Overview

From the source of the White Nile on Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Range and the montane splendours of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, harbouring some of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas, Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing contrasts. 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 chance to track both Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees!

Please note: As we cannot guarantee the availability of gorilla permits, we suggest you book very early if you would like to purchase one for the optional gorilla trek. As of mid 2020, these permits are US$ 700 per person (non-refundable).

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

Tour Facts Top Birds
Shoebill; Ross’s, Black-billed & Great Blue Turacos; Grey Parrot; Eastern Plaintain-eater; African Fish Eagle; Blue-breasted & Black Bee-eaters; Papyrus Gonolek; Red-chested Owlet; Blue-throated Roller; Bar-tailed & Narina Trogons; Superb & Green-headed Sunbirds; African Broadbill; Neumann’s Warbler; Red-faced & Spot-flanked Barbets.
Top Mammals
Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Guereza, L’Hoest’s, Blue and Red-tailed Monkeys, Central African Red Colobus, Ugandan Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Yellow-backed & Black-fronted Duikers, Fire-footed Rope, Carruthers’ Mountain, Ruwenzori Sun and Red-legged Sun Squirrels, Demidoff’s & Thomas’s Galagos, Banded & Dwarf Mongooses, Plains Zebra, Hippopotamus, Common Warthog, Eland (the world’s largest antelope), Defassa Waterbuck, Bohor Reedbuck, Impala, Oribi and Topi.
Habitats Covered
montane rainforest, bamboo, woodlands, grasslands, wetlands,
Expected Climate
tropical with some rain expected, cooler in highlands
Max Group Size
6 with 1 Rockjumper leader
Tour Pace & Walking
moderate pace with some long drives
Accommodation
comfortable to luxurious guesthouses and hotels
Ease of Birding
moderate with some challenging species
Number of Species Expected
200+
Photographic Opportunities
excellent
Tour Route Map Route Map Client Testimonials

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.

Daniel Danckwerts' fantastic field skills and knowledge, combined with his sense of humour and enthusiasm for showing as many birds as possible to all participants make him an ideal birding guide.

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.

Born and raised in México is a certified Cultural guide and Nature-guide by the Ministry of tourism , began as a cultural guide but made a career in ecotourism and public land administration , seen that her hometown was growing so rapidly decided to give sustainable use to many vulnerable areas such as estuary of san jose home of some endemic birds , created many ecotours for her home town such as bird-watching , sea-turtle watching , stargazing among others she lead most birding tours in her area and also train others , she has been guiding cultural tours since 35 years ago and birding tours since 20 years ago . she will save you time , money and effort to enjoy the endemics

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!

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