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Uganda Tour 2019 [Trip Report]

Uganda is possibly the best country in Africa for birdwatching and seeing wild primates. Sue Greer, the author of this report, was a participant on our tour there in February-March 2019.

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It was a typical morning until, out of the blue, Steve from Wild Latitudes called to say he had two cancellations for their upcoming tour to Uganda and wondered if we were still interested in going. Given we had already traveled overseas with Steve and knew him to be reliable, well-prepared, and knowledgeable (as well as fun), we jumped at the chance. However, there was a slight catch: the tour started in just two weeks. Would it even be possible?

Miraculously, flights, visas, vaccinations, and acquiring the necessary paraphernalia all fell into place. We arrived in Entebbe on time, full of enthusiasm, and equipped with brand new cameras we didn’t know how to use!

Over the course of the next 16 days we travelled to many of the country’s famous national parks. We took rides through swamps in canoes, went on big-game drives, and cruised the Nile River. We saw over 320 species of birds, including the elusive and extremely rare Shoebill.

Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park, Uganda

A wild male Chimpanzee in Kibale National Park, Uganda. Photo by Ivan Phillipsen

We saw elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions, rhinos, hippos, several species of monkeys, warthogs, impala, kob, waterbuck, Nile crocodiles (best viewed from a safe distance), and lots more. We trekked up and down mountains to see mountain gorillas and chimpanzees in their natural habitats. What a thrill to watch them up close. Oh and yes, we learned how to use our cameras and got some amazing shots.

Hippopotamus cow and calf in Uganda

Hippopotamus cow and calf on the Nile River in Uganda. Photo by Ivan Phillipsen

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Our intrepid group of 13 bonded well over a shared love and respect of the natural world and a spirit of adventure. All were open to and appreciated experiencing a culture very different from their own. The Ugandan people were friendly and welcoming. The food was delicious. Our accommodations were clean and well-kept, and each was unique and interesting in its own way.

Are we ever glad Steve called. It truly was the trip of a lifetime!

Uganda Birding Nature Tour Group, 2019

Full bird list [download]

Bird Species Highlights

  • Goliath Heron
  • Hamerkop
  • Shoebill
  • African Harrier-Hawk
  • African Finfoot
  • Rock Pratincole
  • Great Blue Turaco
  • Ross’s Turaco
  • African Emerald Cuckoo
  • Verreaux’s Eagle-Owl
  • Blue-naped Mousebird
  • African Pygmy-Kingfisher
  • Red-throated Bee-eater
  • Black Bee-eater
  • Green Woodhoopoe
  • Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill
  • Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill
  • White-headed Barbet
  • Double-toothed Barbet
  • Green-breasted Pitta
  • Snowy-crowned Robin-Chat
  • Brown-throated Wattle-eye
  • African Paradise-Flycatcher
  • African Firefinch

Wildlife Highlights

  • Mountain Gorilla
  • Chimpanzee
  • Red-tailed Monkey
  • Mantled guereza (Colobus monkey)
  • Rothschild’s Giraffe
  • Lion
  • African Elephant
  • Hippopotamus
  • Ugandan Kob
  • Nile Crocodile
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