Uganda 2022: Shoebills, Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees & more

September 17 – 29, 2022

Tour Length: 12 days
Est. Spaces Left: Available

Our trip to Uganda in 2022 is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Spend an hour with a family group of the endangered Mountain Gorilla; search for the elusive, prehistoric-looking Shoebill; and follow a troop of Chimpanzees through the thickest of forests. Uganda, though one of the smaller African nations, has a bird list of more than 1000 species. In addition, it is home to many of Africa’s iconic mammals, including Lion, Leopard, Water Buffalo, Elephants, and many others. The tourist infrastructure is first-rate and Uganda’s people are extremely welcoming. The National Park system is vast and well-protected by a cadre of highly-motivated park rangers. The habitat is diverse with savanna, tropical rainforest, and high mountain peaks. Lake Victoria, the source of the Nile River and the largest lake in Africa, is one of many lakes dotting the landscape. High Lonesome guide, Stephan Lorenz, will co-lead with Johnny Kamugisha—an outstanding Uganda guide with 16 years of experience leading birding trips in his home country.

Tour Leaders

Stephan Lorenz


Birds, Mammals, Photography


Double Accommodation: $9300/person
Single Supplement: + $1000
Deposit: $1000

Max. Group Size

6 with High Lonesome & local leader


Easy to Moderate ; Mostly driving and riding in boats with some easy walks. One potentially intense walk in search of the gorillas.

Future Departures

September 2023

Tour Descriptions



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Trip Highlights

Top Birds

Shoebill, Green-breasted Pitta, Nahan’s Francolin, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Papyrus Gonolek, Lühder’s, Many-coloured & Bocage’s Bushshrikes, Red-throated Alethe, Ituri Batis, Great Blue Turaco, Dusky & Olive Long-tailed Cuckoos, Blue Malkoha, Black Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller, Grauer’s and Neumann’s Warblers, Fraser’s Rufous Thrush, White-tailed & Red-tailed Ant Thrushes, Lowland Masked & Mountian Masked Apalises, Afep & White-naped Pigeons, Red-chested Owlet, Grey-winged, Blue-shouldered & White-bellied Robin-Chats, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Magpie Mannikin, Kakamega and Ansorge’s Greenbuls, Jameson’s Antpecker

Top Mammals

Lion, Leopard, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Giant Forest Hog, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Central African Red Colobus,

Other Attractions

Spectacular scenery, photography, mammal watching, African culture


No Tour Extensions Listed

Planning for the Trip

Meeting Location

Entebbe, Uganda International Airport


Comfortable to upscale with en-suite bathrooms.


12 nights accommodation and all meals from diner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 13. Boat excursions. Transport to and from the airport. Transport to birding locations. Services of local guide. Tips to guides optional


Does not include alcoholic drinks, tips to guides & boatmen (optional) laundry or other items of a personal nature.

Habitats Covered

Wetlands, papyrus swamps, grassland & acacia savanna, montane forests

Expected Climate

Tropical; some rain; cooler in highlands

Suggested Clothing and Gear

Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
Visa (if required)
Credit cards / cash
Scope and tripod (optional)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
Water bottle
Small umbrella
Small day pack / fanny pack
Small flashlight
Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
Itch relief cream
Lip screen/balm
Prescription drugs – carry in original packaging to avoid customs problems
OTC medicines (antibiotics, cold/sinus, cough drops, eye drops, analgesic (Motrin, aspirin), anti-diarrheal)
Small alarm clock
Cleaning fluids/cloths/drying cloths
Field guides
Hiking Boots/Shoes
Lightweight shoes/sneakers/sandals

Light-weight long pants
Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
Hat with brim/visor
Rain jacket/wind breaker