4 Days Lake Mburo Birding Safari: This short Ugandan birdwatching safari takes you to one of Uganda’s top birding destinations

4 Days Lake Mburo Birding Safari

4 Days Lake Mburo Birding Safari: This short Ugandan birding safari takes you to one of Uganda’s top birding destinations with a diverse range of birdlife, including the famous threatened Shoebill Stork. Destinations include Mabamba wetland, famous for the rare Shoebill Stork; Entebbe Botanical Gardens, known for unique migratory, water, and forest birds, Lake Mburo National Park, a hidden gem with both savannah and water birds such as Crested Francolin, Black-billed Barbet, Handsome Spurfowl (Francolin), White-winged Warblers, and Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, among others. The park will expose you to several mammals, as it is ranked to have the highest population of Zebras, Impalas, Giraffes as well as other animals like Elands, Topis, oribis and others.

This 4-day Lake Mburo Birding Safari will take you to Lake Mburo National Park, one of the best places in Uganda for a birding safari with a wide variety of wildlife and bird species. This park, which is the closest to Kampala, is an absolute treasure for birdwatchers. It is a beautiful place to watch birds. Discover the savannah, lakes, acacia trees, rolling hills, and marshes—all of which provide the perfect habitat for a variety of bird species. More than 313 different bird species have been identified in this park, including Shoebill storks and Crested Francolins.

The best areas to go bird watching in Lake Mburo National Park are the marshy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, as well as the roadsides between Rwonyo camp and the jetty. In addition, the salt lick, Miriti Valley, and Rubanga Forest all have excellent observation platforms. Observed species at these locations include Rufous-bellied Heron, Black-bellied Bustard, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Brown-chested Lapwing, Red-headed Lovebird, Ross’s Turaco, Bare-faced Go-away-bird, Green Wood-hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, White-headed Barbet, Red-faced Barbet, Nubian Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Long-tailed Cisticola, Yellow-breasted Apalis, White-winged Tit, and African Finfoot.

Safari Highlights of the 

  • Day 1: Birding Entebbe Botanical Gardens
  • Day 2: Birding Mabamba and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 3: Birding Lake Mburo National Park
  • Day 4: Birding Lake Mburo National Park and Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and bird the Entebbe Botanical Gardens

On arrival at Entebbe Botanical Gardens, our representative from Journeys Uganda will welcome you and then take you to your hotel for check-in. Depending on arrival, you will be transferred to Entebbe Botanical Gardens, a famous habitat for a diverse range of Unique bird species such as the Great Blue Turaco, African Grey Parrot, Ross’s Turaco,  Lizard Buzzard, Pale-throated Leaf Love, Gaber Goshawk, Tambourine and Blue-spotted Wood-Dove Congo Pied and Crowned Hornbill, Broad-billed Roller, Great Reed Warbler, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, Orange and Golden-backed Weaver, Sedge and Grey-capped Warbler, Bat Hawk, Superb Sunbird, African Fish Eagle and the Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Red-chested and Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Green Hylia, Little Greenbul, Green Crombec, Northern Black Flycatcher, Meyer’s Parrot, Splendid Glossy Starling, Pink-backed Pelican, Hooded Vulture, Wahlberg’s Eagle, African Harrier Hawk, Double-toothed barbet among others. Dinner and overnight at Papyrus Guest House.

DAY 2: Biding to Mabamba and Transfer to Lake Mburo

On the second day of our 4-day birdwatching tour in Uganda, we will depart for Mabamba Wetlands, which is located roughly 50 km west of Kampala, the country’s capital, after an early breakfast. It is a marshy and papyrus swamp that stretches along Lake Victoria shores through a narrow bay. A canoe will be used to see several bird species, like the globally threatened and highly sought-after Shoebill Stork, which has an appearance reminiscent of a prehistoric bird, African Water Rail, Spur-winged and African Pygmy Goose, African and Lesser Jacana, Fantailed Widowbird, Long-toed Lapwing, Carruther’s Cisticola, Winding Cisticola, Yellow-billed and White-faced Whistling Duck, and Goliath Heron. After that, we will head to Lake Mburo National Park, making several stops for birdwatching and refreshments, such as along the way at the Equator.

Upon reaching Lake Mburo National Park, we shall have an afternoon game and birding drive. Keep an eye out for savannah birds such as the Saddle-billed Stork, Red-naked Spurfowl (Francolin), Black-collared and Red-faced Barbet, Long-tailed Cisticola, Green Sandpiper, Rufous-bellied Heron, Coqui Francolin, Black-bellied Bustard, African-white Backed and White-headed Vulture, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Emerald-spotted Wood-Dove, White-browed Coucal, Lilac-breasted Roller, Glossy Ibis, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Green-capped Eremomela, African Penduline-Tit and the Brown-chested Lapwing. Before dark, look out for the Striped Pipit then dinner and stay overnight at Rwakobo Rock.

DAY 3: Full-Day Birding in Lake Mburo National Park

After getting our breakfast, we begin the day with an early morning game and birding drive along the park trails in search for bird species. This increases our chances of seeing mammals like Zebras, Cape Buffaloes, Giraffes, Impalas, Elands, Bushbucks, Topis, and many others. While birding, we concentrate on looking for species like the rather local Green-capped Eremomela, Red-faced Barbet, Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, Bare-faced Go-away bird, Green-winged Pytilia, Coqui Francolin, the very attractive Brown Chested Lapwing, Tabora Cisticola, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Black Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Buff Bellied Warbler, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Black-faced Waxbill, Red-headed Weaver, Orange-breasted Bush-shrike, Red-billed Wood Hoopoe, and additional birds connected to acacias, In the afternoon, we take a boat ride to look for the African Finfoot, Rufous-bellied Heron, African Jacana, Giant Kingfisher, White-backed and Black-Crowned Night Heron, Goliath, and Striated Herons, among others. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight stay. En route towards the dark, look out for Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Black-shouldered, Pennant-winged, Freckled, and Square-tailed Nightjar.

DAY 4: Birding Lake Mburo National Park and-Transfer to Entebbe Airport

On our 4 Days Lake Mburo Birding Safari, have your early morning breakfast. We shall have a morning nature walk along the park trails with an armed ranger guide as you explore the hidden gem of the park. This will draw you close to nature, including wildlife and bird species such as Zebras, Buffaloes, Impalas, Topis, Elands, Oribis, and several bird species like Tabora Cisticola, Red-headed Weaver, Red-faced Barbet, Giant Kingfisher, Coqui Francolin, Bare-faced Go Away Bird, Green-capped Eremomela, Brown Chested Plover, Lesser Blue-eared Starling, Buff Bellied Warbler, Black-shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, Orange (Sulpher)-Breasted Bush-shrike, Green Wood-hoopoe, Bearded Woodpecker, Lilac-breasted Roller and more acacia-associated birds, among others. After transfer back to Entebbe while birding en route in search of the Papyrus Gonolek, Breasted Bush-shrike, Red-headed Weaver, and others.

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