Lake Mburo’s key birding spots include swampy valleys and viewing platforms near the salt licks and in the forest. Species found at these locations include the Rufous-bellied Heron, Bateleur, Coqui Francolin, Grey Crowned Crane, Black-bellied Bustard and Brown-chested Lapwing.

Game Drives in Lake Mburo

The network of game tracks in the east of the park passes a variety of landscape features including acacia woodland, wetlands, grassy hillsides, rock outcrops and seasonally flooded valley floors.

 Hiking and Nature Walks in Lake Mburo

Unusually, the whole park is open to walkers as long as they are accompanied by a ranger guide. Locations include the salt lick at Rwonyo, the lake’s banks, Rubanga Forest and a hilltop with gorgeous lake views.

 Launch Trips in Lake Mburo

The wildlife-rich eastern banks of Lake Mburo can be explored during a tranquil two-hour boat voyage. Keep an eye out for crocodiles, buffalo, and hippos as well as colorful Kingfishers, magnificent Fish Eagles and Hammerkops with their enormous nests.

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DAY1

Morning pick up from your hotel in Kampala. Start 4 – 5 hour drive to Murchison falls National Park. Transfer to the Magnificent Top of the falls where you will enjoy your picnic lunch as you marvel at the Mighty River Nile forced into a seven Meter crevice to thunder 45 meters below in a series of cascades. The Nile can be viewed at different points up to the Baker’s Summit. Dinner and overnight at Paraa Safari Lodge. In the grasslands and dry woodland have Secretary-bird, Black-chested Snake and Tawny Eagles, Red-throated Bee-eater, Sooty Chat, Northern and Southern Red Bishops and flocks of noisy Helmeted Guinea fowl. Overhead we have a chance of observing African White-backed Vulture, Bateleur, Wahlberg’s Eagle and Black-shouldered Kite. After re-crossing the Nile we visit a safari camp adjacent to the river where garden birds include Yellow-throated Greenbul, Red-winged Grey Warbler and Purple-banded Sunbird.
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Day Two-Four

After an early morning breakfast, embark on a half day game drive on the northern bank of the river Nile. In the guidance of a game ranger, you may opt for a game walk while trailing animals and studying animal spoors. Game in this area include Giraffe, Elephant, Harte beest, Lion, Uganda Kob, Oribi and a variety of savannah and woodland birds. After lunch, take a boat Cruise along the Nile for game viewing at close quarters. This is a paradise of the Hippo and Crocodiles. Dinner and Overnight at Paraa SafariLodge. Rocky outcrops attract Rock Pratincole, African Pied Wagtail and mixed flocks of White-headed Sawing, Horus Swift and Rufous-breasted Swallows. A nearby outlook is reliable for Palmnut Vultures and African Harrier Hawks. Several trails run through the area with African Pygmy Kingfisher, Heuglin’s Robin Chat and Yellow-throated Leaflover.
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Day Five

An early breakfast, then transfer to Kibale Forest. locating Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-billed Barbet, Grey-capped and White-winged Warblers,Great Blue Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal and Papyrus Canary. In the afternoon you have the option of birding the main road or tracking Chimpanzees in the forest itself. Birds occurring at Kibale include Narina Trogon, White-headed Woodhoopoe, Yellow-spotted Barbet and Black-capped Apalis. Forest clearings may give us glimpses of African Goshawk and Crowned Eagle plus noisy flocks of Grey Parrots. More secretive species present that require a degree of luck to find are Dusky and Olive Long-tailed Cuckoos, Grey-throated Flycatcher, Thick-billed and Cassin’s Honeyguides, Nahan’s Francolin, Green-breasted and African Pittas. Overnight at Kibale Safari Lodge
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Day Six

After breakfast, head for Kibale forest for a half day Primate walk in search of chimpanzees. On the walk, you may see Black and white colobus monkey, Red tailed monkey, Baboon, Grey cheeked mangabeys or the chimpanzee. After lunch, transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park. After an evening game drive, transfer to your accommodations for dinner and overnight at Hippo Hill Lodge. (B, L, D)
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Day Seven-Eight

After an early morning cup of tea at 6:30am, depart for a drive on the northerly parts of the park along the Kasenyi track. African Moustached Warblers, Trilling and Croaking Cisticolas, Marsh Tchagra, Fawn-breasted and Crimson-rumped Waxbills. Maramagamo Forest is nearby with another wide selection of species. Acacia trees are home to Black-headed Batis, Sulphur-breasted Bushshrike and Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrikes. Walking along the numerous trails may produce Brown-eared Woodpecker, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Chestnut Wattle-eye, White-breasted Negro-finch and Red-headed Bluebill. Areas of ironwood are home to Forest Robin, Brown-chested Alethe and Red-tailed Antthrush. Overnight at Hippo Hill Lodge.
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Day Nine

After a relaxed breakfast, transfer to the gorilla sanctuary through a beautiful mountain scenery with rolling hills and deep valleys usually referred to as the little Switzerland of Africa. Dinner and overnight at Lake Kitandara Bwindi Luxury Tented Camp (B, L, D) Bwindi offers some of the best forest birding in Africa. The camp grounds before the main track attract Black Sawing, Petit’s Cuckoo-shrike, Black and White and African Blue Flycatchers, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Mountain Greenbul, Black-billed Weaver, Variable Sunbird and Grey-crowned Negrofinch. On the main track itself we enter the forest proper as it passes under huge trees and areas of lichen lined trunks. Another track takes us to the waterfall trail a reliable area for Red-throated Alethe, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher and Kivu Ground Thrushes. Other species recorded the main track on recent visits include Crested Guineafowl, Black and Cinnamon-breasted Bee-eaters, Bronze-naped Pigeon, Gabon and Elliot’s Woodpeckers.
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Day Ten-Eleven

After breakfast, briefing by ranger guides. Later with picnic lunch, start a 30 minutes – 8 hours trek to find the Mountain gorillas and or/while birding. The tracking starts at the area where the gorillas were the previous day. After a full hour with the gorillas, return to your accommodations for dinner and overnight at Lake Kitandara Bwindi Luxury Tented Camp. (B, L, D)
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Day Twelve

After breakfast, transfer to Mbarara arriving in time for lunch at the Lake View Hotel. Later head for Lake Mburo National Park. In the park itself an exploration of tracks and reed-lined swamps may produce Dwarf Bittern, Yellow-billed Duck, Nubian Woodpecker, Yellow-breasted Apalis, Spot-flanked and Black-collared Barbets. At Nshara Gate a large seasonal marshland has African Openbill, Sacred Ibis, Wattled Lapwing, African Water Rail, Greater Painted-snipe, Three-banded Plover and Malachite Kingfisher. Further along the track drier areas attract Emerald-spotted Wood-dove, Red-faced, Winding and Croaking Cisticolas, Yellow-throated Longclaw and Golden-breasted Buntings. We have a chance of mammals in Vervet Monkey, Burchell’s Zebra and Impala, before proceeding to Kampala to overnight at Lake Victoria View Lodge. (B, B,)
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Day Thirteen

Mabamba Swamp, the road eventually ends at a papyrus reedbed adjoining Lake Victoria. From hand-paddled boats we explored a maze of channels and mud flats for the majestic Shoebill, African Marsh Harrier,African Pygmy Goose, Black Crake, Purple Swamphen, Allen’s Gallinule,African and more rarely Lesser Jacanas, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding and Carruther’s Cisticolas, Papyrus Gonolek and White-winged Warbler. Overnight at Lake Victoria View Lodge..
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Day Fourteen

Transfer to the airport.

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