Shoebill, Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees
From the source of the White Nile on Lake Victoria to the snow-capped Ruwenzori Range, the montane forests of the Virunga volcanoes, harboring some of the last remaining Mountain Gorillas, to the extensive savannas around the awe-inspiring Lake Mburo National Park, Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing contrasts. No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats, and this richness is reflected in its incredible bird list of over 1000 species. Amongst these are many highly sought-after birds, such as the unique Shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the Albertine Rift Valley, (currently hard to find anywhere else.)
A significant number of the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas roam through dense forests of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, in groups of three to 20 animals. Trackers will guide us up rugged terrain, with some steep sections and occasional stream crossings, to where we can quietly watch a gorilla family feed, groom, play and rest. Though we spend only an hour together, it is truly an unforgettable experience to watch these magnificent gorillas interact with each other with such human-like qualities.
Kibale National Park is famed for its high diversity and concentration of primates – 13 are possible, including large numbers of endangered Chimpanzees. The noisiest of african primates, the forest echoes with their screams, hoots and their drum beats on tree buttresses. We’ll likely hear Chimpanzees before seeing them. If we’re lucky, we may catch them mounting an organized hunt to satisfy their omnivorous appetites.
The trip is very diverse although it is short. The tour begins and ends in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria. After arrival at Entebbe, the following day we set out straight away to find the most iconic bird of the tour – Shoebill! We’ll spend a morning in the Mabamba Wetlands before heading west to beautiful Lake Mburo National Park and Bwindi impenetrable National Park.
This once-in-a-lifetime East African extravaganza provides the ultimate opportunity to experience and photograph some of the most amazing animals on earth.
This trip can be combined with a safari in Kenya (July-Sept) or Tanzania (Jan-Mar) to witness the Great Wildbeest Migration. I hope you can join us!
Focus: Photography, Mammals, Birds, Butterflies, Reptiles, Scenery