Photos from our most recent Uganda tour in 2017

The photos below were taken during our tour by Chris Brookings, Jenny Dixon and Phil Palmer.

Our next tour will be in January 2019.


































Black Goshawk













Papyrus Gonolek


sleepy Banded Mongoose family











this is the display of the Green-breasted Pitta

It flaps its wings and jumps while calling from a high perch.







Our first trip for a while was a massive success. We managed to see all of the star 'creatures', ranging from gorillas, chimps and half-a-dozen Shoebills,, to some very hard to see birds like Green-breasted Pitta, Finfoot and papyrus Gonolek. We saw Nubian Giraffe which is one of Africa's most threatened mammals and some magnificent dancing Crowned Cranes.

The infrastructure has improved massively, with very good roads, several new lodges and even the gorillas seem to need a less strenuous hike these days. Our guides Alfred and Johnny need more birdwatchers to visit as they are doing a great job in raising awareness among local people and training new guides. They help lodge owners to encourage birds into their gardens and one of this year's tour participants  donated some binoculars to Uganda Bird Guides Association. Uganda was THE place to visit in Africa as it was possible to see 500 species in a couple of weeks. It probably still is the best birding destination on the continent, but this has been forgotten as we never saw another birdwatcher during our visit.



photos below are from previous tours

The Gorillas are one of the star attractions and we have never failed to locate them on our tours.

The Great Blue Turaco is common in some forests. It can even be found close to Entebbe.


The lakes near the Virunga Volcanoes hold special birds.


Pink-backed Pelican over Lake Bunyoni seen from one of the three boat rides taken on this trip.


The Lions in Queen Elizabeth Park were doing battle with some big buffalo.


The shy forest-dwelling Heuglin's Robins can be tame near some lodges.


Black-headed Gonolek can be shy and hard to see well despite gaudy colours.


A stare from a Gorilla 7m away is a life-changing experience.





Black and White Colobus is common in some forests.


The bats in this cave are amazingly close and accessible without getting dirty and smelly. Our visit with a Warden ensures that they are not disturbed.


The highlands near Bwindi and Magahinga are spectacular.


Papyrus Gonolek is a specialist of the swamps in Uganda.


Queen Elizabeth National Park is a varied park with one section having a drivable trail overlooking crater lakes on the edge of the Great Rift Valley.



Please note: The above photographs were taken on previous trips. Itineraries change from time to time and therefore you cannot rely on these photographs as being an exact representation of what can be expected on a future tour. For details of the each tour, you should refer to the brochure write-up.


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