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7-Day Birding Checklist Murchison Fall Royal Mile

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Overview

We take you on a birding experience to North western Uganda to hunt for the north west species endemics and also enjoy the big 5 experience. On this safari we stand chances of seeing birds like the forest species, savanna species, water birds and also enjoy the big 5 animals of Africa.

Itinerary

Arrival

  • You’ll be collected from the airport.
  • Accommodation before the tour starts can be arranged for an extra cost.

Day 1

On your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, the Safaricare team shall pick you up and give you a brief about Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.

We shall have an early breakfast before we drive out for Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary, we shall keep making bird watching stops along the way for some rear species of the region. On arrival at Zziwa we shall rest at the lodge and as the heat of the day begins to dissipate, you will go for your rhino trek. You’ll spend around 2 hours walking to and watching the rhinos. Although guarded 24/7, the rhinos live as wild and this is a unique opportunity to spend some time with these giants while supporting their reintroduction to the wild in Uganda. After your rhino trek you will go on a dusk birding walk. With over 300 species of woodland, savannah and wetland species on the sanctuary you are sure to be satisfied. Dinner will be served in the peaceful environs of the lodge.

Main Destination:

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary (Rhino Sanctuary)

Accommodation:

Zziwa Rhino Lodge

  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

 Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included

 Day 2

Early Morning Bird watching and Transfer to Masindi Town

A very early rise to the day as we head out into the sanctuary’s wetlands on foot and by canoe in search of the shoebill and other water species of the Zziwa wetland. The chances of sightings here are very good and we hope to be able to spend some quality time watching these incredible birds. Late in the afternoon you will have a hot lunch at the lodge before transferring to Masindi and your hotel for the night.

Main Destination:

Masindi (Town)

Accommodation:

New Court View Hotel

  • Budget guest house located in or near Masindi

Meals & Drinks:

  • Lunch & dinner (Breakfast not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 3

Off early through the thick forest to the famous “Royal Mile”where our expert guides will help you search out for different forest bird species like hornbills, kingfishers, rollers, woodpeckers, barbets, spinetails, sunbirds and much much more. We’ll then continue along the scenic route close to Lake Albert to your lodge in time for lunch. You will have the option of a guided birding walk around the lodges grounds and/or a short evening birding. On the banks of the Nile, situated in woodland but adjacent to farmland, your lodge is home to a great many bird species including flycatchers, weavers, sunbirds, kingfishers, kestrels, owls, hornbills and more.

Main Destination:

Budongo Forest (Chimps)

Accommodation:

Budongo Eco Lodge

  • Budget lodge located inside Budongo Forest

Meals & Drinks:

  • Dinner (Breakfast & lunch not included)
  • Drinks not included

Day 4

Your scheduled boat will collect you from the front of the lodge shortly after dawn and you will head downstream to the “delta” of the river in search of shoebill. Although harder to find here given the wide expanse they have, there is still a good chance of seeing them and of course a great deal more along the way. You will return to your lodge for lunch and have the afternoon to explore the area or again, go on a short evening game drive.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

Accommodation:

Budongo Eco Lodge

  • Budget lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included

 Day 5

 An early wake up and full breakfast before heading to Paraa to cross the Nile for our morning game drive in search of lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hyena, hartebeest and more. We will spend around 4 hours driving around the rolling savannah, riverine forest and marshland of the northern section of Murchison Falls NP before returning to Paraa. After lunch back at your lodge we’ll take the scheduled cruise to Murchison Falls with abundant waterbirds on view and then walk to the top of the falls where your driver will be waiting for you to take you on to your lodge for dinner.

Main Destination:

Murchison Falls National Park

 Accommodation:

Paraa Safari Lodge

  • Luxury lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included

Day 6

We shall have an early rise to transfer from the park to entebbe at our lodge Via Via for a hot lunch. We shall have our early breakfast at around 7:30 am and then travel for about 3-4 hours and then we can relax and enjoy the shore birds at our lodge as we enjoy our meals.

Main Destination:

Entebbe (City)

Accommodation:

ViaVia Uganda Entebbe

  • Budget guest house located in or near Entebbe

Meals & Drinks:

  • All meals included
  • Drinks not included

Day 7

We shall have an early rise depending on our departure time at the airport. We shall have a great bird watching at the Entebbe botanical gardens. Here we stand chances of seeing the orange weaver and other bird species before we end our trip. Our guide will help us with the transfer to the airport once its a few hours for our departure from Uganda back home.

Main Destination:

Entebbe International Airport (Airport/Airstrip)

Accommodation:

No accommodation (End of tour)

Meals & Drinks:

  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Drinks not included

Inclusions

Included

  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)

Excluded

  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Some meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinks