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Birding & gorillas - Safari in Uganda



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Mamaland Safaris

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Birding & gorillas - Safari in Uganda

Combine two of Uganda's great highlights with this birding and gorilla trekking safari. Explore some of the great birding locations of Uganda together with a specialized birding guide and enjoy the avian beauty offered. You also head into Bwindi forest for an unforgettable meeting with the mountain gorillas. Locations included: Queen Elizabeth NP, Bwindi Impenetrable NP, Lake Bunyonyi and Lake MBuro NP. Enter Uganda's birding paradise now!


To Queen Elizabeth NP

You are picked up in Entebbe by your safari guide for the start of our Birding and gorillas safari in Uganda (arrive to Entebbe in early morning or add an extra night for arrival the day before). The day’s journey will take us to Queen Elizabeth national park, bird watching enroute. This Uganda’s second largest safari park contains Africa’s best game populations as well as some of Uganda’s biggest birding list, an incredible bird list of 611 species. Read more

Queen Elizabeth NP, 2 night

Mornign birding & then boat

This morning we start early for a bird safari and game drive towards the Kasenyi trail after trying ugandas top bird in Queen elizabeth, The Papyrus endemic Papyrus Gonolek. The drive leads us to the mating ground with grassy plains dotted with the cactus, to the fishing village with a variety of stork species including the Spectacular Saddle-billed, African Open Billed and Woolly necked Storks. Other species include the Bateleur, Grey Kestrel, Lappet-faced, White-backed, Palm-nut Vultures and the award winning ruppels vulture in soaring the highest among birds! African Crake, Black Coucal, Common button, Harlequin and Black-rumped Quails, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks. Common mammals include African Buffalo, Uganda Kobs, eopard and many others. In the afternoon it is time for the boat-cruise on the Kazinga channel, a 36km channel connecting Lake George and Lake Edward. Along the banks you can see hippos, buffaloes and crocodiles as well as resident and migratory waders. Read more

Queen Elizabeth NP. 2 nights

Birding to Ishasha

This morning, we shall bird towards Ishasha through the transitional habitat between Lake Edward and Maramagambo Forest. We will see a lot of colorful butterflies along the way. Special birds of this area include Yellow-bill, Pygmy Kingfisher, African mustached warbler, Batleur eagle, Black Bee-eater, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Greater honey guide and White-breasted Negrofinch. After this we continue birding to the Ishasha part of the park where we spend the night. Read more

Ishasha sector, 1 night

Birding in Bwindi

After breakfast we leave the flat savanna behind and journey up to the home of the mountain gorillas through cultivated hills and villages to forest covered mountains. We take time to look for birds along the way and target to be at the lodge in time for lunch. In the afternoon we explore the birding possibilities. We could assemble to head for the Mubwindi swamp for the highest concentration of the Albertin endemics aiming to grip on the African green broadbill, Grey cuckoo-shrike, Stripe breasted tit, Chestnut throated apalis, montane oriole, Frasers eagle owl, black billed turaco and Rwenzori batis. In the evening we could track the calls of the Rwenzori night jar. This Impenetrable Forest is full of birds, butterflies and plant species plus forest hog; forest Elephants, Statungas and Dikers. Read more

Bwindi NP, 1 night

Gorilla trekking

After breakfast we drive over to the gorilla trekking starting point. Here you are briefed about the gorilla trekking rules while your guide takes care of the practicalities. You set off into the forest with a specialized guide who leads you to the point where the gorillas are. For one unforgettable hour you are in the area of the mountain Gorillas seeing them in their daily life, with a chance to spot some forest interior birds, tullberg woodpecker, the olive pigeons, stulmanns starlings, dusky crimsonwing. After trekking back to the starting point your guides picks you and takes you to Lake Bunyonyi enroute spotting the black headed, black crowned, yellow bellied waxbills, streaky sead eaters, white tailed blue flycatchers, This is a beautiful area famous for its small birds with the rare altitude spacialists like the white napped ravens and olive thrush easy to see. The lake is free from Bilharzia so if you feel like it an evening swim is possible. Read more

