Join us in Uganda— a land of varied landscapes—from mountains, lakes, rivers, and rain forests to the Central African Rift Valley; and let the landscape, fauna, and the lovely people of Uganda steal your heart!
The people of Uganda are known for their hospitality, and here you can sip the rich, creamy coffee beneath olive, mango and passion fruit trees. At the same time, you will enjoy the opportunity of viewing many of Uganda’s 1061 species of birds including the Grey parrot. Our extremely knowledgeable guide is a master bird spotter who knows and mimics the calls of an extraordinary number of them.
Next Excursion May 2020 : MABAMBA WETLANDS, SSESE ISLANDS, QUEEN ELIZABETH, LAKE MBURO AND KIBALE FOREST NATIONAL PARKS 2020
We have visited Uganda several times and have stayed in all levels of accommodation. For this trip, we have selected lovely, modest places that are very clean, comfortable, have friendly staff, serve quality food and provide close proximity to allow viewing of wildlife- - particularly the wild Grey parrots.
While the primary focus of this journey is to observe the Grey parrot, we have included other exciting excursions to provide a well-rounded experience of this magnificent country. Join us for the journey of a lifetime!
(*Built in to the trip’s cost is a $100 donation to the World Parrot Trust for their efforts in protecting the Grey parrot.)
Day 1: May 27th 2020: Arrival
Arrive at Entebbe International Airport, meet & greet by your guide and proceed to accommodation about 10 minutes away. Entebbe is situated on the shores of Lake Victoria, the world’s second largest fresh water lake at almost 69,000 square miles. Overnight at hotel in Entebbe (Bed and Breakfast)
Day 2: May 28th 2020: Bird Mabamba Swamp
Early breakfast and with packed lunch, proceed to Mabamba Wetlands where you will be driven in a motorized boat through the swamp, looking for the mighty Shoebill and other birds like Pink-backed Pelican, Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Long-toed Plover, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Bee-eater etc. Bird your way back to Entebbe looking out for birds like African open billed Stork, Grey Kestrel, African Green Pigeon, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Red-headed Lovebird, Swifts, Sunbirds, Weavers, Finches among others. Overnight at Nkima Forest Lodge (Full board).
Day 3: May 29th 2020: Drive to Lake Mburo National Park
Lake Mburu National Park is home to a large variety of birds and mammals including zebra and the unique Rothschild giraffe. Take an afternoon game drive or opt to participate in a walking safari before sitting down to a wonderful meal. Overnight at Rwakobo Rock (Full Board).
Day 4: May 30th 2020: Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
After breakfast and a final game drive, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park with a lunch stop. The park, which is named after Queen Elizabeth who visited it in 1954, is the second largest national park in Uganda, and ranks highest with respect to overall diversity, with a bird species list exceeding 600. The park has a mosaic of habitats from moist forest at Imaramagambo to wild savannah - excellent for Lions, Leopards, Elephants, Hyenas, Ugandan Kobs, Baboons, Giant Hogs, and Warthog among others. Dinner and Overnight at Park View Safari Lodge. (Full Board)
Day 5: May 31st: Queen Elizabeth National Park
Breakfast and with packed lunches, set off for a safari/birding. In the afternoon go for the boat trip on the Kazinga Channel, to see a variety of wildlife, hundreds of hippos, crocodile and bird life from a boat for two hours. Look out for mammals like Uganda Kob, Bushbuck, Defassa Water buck, Buffaloes, Hippos, and when lucky, Elephants. Full day of game drives to locate and observe every animal and bird possible! Dinner and Overnight at Park View Safari Lodge. (Full Board)
Day 6: June 1st 2020: Transfer to Kibale National Park
After breakfast, head towards Kibale Forest National Park driving along the foothills of the Rwenzori Mountains crossing the Equator. Look out for birds like White spotted Flufftail, Yellow-billed Barbet, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-billed Turaco, Kingfishers, Lesser Striped Swallow, Cisiticolas, Shrikes, Starlings, Widowbirds among other birds. Dinner and Overnight at Chimpanzee Guest House (Full Board).
Day 7: June 2nd 2020: Bird Around Accommodation or Chimpanzee Tracking
Breakfast as we wait for the Greys to come to the palm tree next to the dining area. For those interested in chimpanzee trekking, we will head to Kanyanchu in time for briefing and grouping before heading out for the walk coming back in time for a hot shower and lunch. After lunch you may wish to walk the boardwalks of Bigodi Swamp where you will see many species of birds and monkeys or opt for a butterfly walk with a master guide. Dinner and overnight Chimpanzee Guest House (Full Board)
Day 8: June 3rd 2020: Ferry Launch
After an early breakfast, make the long drive southeast to the ferry. After crossing with the ferry, continue with the drive to hotel. Check in and head to Enkusu Village to look for Greys. Return in time for a shower, dinner and putting your ribs down. Dinner and overnight at Hotel (Full Board).
Day 9: June 4th 2020: Bird the Island
Enjoy an early breakfast, and then to drive to Enkusu Village where we will look for a wild Grey community as they meet, drink, and make merry. Enkusu is the common name used by Ugandans for the Grey parrot. The village is an area on one of the islands where Elaine, Lori, and our guide Johnny have spent hours observing the wild Greys. After lunch we will head back to the forest when the sun is setting in search for the Greys. Dinner and overnight at Hotel (Full Board).
Day 10: June 5th 2020: Departure
Say ‘Good-bye” to the Greys and take the early morning ferry. Arrive Entebbe International Airport in time for your departure flight.
Cost of Safari based on two people sharing a Double/ Twin:
USD $3,375 per person for double occupancy. To reserve a space on this trip, a $1000 non-refundable deposit is required. The balance must be paid in full by March 15, 2020.
Single supplement: $395
**It is customary to tip your guide at the close of the trip. Suggested tip: $200/pp
**Included in the cost of the trip is a donation to the World Parrot Trust to be used in their efforts in Africa to address the needs of Grey parrots in the wild, and to nature education programs for the youth of the Ssese Islands.