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churchill safaris
Duration: 15 days
Location: Uganda
Price: $3,990
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“In order to see birds it is necessary to become a part of the silence.” ― Robert Lynd.

Birding trips introduction:

Our tailor made bird watching tours are meant for both ornithologist and amateurs with a desire to explore the hitherto hidden aspects of the bird kingdom. The bird watching tours that we offer come in three distinct categories namely Budget, Premium and Luxury, each equipped with essential features one craves for in a safari. Our bird watching tours incorporate the diligent services of endowed guides, who are trained to assist the visitor on every step of the way”.

The well-versed guides have extensive knowledge of all the places where one can find most sought after birds. They make sure to attend to the need of each participant on the trip, regardless whether they are a novice birder or have experience. Backed by super vision for finding distant mammals, the guides can spot the birds by vocalization and sight. One can take a trip to the valley of the upper Nile, the vast savannas or small sanctuaries protecting rainforest and volcanic landscapes during the bird trips.

We endeavor to enable our guests to see and photograph as many birds as possible, while enjoying the hospitality of friendly tribes. Besides bird watching, our comprehensive trips allow the visitor to witness a diverse and fascinating wildlife along with the intriguing culture of the tribes. The intended travelers can interact with our staff to get incisive and highly rewarding insights into great stops that offers exceptional birding experience. We also enable the visitor to access guided walks along the boardwalk trail and viewing platforms along with the trips that would explore the landscape in the most comprehensive manner possible”.

Churchill Safaris conducts its bird watching tours to all the iconic destinations available in Uganda. We enable the travellers to enjoy the best African birding tours by including Mabamba Bay, Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale National Forest, Mabira Forest, Budongo Forest, Semliki Valley, Murchison Falls and an array of other destinations in their list, where birds are found in aplenty. All the above-mentioned attributes make Churchill Safaris the preferred choice for those who wish to avail enticing bird watching trips in Uganda.

Taking Birding to the Extreme

In 2016, Arjan Dwarshuis took his love for birdwatching to extreme lengths. He boarded over 140 flights to 40 different countries, journeying through jungles and forests in search of the birds of the world. During his 366-day trip, he smashed the world record, observing 6,856 species of birds—that’s 65% of the global bird population. Now, he’s using his epic adventure as a way to raise awareness for conservation efforts

DETAILED VERSION:

Day one: Arrival and visit to Botanical Gardens for birding.

Arriving at the airport you will be met by a representative from Churchill Safaris who will transfer you to your hotel and give you a briefing about your safari.

Depending on time of arrival you can be shown around Entebbe’s Botanical Gardens, which is home to a variety of birds including the Diedrerik Cuckoo, Black Bishop, and Gaber Goshawk.  You can also visit the Uganda Wildlife Educational Center before returning to your hotel for dinner.

Keys Species of Entebbe:  Great Reed, Ashy Fly Catchers, Black Kite, Black Headed Weavers, Great Blue Turacos, Green Throated Sunbirds.
Later head to your lodge at Best Western Garden hotel on BB

 

Day Two: Entebbe-Nabugabo-Mabamba-Lake Mburo National Park

Your safari continues as you depart to Lake Mburo for two nights.  We first have a stopover at Nabugabo near Mabamba Wetland.  This recently discovered site is the newest birding destination in Uganda, and is a better option than Mabamba, although both are located on the shores of Lake Victoria.  Nabugabo has a recorded 260 species and is the number one destination to see the elusive and prehistoric looking Shoebill Stork (Balaeniceps Rex).

Later on we continue Lake Mbruo for the evening.
Key Species of Nabugabo: Lesser Jacana, Blue Swallow, Black-Shouldered Nightjar, Afep Pigeon, Blue Breasted Bee-Eater, Papyrus Gonolek, White Winged Warbler.
Overnight at Rwakobo rock lodge on FB

 

Day Three: Lake Mburo National Park

It’s an early start today morning as we explore Lake Mburo.  Lake Mburo is an extension of the Tanzanian Plains and has distinctly different fauna compared to other Ugandan parks.  It is the best place in the country to see Eland Antelope, Zebra, Topi, Impala, and Acacia.  The five lakes within the park attract hippos, crocodiles, and a variety of water birds, while fringing swamps hide black and yellow papyrus gonalek.  Take a morning game drive and then a boat safari in the afternoon to get a closer look at the water birds of the park.

