From the source of the White Nile on Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Range, the montane forests of the Virunga volcanoes, harbouring some of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas, to the extensive savannas around the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing contrasts! No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats (in an area approximately the size of Great Britain!), and this richness is reflected in its incredible bird list of over 1,000 species, making it arguably the richest African birding destination. Amongst these are many highly sought-after birds, including the unique Shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the Albertine Rift Mountains. This tour provides a comprehensive coverage of Uganda while staying at some great lodges, and aside from the birds (over 500 species of them!), it offers superb game viewing and the chance to track Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees!
Please note: We cannot guarantee the availability of gorilla or chimp trekking permits, early booking is recomended to secure these permits. Permits costs are set by the Ugandan government and are non-refundable.
The listed Rockjumper leader will not accompany this tour unless a minimum of 6 guests are signed up. In the case of less sign-ups, a professional and very experienced local guide will lead the tour instead.
Shoebill; Heuglin’s & Handsome Spurfowls; Nahan’s Partridge; Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle; Grauer’s Broadbill; Red-faced Barbet; Green-breasted Pitta; Papyrus Gonolek; Lühder’s & Bocage’s Bushshrikes; Pennant-winged Nightjar; Red-throated Alethe; Ituri Batis; Great Blue Turaco; Blue Malkoha; Black Bee-eater; Blue-throated Roller; African Dwarf, Chocolate-backed, Shining-blue & Blue-breasted Kingfishers; Grauer’s & Neumann’s Warblers; Uganda & Red-throated Woodland Warblers; Fraser’s Rufous Thrush; White-tailed & Red-tailed Ant Thrushes; Lowland Masked, Mountain Masked & Ruwenzori Apalises; Afep & White-naped Pigeons; Red-chested Owlet; White-spotted Flufftail; African Finfoot; Brown-chested Lapwing; Grey-winged, Blue-shouldered & White-bellied Robin-Chats; Equatorial Akalat; White-bellied Crested Flycatcher; Magpie Mannikin; Joyful, Kakamega, Ansorge’s & Toro Olive Greenbuls; Dusky & Grey-chested Babblers; Jameson’s Antpecker; Dusky Crimsonwing; Weyns's & Strange Weavers; Mountain Sooty & Lowland Sooty Boubous; Forest & White-headed Wood Hoopoes; Speckle-breasted Woodpecker.
Mountain Gorilla; Chimpanzee; L’Hoest’s, Red-tailed, Blue, Tantalus & Patas Monkeys; Guereza; Grey-cheeked Mangabey; Ugandan Red Colobus; African Elephant; Chequered Elephant Shrew; Leopard; Lion; Plain's Zebra; Forest Hog; Rothschild's Giraffe; African Buffalo; Common Eland; Common Hippopotamus; Bunyaro Rabbit.
mid-altitude & montane rainforest, woodlands, acacia savanna, grasslands, wetlands, papyrus swamps
tropical to hot with some rain expected, much cooler in highlands
3 - 5 with 1 local leader / 6 - 10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local birding leader
moderate pace with some longer walks and drives
comfortable to luxurious guesthouses and hotels with some more basic facilities
moderate with some challenging species
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Nile & Kazinga cruises, Murchison Falls, African art
David, I need to thank you again for the birding experience in Uganda. The mammals were spectacular, not to be missed, but it was really the birding that blew my mind. It is with a mixture of gratitude, wonder and definitely humbleness having been shown these birds by someone so 'awesome' that I say thank you again. It was so much fun for me. I was elated and still am when I think about Uganda. As they say, it was priceless.
Hi David. Just to say that we couldn’t have had a better trip. The more I think about it, the more remarkable it was. We couldn’t have asked for better encounters with our target birds and the mammal experiences were memorable. Thanks!!! The entire entourage was impressed by your skills and leadership. I’m glad we could make this happen. Looking forward to future trips.
Our Rockjumper guide, Daniel Danckwerts, was super. He was focused on getting us onto the birds especially but was personable and handled logistics and details to make our experience the best it could be. He was enthusiastic, kind, and engaging.
We asked for it, and we got it! This was a fabulous experience. Glen Valentine is a great leader. He has the ears of a cheerful bat, the eyes of a knowledgeable eagle, and the energy of a hummingbird. He is so happy to see the birds, we can't fail to be happy too. Our driver Hillary was a great asset to the trip. He is not only a great driver. He was unfailingly cheerful, very careful on our behalf. He knows his birds and mammals too! I am sure he could lead a good trip all by himself. Both Glen and Hilary used local guides and contacts to great effect. We always saw what was around to be seen with that added local expertise.
Born and raised in México is a certified Cultural guide and Nature-guide by the Ministry of tourism , began as a cultural guide but made a career in ecotourism and public land administration , seen that her hometown was growing so rapidly decided to give sustainable use to many vulnerable areas such as estuary of san jose home of some endemic birds , created many ecotours for her home town such as bird-watching , sea-turtle watching , stargazing among others she lead most birding tours in her area and also train others , she has been guiding cultural tours since 35 years ago and birding tours since 20 years ago . she will save you time , money and effort to enjoy the endemics
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