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Uganda - Shoebills to Gorillas

Tour Code: UGA01

A 9-day birdwatching tour visiting Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale National Parks, as well as Mabamba Swamp in search of Shoebill. Optional extensions available to the Royal Mile and Budongo Forest or Bwindi National Park for the Mountain Gorillas.

10 days from £2995(inc flights) Land Only Price: £2395 SRS: £395


Uganda is a spectacular country of misty mountains, lush forests and extensive papyrus-fringed lakes. It is home to over 1,000 species of bird and an abundance of other wildlife. We begin deep within the Mbamba Swamps, one of the best places in all Africa to see the unique and enigmatic Shoebill. Lake Mburo is our next stop, before we move to the open, Elephant-dotted plains of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The lush forests of Kibale offer a fitting finale to the main tour and the opportunity to trek for Chimpanzees, plus enjoy Great Blue Turaco, Black Bee-eater and many other fabulous birds. No visit to the ‘Pearl of Africa’ is complete, however, without a trek in search of the Mountain Gorillas in the Impenetrable Forest at Bwindi, one of the most memorable wildlife experiences in the world. An extension to Budongo Forest is also available.

  • Spectacular scenery
  • Shoebill, African Finfoot, Black Bee-eater and many other special birds
  • Up to 350 species of bird (if choosing Budongo Extension)
  • Trek for Chimpanzees in Kibale Forest
  • Enjoy a boat trip on the Kasinga Channel between Lakes Edward & George
  • Black and White Colobus, Blue Monkey & other primate species
  • Extend your tour to Budongo Forest & the Royal Mile
  • Optional extension to trek for the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi National Park
  • Expertly guided by our local Ugandan ornithologists

Food

All included in the price.

Accommodation

Comfortable lodges and permanent tented camps. All rooms have private facilities.

Shoebill (R Goldsmith)

Shoebill (R Goldsmith)

Outline Itinerary Download

Day 1 Depart London. Overnight Entebbe.

Day 2 Lake Mburo

Day 3 Mbarara

Day 4/5 Queen Elizabeth National Park

Day 6/7 Kibale

Day 8 Entebbe

Day 9 Fly London

Described by Winston Churchill as ?the pearl of Africa?, Uganda is a small landlocked country supporting more than 1000 bird species, reflecting its diversity of habitats and transitional point between the East African savannah, the West African rainforest and the semi-desert to the north. Uganda has a lot to offer the wildlife enthusiast and is happily rising in popularity following years of political turmoil. Tourists are welcomed and are increasingly being catered for all over the country, indeed Uganda is now one of Africa’s most friendly destinations. This birdwatching tour packs in some of Uganda’s finest and most diverse birdwatching sites including, Lake Mburo, Queen Elizabeth and Kibale Forest National Parks as well as Uganda’s best Shoebill location, the Mabamba Wetlands. The tour uses the best located lodges and hotels to optimise birdwatching potential which are simple, and occasionally luxurious in nature. The equatorial climate in Uganda remains stable all year round, with slight seasonal variations in rainfall. Most of Uganda is on a plateau at 900 - 1,800 metres above sea level. It is comfortably hot most of the time and rain showers are common, but do not hinder the birding. Average daytime temperatures are in the mid 20's Centigrade. These climatic factors also help to explain why all visitors are struck by just how green, fertile and beautiful Uganda is, which again is reflected in its abundant bird life.

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D.N.
Kent
Emmy is an excellent birder and trip organiser and very personable. All the staff at the venues from waiters to receptionists to forest rangers were very helpful and pleasant; excellent tourism. A beautiful country and stunning wildlife. Uganda has clearly changed a lot since the years of troubles; despite much deforestation there are still some beautiful bits of forest left and some excellent national parks. The parks were very under-booked; I would advise anyone thinking of an African nature holiday to consider Uganda - there is so much to see and local people are so welcoming and reliable.
A.H.
Warwickshire
Thank you Naturetrek for a great holiday, and many thanks to Emmy Gongo who was an excellent and knowledgable leader.
Anon.
London
The leader was outstanding – not just a terrifically expert birder but a delightful companion and with impressive inter-personal skills.
I.C.
Yorkshire
For a week's holiday I felt that the itinerary was good as it gave us three different habitats with their correspondingly different birds. The guide Emmy Gongo was a brilliant birder and an excellent person, hardworking, personable and a great sense of humour.
R.G.
Norfolk
Johnnie and Emmy worked really hard to find the birds for us and made sure we all had good views. Emmy, being able to whistle the calls of a great number of species was also very helpful in drawing out those elusive and skulking birds. Johnnie and Emmy are great ambassadors for Uganda and its wildlife. If you have a passion for African birds, I would recommend this trip.
M.D.
Kent
The service from the Naturetrek staff was excellent, and mailings were prompt. The flights could hardly have been better - punctual and with the expected level of service. The planned range of habitats visited provided opportunities to find a good number of birds, mammals and other wildlife. The trip leader, Hamlet Magabi, was excellent. He was able to communicate his knowledge and enthusiasm very well. Uganda is a very beautiful country and it was good to have had the opportunity to visit it in the company of group members who readily shared their sightings with everyone.
S.R.
Dublin
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An excellent well-organised trip. The trip leader, Jonnie and driver, Emmy, were exceptional in their service and presence. The leader in particular, displayed huge knowledge and was extremely helpful to us as rank amateurs. Mburu Camp was excellent - a wonderful place. Mweya Lodge was also exceptional.
N.R.
Dublin
Our guide was superb throughout. His knowledge of birds was immense and he was always cheerful, kind and helpful...a well thought out and arranged holiday
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Wed 14th February 2018 - Fri 23rd February 2018

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Wed 31st October 2018 - Fri 9th November 2018

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Emmy is an excellent birder and trip organiser and very personable. All the staff at the venues from waiters to receptionists to forest rangers were very helpful and pleasant; excellent tourism. A beautiful country and stunning wildlife. Uganda has clearly changed a lot since the years of troubles; despite much deforestation there are still some beautiful bits of forest left and some excellent national parks. The parks were very under-booked; I would advise anyone thinking of an African nature holiday to consider Uganda - there is so much to see and local people are so welcoming and reliable.
D.N., Kent