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5 Days Birding in Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth

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5 days birding in Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth National Park safari will lead you to two Uganda’s important savannah National Parks and that is Lake Mburo National Park which is the smallest savannah Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park which is the country’s second largest and most popular conservation area. Memorable game drives through the Parks’ plains will be part of your safari as you witness the beauty of Uganda while you spot several animals and bird species. You will have unforgettable boat rides along Lake Mburo and the magnificent Kazinga natural water channel that links Lake Edward to Lake George. 5 days birding in Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth national park safari can start at any time and this trip can be combined with gorilla trekking in Bwindi or Mgahinga gorilla national park.

Itinerary

Day 1Transfer to Lake Mburo and launch cruise

Set off will be very early in the morning to be driven to Lake Mburo National Park with stopovers at Mpambire drum makers’ village and the equator line in Kayabwe where you will take as  many pictures as you can. Visit the craft shops to purchase some souvenirs before you proceed with your drive to the Park where you will check-in at your booked lodge and have lunch. After lunch, head off for a launch cruise along Lake Mburo as you lookout for several bird types like African fin-foot, shoebill stork, white-winged swamp warbler, papyrus Gonolek, blue-breasted kingfisher, saddle-billed stork, malachite kingfisher to mention but a few. Return to your lodge for relaxation, dinner and an overnight.

Day 2Birding in Rubanga forest and evening game drive

Grab yourself a hefty breakfast and hit Rubanga forest for birding with the guidance of birder guides and a ranger for your safety. Rubanga forest is a birder’s paradise for bird enthusiasts and also an ideal place for guided nature walks. Birds that can be spotted in this forest include Nubian woodpeckers, bare-faced go-away bird, green wood hoopoe, red-headed lover bird, red shouldered cuckoo, Ross’s turaco, coqui francolin, double-toothed barbet and many more. Return to the lodge for lunch before you head off for an evening game drive where you will lookout for animals like giraffes, zebras, elands, warthogs, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, reedbucks, waterbucks, bushbucks to mention but a few. Several savannah birds can as well be spotted like the hadada ibis, southern ground hornbill, Guinee fowl, Abyssinian ground hornbill and many more. Return to the lodge for dinner and an overnight.

Day 3Transfer to Queen Elizabeth and Katwe salt Lake birding

Have your early morning breakfast to meet your driver guide and be transferred to Queen Elizabeth National Park where you will arrive to check-in at your prearranged lodge and have lunch. After lunch you will head off for a guided walk around the Katwe salt Lake s you look out for several bird types for example papyrus canary, African broadbill, yellow-throated cuckoo, flamingos, African skimmer, pink-backed pelican, martial eagle, papyrus Gonolek to mention but a few. Wildlife species will as well be spotted more so those that inhabit around the Lake for example warthogs, elephants, hippopotamuses and many more. Get back to the lodge to have dinner and an overnight.

Day 4Morning game drive and launch cruise

Enjoy your breakfast in the early morning and be driven through the Park’s game trails as you lookout for animals such as herds of elephants, buffaloes, Uganda kobs, reedbucks, lions, waterbucks, warthogs, hyenas and many more. During your game drive, you will as well spot several bird types for example the red throat spur, grey backed fiscal, black lured babbler, brown snake eagle, African crake, grey crowned cranes and many more. Get back to the lodge for lunch before you report to the Kazinga channel for a  boat cruise as you spot the Park’s aquatic life and bird species like the pygmy kingfishers, swamp nightjar, black-headed Gonolek, sunbird, mouse bird, grey-caped warbler, weavers, pin tailed whydah and many more. Return to your lodge for relaxation, have dinner and an overnight.

Day 5Check-out and departure

After your scrumptious breakfast, checkout of your safari lodge and meet your driver guide to be driven back to Kampala with a stopover in Mbarara for your lunch. After lunch your will proceed with your journey arriving in the late afternoon to be dropped off at your desired location around the city center or directly to the airport for your out bound flight back home.

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