Key Species of Lake Mburo: Brown Chested Plover, Red Faced Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Yellow Billed Oxpecker, African Finfoot, Black Collard Barbet.
Overnight at Rwakobo rock lodge on FB


Day Four: Lake Mburo-Bwindi Impenetrable forest (RUHIJA)

The next day you continue to the Southern part of Uganda, to Ruhija a subsection of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for two nightsThe Montane Forest is home to over half the world’s remaining gorilla population as well as 23 Albertine Rift Endemics, which can be found no other place on Earth.  Passing through the verdant countryside you will notice the dramatic change in scenery and landscape. 

Arriving in the late afternoon you will have dinner at your hotel before retiring for the evening.
Overnight at Ruhija Gorilla lodge on FB.

 

Day Five: RUHIJA

Today, we head towards Mubwindi Swap in Ruhija to look for such varieties as Shelly’s crimsonwings, Stripe-breasted Tit, African Hill Babbler, and the Purple-breasted Sunbird.

Key Species of Ruhija Bwindi:  Grauer’s Warbler, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Batis, Olive Pigeon, African Green Broadbill, Strange Weaver, Yellow-Eyed Black Flycatcher, Purple Breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird.
Overnight at Ruhija Gorilla lodge on FB.

 

Day Six: Ruhija-Buhoma

We are nowhere near being done with Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and continue to a section of the park called Buhoma for two nights.  As we transfer to Buhoma we explore an area called “the neck of the forest.”  This is an excellent area for bird watching, and if we are lucky we may see such species as the Lagden’s Bush Shrike and Black Bee-eater.

Overnight at Mahogany springs hotel on FB

 

Day Seven: Buhoma

With packed lunches in hand, today we set off on the waterfall trail.  The dense forest is filled with birdcalls, making it clear why Bwindi is one of Africa’s premier birding destinations.    We make our way through the forest following the sounds of the birds and hopefully catching glimpses of the Kivu Ground Thursh and the Red Fronted Antpecker to name a few.  We eventually make our way to the end of the trail with several gushing waterfalls being the highlight.  We conclude the day returning to the lodge for dinner.

Keys Species of Buhoma Bwindi: Black Faced Rufous Warbler, Red Fronted Antpecker, Many-Colored Bush Shrike, Kivu Ground Thrush, Elliot’s Woodpecker, Mountain Illadopses, and Red Throated Alethe.

Note: Substitute a day of birding and go gorilla trekking in Bwindi.  Staring into the eyes of these gentle giants is one of the most moving experiences that Africa has to offer, and should not be missed!
Overnight at Mahogany springs hotel on FB

 

Day Eight: Buhoma- Ishasha section of Queen Elizabeth

Your safari continues as we head north to Ishasha, just outside Queen Elizabeth National Park.  Although Ishasha is best known for their tree climbing lions there are also a variety of bird species in the area.  Arriving in the afternoon we have a bird watching activity before returning to the hotel for the evening.

Key Species of Ishasha:  Brown Chested Plover, Diederick’s Cuckoo, Wattled and Violet Backed Starlings.
Overnight at Enjojo lodge on FB


Day Nine: Ishasha to Northern section of Queen Elizabeth National Park

Today you depart for two nights to Queen Elizabeth National Park, which boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game park or reserve in the world. From open savannah to rain forest, Queen Elizabeth has a wealth of over a 100 mammal species, and an astounding 606 bird species, making it a premier birding safari destination.  Arrive in the park in the afternoon, and go for a game drive and birding in the early evening.
Overnight at Mweya safari lodge on FB


Day Ten:
Queen Elizabeth National Park

Spend the whole day in the Park viewing the various birds and wildlife.    We will visit the infamous Maramagambo Forest and Kasenyi Plains in search of birdlife.

