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7 Mar 2012  Wild game and water falls
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Day 1: Pick-up from Entebbe airport to Cassia Lodge/Hotel of choice
Pick-up from airport to Hotel

Day 2: Kampala to Murchison Falls National Park
Early morning head for Murchison Falls National Park Lunch enroute, visist the top of the falls via Budongo Forest to appreciate a natural forest. dinner and overnight Paraa/ Sambiya lodges/ Red Chilli Bandas.

Day 3: Wildlife Safari in Murchison Falls
Early Morning game drive, breakfast, lunch, afternoon boat cruise on River Nile lokking for alot of game lion, elephant, girraffe leopard etc, Dinner and overnight at your lodge or bandas.

Day 4: Murchison Falls to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Morning drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park. Stop over at the drum makers, coffee & Banana Plantations, Ankole long horned cattle Lunch enroute Dinner and overnight Mweya /Jacana lodge /Hostel.

Day 5:Queen Elizabeth Kyambura Chimpanzees
Early morning Kyambura Chimpanzee tracking after breakfast Lunch, afternoon Boat cruise (Kazinga channel) Evening game drive to the crater areas and Katwe salines Dinner and overnight lodge/Hostel.

Day 6 : Queen Elizabeth Game Viewing to Kampala
Morning carry out game drive looking fo wildlife lion, leopard. elephant buffalo etc. Check out and drive to Kampala. Stop for lunch or proceed with packed lunch stopping at the drum makers, coffee & Banana Plantations, Ankole long horned cattle unique to this area. Take lifetime photos at the Equator crossing where the hemispheres cut accros the world. Prioceed to Kampala/Cassia Lodge. End of tour


    Birding in Uganda

    Uganda is arguably the most attractive country in Africa to bird watchers ( tour), not only to because of the unusually number of species recorded within its borders, but also because it offers easy access to several bird-rich habitats that are difficult to reach else where. Uganda’s remarkable avian diversity-1,008 species recorded in an area similar to that of Great Britain can be attributed to its location at a transitional point between the East African savanna, the West African rainforest and the semi-desert of the north.
    The key to Uganda’s diversity is its variety of habitats: arid semi-dessert, rich savannahs, lowland and montane rainforests, vast wetlands, volcanoes and an Afro-alpine zone. Uganda covers an altitude from 650 to 5000m.
    Analytical of Uganda’s intermediary position is the fact that only one bird is endemic to the country, the rather ordinary Fox’s weaver. However, if you take only East Africa into consideration, then approximately 150 bird species (more than 10% of the regional checklists) are found only in Uganda. This list includes seven of the 20 hornbill species recorded in the region, five out of 14 honey guides, seven out of 20 hornbill species recorded in the region, five out of 20 bush family as well as 13 members of the thrush family, 11 warblers, ten flycatchers, eight sun birds, eight weavers, eight finches, four tinker birds, four pigeons, 3 kingfishers, 3 sparrow hawks, 3 cuckoos and 3 nightjars.
    Most of these Uganda’s specials are West African and Congolese forest birds that should be very difficult to see elsewhere for the simple reason that the other countries in which they occur are poorly developed for Tourism. The rain forests of Western Uganda must be seen as the country’s most important bird habitat, and that is the greatest interest to birdwatchers( bird watching), particularly if they are already familiar with typical East African birds. The most alluring forests in Uganda with localized species is Semliki, Budongo Forest, Kibale Forest and Bwindi Forest. However, Kibale is the Uganda’s spot for forest birds and the nearby Magombe swamp. Even the relatively tame botanical gardens in Entebbe will throw up several interesting species.

    Therefore you want to see or watch a wide range of birds in Uganda for tour enthusiats, try to visit Entebbe (water and forest birds), Lake Mburo (water and acacia associated birds), Queen Elizabeth (Over 600 species are recorded), Murchison Falls (a best place in East Africa to see the Papyrus-associated shoebill) and Kidepo (over 50 raptors recorded ).


    Below is a list of some of the bird species in Uganda

    1. Ostrich, It the World’s largest bird and its restricted to Kidepo Valley National Park.
    2. Pelicans, these are water birds and commonly found in Kazinga Channel in Queen Elizabeth National Park.
    3. African darter, it’s a snake bird with an elongated rufus neck extended in a serpentine fashion.
    4. Goliath heron, this commonly seen during boat trips in Murchison Falls NP.
    5. Hamerkop, This is a medium sized water bird seen on the Mweya Peninsula in QENP
    6. Saddle billed stork, This is the largest and most hand some of several storks usually seen in pairs on game drives in Murchison falls.
    7. Marabou stork, this is a Macabre carrion-eating stork common in rural and urban Environments especially in down town Kampala.
    8. Shoebill, Unmistakable large grey swamp-dweller and is the main motivating factor behind many ornithological tours to Uganda. They are mainly seen in Semliki Wildlife Reserve, Mabamba Swamp and in Murchison falls.
    9. Flamingos, astonishing and sociable pink-white algae eaters commonly seen in large concentrations in Katwe and Flamingo crater lakes in QENP.
    10. African Fish Eagle, Unique grey snake-eating raptor.
    11. Helmeted guinea fowl
    12. Africa Jacana; common in most wetlands in Uganda
    13. Grey crowned crane; Uganda’s national bird common in swamps and grasslands
    14. African grey parrot; they are mostly seen in any forested habitat.
    15. Great blue turaco; found I forested areas including Entebbe Botanical gardens
    16. Ross’s turacco
    17. Eastern grey plantain-eater
    18. African emerald cuckoo
    19. Coucals
    20. Verreaux’s eagle-owl; largest owl species in Uganda and mostly seen during night drives.
    21. Pennant/standard winged nightjars; mostly seen on the road to the top of Murchison falls after dusk.
    22. Pied Kingfisher;
    23. Giant Kingfisher.
    24. Malachite Kingfisher;
    25. Red-throated bee-eater; breeds in tall sandbanks on Lake Albert and the Nile below Murchison falls.
    26. Lilac-breasted roller
    27. Hoopoe
    28. Black and white casqued hornbill
    29. For-tailed drongo
    30. Piacpiac; commonly found in Jinja and Murchison falls
    31. African Finfoot
    32. Jackson’s francolin
    33. Denhams bustard
    34. African skimmer
    35. Blue throated roller
    36. Black bee eater
    37. Forest/white headed wood hoope
    38. African pied hornbill
    39. Chocolate-backed kingfisher
    40. Papyrus gonolek
    41. Red headed bluebill
    And many more.

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