The major highlights of this park are the zebras, elands the Africa’s largest antelopes, elegant large herds of Ankole cows, Impalas, leopards normally seen on a night game drive, genets, and the dwarf mongooses. Bird lovers also get an opportunity of seeing species that stretch from the plains of southern part of the region Tanzania. The main attractive ones are the red faced burbet which is endemic to East Africa, crested burbet, tabora cisticola, black billed turaco, Vereaux’s eagle owl one of the giant ones. We can also do a boat trip on lake mburo.

Day 12. After breakfast we check out all at once, do a game drive to get a second view of the elands and continue to the equator where we shall relax for lunch, before we proceed to Entebbe airport for our flight on our way back home.

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