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 recommended to secure these permits. Permits costs are set by the Ugandan government and are non-refundable.

Top Birds

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.

Top Mammals

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.

Habitats Covered

mid-altitude & montane rainforest, woodlands, acacia savanna, grasslands, wetlands, papyrus swamps

Expected Climate

tropical to hot with some rain expected, much cooler in highlands

Max Group Size

6 with 1 Rockjumper leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate pace with some longer walks and drives

Accommodation

comfortable to luxurious guesthouses and hotels with some more basic facilities

Ease of Birding

moderate with some challenging species

Number of Species Expected

±550

Other Attractions

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Nile & Kazinga cruises, Murchison Falls, African art

Photographic Opportunities

good

What our clients say about us

David Hoddinott
HJ - Uganda 2019

The tour with David Hoddinott was excellent and made a deep impression on us!! My feeling is that David liked it all, too, and we had lots of fun plus lots of birds, including the targets!! Super! I got my most essential targets (19!), A-M got hers [about 100 new targets (!!)] and David also got a lifer and apparently also a second African- or Uganda-new. One great experience for us was to see his joy (and the driver´s joy) when David got his lifer (Ring-necked Francolin!). They together performed a fantastic performance to celebrate the event! Thanks for all you and Rockjumper have done for my wife and me during our Uganda trip for us with Rockjumper - tailor-made! All Great!

Glen Valentine
DH, Uganda 2022

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.

Daniel Danckwerts
CH - Uganda 2019

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.

David Hoddinott
WM & TB, Uganda 2019

We so very much enjoyed traveling with you throughout Uganda, and now we know why it is one of your favourite destinations in Africa. Thank you for everything - your guiding, birding and organisational skills, your patience and your good company.

David Hoddinott
DD, Private Uganda

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.

Uganda - Birds & Gorillas (Small Group) 2024

04 Aug 2024 - 20 Aug 2024 (17 days)

USD10,195 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Gregory de Klerk

Pricing notes : 2024 permit costs (per person): Gorilla = $800, Chimp = $250

Tour price (Per person): USD10,195 * GBP8,029 * EUR9,439 * AUD15,428

Single Supplement: USD810 * GBP638 * EUR750 * AUD1,226

Can be linked with: Uganda - Fox's Weaver Extension 2024

Uganda - Birds & Gorillas (Small Group) 2025

12 Aug 2025 - 28 Aug 2025 (17 days)

USD10,295 - No Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

Pricing notes : 2024 permit costs (per person): Gorilla = $800, Chimp = $250

Tour price (Per person): USD10,295 * GBP8,108 * EUR9,532 * AUD15,579

Single Supplement: USD950 * GBP748 * EUR880 * AUD1,438

Can be linked with: Uganda - Fox's Weaver Extension 2025

Uganda - Birds & Gorillas (Small Group) 2026

11 Aug 2026 - 27 Aug 2026 (17 days)

USD10,700 - 4 Spaces Available

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Tour Leader: David Hoddinott

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change* 2024 permit costs (per person): Gorilla = $800, Chimp = $250

Tour price (Per person): USD10,700 * GBP8,427 * EUR9,906 * AUD16,192

Can be linked with: Uganda - Fox's Weaver Extension 2026

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