Shoebill Safaris

8 days Uganda birding safaris

Day 1: Arrival at Entebbe Airport
Meet your local smiling guide who will transfer you to your hotel. Early arrivals will be welcomed by an afternoon birding orientation at Entebbe Botanical gardens. Watch out for the Brown throated waver, golden backed weaver, yellow backed weaver, grey headed gull, long tailed cormorant, common squacco heron, yellow billed duck, pied kingfisher, giant kingfisher, swamp flycatcher, broad billed roller, black and white casqued hornbill, splendid glossy starling, black headed gonolek, orange weaver, red chested sunbird, slender billed weaver, Ross’s turaco, pied hornbill, crowned hornbill, open billed stork, great red warbler, sedge warbler, grey caped warbler and many other species.
Dinner and overnight at Imperial Botanical Hotel.Day 2: Entebbe

Early morning birding Lincoln trail. This has over 170 species that have so far been recorded. Interested birders may record over 110 species in a day. So far the local bird guides have recommended this trail as the best spot nearest to Kampala. Watch out for white-headed barbet, red headed lovebird, double toothed barbet, brown twin spot, tambourine dove, black-headed bush shrike, scaly francolin, tropical boubou, and other various species. Dinner and overnight at Imperial Botanical Hotel.

Day 3: Mabamba Wetland
After an early breakfast drive to Mabamba Important Bird Area with packed lunch. Mabamba is the closest and best spot to watch the majestic African shoebill in the wild. Stop over in Mpigi Swamp for papyrus rarities. Watch out for the usual papyrus gonolek, white winged warbler, yellow backed weaver, northern brown-throated weaver and blue-headed coucal. Proceed to Mabamba wetland. Most of the birding is done on the canoe. Look out for the majestic shy shoebill stork both in the sky exploring the heights and down in the marshy swamp, Watch out closely for the swamp flycatcher, purple swamp hen, African water rail, common moorhen, lesser jacana, African jacana, African pygmy goose, white faced whistling duck, squacco heron, blue breasted bee-eater, winding cistcola, goliath heron, black crake and many more.
Imperial Botanical Hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4: Transfer from Entebbe to Queen Elizabeth NP
After an early breakfast depart Queen Elizabeth National Park as you bird enroute. Stop over in Mbarara for lunch. Over 640 bird species have been recorded in QNP. Keen birders may be interested to know that a single day’s record can yield to 300 species out of 604 in the Park, one of the highest in the whole world. Key species seen here include, pelicans, skimmers, kingfishers, thick-knees, storks, martins, swallows, weavers, raptors, canaries, kites and grassland specialties. Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth NP
Early morning birding on the open savanna. Return to the hotel for lunch, relax and chart the break away or if you wish you may have a short dip in the luxurious swimming pool. Afternoon enjoy birding along Kazinga channel on boat. Kazinga channel joins Lake Edward and Lake George, which gives it a wonderful site in a lovely environment with its various beautiful water birds along the channel.
Dinner and overnight at Mweya Safari Lodge.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth to Lake Mburo National Park
After an early breakfast, birding around the peninsular is productive. Check out at 10:00am for Lake Mburo National Park. Your drive is punctuated with several stopovers to catch up with the barefaced go away bird, crowned plover, wattled lapwing, southern red bishop, varied sunbird, African harrier hawk, larks and many more species. Enjoy the free songs of the morning dove, deidrick cuckoo, grey-capped warbler and black-headed weaver. Park. Dinner and overnight at Mantana Luxury tented camp.

Day 7: Lake Mburo National Park.
Leave at dawn to get the African fin foot at Lake Mburo before it disappears into the papyrus beds floating on the Lake. Look out for the brown chested lapwing, lilac breasted roller, black bellied bustard, helmet guinea fowl, coqui francolin, rufous napped lark, vultures, eagles, kites and many more. Depart for Kampala in time for shopping and transfer to Entebbe after. Imperial Botanical Hotel for Dinner and overnight stay.

Day 8:Departure.