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7-Day Birding, Murchison Fall Royal Mile and Big Five

Duration

7 Days

Max People

15

Min Age

15+

Pick Up

Airport

Overview

Join us on a thrilling 7-Day Birding, Murchison Fall Royal Mile and Big Five, bird-spotting adventure with Exodus Safaris in the enchanting northwest region of Uganda, where a world of avian wonders awaits your discovery. Join us as we journey through lush forests, pristine wetlands, and sweeping savannas in search of the area's endemic bird species, as well as the iconic Big Five creatures of Africa.

Our adventure begins in the verdant forests of Uganda's northwest, where dense canopies echo with the calls of colorful forest birds. As we venture deeper into the heart of these ancient woodlands, keep your binoculars ready for sightings of elusive species such as the African green broadbill, the great blue turaco, and the stunning African emerald cuckoo. With the guidance of experienced birding guides, you'll have the opportunity to observe these rare and beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, gaining insights into their behavior and ecology along the way.

From the forests, our journey takes us to the tranquil wetlands and marshes that dot the landscape, where an abundance of waterfowl and shorebirds make their home. Watch in awe as flocks of flamingos take to the sky in a riot of pink hues, while pied kingfishers dive gracefully into the shimmering waters below. With over 1,000 species of birds recorded in Uganda, including a significant number of migratory species, every moment offers a new and exciting birding experience.

But our adventure doesn't end with birdwatching alone. As we traverse the savannas and grasslands of Uganda's northwest, keep your eyes peeled for sightings of the iconic Big Five—African cape buffalo, African elephants, leopards, lions, and rhinos. From thrilling game drives to leisurely walks through the bush, you'll have ample opportunities to observe these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, their regal presence a reminder of the incredible diversity of life that thrives in Uganda's wilderness.

At Exodus Safaris, we believe that every safari should be a transformative experience, leaving you with a deeper appreciation for the beauty and diversity of the natural world. Join us as we embark on this thrilling bird-spotting adventure in Uganda's northwest, where every moment promises excitement, wonder, and the opportunity to create memories that will last a lifetime.

About The Tour 

  • Mid-range tour: This mid-range tour uses lodges and hotels.
  • Private tour: This tour will be organized exclusively for you and won't be shared with others.
  • Can start any day: If availability permits, this tour can start on any day.
  • Can be customized: You can request minor changes to the accommodations and destinations of this tour.
  • Suitable for solo travelers: Solo travelers can book this private tour.
  • Minimum age of 15 years: The minimum age for this tour is 15 years.

How To Get There

  • This tour starts and ends in Entebbe
  • We can help select your international flights, but you'll have to book them yourself
  • Fly to/from Entebbe Airport (EBB - Check price)
  • transfer from and back to the airport is included
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost

Tour Activities & Movement

  • Activities: game drivesnature hikes/walkscanoe/mokoro safaris & boat trip
  • Game drives: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle
  • Getting around: pop-up roof 4x4 vehicle & boat
  • transfer from and back to the airport is included

Included/Excluded

  • Park fees
  • All activities
  • All accommodation
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals as Listed
  • International flights
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips
  • Personal items
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Drinks

Tour Plan

Day 01 Transfer to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Upon your arrival at Entebbe International Airport, you will receive a warm welcome from our friendly guide-driver, who will introduce you to the wonders of Uganda, often referred to as "The Pearl of Africa."

To kickstart your journey, we'll enjoy a delectable breakfast before heading to Zziwa Rhino Sanctuary. Along the way, we'll pause to observe and admire some of the rare birds that inhabit this area. Upon arrival, you'll be welcomed with a relaxing stay at the lodge. As the day's heat begins to dissipate, you'll embark on a two-hour rhino tracking safari. These magnificent animals are carefully monitored to ensure their thriving existence in Uganda, providing a wonderful opportunity to witness them in their natural habitat.

Following the safari, you'll venture on a dusk birding hike to explore the sanctuary's diverse habitats, which are home to 300 species of woodland, savannah, and wetland birds. It promises to be a delightful experience! To conclude the evening, dinner will be served in the tranquil atmosphere of the lodge.

  • Main Destination: Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
  • Accommodation: Zziwa Rhino Lodge
  • Mid-range lodge located in or near Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
    Meals & Drinks:

    • All meals included
    • Drinks not included
Day 02 Early Morning Bird Watching

We begin our morning bright and early with an excursion to the Zziwa wetland, where we eagerly search for the elusive shoebill and other aquatic wildlife. We anticipate ample opportunities to observe these remarkable birds up close. Later today, we will enjoy a delightful lunch at the lodge before departing for Masindi, where we will spend the night.

