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Uganda Birding Tours

Our Uganda Specials Tours to Bwindi, Kibale and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, have had 100% success rates in seeing Green-breasted Pitta, African Green Broadbill and Shoebill. See the trip reports here.

In 2016 and 2017, we'll travel in July with just 9 participants. There's also an extension to Rwanda's Nyungwe Forest to see Red-Collared Mountain Babbler and to Northern-Western Uganda to explore the birds of Mabira, Murchison Falls and Budongo's famous Royal Mile. Click here to download the itinerary and tour details.

Uganda offers over 1000 species, the highest concentration of birds in Africa, and is the most accessible place to see the legendary Shoebill. To find it, we'll embark a small boat and explore the vast swamps of Lake Victoria.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with its misty peaks and fern-loaded forests, is an amazing biodiversity hotspot that hosts 24 of Uganda's 26 Albertine Rift endemics. It also offers one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth: the opportunity to come face to face with one of our closest relatives, Gorilla, in its natural habitat. Our tours allow a day for those who wish to track gorillas, while others can do the extra birding.

At lower altitude, pitta-like Short-tailed Warblers and Kivu Ground Thrushes skulk in the mossy undergrowth. African Grey Parrots fly overhead while Chimpanzees shriek from deep in the forest. Higher up, the cloud-swathed Virunga volcanoes (of Dian Fossey fame) loom in the distance. Here we'll search for the near mythical African Green Broadbill and Grauer's Rush Warbler. It is even suggested that at least one undescribed species might even be lurking in the park!

The forests of Kibale National Park host one of Africa's most desired species: the very secretive Green-breasted Pitta. On our tours, we allow three mornings to search for it. Our success rate is second to none, with all participants having seen the bird on all our Uganda Specials Tours. See the trip reports here.

Booking is easy with our online booking form and online 3-D secure credit card payment. The deposit is ZAR2000, or about GBP110 or USD180. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour.

Email us about availability: info@birdingafrica.com

Featured Leader: Michael Mills

Michael recommends: This tour is well suited to world listers and keen birders with a sense of adventure.

Michael grew up in the Kalahari Gemsbok and Kruger National Parks and has travelled extensively in Africa, Asia, South America and Antarctica. He obtained a Masters degree in Conservation Biology and continues conducting bird research, particularly in Angola.

Besides birds, he has a strong interest in mammals, particularly in small carnivores and African primates.

Michael leads tours for Birding Africa to Uganda, Rwanda, Ghana, Gabon, São Tomé and Príncipe, Ethiopia, Malawi, Mali, South Africa, Zambia, Namibia, Madagascar and Angola.

Our Uganda and Rwanda tours have also been led by Callan Cohen, Deirdre Vrancken and Tertius Gous.

Abyssinian Ground Hornbill photographed during our 2014 Tour © Tertius Gous

2016 Tour dates and cost

Birding Africa Tours Dates
(in country)
Days

Cost*

Single**

Detailed Itinerary Trip Report

Rwanda (Nyungwe) extension
Leader: Michael Mills
Guaranteed departure
FULL

16 - 20 July 2016  5 £1830
$2590
£330
$465
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USD (5.1 MB)
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Uganda Specials & Gorillas
Leader: Michael Mills
Guaranteed departure
FULL

20 - 30 July 2016 11 £3520
$4990
£485
$685
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USD (5.1 MB)
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Murchison & Budongo extension
Leader: Michael Mills
Guaranteed departure
2 spaces left!

31 Jul -
4 Aug 2016
 5 £1590
$2280
£310
$440
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2017 Tour dates and cost

Birding Africa Tours 2017 Dates 2017
(in country)
Days

Cost*

Single**

Detailed Itinerary Trip Report

Uganda: Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee and Shoebill
Leader: Tertius A. Gous

16 - 30 June 2017  15 please enquire please enquire please enquire click here

Rwanda (Nyungwe) extension
Leader: Michael Mills

8 - 12 July 2017  5 £2160
$2590
£410
$500
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USD
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Uganda Specials & Gorillas
Leader: Michael Mills

12 - 22 July 2017 11 £4375
$5250
£575
$690
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USD
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Murchison & Budongo extension
Leader: Michael Mills

23 - 27 July 2017  5 £1970
$2380
£400
$480
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USD
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Uganda Birds & Gorillas
Shoebill, Gorilla and Chimpanzee
Leader: Tertius A. Gous
29 July - 11 August 14 £5960
$7250
£770
$980
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USD
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* Included:
drinks
tips
full board accommodation
Birding Africa tour leader
Birding Africa printed booklet with species lists
activities as indicated on the itinerary
guide fees, entry fees for the parks, reserves and botanical gardens
transport as indicated on the itinerary

* Not included:
laundry, telephone calls, entry visa,
optional chimpanzee tracking permit,
optional gorilla tracking permit


 

 


What participants say...

Thank you so much for such a wonderful trip to Uganda. You were both so kind, attentive and incredibly knowledgeable. ... you gave us a memorable experience and we shall always remember your delightful company which we hope we will enjoy again one day.' RC, Cambridge, UK

'Many thanks again for a wonderful trip to Uganda... You looked after us so well and there were many memorable moments: the gorillas, the chimps and the red-tailed monkey, the red colobus trek through the swampy forest, the butterflies, the crater lake drive and all the birds. ...

It was fascinating being able to spend time watching the mammals, particularly the young chimps with the red-tailed monkey, and I really appreciated Deirdre's font of knowledge about them all. There were some stunning birds as well and the butterflies provided a welcome relief from Greenbul identification!.'
JK, Sheffield, UK

Gorilla seen at Buhoma on a Uganda Birding Tour © Callan Cohen. Gorilla at Bwindi on our Uganda Birding Tour © Callan Cohen.


Mubwindi swamp © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken.


Uganda is a paradise for butterfly watching © Callan Cohen.


Green-breasted Pitta was seen doing a jump display on the Birding Africa tour in 2011 and nest-building on the Birding Africa tour in 2012 © Callan Cohen


Shoebill seen at Mabamba swamp on a Birding Africa Tour © Callan Cohen.


Red-throated Bee-eater seen with Birding Africa © Callan Cohen www.birdingafrica.com.


Practical tour information

Focus The tour led by Tertius Gous is geared to keen birders and mammal (including primates!) enthusiasts. The tour led by Michael Mills is designed to see as many as possible endemic birds.
We can also customise any itinerary to suit to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast or both.
Photography Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
Fitness A small degree of fitness is required. The few walks are generally in relatively flat areas with occasional small inclines. The terrain during the optional gorilla tracking can never be predicted and can be very steep.
Timing Most of our Uganda tours take place during December and January or July and August.
Climate Cool at night in the highlands, warm to hot in the lowlands.
Comfort A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and small hotels.
Transport We travel by minibus, four wheel drive vehicle or 4x4 coaster bus.
Group Size Maximum 9 participants on the Uganda & Rwanda birding tours in July.
Top birds Shoebill, Short-tailed Warbler, Kivu Ground Thrush, African Grey Parrot, African Green Broadbill,
Grauer's Rush Warbler, Fox's Weaver, Green-breasted Pitta.
Top mammals Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Black-and-white Colobus, Red Colobus, Uganda Mangabey (Grey-cheeked Mangabey), Red-tailed monkey, African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Giant Forest Hog
Booking Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due 150 days before the tour. Please Contact us to enquire about availability.

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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