12 Days Albertine Rift Endemics Birding safari

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Our 12 Days Albertine Rift Endemics Birding Safari is one of the most interesting for our ardent birding clients as most locations are Ecological Hot-spots and relatively within the wealthy Albertine Rift Valley which is not only Uganda but Africa's Richest zone for most endemic and globally threatened species of birds and other animals like the mountain gorillas. The tour takes us to Mgahinga and Bwindi most especially Ruhija Africa's number one birding site, Rwenzori and Semliki.

Day to day

Day 1

On arrival, meet our representative and transfer to your hotel in Entebbe for refreshment and relaxation.

Dinner and overnight.

Day 2

After breakfast, we transfer to Kisoro. We bird in Echuya forest a later point in the day. Proceed to the lodge for check in, dinner and overnight.

Day 3

After early breakfast and packed lunch boxes, we drive to Ntebeko Camp from where we shall start our birding as we trek to one of Uganda's most scenic areas. Taking the gorge trail that loops half way up Mt. Sabinyo, through a variety of montane habitats habouring the Dusky Turtle Dove, Rwenzori Turaco, Cape Robin Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, White-eyed Slaty and White Tailed Blue Flycatcher, Olive Wood-pecker, White-starred Robin, Mountain Yellow Warbler, White-napped Raven, Lagden's Bush-Shrike, Yellow-crowned Canary, Streaky and Thick Billed Seedeater on our birding this day we shall have a bigger focus on the shy Shelly's Crimsom-wing among other birds. Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 4

After breakfast, we start our birding in the rift valley area. We will have a stopover in a near by swamp towards Echuya forest mostly to look out for the Littler Rush Warbler one of the rare Bradypterus Warblers within the Albertine rift zones also, contine birding to Ruhija with numerous stopovers expecting birds like the Augur and Mountain Buzzard, Yellow Bellied Waxbill, Dusky Crimsomwing, Dusky Twinspot, Common Stonechat among others. Towards the park headquarters we look out for the Handsome Francolin, Olive Pigeon, Western Green Tinkerbird, Archer's Robin-Chat, Chestnut Throated Apalis, White-browed Crombec, Stripe-breasted and Dusky Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Doherty's Bush-shrike, Black-headed Waxbill and much more. Check in your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5

This day we start our birding very early and our main focus will be the beautiful leafy looking broadbill, Black-billled Turaco, Olive, Elliot's and Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Yellow-eyed Black-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Greenbul, Grey Cuckoo Shrike, Red-faced Woodland and Mountain Yellow Warbler, Chestnut-throated Collard and Black Throated Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, African Green-Broadbill, Mountain, Shelley's and Yellow-streaked Greenbul, Regal Sunbird among other birds.

Return to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 6

After breakfast, transfer to Buhoma in the southern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park birding enroute. On our drive and the stopovers we make, expect to see the Black Bee-eater, calling out the Red-throated Wryneck and finding it would be a great addition, Mountain Wagtail and Cassin's Grey Flycatcher, MacKinnon's Fiscal, Collared, Mountain Masked Chestnut-throated, and Grey Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Dusky Twinspot etcetera. Check in your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 7

Today after breakfast we explore the Bwindi Buhoma area looking out for birds like the Pink-footed Puffbuck, Yellow Billed Barbet, Bocage's Bush-Shrike, Bar-tailed Trogon, Black Bee-Eater, Scaly throated Honey Guide, Northern Double Collard and Green Sunbird, Black-billed Weaver, Red-fronted Antpecker, Magpie Mannikin among others.

Day 8

After breakfast, with packed lunch, leave for Rwenzori National Park. While there we lookout for special birds like the purple breated sunbird, Abyssinian, Red faced, Woodhouse Antipecker, Ayres and Cassin's Hawk-eagle, etcetera.

Proceed to your lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 9

After breakfast, we go birding before we transfer to Fort Portal where some rare and highly localized birds may be found. African Long-eared Owl, sometimes considered nonspecific with the Holarctic Long-eared Owl. The Greater Double-collared Sunbird is endemic to the Rwenzori Mountains and is reportedlyfairly common and easily seen here. There are recent sight records of the rare Grauer's Cuckoo-shrike. We proceed to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 10

After early breakfast, bird to Semuliki National Park getting there in time to bird the trails around the hot springs. This gives us a great introduction to the Semliki birds such as the Hornbills, Chestnut Breasted Negro Finch, Black Bellied Seed Cracker among others. Transfer to Bundibugyo for dinner and overnight.

Day 11

After breakfast, proceed for a whole day birding on the Kirumia trail. Depending on the weather condition we have some of the best birding within East African region as many species are of west African origin. Look out for birds like Black-casqued wattled, White thighed, Piping, Red-billed dwarf, White crested and Black dwarf Hornbill, Rufaous Sided Broadbill, Blue Billed and Crested Malimbe, Blue-headed Crested-flycatcher, Leaf Love, Swamp palm Bulbul, rarely seen are the Capuchin Babbler and African Piculet small bird of its own related to the woodpeckers and the Lyre Tailed Honey Guides among others. Return to the hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 12

After breakfast, bird your way to Entebbe.

End of the trip.

Prices

Price on request, please send an email to info@ichumusafarisafrica.com

Includes

  • Accommodation.

  • Park entrance.

  • Car hire and fuel.

  • Transportation in a comfortable safari vehicle.

  • English speaking guide/driver.

  • Mineral water.

Excludes

  • Personal expenses.

  • Air tickets.

  • Additional drinks like wines,beers.

  • Tips.

  • Telephone charges.