Birding Tour Uganda: 19-day Shoebill, Albertine Rift Endemics, Gorillas and Chimpanzees 2018

Duration: 19 (or 14) days

Birding Tour Uganda Itinerary – The 19-day version is detailed here, but the first 14 days can be done as an independent tour. The 19-day version (including the 5-day extension to Murchison Falls National Park and Budongo Forest) is on sale.

This tour allows one to find the most important birds and primates that Uganda has to offer. Shoebill is almost guaranteed. Over 20 Albertine (Western) Rift endemics are also sought, including one of Africa’s most fabulous turacos, Ruwenzori Turaco, and of course the “must-see” African Broadbill. We have not yet missed Green-breasted Pitta on any of our trips – Uganda has become the classic country for finding this otherwise very difficult bird. We also look for other range-restricted birds, such as Red-faced Barbet that is also found in a remote part of Tanzania excluded from most birding tours to that country. Ross’s Turaco, Great Blue Turaco (almost twice the size of other turacos), and various other birds are virtually garden birds here in Uganda, “the Pearl of Africa”. Other highlights of our Uganda birding tour are a great many primates such as Uganda red colobus, eastern black-and-white colobus, eastern gorilla, and chimpanzee, not to mention the spectacular scenery, including such famous places as Lake Victoria (the continent’s largest lake), Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and last but not least the Virunga volcanoes. The 5-day extension is good for a host of more widespread African birds, lion, with some luck leopard, and fabulous sites such as Murchison Falls, where the Nile is forced through a narrow gap.

Please note that this trip is moderate in terms of fitness required, except for some days that are considered quite strenuous, such as the day of gorilla trekking and the day hike into Mubwindi Swamp and back. Chimpanzee trekking and looking for Green-breasted Pitta can also involve quite a lot of walking. You are welcome to opt out of any activities if you don’t feel you’ll manage them.

After the extension this tour could be combined with our Birding Tour Uganda: Shelley’s Crimsonwing Expedition 2018 to enhance the chances of seeing the elusive Shelley’s Crimsonwing.

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