6 Days Uganda Birding Safari

This 6 day short Uganda Birding Safari takes you on unique birding experience through two of the major birding spots in the country. In the papyrus swamps around Lake Victoria, you’ll be able to meet the enigmatic Shoebill, as well as specialities including Papyrus Yellow and White-winged Warblers, Carruther’s Cisticola, Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher and Orange Weaver. But we’ll take you deeper into the country for a twinned birding and game drive experience on this tour.

Similar in size to Great Britain, Uganda’s unique geographical positioning in the Great Rift Valley makes the country home for an astonishing 50% of Africa’s birds. Diverse habitats such as open savannah, montane and Equatorial rainforests, rivers, marshlands, fresh water and crater lakes combine to give Uganda an enviable bird list of over 1,060 species. You’ll be one of the lucky ones to tick off the list on this Uganda birding tour.


  • Mabamba Bay Shoebill Search
  • Countryside road drive to lake Mburo
  • Game Drive & Nature Walk in Lake Mburo
  • Uganda Birding in Lake Mburo National Park
  • Fine safari accommodation and meals

Walk in Lake Mburo Game Park

Detailed Itinerary

DAY 1: Arrival

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, transfer to the Hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, we bird Entebbe botanical Gardens.

You’ll be staying at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel or Entebbe Travellers Inn (Full Board)

DAY 2 : Shoebill Search

After breakfast with packed lunch aboard, your Uganda birding experience to the Mabamba Swamps will start. Bird along the way to where birding in Uganda is done canoeing on a big scale for waterfowl, and in the evening, the search for woodland and open grassland species will start around Mabamba bay.

A variety of species for your eyes to catch include; The elusive Shoebill, Papyrus Gonolek, White-faced Whistling-duck, Fulvours Whistling Duck, Goliath Heron, Purple Heron, Common Squacco Heron, long-toed Plover, African water Rail, Grey and Black-headed Herons, Striated Heron, Pygmy Goose, Yellow-billed Duck, Black Crake, Swamp Moorhen, Allen’s Gallinule, African Jacana,Rufous-naped Lark, Flappet Lark, Mosque Swallow (monteiri race), Weyn’s Weaver, White-shouldered Tit, Sand Martin, Brown Snake-Eagle, Eurasian Hobby, Tropical Boubou, Stripped Kingfisher, Common Stonechat, Little bee-eater, Red-chested Cuckoo, Klass’s Cuckoo, Diedrick Cuckoo, White-browed and the Senagal Coucals, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Yellow white-eye, common and black-capped Waxbill and over a hundred other bird species are a must see for a hard core or lucky birder.

You’ll be staying at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel or Entebbe Travellers Inn (Full Board)

DAY 3: Transfer from Entebbe to Lake Mburo National Park

After breakfast, with packed lunch, we head to L. Mburo National Park . Have a short stop at the Equator for an informative talk and a photographic opportunity. During the journey, we will have several stop-overs to catch some species in the bushes and papyrus swamps aside the road for papyrus endemics while you look at the beautiful scenery. On checking in, we will go for an evening game drive for a number of bird species and a variety of mammals for example, Warthogs, Zebras, Elephants and many others.

You’ll be staying at Mihingo Lodge or Arcadia Cottages (Full Board)

DAY 4: Bird watching in Lake Mburo National Park

Have an early morning breakfast before going birdwatching in a game car, bird and return for lunch then later go for a boat ride in search for the African Finfoot, Coqui, and the Red-winged Francolins, Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Brown Parrot, Barefaced Go-away bird, Harlequin and Blue Quails, Common Button Quail, White-headed and Black-billed Barbet, Greenwood Hoopoe, Common Scimitarbill, Blue-napped Mousebird, Blue-breasted and Shining-blue Kingfishers, Lilac-breasted Roller, African-grey Hornbill, the Nubian, Buff-spotted, Brown-eared, and the Grey Woodpeckers, Trilling, Stout, and Wing-snapping Cisticolas, Red-necked spurfowl, Black-bellied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, African-wattled Plover Rufous napped and Flappet larks, Rufous-chested Swallow ,Yellow-throated Longclaw, Black-winged Bishop, Chubb’s, Carruther’s and a number of other Cisticolas, the Lesser and Great Swamp Warblers, Black Crake, Common Squacco, Striated, Goliath, Purple, Black-headed, Grey, and Black-headed Herons, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, the African Fish Eagle, among others.Grey Woodpecker

You’ll be staying at Mihingo Lodge or Arcadia Cottages (Full Board)

DAY 5: Birding to Entebbe

Have an early breakfast, go for a game drive for more species possibly missed out the previous days while we bird to Masaka for our lunch before birding back to Entebbe.

You’ll be staying at Laico Lake Victoria Hotel | Entebbe Travellers Inn (Full Board)

DAY 6: Departure

Depending on the time of your flight, your bird guide transfers you to the airport for departure

Lake Mburo Bird Watching

Included in the trip

  • Transportation in 4×4 Safari Vehicle with Driver
  • Accommodation as specified in itinerary
  • Meals as specified in itinerary
  • Birding Game Drives
  • Park Entry Fees
  • Airport Transfers
  • 24 hour hotline you can contact

Not Included

  • Visa entry fees
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Birding gadgets
  • Drinks and meals not specified in itinerary

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