shoebill in mabamba
7 Days


This Birding and Nature Safari is one of the Uganda birding safaris that provide you with a mix of forest, savannah and aquatic bird species. The tour starts with birding Mabamba swamp and proceeds to Queen Elizabeth National Park then finally ending with Kibale Forest National Park.

Mabamba swamp provides a large variety of bird species that include African water or swamp bird species.

Queen Elizabeth National Park on the other hand is home to over 600 bird species. This is the greatest of any East African national park, and a phenomenal number for such a small area. The park’s confluence of savanna and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo allow visitors to spot East as well as Central African bird species.

Kibale Forest National Park is the only place in Uganda with Cassin’s spinetail, Masked apalis, Blue-headed bee-eater and Nahan’s francolin. In total, Kibale National Park has 370 species inclusive of forest specials, like African pitta. Another best area in Kibale Forest National Park for bird watching is Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, a community owned swamp where rewarding nature walks abound. The two hours experience is a first class ticket to seeing more than 100 species of birds.


Day 1
Entebbe / Kampala - Mabamba - Queen Elizabeth National Park

Very early in the morning, you will set off to bird Mabamba Swamp in Mpigi. The swamp provides a large variety of bird species with African water or swamp bird species like shoebill stork, pink-barked pelican, long-tailed cormorant, saddle-billed stork and marabours and others.

Thereafter, we will drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park through Mbarara-Kasese Road with a stop at the equator. Bird your way as you enter the park heading to your accommodation for dinner and an evening rest.

Day 2
In Queen Elizabeth National Park

Start your day with a game drive in the Kasenyi plains for more wildlife experience with savannah-bound bird species in areas surrounding salt lakes like Lake Katwe, Bunyampaka among others. On the game drive, you will also see bird species like Guinea fowls, the black bee-eater, Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African Wattled Plover, Crowned Plover, Senegal Plover, Kittlitz’s Plover, Rufous napped Lark, Flappet Lark, White-tailed Lark, Brown-backed Srub-Robin, Black-crowned Tchagra,  among others. Animals that you will encounter include elephants, Kobs, buffalos among others.

In the afternoon, we will go for a boat cruise on Kazinga Channel that is a home to different bird species including the pied kingfisher, African fish eagle, cormorants among others.

Day 3
In Queen Elizabeth National Park

We will spend the day birding in the Maramagambo forest. Notable birds to look out for include, Little Grebe, African Finfoot, Red-chested Cuckoo, Black Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Yellowbill, Black Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Black Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller, Barbets, Red-throated Wryneck to mention but a few.

Day 4
Queen Elizabeth to Kibale Forest National Park

You will go for a morning bird watching in Kyambura Gorge and the surrounding areas. Some of the bird species to look out for include the Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle. Later in the afternoon, transfer to Kibale Forest National Park and check in to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5
In Kibale Forest National Park

Start the day with an early morning walk viewing birds in Kibale Forest known to have over 320 recorded bird species including the Green-breasted pitta, African pitta, Abyssinian ground thrush, Crowned eagle, Dusky crimson wing, Black-capped apalis, Collared apalis, Purple-breasted sunbird, Black bee-eater, Yellow spotted nicator, Little greenbul, Black-eared ground thrush, Brown-chested alethe, Yellow-rumped tinker bird, Blue-breasted kingfisher. In Kibale Forest, there is also an opportunity for you to see chimpanzees in their natural habitat as well as many other species of primates. Kibale Forest contains the largest number of primates in Africa.

Day 6
In Kibale Forest National Park

Today, you will spend the day birding in Kibale Forest and the surrounding areas including the Bigodi swamp. Whilst birding Bigodi swamp trails, you can see the great blue turaco, hornbill, waxbill, weaver, cuckoos, kingfisher, flycatcher and many other species. You will also go birding around the crater lakes before returning to the lodge for a rest.

Day 7
Kibale to Kampala / Entebbe / Departure

Today, you will depart your lodge for birding in the Sebitoli area along Mubende – Fort Portal road on your way back to Kampala / Entebbe. Arrival in the late afternoon with drop off at your residence or at the airport if having an onward journey.