• Queen Elizabeth National Park

    birdsUganda is a birder’s paradise. Over half of all bird species in Africa can be found in Uganda making it the richest African birding destination. Birding in Queen Elizabeth is an incredible treat as this is Uganda’s most popular and most scenic National Park that contains a variety of habitats that range from savanna to wetlands to lowland forests. This diversity is reflected in the list of over 600 bird species, the biggest of any protected area in Uganda. A majority of the birds found in this area are regarded as famous birds of East Africa and are a must see for birdwatchers in Africa!

    Size: 1978 km² / 764 mi² Altitude: 910-1350 m / 2986-4429 ft.

    Pros: top wildlife viewing; boat trips on Kazinga channel available; tree-climbing lions in the Ishasha sector; excellent birding with 600 species recorded; several accommodation options for different budgets.

    Cons: a main road bisects the park and people live along the boundaries; the Mweya peninsula area can get busy in high season.

  • DAY 1: Kampala – Queen Elizabeth Birding National Park

    After early breakfast, drive to Queen Elizabeth National Park a home to 606 bird species. You will visit the Mweya Peninsula a site between Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward, where you will be able to see bird species like: Squire-tailed, Slender-tailed and Swamp Nightjars; Grey-Headed and Pygmy Kingfisher; Scarlet-Chested and Red-Chested Sunbird; Lesser Masked, Slender-billed and Yellow-backed Weavers; Little Bee-eater; Nubian Woodpecker; Red-capped Lark just to mention but a few. Check in to your desired lodges:

    • BudgetSimba Safari Camp
    • Moderate– Katara Lodge/Kingfisher Lodge Kichwamba
    • Luxury– Mweya Safari Lodge/Jacana Safari Lodge

    DAY 2: Birding through Queen Elizabeth

    Take an early breakfast before birding the Kasenyi Area and the Craters for hundreds of Savannah species, making it a must-see bird destination. You will see species like: Palm-nut, Hooded, African White-backed, Ruppell’s Griffon and Lappet-faced Vultures; Brown Snake, Wahlberg, Bateleur, Long-Created and Martial Eagles; African Wattled, Crowned, Senegal and Kittlitz Plovers; Rufous napped, Flappet and White-tailed Larks; Fork-tailed Drongo, Pin-tailed Whydah; and so forth.

    After lunch you will proceed to Katwe Area, where there are several crater lakes and swamps. Here, Lake Munyanyange is favored by various water birds, especially a concentration of Lesser Flamingos and a few Greater Flamingos. The species that can be seen here include: Lesser and Greater Flamingos; Eurasian Mash, Montagu and Pallid Harriers; Avocet; Common Greenshank; Little Stint; Curlew Sandpiper; Gull-billed Tern; Croaking Cisticola; Southern Red Bishop, and so forth. Return for dinner and overnight.

    DAY 3: Return Trip to Kampala

    After an early breakfast, you go to Ishasha Sector and Kyambura Gorge another big area that offers a lot to birders in Africa, despite best known for its tree climbing lions. Species that can be seen here include: Palm-nut, Hooded, African White-backed, Ruppell’s Griffon and Lappet-faced Vulture; Brown Snake, Wahlberg, Long-created, Martial, and African Crowned Eagles; African Wattled and Senegal Plover; African Green Pigeon; Double-toothed and White-headed Barbets; Grey Woodpecker; Grey-backed Fiscal, just to mention but a few. In the evening transfer to Kampala and return to your family host/hostel.

    Important Note: This is a sample itinerary and may be altered to accommodate changes in field conditions.

  • Cost: Please Contact Us for information about safari costs.

    Date: To be determined by ASTCF coordinator (most likely at the end or middle of participant’s respective volunteer program).

    What’s Included?

    • All meals and accommodation as per the itinerary.
    • All ground transportation in a comfortable 4×4 vehicle.
    • Park entrance fees.
    • Services of a full time English speaking driver/guide.
    • All government taxes/levies.

    What’s Not Included?

    • Personal expenses on food/drinks
    • Tips