GuideLocal Guide
DatesAny Time
Birding Days15
Ground Price£4100
Flight ex UK£500
Local Guide chosen from our selection of excellent guides. We take care to choose locally-based guides who know the birds of their locality. They ensure you get a bird-filled tour, with the additional benefit of first-hand knowledge of the culture of the country.
The Pearl of Africa .....a fitting description, Uganda is a beautiful lush country, with great lakes, mountains, savannah, dripping rainforests and papyrus swamps. With a bird list of over 1000, of which we could see over half, and the opportunity of tracking Chimpanzee and Mountain Gorillas (Gorilla Trekking Permit; $500), this tour is justly very popular.
After arrival, we will drive north to Masindi, stopping en-route for restricted-range species. Budongo and Kibale Forests give the opportunity for Chimp tracking, and should bring us White-naped Pigeon, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Black-capped Apalis, Tiny Sunbird, Thick-billed and Willcock’s Honeyguides, Green and Lemon-bellied Crombecs, and Dusky and Olive Long-tailed Cuckoos. Luck may bring us African and the very scarce Green-breasted Pitta. Other species include White-thighed and African Pied Hornbill, Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, Fire-crested Alethe, Ituri Batis and Black-collared Lovebird. In more open country at Murchison Falls, a site for the enigmatic Shoebill, we seek out Pennant-winged and Long-tailed Nightjars, Senegal Thick-knee, Red-throated Bee-eater, Bruce’s Green Pigeon, White-crested Turaco, Swallow-tailed, Red-throated and Carmine Bee-eaters, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Abyssinian Roller and Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike.
After Kibale Forest, we head for Queen Elizabeth National Park. The habitats here are diverse, and home to Beaudouin’s Snake Eagle, Croaking Cisticola, Speckled Tinkerbird and Marsh Tchagra. We will also have another opportunity for Shoebill. Bwindi is home to Mountain Gorillas, and a host of Albertine Rift endemics. These include Handsome Francolin, Grauer’s and Short-tailed Warblers, Blue-headed, Purple-breasted and Regal Sunbirds, the very rare Green Broadbill, Great Blue and Black-billed Turacos, Black Bee-eater, Archer’s and White-bellied Robin-chats, Red-throated Alethe, Kivu Ground Thrush, Mountain Masked and Collared Apalises, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Stripe-breasted Tit, Mountain Black Boubou, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher and Strange Weaver. Dwarf Honeyguide is a speciality, as is the stunning Black Bee-eater.
At Lake Mburo, there are several grassland and acacia species, including Brown Parrot, Blue-naped Mousebird, Red-necked Spurfowl, and with luck, the restricted-range Red-faced Barbet. Black-shouldered Nightjar and African Scope Owl call at night and there are several papyrus species, which could include the scarce Papyrus Yellow Warbler, as well as the more regular Papyrus Gonolek and White-winged Warbler.
We next visit Mabira Forest, where possible species include the elusive Nahan’s Francolin, a plethora of sunbirds, Blue-shouldered and Red-capped Robin-chats, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Red-headed Bluebill, Double-toothed and Yellow-billed Barbets, and maybe Tit Hylia. The nomadic Weyns' Weaver is a possibility. Our final stops are on the shores of Lake Victoria, and include a final chance for Shoebill.