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.
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
6 with 1 Rockjumper 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
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 was a great guide, and very enjoyable to work with, as well as being very knowledgeable about the subject matter, not only the birds!
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 was an excellent guide, incredibly keen and always friendly, positive and helpful. His knowledge of birds and their lifestyles was fantastic.
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.
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