On this 8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda, you will visit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in mist-covered mountains

8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda

On this 8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda, you will visit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in mist-covered mountains to trek with mountain gorillas and observe specialised birds such as the African Green Broadbill and Grauer’s Rush Warbler. Worldwide, there are less than 800 mountain gorillas. Over half of these stunning and critically endangered primates live in Uganda. As a result, trekking gorillas in Uganda is a worthwhile experience. Along with around ten other species of primates, including chimpanzees, colobus, olive baboons, and more, families of mountain gorillas dwell in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. In addition to being one of Africa’s richest forests in terms of flora and fauna, Bwindi is a great place for a vacation.

With a record of 360 bird species, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to 23 of Uganda’s 24 endemic species of the Albertine Rift, including globally threatened species like the shy Shelley’s Crimsonwing and the elusive African Green Broadbill. The other ones are the Bar-tailed Trogon, Archer’s Robin-chat, Equatorial Akalat, Rwenzori Apalis, Montane Oriole, Yellow-eyed Back Flycatcher, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed/Neumann’s Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Collared Apalis, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red-throated Alethe, Stripe-breasted Tit, and Oberlander’s/Forest Ground Thrush,  Handsome Spurfowl, Rwenzori Turaco, and Rwenzori Nightjar, among others.

Bar-tailed Trogon

Outlined Itinerary of the 8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda

Day 1: Arrival for the 8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda

Day 2: Birding Mabamba Wetlands

Day 3: Bird to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking and Birding in Buhoma Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 5: Birding Ruhija in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Day 6: Birding Mubwindi Swamps in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Day 7: Birding to Entebbe

Day 8: Departure

Detailed Itinerary of the 8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda

Day 1: Arrival for the 8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda

Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet and greet, and transfer to the Hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, we bird Entebbe Botanical Gardens, looking out for exciting species such as the Broad-billed Roller, Northern Black Flycatcher, Great Blue and Ross’s Turaco,  Gaber Goshawk, Lizard Buzzard, Great Reed Warbler, Red-chested Sunbird, Red-chested Cuckoo, Fantailed Widowbird, African Grey Parrot, Splendid Glossy Starling, the Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Red-chested, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoos, the Golden-backed and Orange Weaver, the Bat Hawk, Grey Woodpecker, Malachite, Pygmy and Giant Kingfishers, Pink-backed Pelican, Long-tailed Cormorant, Yellow-billed Duck among others. Dinner and accommodation at Jet Villas

Day 2: Birding Mabamba Wetlands

Mabamba Swamp is located 50 kilometres west of Kampala and offers amazing and rewarding birding excursions. The swamp is home to the elusive Shoebill Stork. This giant prehistoric-looking bird can be occasionally seen preying on fish. Other notable bird species to look out for include the White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, African and Lesser Jacanas, the threatened Pallid Harrier, and the Purple Gallinule, among others. While at Mabamba Wetlands, birding is done during a canoe ride. You will be transferred back to Jet Villas for dinner and overnight.

Day 3: Bird to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

We head to western Uganda for our birding excursion at Africa’s best birding spot after an early breakfast. Expect a fantastic safari because Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to a good number of nocturnal and daytime primates, as well as over half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. Along the way, keep an eye out for the various species you will encounter.

Day 4: Gorilla Trekking and Birding in Buhoma Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

You gather early in the morning at the trekking departure point for a briefing before leaving for the once-in-a-lifetime encounter with the globally endangered gentle giants. It’s possible to come across certain forest animals when trekking, such as forest hogs. You can have a self-guided birding evening around the property if the early trekking proves successful. Several Apalis Species, Equatorial Akalat, Bar-tailed Trogon, Slaty Flycatcher, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Olive-green and Grey-backed Camaroptera, Black Bee-Eater, Dusky Tit, Brown-capped Warbler, Yellow-billed and Yellow-spotted Barbets, Common Stonechat, Brown-throated and Chestnut Wattle-eyes, Grey-capped Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Green Hylia, Short-tailed Warbler, White-tailed Anti-thrush, Cape Wagtail, White-chinned Prinia, among others. Dinner and overnight at Ride for a Woman

Mountain Gorilla drinking water

Day 5: Birding Ruhija in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The adorable African Green Broadbill, Strange Weaver, Shelley’s and Dusky Crimson-wings, Striped-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Lagden and Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Handsome Spurfowl, Eastern Mountain Greenbul, Archer’s Robin-chat, Kakamega Babbler, Coloured Bush-shrike, White-browed Crombec, White-naped Raven, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Sharp’s Starling, Mountain masked and Rwenzori Apalises, and many more are our targets today in Ruhija. After a long day of birding, you will be transferred to Bakiga Lodge for Dinner and overnight.

On this 8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda, you will visit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in mist-covered mountains
Handsome Spurfowl

Day 6: Birding Mubwindi Swamps in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Birding the Mubwindi marshes all day. This activity is a bit strenuous but an extremely rewarding birding experience that should not be missed while on a Uganda birding safari. We keep an eye out for the following species: Waller’s Starling, Stulman’s Starling, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, usually known for its distinctive vocalisations, African Hill Babbler, the beautiful Regal Sunbird, the elusive African Green Broadbill, Dusky Twinspot, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Montane Oriole, Many Coloured Bush-Shrike, Bocage’s Bush-Shrike, Mountain Illadopsis, Rwenzori Nightjar, Red-headed Malimbe, Grey-headed Sparrow, Brown-capped Warbler, Black-billed Weaver, Black-necked Weaver, to name a few. After this long day, you will be transferred to Bakiga Lodge for dinner and overnight.

On this 8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda, you will visit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in mist-covered mountains
Grauer’s Swamp (Rush) Warbler

Day 7: Birding to Entebbe

After breakfast, you will be transferred back to Entebbe while birding along the way. You will all stop over at the equator monument for the bucket water experiment and lunch. Stopovers in many mashes will target the Highland Rush Warbler, White-winged Swamp Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Lesser and Greater-swamp Warbler, African Stonechat, Papyrus Canary, the roadside trees and electric wires are great habitat for the Lilac-breasted and Broad-billed Roller, Arrow-marked and Black-lored Babbler, Brown and Western Banded Snake-Eagle,  Augur Buzzard, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater and many more. You will be transferred to Papyrus Guest House for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Entebbe International Airport for departure and time allowing you will do your last birding in Uganda at the Entebbe Botanical Gardens. This marks the end of the 8-day Gorilla Trekking and Birding Safari in Uganda.

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