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 Feb 2023 : Bulago Island, Mabamba Wet land, Lake Mburo, Kibale Forest NP, Murchison Falls National Park and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and UWEC
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!
Bulago Island, Mabamba Wet land, Lake Mburo, Kibale Forest NP, Murchison Falls National Park and Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and UWEC
Day 1: Feb 11th, 2023: Arrival at Entebbe Airport
All guests will be collected and driven to Airport Link Guest House (B&B)
Day 2: Feb 12th, 2023: Bulago Island, Pineapple Bay (Full Board)
Following an early breakfast, we will be transported to Entebbe harbour where we will be met by boat and whisked to Bulago Island and where we will stay on this quiet and remote island. This is a bird watching paradise and you will drift to sleep listening to the Grey Parrots who roost in the trees close to the lodge
Day 3 Feb 13th, 2023: Bulago Island, Pineapple Bay (Full Board)
Today you may wish to rise with the sun coming up over Lake Victoria, followed by looking for and observing the Grey Parrot, Pied King Fisher, Fish Eagle and many more besides. Sunset is best viewed by a short walk to the highest peak. Relax as you watch hundreds of Yellow Billed Kites circle the hilltop before they roost for the night. Watch the Grey Parrots fly to their roosting trees or away from the island - returning in the morning
Day 4: Feb 14th, 2023: Morning on Bulago
Spend the morning bird watching or relaxing, before being transferred back to Entebbe to meet our Guides at 3:00pm, where we will then transfer to Nkima Forest Lodge (Full Board)
Day 5: Feb 15th, 2023: Mabamba Wetland Tour Then Transfer to Lake Mburo.
An early breakfast, after which we will proceed to Mabamba Wetlands and where we will travel via a motorized boat to look for the mighty Shoebill and other birds like the Long-tailed Cormorant, Squacco Heron, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Long Toed Plover, Blue-Headed Coucal, Blue-Breasted Bee-Eater. While on this boat ride you will have spectacular landscape scenic views complemented by a cool breeze from the mighty Lake Victoria
After lunch we transfer to Lake Mburo National Park just in time for an evening game drive. Look out for mammals including the gorgeous Zebras and Giraffes plus several antelope species.
Dinner and Overnight at Rwakobo Rock (Full Board)
Day 6: Feb 16th, 2023: Game drive and Boat trip
This park has varied habitats from open Acacia woodlands to a number of papyrus-lined lakes
and Swamps that are home to lots of wildlife.
After breakfast, we head out for a safari/game drive looking out for the incredible Eland, Zebra, Impala, Buffalo, Reedbuck, Topi, Waterbuck Bushbuck, Hippos, Oribi, Bush-Duiker, among others, before making our way back in time for lunch.
In the afternoon, we will enjoy a magical boat ride on Lake Mburo itself, one of the few lakes surrounded by a National Park. Enjoy a beautiful sunset while on this boat ride as you view the Hippos, Buffalos and lots of water birds. Dinner and overnight at Rwakobo Rock (full Board)
Day 7: Feb 17th, 2023: Transfer to Kibale Forest Area
Today we transfer to Kibale Forest area, stopping for anything exciting along the way, including an activity at a known Grey Parrot nest and flock area.
This drive will mainly take us through farmland and cattle ranches, plus scenic views of the various crater lakes in the western region.
As we approach our accommodation, look out for primates like Olive Baboons by the road side, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Grey Cheeked Mangabeys, to mention but a few. We will arrive in time to see the Grey Parrots who frequent this area.
Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Lodge (full board)
Day 8: Feb 18th 2023: AM Chimp Trekking and PM Bigodi Nature Walk
If tracking chimpanzees, you will be driven to Kanyanchu Visitors Centre where you will be briefed before heading out to look for your distant cousins (Chimpanzees). This could be an hour’s walk through the magnificent forest depending on where the Chimpanzees are, so having enough water and a snack is paramount.
In the afternoon, a nature walk awaits at Bigodi Swamp where we will see Red Colobus Monkeys, Black and white Colobus Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, and L’Hoest’s Monkeys, several bird species and plant life.
We will then return to the lodge to wait for the Greys to come to the palm tree, enjoy dinner together before retiring to our rooms for a night. Dinner and overnight at Chimpanzee Forest Lodge (Full Board)
Day 9: Feb 19th, 2023: Transfer to Murchison Falls National Park and Evening Game Drive
Today we transfer to Murchison Falls National park driving through kyenjojo, Hoima, and Masindi town. This is a long drive so we will make several stopovers to stretch our legs, arriving at our destination in the late afternoon.
On the way to the lodge we will have a mini evening game drive which will introduce you to the wildlife in Uganda’s largest National park.
Dinner and overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge (Full Board)
Day 10: Feb 20th, 2023: Game drive and Boat Launch to The Bottom of the Falls
Murchison Falls National park offers one of the best game drives in Africa!
We will have breakfast and then head out in search of various wildlife including mammals, birds, and reptiles. Expect to see mammals like the graceful Rothschild Giraffe, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Uganda Kob, Bushbuck, Defassa Waterbuck, Buffaloes, Elephants, Warthogs, Oribis - and when lucky - Leopards and Lions, among others. We will enjoy lunch at the lodge before our magical 3 hour boat ride to the bottom of the Murchison Mighty Falls from which you will also see hundreds of hippos, crocodiles and more bird life including beautiful Saddle-billed Storks, African Darter, African Fish Eagle, to mention but a few. Dinner and overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge (Full Board)
Day 11: Feb 21st, 2023: AM Game Drive and PM Delta Boat Ride
Today we will embark on a morning game drive, enjoy lunch together before embarking onto a boat for the River Nile Excursion to the Delta where you will have more views of water birds, mammals and spectacular vegetation cover and landscapes of Murchison falls National Park. If you are lucky you may see the Shoebill and the mighty Goliath Heron Dinner and overnight at Pakuba Safari Lodge (Full Board)
Day 12: Feb 22nd, 2023: Morning and Evening Game Drive
Whole day game drive in Murchison.
Day 13: Feb 23rd, 2023: Drive to Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary and Rhino Tracking
After breakfast, we embark on the drive to the Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary, arriving in time for lunch followed by tracking the White Rhinos, which is 1 to 2 hours walk in the diverse sanctuary vegetation. Presently the sanctuary is home to thirty-two (32) southern white rhinos and the sanctuary has become increasingly popular for Rhino Trekking, Shoebill Trek and Canoe Ride, Bird Watching, Night Walk, Nature Walk and Relaxation. Dinner and Overnight at Amuka Lodge (Full Board)
Day 13: Feb 24th 2023: Transfer to Entebbe
Today we will have breakfast at leisure then transfer to Entebbe for an overnight stay.
Day 14: Feb 25th, 2023: Behind the Scenes at UWEC, lunch then transfer to Entebbe International Airport in time for your Departure flight home
This is a two-hour educational adventure that offers a special inside look and interesting information about how we take care of our residents (animals and birds). You will have a close up and personal encounter with the lions, elephants plus many more wonders you have perhaps never imagined meeting. This is a very special experience, as we may have access to the Grey Parrots who are victims of poaching, as well as being allowed up close to the resident Shoebill.
Cost of Safari based on two people sharing a double /twin room (12 Days Wildlife Safari)
$4,660 USD per person sharing double or twin rooms
Single Room Supplement: $491 USD
Deposit to secure space $1,500 plus fee for chimpanzee permit