8 days birding and gorilla tour to Bwindi forest National Park

This 8 day birding tour in Uganda takes you to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which is the number one birding hotspot in Africa, according to the African Bird Club. Bwindi National Park lies with the Albertine Rift Valley and protects a mountain forest that is rich in Albertine rift endemic birds and several forest specials. It harbors 24 Albertine rift endemic birds out of the 25 found in Uganda.

Bwindi National Park is famous for the mountain gorillas which are also endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley. And, a trip to the Bwindi is not complete without doing the famous gorilla trekking adventure to see these remarkable apes.

On this Uganda birding trip to Bwindi you will stop over at Lake Mburo National Park for a birding safari in this smallest savanna park in Uganda that will provide a number of savanna birds plus great game sightings.

Tour Itinerary:

Day 1 – Drive from Kampala to Lake Mburo National Park

You will be picked by your bird guide/driver at 7am and drive to Lake Mburo National Park. Lake Mburo National Park is the smallest of the Uganda’s savanna parks but is endowed with beautiful scenery and a lot of birds and wildlife.

The drive from Kampala or Entebbe to the Lake Mburo National Park is about 3 hours long. On arrival you will you will check into your lodge and after settling in and having lunch you will go for a drive in the park to begin your birding.

Optional activity: night safari for nocturnal species

Overnight at: Rwakobo Rock

Day 2 – Morning birding and afternoon boat in Lake Mburo National Park

After early breakfast you will set out for birding safari in Lake National Park. Taking a walk and drive through the different tracks of the park, expect to record many savanna birds as well as sight several antelopes, zebras, buffaloes, giraffes, etc…

In the afternoon you will take a boat ride on Lake Mburo which is the biggest lake in the park and gives the park its name. You will look for the African Finfoot which is a special of Lake Mburo National Park, in addition to spotting more water birds and animals such as Hippos and Crocodiles.

Day 3 – Transfer to Bwindi National Park for the ultimate birding and gorilla experience

After breakfast you will check out and travel to Bwindi National Park, Africa’s number one birding destination.

You will overnight in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi National Park.

Overnight at: Bakiga Lodge

Day 4 – Whole day birding in Mubwindi Swamp

Today you will begin your birding expedition in Bwindi National Park. Early set off into the impenetrable forest and begin ticking off several forest specials and Albertine Rift Endemics. Top on the list of the birds to record in Mubwindi Swamp is the elusive African Green Broadbill, one of the most sought after Albertine rift endemics.

Day 5 – Transfer to Buhoma through birding in the neck of the Bwindi Forest

Today you will transfer to the Buhoma sector of Bwindi National Park while birding the along the “neck”. The section offers good chances of sighting the Black Bee-eaters.

Overnight at: Buhoma Haven Lodge

Day 6 – Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park

Today you will go for the gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park. The Bwindi gorilla trek starts with briefing at 7am followed by allocation of the gorilla families and at 8am set off into the forest to look for the gorillas. The duration of the trek depends on the movement of the gorillas and their location hence you could take from a few minutes to several hours before meeting the gorillas. You will enjoy one hour with the gorillas before returning to the lodge and relax away the rest of the day.

Day 7 – Whole day birding in Buhoma

Today you will spend the whole day birding in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi Forest.

Day 8 – Drive back to Kampala

After breakfast, you will check out and travel back to Kampala or Entebbe

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