  • Main Destination: Masindi (Town)
  • Accommodation: Kabalega Resort
      • Mid-range hotel located in or near Masindi

Meals & Drinks:

    • All meals included
    • Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 03 Bird Watching Royal Mile

Our journey commences in the early morning as we venture through the dense forest to the renowned "Royal Mile". Accompanied by our knowledgeable guides, you'll have the opportunity to spot a diverse array of birds including hornbills, kingfishers, rollers, woodpeckers, barbets, spinetails, and sunbirds. Following this enriching experience, we'll embark on a scenic route near Lake Albert, ultimately arriving at the lodge for lunch.

Guests have the option to partake in a guided tour of the lodge grounds or indulge in evening bird-watching. The banks of the Nile offer an ideal habitat for a variety of bird species, including flycatchers, weavers, sunbirds, kingfishers, kestrels, owls, and hornbills.

  • Main Destination: Budongo Forest (Chimps)
  • Accommodation: Hoima Kolping Hotel
  • Budget hotel located outside Budongo Forest

Meals & Drinks:

    • All meals included
    • Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 04 Birding Watching Nile Delta

Shortly after daybreak, your early morning vessel will await you in front of your lodge, ready to sail upstream to the "mouth" of the stream in search of the elusive shoebill. Despite its rarity in this remote region, your chances of sighting one remain high, with many other wonders to behold along the way. Following lunch back at the lodge, you have the option to explore the locality or embark on a short night safari.

  • Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
  • Accommodation: Budongo Eco Lodge
  • Budget lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP
  • All meals included
  • Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 05 Game drive Murchison Falls National Park

Begin your day by rising early and indulging in a wholesome breakfast before embarking on an unforgettable journey to Paraa for an extraordinary game drive. Spend the next four hours traversing the rolling savannah, riverine forest, and marshland of Murchison Falls National Park in search of lion, leopard, elephant, giraffe, buffalo, hyena, hartebeest, and other fascinating wildlife. Following a delectable lunch, embark on a scheduled cruise that will transport you to Murchison Falls. Revel in stunning views of the abundant waterbirds as you hike to the top of the falls, with your driver eagerly awaiting your return to the lodge for dinner.

  • Main Destination: Murchison Falls National Park
  • Accommodation: Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Luxury lodge located inside Murchison Falls NP

Meals & Drinks:

    • All meals included
    • Non-alcoholic drinks
Day 06 Transfer to Entebbe

Tomorrow, we'll kick off early for our journey from the park to Entebbe, heading to the Airport View Hotel. Breakfast is scheduled for 7:30 am, followed by a 3-4 hour journey until we reach the lodge. There, we can relax and take in the sights of seabirds while relishing our meals.

    • Main Destination: Entebbe (City)
    • Accommodation: Airport View Hotel Entebbe
      • Mid-range hotel located in or near Entebbe

    Meals & Drinks:

      • All meals included
      • Non-alcoholic drinks
Botanical Gardens Birding and End of Trip Botanical Gardens Birding and End of Trip

An early rise is essential to ensure we reach the airport on schedule for our departure. The Entebbe Botanical Garden presents a fantastic opportunity for birdwatching, where sightings of the Orange Weaver and numerous other exotic species are possible. As our time in Uganda draws to a close, our guide will assist us with any necessary travel arrangements for our journey home.

  • Main Destination:  Entebbe (City)
  • Accommodation: No accommodation (End of tour)
  • Meals & Drinks:
  • Breakfast & lunch (Dinner not included)
  • Non-alcoholic drinks

24 reviews for 7-Day Birding, Murchison Fall Royal Mile and Big Five

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    The Thrill of the Big Five

    Big Five Safari filled my days with the thrill of encountering Africa’s Big Five.

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    Captivating Wildlife Encounters

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    Birding Expedition of a Lifetime

    7 Day Birding offered a birding expedition that will stay with me forever.

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    Nature's Hidden Gem

    Murchison Fall Royal Mile proved to be a hidden gem in Uganda’s wilderness.

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    Wings of Wonder

    7 Day Birding showcased the wings of wonder in Uganda’s birdlife.

    September 21, 2023

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    Aurora Rivershine

    Murchison Fall Royal Mile was a true masterpiece of nature’s beauty.

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    Birding Haven in Uganda's Wilderness

    7 Day Birding provided a haven for birdwatchers in Uganda’s wilderness.

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    The Call of the Wild

    Big Five Safari answered the call of the wild with thrilling encounters.

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    Enchanting Scenery

    Murchison Fall Royal Mile offered enchanting scenery at every turn.

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