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 highlights tour provides a comprehensive coverage of this incredible nation and, aside from the birds, it offers superb game viewing and the chance to track both 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.




Top Birds

Shoebill; Green-breasted Pitta; Nahan’s Francolin; Pennant-winged Nightjar; Papyrus Gonolek; Lühder’s & Bocage’s Bushshrikes; Red-throated Alethe; Ituri Batis; Great Blue Turaco; Blue Malkoha; Black Bee-eater; Blue-throated Roller; Grauer’s & Neumann’s Warblers; Fraser’s Rufous Thrush; White-tailed & Red-tailed Ant Thrushes; Lowland Masked & Mountian Masked Apalises; Afep & White-naped Pigeons; Red-chested Owlet; Grey-winged, Blue-shouldered & White-bellied Robin-Chats; Equatorial Akalat; White-bellied Crested Flycatcher; Magpie Mannikin; Kakamega & Ansorge’s Greenbuls; Jameson’s Antpecker.

Top Mammals

Mountain Gorilla; Chimpanzee; Forest Hog; African Elephant; African Buffalo; Lion; Leopard; Spotted Hyaena; Rothschild's Giraffe; Common Hippopotamus.

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

3 - 5 with 1 local leader / 6 - 10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local birding leader

Tour Pace & Walking

moderate pace with some longer walks and drives


comfortable guesthouses & hotels

Ease of Birding

moderate with some challenging species

Number of Species Expected


Other Attractions

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Kazinga Channel cruise, African art

Photographic Opportunities


What our clients say about us

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
AF - Uganda 2019

Daniel Danckwerts is an excellent guide, very skilled at finding and identifying birds, very energetic, and clearly dedicated to helping all the clients see the birds. He is a good conversationalist, knowledgeable on many subjects and very enjoyable to bird with. I would happily go on future tours with him.

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
MN, Uganda

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.

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 - Highlights (Ladies Only) 2024

12 Jul 2024 - 25 Jul 2024 (14 days)

USD6,995 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Harriet Faithfull

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

Tour price (Per person): USD6,995 * GBP5,706 * EUR6,599 * AUD10,772

Single Supplement: USD720 * GBP587 * EUR679 * AUD1,109

Uganda - Highlights 2024

17 Aug 2024 - 30 Aug 2024 (14 days)

USD6,995 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: Heinz Ortmann

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

Tour price (Per person): USD6,995 * GBP5,706 * EUR6,599 * AUD10,772

Single Supplement: USD720 * GBP587 * EUR679 * AUD1,109

Uganda - Highlights 2025

08 Jul 2025 - 21 Jul 2025 (14 days)

USD8,000 - Spaces Available


Tour Leader: André Bernon


Tour Leader: Local Leader

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

Tour price (Per person): USD8,000 * GBP6,526 * EUR7,547 * AUD12,320

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