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.

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


comfortable to luxurious guesthouses and hotels with some more basic facilities

Ease of Birding

moderate with some challenging species

Number of Species Expected


Other Attractions

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

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

André Bernon
LL, Uganda 2018

Amazed at how Andre Bernon was able to keep going, stay focused, and go about his task of finding the species so professionally. We missed very little, and had some great experiences with many of the primates, especially the Gorillas, and so many birds, with Shoebill and African Finfoot being stand out moments.

Nigel Redman
IB - Uganda 2022

Nigel was a great guide, and very enjoyable to work with, as well as being very knowledgeable about the subject matter, not only the birds!

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.

Daniel Danckwerts
HR & LR - Uganda 2019

Daniel Danckwerts was an excellent guide, incredibly keen and always friendly, positive and helpful. His knowledge of birds and their lifestyles was fantastic.

Daniel Danckwerts
AM - Uganda 2019

Firstly, I want to express my amazement at the skills and knowledge of your guides, including Daniel Danckwerts. I cannot imagine how they become so proficient in the birds of several different countries! Daniel also seemed to have good organisational skills. Daniel was also respectful and professional with the group, and we all liked him.

Uganda - Birds & Gorillas (Small Group) 2024

04 Aug 2024 - 20 Aug 2024 (17 days)

USD10,195 - No Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Gregory de Klerk

Pricing notes : 2023 permit costs (per person): Gorilla = $700, Chimp = $200

Tour price (Per person): USD10,195 * GBP8,311 * EUR9,610 * AUD15,695

Single Supplement: USD810 * GBP660 * EUR763 * AUD1,247

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

Uganda - Birds & Gorillas (Small Group) 2025

12 Aug 2025 - 28 Aug 2025 (17 days)

USD11,000 - No Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Glen Valentine

Pricing notes : *Prices are estimated and dates may change* 2023 permit costs (per person): Gorilla = $700, Chimp = $200

Tour price (Per person): USD11,000 * GBP8,968 * EUR10,368 * AUD16,934

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

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