7 Days Bwindi Gorillas and birding and Wildlife safari at Queen Elizabeth Park
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Overview  of 7 days birding and Gorilla trekking safari At Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth parks

Travel Hemispheres have been arranging birding tours combined with gorilla trekking safari for the last 15 years  so you are in  good hands. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is God given treasure. With approximately 1000 mountain gorillas living in the impenetrable forests, Uganda is home to more than half of the world’s total population of mountain gorillas. The majority is found in different areas of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourism destinations in Africa. A small number lives on the lower slopes of the volcanoes in  In Rwanda and Congo and in Mgahinga National Park . Because these forests are dense with great undergrowth provide good habitat for many bird species . Bwindi National park and around Mubwindi swamp at Ruhija is where your birding safari  will focus and will record  many Albertine endemic species .

Safari Outline: 7 Days Uganda Birding and Gorilla Trekking Safari
Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi- Ruhija.
Day 2: Bwindi- Ruhija bird watching tour -: Birding at Mubwindi Swamp
Day 3: Ruhija bird watching and Buhoma: Home of Mountain Gorillas
Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Bwindi: Mountain Gorilla Trekking safari
Day 5: Bwindi to Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth Park
Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National park: Wildlife Safari
Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National park – Kampala/Entebbe Airport.

Day 1: Kampala – Bwindi- Ruhija.
This Morning, you will be picked from your hotel/residence in Kampala at around 6.30 am and proceed to the southwestern part of the country. Stop at The equator for landmark photo-taking and continue to Mbarara. Break for lunch on the way then proceed to Bwindi National Park the home of Mountain Gorillas. It is estimated to half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas –300 live within these boundaries shared by Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. The drive is long but enjoyable. Proceed south to Ruhija sector of Bwindi famous for bird watching, viewing the terraced hills of Kigezi Highlands once known as Switzerland of Africa.
The arrival will be in the evening. You will then settle in at Lodge of your choice. Dinner and overnight as you prepare for tomorrow’s event! FB

Day 2: Bwindi- Ruhija bird watching -: Birding at Mubwindi Swamp
After breakfast, walk down to the Mubwindi Swamp looking out for species like the Black-billed Turaco, Western Green Tinkerbird, Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green-Broadbill, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Mountain Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-headed Sunbird,
Regal Sunbird and more. Certainly one of the highlights of any birding trips in Uganda, this walk is physically challenging, but taken slowly it is quite manageable. Dinner and overnight

Day 3: Ruhija bird watching and Buhoma- Home of Mountain Gorillas
After breakfast, bird as you transfer to Buhoma looking out for birds like Black Bee-eater, Red-throated Wryneck, Mountain Wagtail, Toro Olive-Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Olive Thrush, Cassin’s-grey Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia, Mountain Masked Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Sharpe’s Starling, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Twinspot, Yellow Bishop, Black-throated Seedeater among others. Dinner and overnight at one of the Lodges at Buhoma.

Day 4: Gorilla Tracking Bwindi: Mountain Gorilla Trekking safari
Morning after breakfast with packed lunch, you will be escorted to the starting point for a briefing by your guide. You will be allocated guides to track mountain gorillas with, and then will be off to begin your adventure. A briefing from your local guides and then it’s off! The time taken and the terrain vary (1- 8 hours) this depends on the movement of these gentle giants. The thrill of meeting face to face takes away the pain of some times long and arduous trek. Each encounter is different and has its own rewards, but you are likely to enjoy the close view of adults feeding, grooming and resting as the youngster’s frolic and swing from vines in a delightfully playful manner. After tracking will walk back to your lodge for overnight stay FB.

You will need to carry long pants like soft type, sturdy shoes to help you hiking steep and slippery slopes, long-sleeved shirts and blouses to protect your bodies from thorns and itching plants. You may not rule out raining on you and at least a raincoat is needed to protect your bodies and any equipment carried along with like cameras. Also carry insect repellants and sun cream

Day 5: Bwindi to Ishasha – Queen Elizabeth Park
After early breakfast Forest birding at Bwindi ranks as the best bird watching in Uganda and it is ranked as the number one hot spot in all of Africa (by members of the African Bird Club). It is home to over 23 highly-localized Albertine Rift endemics. Specialty birds include Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Banded Prinia, Black-faced Apalis, Black-throated Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-throated Alethe, Yellow-eyed Black-Flycatcher, Ashy Flycatcher, Dusky-blue Flycatcher, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Chin-spot Batis, Rwenzori Batis, Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, White-bellied Crested-flycatcher, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Mountain Illadopsis, African Hill-Babbler, Dusky Tit, Blue-throated Brown Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Northern Double-collared Sunbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Mackinnon’s Fiscal, Sooty Boubou, Pink-footed Puffback, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, White-naped Raven, Montane Oriole, African Golden Oriole, Stuhlmann’s Starling, Narrow-tailed Starling, Waller’s Starling, Strange Weaver, Brown-capped Weaver, Black-billed Weaver, Dusky Crimsonwing,

After heading for Ishasha, which is the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, time allowing carry out a game drive where you may sight tree-climbing lions and viewing other wildlife like elephant buffalo, hyena etc. Ishasha sector is dominated by acacia woodland and scrubland and features the meandering Ishasha River, banked by a riparian forest.
After driving to Mweya Peninsular all the way to the northern sector of the park arriving in time at 3.00 pm for a boat cruise on Kazinga channel. After check-in at the lodge chosen. The evening will be at leisure dinner and overnight.

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National park: Wildlife Safari
Early morning will carry out a game drive to see more animals that habit this park, which include predators – lion, leopard and other game – elephant buffalo, hyena, antelopes etc. also will doing birdwatching hundreds of different bird species. Over 500 bird species have been identified here, making it a Mecca for bird-watchers. They include the black bee-eater, 11 different species of kingfisher and several falcons, eagles and other raptors. Queen Elizabeth National is one of the most outstanding treasures of Uganda and has been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO auspices. It borders on Lake George and Lake Edward as well as Kazinga Channel.
Then relax a bit and take on a 2-hour launch cruise at 3.00 pm on the Kazinga channel. This waterway joins Lakes Edward and George and it is filled with schools of hippos, buffaloes with elephants at the banks. You are likely to meet grazing hippos, elephants, lions, spotted hyenas and leopards, bushbuck, waterbuck and stripped jackal, and of-course the several warthogs. Will view lots of birds along this channel Retire to the lodge for dinner and overnight FB

Day 7: Queen Elizabeth National park – Kampala/Entebbe Airport.
Morning after breakfast will do another game drive along Kaseny plains where will spot lion, hyena and many antelopes. After will be driven back to Kampala. Will be stopping at other points of interest as your driver-guide will be pointing out. Proceed to Kampala via Fort Portal another part of the country witnessing another beautiful countryside of Uganda. Will be arriving in the evening. Will dropped at your hotel in Kampala or the airport.

The above arrangement cost per person on private safari will be a follows:
Staying in luxury accommodation facilities will be USD 3790 per person
Staying in upmarket accommodation facilities will be USD 3260 per person
Staying in middle accommodation facilities will be USD 2990 per person
Staying in budget accommodation facilities will be USD 2688 per person

All cost arrangement is based on full board –Breakfast, lunch dinner is included, park fees, gorilla permit and transport with gas.

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