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4 Days Murchison Falls Birding Trip

Plan a 4 Days birding trip with Journeys Uganda to Murchison Falls National Park, one of Uganda’s most well-liked areas for game viewing and birdwatching. Take nature walks, wildlife drives, and launch trips along the Nile to see the birds in this incredible park. This will present you with the chance to see various bird species. The protected area is home to about 650 bird species, which are categorised into three main groups: water birds, Savannah Forest birds, and Albertine endemics. Marabou storks, ground hornbills, secretary birds, black-bellied bustards, widow birds, Open-billed storks, wheatears, bishops, and weavers are among the most common large birds seen in the plains.

The most common bird species are the black bee-eater, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, woodland Kingfisher, francolins, hornbills, grey heron, Hamerkop, doves, mousebirds, shrikes, flycatchers, cuckoos, coucals, woodpeckers, crombecs, and warblers closer to the river where there are more thickets and woodlands. There are also plovers, ducks, geese, and stilts in the vicinity of the river.

Day 1: Birding from Kampala to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

The Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, located approximately 176 kilometres from Kampala, is a hub for other fascinating activities, including bird watching, and is not just focused on rhinos. An early transfer is recommended. At Lugogo Swamp, the sanctuary is home to approximately 300 different bird species, including the highly sought-after Shoebill. With many resident bird species from the Savannah, Swamp, and Woodland regions, you will have an exciting experience at the sanctuary. A variety of other birds can be observed, such as the Pallid Harrier, Nubian Woodpecker, Namaqua Dove, Red-headed Bluebill, Red-headed Malimbe, Grey-crowned Crane, Grey Kestrel, Heuglin’s Francolin, Red-headed Bluebill, and Shoebill.

After we shall transfer to Masindi, where we shall spend our night passing through undulating grasslands and mosaic woodland as we drive looking out for birds like the White-crested Turaco, Bronze-tailed Starling, lesser Blue and Great Blue Eared Starlings, Black, Yellow Mantled and Black Winged Bishops, White Headed Barbet, Cardinal and Nubian Woodpecker, Lesser and Greater Honeyguide, Grey Capped Warbler, White Shouldered Tit, Brown Throated Wattle Eye, Brown Twin-spot, Eastern and Dark Chanting Goshawk, Banded Snake Eagle, Broad Billed Roller, Lizard Buzzard, Shikra, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Lesser Striped, Angola, and Barn Swallow. After, you will have dinner at the Masindi Hotel and stay overnight.

Day 2: Birding Budongo-Royal Mile and Transfer to Northern Murchison

Leave early to go birdwatching in the neighbouring Budongo Forest during your booked 4 Days Murchison Falls Birding Trip. The Royal Mile is a genuinely amazing route with a towering forest canopy above you. The forest has a well-maintained trail system. lurk birds such as the Nahan’s Francolin, the very noisy White-thighed Hornbill, the elegant Cassin’s and Sabine’s Spinetail, the Blue-throated Roller, the Yellow-browed Camaroptera, the Forest Flycatcher, the Chestnut-capped Flycatcher, Ituri Batis, the Lemon Bellied Crombec, Tit Hylia, the Uganda Woodland Warbler, the Forest Robin, Yellow-billed Stork, Grey Throated, Hairy-breasted, and Yellow-spotted Barbet, Great Blue, and Black-billed Turaco.

Other spectacular forest birds to be spotted include the Slender-billed, White-Throated, Black-capped Apalis, Little Grey and Little Greenbul, Red-tailed Bristlebill, and Cuckoo. Seek out the Colobus monkeys, both black and white and Red-Tailed monkeys. The chimps cross the route on fortunate days. Two nights of dinner and sleep at Nile Safari Camp.

Day 3: Birding Northern Murchison Falls National Park

The boat rides to the base of the falls and our game drive through the delta, where we occasionally get to see the Shoebill Stork, will definitely be the highlights of the trip. Other animals that may be seen are the Rothschild’s giraffe, Cape Buffalo, elephant, waterbuck, and many more. Other birds that can be seen include the red-throated and Northern Pine Bee-eater. The Senegal Thick-knee, African Open-billed, Saddle-billed, Grey-Headed, Malachite, Pygmy, and Striped Kingfishers, Hauglins Francolin, Senegal Thick-knee, and Rock Pratincole are some other species to watch out for.

Day 4: Birding to Kampala

During the game drive, some of the unique birds we look out for are the enormous Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Swallow-tailed, Little Bee-eaters, Abyssinian Rollers, Black Winged and Northern Red Bishops, Chestnut Crowned and the White Browed Sparrow Weaver, Northern Crombec, Namaqua, African Morning, Ring Necked, Red Eyed Dove, and Heuglin’s Francolins. The Patas Monkey is the primate to be cautious of these days. It is a beautiful day for a night drive, and you should try to spot some nocturnal wildlife and birds.

During our transfer to Kampala, we will stop at the top of the falls to take in the breathtaking scenery and breathtaking views of the lovely falls that cascade down. where a strong waterfall plunges into the Nile Delta through a 7-metre-wide gorge and 45 metres downstream into the Nile Delta. After that amazing experience at the top of the falls, proceed to Kampala or Entebbe while on the way, keeping an eye out for any wildlife we may have missed and exploring some of your guide’s more well-kept secrets.

End of 4 Days Murchison Falls Birding Trip