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).

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

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.

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.

This tour more than met all our expectations: in terms of sightings, accommodations, leadership, and magnificence of the country. Of course, we knew David Hoddinott, and knew he would be superb. We'd highly recommend Rockjumper's Uganda tour, we loved it and appreciate David's expertise and leadership.

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.

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.

Dates, Leaders and Pricing
2023 DEPARTURES
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