Overview

We are very excited to launch this special tour of Uganda, which has been thoughtfully put together as a ladies-only option. Our 2-week highlights of Uganda tour traverses from the source of the White Nile on Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Range and the montane splendors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, harboring some of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas. Simply put Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing contrasts offering some of the best birding and mammal viewing on the planet. No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats (all 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 species such as the unique Shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the Albertine Rift. This highlights tour provides 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: As we cannot guarantee the availability of gorilla permits, we suggest that you book very early if you would like to purchase one for the optional gorilla trek. 

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Shoebill, Green-breasted Pitta, Grauer's Broadbill, Nahan’s Francolin, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Papyrus Gonolek, Lagden's, Doherty's, Lühder’s, Many-coloured & Bocage’s Bushshrikes, Red-throated Alethe, Ituri Batis, Great Blue Turaco, Dusky & Olive Long-tailed Cuckoos, Blue Malkoha, Black Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller, Grauer’s, Grauer's Swamp and Neumann’s Warblers, Fraser’s Rufous Thrush, White-tailed & Red-tailed Ant Thrushes, Lowland Masked & Mountain 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, Jameson’s Antpecker, Strange Weaver, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher
Top Mammals
Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Giant Forest Hog, African Elephant, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Central African Red Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Red-tailed Monkey, Thomas's & Demidoff's Galagos, Potto, Lion, Leopard
Habitats Covered
mid-altitude and montane rainforest, woodlands, acacia savanna, grasslands, wetlands, papyrus swamps
Expected Climate
tropical with some rain expected, cooler in highlands
Max Group Size
3 - 6 with 1 local leader / 7 - 10 with 1 Rockjumper leader & 1 local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace with some longer walks and drives
Accommodation
comfortable guesthouses and hotels
Number of Species Expected
380+
Other Attractions
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mabamba Swamp, Kazinga Channel & Lake Mburo Boat Cruises, African art
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

Markus displayed his exceptional birding skills in addition to wonderful people management skills. Birds were obviously a delight and Markus was able to maintain his infectious enthusiasm for birds for the whole tour. At the same time, Markus was very considerate of various people’s needs to make the tour a memorable time for all.

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.

The office staff are always so friendly in their response to emails, and I always feel that there is a personal relationship. That makes for good customer relationships. I met Rockjumper at an ABA conference years ago, and was impressed by them. I regret that I did not take the tour sooner. I have traveled with most of the major companies on more than 30 tours, and I feel that Rockjumper is superior in many ways, especially in having skilled and enthusiastic leaders.

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.

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.

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