4 Days Birding in Queen Elizabeth

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Highlights on Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Classified as an Important Birding Area (IBA) by Birding International, Queen’s great variety of habitats mean it is home to over 600 species. This is the greatest of any East African national park, and a phenomenal number for such a small area. The park’s confluence of savanna and forest, linking to the expansive forests of the DR Congo allow visitors to spot East as well as Central African species.


Key Bird Species

Present in the park are numerous water birds, woodland and forest dwellers in the Maramagambo Forest, 54 raptors and various migratory species. Key species include the Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, African Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pinkbacked Pelican, African Broadbill, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Corncrake, Lesser and Greater Flamingo, Shoebill, Bar-tailed Godwit.

For the best birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park, don’t miss these birding hot spots:
Kazinga Channel, Kasenyi Area, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo Forest, Ishasha Sector, Lake Kikorongo, Katunguru Bridge area and Katwe Area Tours can be booked through Katwe Tourism Information Center.


Optional Activity

Golden Monkey & Gorilla Trekking


For the best experience to our customers, below services are guaranteed:

  • Birding Permit
  • Full Board Accommodation on Safari
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
  • Fuel
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Entrance fees to the tourist sites including Protected areas mentioned
  • Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
  • Bottled water while on safari
  • Border crossing fees (for cross border safaris)


Day 1: Departure from Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Our driver(s) will pick you up for your 3 days gorilla trekking safari trip at 7.00am, from your hotel/ residence and we shall have a brief stop-over at the Uganda – Equator for some photo taking for your memory adventure moments, have simple drinks with snacks and then back to our way highway route through Masaka to Mbarara town for our lunch and resting at some of hug-outs either  Agip motel or Igongo.

From Mbarara we drive to southwest to the Western Rift Valley. We mostly reach late in the evening at Queen Elizabeth, check into your safari lodge to rest preparing for next day long awaited tour.


Day 2: Day for Queen Elizabeth birding on Game Drive and Boat cruise

The day kicks off at 6:30 amwith a cup of coffee, tea or milk for early morning gaming through the northern region of the park. We drive through open large saanna glassland plains which are habitant to huge flocks of White Stork and the Saddle-Billed Stork, mostly in the season of migration.

Watch other many species, the Brow-Snake Eagle, African Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Pinkbacked Pelican, African Broadbill, Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Black Bee-eater, White-tailed Lark, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Corncrake, Lesser and Greater Flamingo

After lunch we take an exciting boat cruise to watch other wild game inhabitants like the hipopotamus. Then will return to  lodge for a dinner.


Day 3: Day for at Mweya Peninsular & Kazinga Channel

The morning of this day, we bird the Mweya Peninsular and in the afternoon we take a boat to Kazinga channel. You will have the exposure to the, African Skimmer, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, White-winged Terns, Swamp Fly-catcher, Grey-capped Warbler, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Collard Pratincole, African Jacana, Pin-tailed Whydah, Martial Eagle, Gabon and Slender-tailed Nightjars, the lovely Black-headed Gonolek, Great and Long-tailed Cormorants, Common Squacco Heron, African Skimmer, African Fish Eagle, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, Sedge Warbler, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Papyrus Canary, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans, African Mourning Dove, African Open-billed Stork, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Yellow-billed and Marabou Stork, Egyptian Goose, a number of Gull species, just to mention but a few.


Day 4: Day for at Birding through Kasenyi Track and the Craters in Uganda

Today, bird the Kasenyi trail and the craters for hundreds of Savannah species, we search for the Common Rock Thrush, Pied Wheatear, Whinchat, Common Redstart, White-fronted Black Chat, Sooty Chat, Isabelline Wheatear, Common Bulbul, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Yellow-throated Greenbul, the Black, White-breasted, and Red-shouldered Cuckoo Shrikes, the Black and Penduline Tits, the Arrow-marked, Black-lored and Brown Babblers, Nubian Woodpecker, Cardinal Woodpecker, Brown-backed Woodpecker, Lesser Honeyguide, Scaly-throated Honeyguide, Black Scimitarbill, Green Wood Hoopoe, a number of Buzzards, Barbets, Rollers, Harriers, Vultures, Eagles, Bee-eaters, Warblers, and so forth.

From here we head back to the lodges, as we prepare our travel back to kampala the following day.







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