In the afternoon you will go for a boat trip along the Kazinga Channel to view the hippos, crocodiles, and birds that congregate to the river’s edge.  You will also get the opportunity to visit the Queen Elizabeth Bird Observatory which was founded in 1997 to study the patterns of migratory and resident birds.

Key species of Queen Elizabeth: African Skimmer, Black Rumped Button Quail, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Red Footed Falcon, Lesser Flamingoes, Grey Capped Warbler, White’s and Abdim’s Storks (in season), Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrowhawk, Wooly-necked and Saddle-billed Storks, Vultures and Plovers.

Overnight at Mweya safari lodge on FB

 

Day Eleven: Queen Elizabeth National Park- Kibale National Park.

Today you depart for Kibale National Forest for two nights.  The large block of rainforest is the home to over thirteen primate species including chimpanzees, red colobus, and L’Hoest monkeys.  Kibale National Forest is also home to over 355 bird species, and a range of other animal species including the elusive forest elephant.
Overnight at Kibale Guest cottages on FB

 

Day Twelve: Kibale National Park.

This morning go for an optional Chimpanzee track or birding activity.Later in the afternoon you will have the opportunity to visit Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, which is rich in bird species, vegetation, and wildlife.  This is also a great opportunity to support local tourism initiatives which benefits social and economic development in the area.

Key species of Kibale: White Collard Oliveback, Leaflove, African Broadbill, Willcock’s Honeyguide, Green Breasted Pitta, African Pitta, Grey Winged Robin, Red Winged Francolin, Joyful Greenbul, White Bellied Crested Flycatcher, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Abyssinian Ground Thrush, Red Chested Fluftail, Grey Winged Robin, White Napped pigeon, Chestnut Winged Starling.
Overnight at Kibale Guest cottages on FB

Day Thirteen: Kibale-Semiliki National Park.

You continue with your safari concludes as you head north to Semliki Valley National Park for two nights.  Based in Western Uganda, Semliki holds part of Congo’s Ityiru Forest.  With over 350 bird species being recorded, Semliki is an extraordinary birding location, drawing many wetland varieties.  Relatively new to the tourism circuit, new species are still being discovered in the reserve.  You may be lucky enough to discover one!

Driving into the park we will stop at the hot springs before continuing to the wildlife reserve to spend the evening birding en route.
Overnight at Ntoroko game lodge on FB


Day Fourteen: Semiliki National Park

Today, we will continue birding at the National Park, spending the afternoon on a boat in Lake Albert to look for wetland varieties.

Key species of Semliki: Shoebill the African Pygmy Goose, Red-necked Falcon, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Blue-breasted Bee-Eater, Black-billed Barbet, Piapiac, Leaflove and Black-chinned Quail-Finch.
Overnight at Ntoroko game lodge on FB

 

Day Fifteen: Semiliki -Entebbe

Today you depart Semliki for Entebbe, stopping en route for lunch you continue to the airport to catch your late return flight home.

Quotation: Rates start from $3,990 per person excluding the gorilla and Chimps permit.

Inquire: To inquire more about this trip, to book or to receive a personalized rate, please fill in the inquiry form below and we will be sure to get back to you asap. 

Cost inclusions:

  1. All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary
  2. All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle
  3. Park entrance fees
  4. Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide
  5. Water while on safari
  6. Bigodi swamp walk
  7. Boat trip on Kazinga and Lake Albert
  8. Mabamba forest
  9. Namugabo
  10. All airport pick-ups and drops
  11. All activities as stipulated in the itinerary
  12. All government taxes/levies

Excluded are:

  1. Gorilla permit ($600), optional activities or forest walks
  2. Chimpanzee permit
  3. Phone calls and bar bills
  4. Personal insurance
  5. Laundry
  6. Air fare
  7. All other services of a personal nature
  8. Driver guide’s gratuity

Important: Gorilla trekking is dependent on the permit availability at the time of your booking. Gorilla permits in all parks are in very high demand and we advise that you book them as early as possible.

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