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4 Days Birding Vacation to Queen Elizabeth Nationational park

4 Days Birding Vacation to Queen Elizabeth National Park

Spanning the far western part of Uganda is the vast Queen Elizabeth National Park which boasts of impressive Crater Lake scenery, expansive grasslands, papyrus swamps and tropical forests, huge herds of Elephant and Buffalo, Lions, Leopards, and a diverse array of birds. The park contains Uganda’s best game populations (95 mammal species) as well as some of Uganda’s best bird watching, an incredible bird list of 610 species and an overwhelming record of 296 species in a single day, the highest in Africa! The boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which links Lakes George and Edward, is one of the most productive birding excursions on the planet. Depending on time of arrival, some late afternoon birding might produce; African Morning Dove, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Black-headed Gonolek, Slender-billed, Yellow-Backed and Lesser-Masked Weavers, Pin-Tailed Whydah and Black-Winged Pratincole. We will spend 3 nights in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Park supports an impressive range of habitats; its five basic habitat types (forest, grassland, bushy grassland, acacia woodland and lakeshore/swamp vegetation types) further embrace at least 57 microhabitats, which are reflected in the park’s diversity of birds and mammals.
 Day 1: Arrival, pick up and Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park
Upon arrival, you will be met by your tour guide and then transferred to the hotel for an overnight stay. (Residents will travel on this day and spend a night in one of the Lodges in the Park). Choice of accommodation here includes: Mweya Safari Lodge, Jacana Safari Lodge and Kyangabi Crater Resort for the duration of the 3 nights.
Day 2: Bird watching safari to Ishasha and Kyambura Gorge
On this day, we have a whole day game and bird watching drive to the Ishasha sector and Kyambura Gorge.
You have chances of seeing; the Harlequin and Blue Quails, Small (Common) Button quail, Black Crake, White winged Warbler, Martial Eagle, African Skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Papyrus Gonolek, Amur Falcon, Ovampo Sparrow-hawk, Lowland Akalat, Greater and Lesser Flamingo, Black Bee-eater, Caruthers’s Cisticola, Terek Sandpiper, Secretary Bird, and Temminck’s Courser.
Mammals found here include African Elephant, Spotted Hyena, Leopard, tree climbing Lions, Ugandan Kobs, Side-striped Jackal, Baboons, Chimpanzees, Bush and Water Bucks, Warthogs, Giant Forest Hogs, to mention but a few.
Return to your accommodation facility in the late afternoon for Dinner and Overnight

Day 3: Bird watching safari to Kasenyi Trail and Maramagambo Forest 
This day we spend the morning on a game drive to the Kasenyi Trail. We shall carry packed lunch. Later in the afternoon, we drive to Maramagambo Forest.
Species here include; the Yellow-bellied and Jameson’s Wattle-eyes, Black Bee-eater, White-Tailed and Red-Tailed Ant-Thrush, Brown and Grey-chested Illadopsis, Shinning blue Kingfisher, Brown-Eared woodpeckers, Narina Trogon, Least Honey guide, Grey Greenbul and Brown-Chested Alethe. The trail through the forest leads past a bat cave, which is rather impressive, and if we are lucky we may come across a Python that lives in the cave and feasts on the bats.
 Day 4: Bird watching safari to Kazinga channel
After breakfast, we shall take a boat trip bird watching along Kazinga Channel till late morning. Kazinga Channel links Lakes George and Edward, and is one of the most productive water birding hotspots in the country on the planet.
During the launch cruise we expect to meet congregations of African Skimmers, Striated Heron, African Spoonbill, African Crake, Water Thick-knee, Three-banded Plover, Marsh Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper, Grey-headed Gull, Plain Martin, Lesser Swamp-Warbler, Collared pranticoles, Yellow-billed Ox-pecker and many others.
Lunch at the Lodge and in the afternoon transfer to Kampala

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