Lake Bunyonyi, 1 night

To Lake Mburo birding & game

Be woken up by a choir of birds before breakfast. We leave Lake Bunyonyi after breakfast driving to Lake Mburo national park where we have lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon we head out for a game-drive with views of zebras and impalas as well as birding with chances of seeing yellow throated apalis, red faced barbet, coqui francolin, black cuckoo shrike, tabora cistcola, pale flycatcher, emerald spotted wood dove, african penduline tit and pearl spotted owlet. Read more

Lake Mburo NP, 1 night

Mabamba Swamp & on to Entebbe

This morning we visit Mabamba village and its adjacent swamp with chances of seeing the prehistorical looking Great shoebill stork. The road to Mabamba winds its way through areas of secondary forest and agricultural land attracting Red-headed Lovebird, African Crowned-Hornbills, and a range of sunbirds including the Green-headed, Green, Red-chested, Collared, Marico and Scarlet-chested and the African pied Wagtail is common along the road. After these last birding highlights we cross towards Entebbe international airport in time for an evening flight as we have reached the end of our Birding and gorillas safari in Uganda. Read more


Day in trip
Day 1
Location Queen Elizabeth NP
Day 3
Location Ishasha sector
Hotel Ishasha Bandas
Day 4
Location Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Day 5
Location Lake Bunyonyi
Day 6
Location Lake Mburo NP
Hotel Rwakobo Rock


Package includes

  • Transfer from/to the airport
  • Transport during the tour
  • Accommodation
  • Local birding guides
  • Information services
  • Entrance fee
  • All meals starting from dinner on arrival day to lunch on departure day
  • Gorilla Permit

Package excludes

  • Airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Visa, consular fees or any other formalities.
  • Tips
  • Beverages
  • Additional journeys and transfers

More information

  • This is a private safari where you go with a guide in a 4x4 vehicle with pop-up roof. Our guides are English speaking and knowledgeable about the area, nature and culture. For this birding safari you have a specialized biding guide along for all the safari as well as are guided by site birding guides in some locations.
  • Lodges in general have full board meal plans meaning that there is a set menu served. Please inform us if you have any special diets or food allergies so that it can be taken into account.


4 Reviews

Mikael Ringi, Sweden

We have been back in Sweden and Falun, enjoying the winter of course. But every day, in our minds, we travel back to East Africa and Uganda and relive an unforgettable safari. The savanna with giraffes, elephants and all the antelopes. The rainforest and the gorillas in the mist. The Nile with hippos and crocodiles. The Ngorongoro and Serengeti with the lions and other big cats and the awesome number of animals in the big migration. But we also remember curious kids, always smiling and ready for a football game during a short lunch stop. Awesome journeys on red and bad roads in the enriching company of Michael who became a lot more than just a guide and driver. He became a friend. So from the whole Ringi family, we would like to say thank you very much for your contribution to our unforgetable time in the Pearl of Africa. Read more

Markus & Stefanie, Germany

We just arrived after a 3 days Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi NP and squeezed in a Game Drive in QENP incl. the tree climbing lions in Ishasha! Godwin was a perfect driver and tour guide! We took Mamaland because Tony offered us a safari according to our request for an affordable price - also the accommodations where we stayed have been perfect - considering the price we paid! Further, Godwin offered us a ride to the airport - thx for that!! that are things which make it different to other operators!! can recommend it to everybody Read more

Brian, United Kingdom

Now that we are back in the UK, I wanted to write to thank you for a very ​ successful safari, which exceeded our expectations in so many ways. I ​ specifically wanted to pass on our thanks to Paul, who went out of his way ​ to make sure we had the best experience. We appreciated his knowledge and ​ expertise at all times. Read more


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