4 Days Murchison Falls Bird Watching Safari

Murchison Falls Bird Watching Safari cattle egrets, Uganda birding Safari

Cattle Egrets in Murchison Falls

Murchison Falls Birds Watching Safari Tour

Overview

Taking you for a Bird Watching Adventure in Murchison Falls is the largest National Park in Uganda. It protects a chunk of untamed African savanna intersected by the Nile River. It is named for the dramatic Murchison Falls, where the world’s longest river violently explodes through a narrow cleft in the Rift Valley escarpment to plunge into a frothing pool 43m below. This is a powerful and beautiful spectacle.

The park’s large size and wide range of habitats allows for an impressive checklist of more than 460 bird species. This is the most reliable location for the icnonic Shoebill stork. We are almost certain of seeing the bird, which is regularly recorded along the Nile inside the park, especially at the delta and on two islands in the river. Other bird watching interest include; Lesser Flamingo, Great Snipe, Swallow-tailed Bee-eater, Red-throated Bee-eater, Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl, White-crested Turaco, and more.

The Bird Watching Safari Itinerary

Day 1: Bird watching tour to Murchison Falls N.P.

Upon arrival, you will be met by your guide who will drive you to Murchison Falls. We stop over at Masindi for lunch.

  • Up-Market: Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge / Murchison River Lodge/ Pakuba Lodge
  • Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (Tents) / Murchison River Lodge (Tents)/ red chilli rest camp
  • Meals Plan: Dinner

Day 2: Bird watching to the bottom of the Falls.

On this day, after an early breakfast, we take a boat birding to the bottom of the falls in the morning and game drive to the delta in the afternoon. Birds we hope to pick up here include; Red-throated Bee-eater, Violet-backed Starling, Spot-flanked Barbet, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Red-faced Crombec, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Crested Francolin, Spotted Morning-Thrush, Silver Bird, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow-Weaver, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Pet Lark, Striped Kingfisher, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Long-crested Eagle, Croaking Cisticola, Blue Quail, Northern Red Bishop, Sooty Chat, Heuglin’s Francolin, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Piapiac, Grey Kestrel, Rufous Sparrow, Broad-billed Roller, Yellow-throated Long Claw, Black-bellied Bustard, Bateleur, Klaas’ Cuckoo, Carmine Bee-eater, Rattling Cisticola, Swallow-tail Bee-eater, Viteline Masked Weaver, White-winged Widowbird, Grey-capped Warbler, Blue-naped Mousebird, Martial Eagle, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks, Siffling and Foxy Cisticolas, Black-billed Barbet, Ruppel’s Griffon, Lappet-faced and Palm-nut Vultures, Tawny Eagle. Mammals present here also include; Warthogs, Elephants, Jackson’s Hartebeest, Oribi, Rothschild Giraffe, Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Jackals, Lions, Bush Bucks, Bohor Reedbuck, and primates like the Patas Monkey.

  • Up-Market: Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge / Murchison River Lodge/ Pakuba Lodge
  • Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (Tents) / Murchison River Lodge (Tents)/ red chilli rest camp
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Murchison Falls Bird Watching Safari, Uganda Birding Safari, Red-throated Bee-eater

Red-throated Bee-eater in Murchison Falls National Park

Day 3: Bird watching across the Nile.

Cross the Nile and go for a whole day game drive up to the top of the falls. We expect to encounter; the White-rumped Canary, Foxy Cisticola, Egyptian Plover, Red-winged Grey warbler, Secretary Bird, Bat Hawk, Pel’s Fishing Owl, Vinaceous Dove, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, Chestnut-crowned Sparrow Weaver, Carmine Bee-eater, Nightjars (Pennant-winged & Standard-winged), White-rumped Canary, etc.

  • Up-Market: Paraa Safari Lodge
  • Moderate: Fort Murchison Lodge / Murchison River Lodge/ Pakuba Lodge
  • Low Budget: Fort Murchison Lodge (Tents) / Murchison River Lodge (Tents)/ red chilli rest camp
  • Meals Plan: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Game drive in Uganda.

Morning game drive and afternoon transfer to Kampala. You will either go for overnight in your lodge of booking or transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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