Uganda 2023: Shoebills, Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees & more
November 1 – 13, 2023
Tour Length: 13 days
Est. Spaces Left: 2 Spaces available!
Our trip to Uganda 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.
Birds, Mammals, Photography
Double Accommodation: $9300/person
Single Supplement: + $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.
Birding and Gorillas Uganda November 1st to 13th 2023
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
Lion, Leopard, Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Giant Forest Hog, L’Hoest’s Monkey, Central African Red Colobus,
Spectacular scenery, photography, mammal watching, African culture
Planning for the Trip
Entebbe, Uganda International Airport
Comfortable to upscale with en-suite bathrooms.
11 nights accommodation and all meals from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 12. Boat excursions. Transport to and from the airport. Transport to birding locations. Services of a local guide. Tips to guides optional
Does not include alcoholic drinks, tips to guides & boatmen (optional) laundry, or other items of a personal nature.
Wetlands, papyrus swamps, grassland & acacia savanna, montane forest, lowland rainforest
Tropical; some rain; cooler in highlands
Suggested Clothing and Gear
Valid, current passport (w/ 4 blank pages)
Visa (if required)
Scope and tripod (optional)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra eyeglasses or contact lenses
Small day pack/fanny pack
Mosquito/insect repellant (DEET 25% or greater)
Itch relief cream
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
Light-weight long pants
Light-weight long-sleeved shirts
Hat with brim/visor