Uganda Trip Report June 2022

Uganda Birding and Primate Safari June 2022
During the tour the temperature ranged from 05ºC to 32ºC. We recorded 36 mammal species, over 410 species of birds and 7 species of reptiles. The species mentioned in the daily summaries are only some of those seen.

Day 1:
Arrivial in Uganda / Entebbe

Our Uganda Birding trip started with us meeting at Entebbe International airport in the late evening. We headed to our hotel on the outskirts of Entebbe to freshen up after some long travel and get a good night’s sleep.

Day 2:
Birding Entebbe Botanical Gardens

We enjoyed a relaxed breakfast at our hotel in Entebbe before we made our way to the Entebbe National Botanical Gardens. Birding got off to a great start with us enjoying sightings of Green-throated Sunbird, African Grey Woodpecker, great views and photo opportunities of Great Blue Turaco and Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Splendid Starling, Green Hylia, a fantastic sighting of Weyns’s Weaver- an excellent trip bird, African Cuckoo Hawk, Grey Parrot and Northern Puffback.

Garden birds included Eastern Plantain-eater, Little Weaver, Red-chested Sunbird, Olive-bellied Sunbird, Black-headed Weaver, Ruppell’s Starling, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Shikra, African Goshawk and Brown-throated Wattle-eye. Our afternoon stint at the gardens rewarded us with sightings of Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher, a close-up view of African Pygmy Kingfisher, Winding Cisticola and African Hobby. What a great start to our Uganda birding tour.
We all met in the hotel’s restaurant to enjoy a cold Tusker, dinner and to discuss our wonderful tour of the Pearl of Africa that lay ahead of us. After some getting to know one another and chatting about the exciting birds the group was hoping to see we retired to bed.

Day 3:
Mabamba Swamp / Masindi Town

After a delicious breakfast and bellies full, we headed for the legendary Mabamba Swamp; arguably the best place in the world to see the prehistoric Shoebill. This is Uganda’s most famous and iconic avian gem and after climbing into our wooden canoes, we set off to find this magical bird. The Mabamba Swamp is a large (16,500 hectares/64 sq mi) wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria to the west of Kampala, and is a Ramsar Wetland of International Importance, as well as one of Uganda’s 33 Important Bird Areas.

Mr Shoebill gave us a bit of a hard time and made us work for our sighting. In the end, we were treated to an incredible up close and personal sighting of this iconic African avian gem.

This Ramsar wetland of international importance plays host to many other bird species. Some of the birds we enjoyed included Red-headed Lovebird, African Jacana, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Long-toed Lapwing, African Marsh Harrier, Lesser Moorhen, Black Coucal, Greater Swamp Warbler, Lesser Jacana and Allen’s Gallinule. We enjoyed a scrumptious lunch after our successful morning and got treated to an open clear sighting of Red-chested Cuckoo which continued to serenade us during lunch.
A well-planned stop towards Kampala rewarded us with the best views I have ever had of Grey-capped Warbler and Papyrus Gonolek. Our drive towards Masindi was uneventful and we managed to negotiate the notorious Kampala traffic with some ease.

Roadside sightings included Long-crested Eagle, Striped Kingfisher, Palm-nut Vulture, Lizard Buzzard, Grey Kestrel and Plain-backed Pipit. We had interesting chats about the importance of birders’ contributing to citizen science and chatted about bird tourism and how important it is in protecting the birds.
After an exciting day, we reached our accommodation in Masindi. As we enjoyed our dinner, we chatted about our sighting of the Shoebill and other iconic birds in the world. A good night’s rest was had by all.

Day 4:
Royal Mile (Budongo Forest) / Murchison Falls

Our morning of birding took us to the Royal Mile; a section of Budongo forest that’s one of Africa’s most famous birding spots. Budongo forest is the largest natural forest area in East Africa thus being exceptional for bird watching and primate viewing. On the way to Budongo we did some birding in the farmlands on route and racked up a good list with highlights being Senegal Coucal, Vitelline Masked Weaver, African Green Pigeon, Copper Sunbird and Yellow-mantled Widowbird. Just as we approached the forest, we had top views of a flock of White-thighed Hornbills.

Our walk under the lush forest canopy started with a bang and we soon had our binoculars on a White-winged Flufftail calling and then crossing a forest path in front of us- this was enjoyed by all, especially the Rallid fans in the group. As we proceeded down the iconic royal mile the birds kept on coming, highlights being Grey-headed Nigrita, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Narina Trogon, Jameson’s Wattle-eye, Speckled Tinkerbird, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Uganda Woodland Warbler, Ituri Batis, Chocolate, African Dwarf, and the stunning, Blue-breasted Kingfisher. A beautiful Red-tailed Ant Thrush put on a show as well. One of the major highlights was hearing and then getting great views of the extremely localised and hard to find Nathan’s Partridge. Unfortunately, even with us trying all we could we only managed to hear Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo-this one will have to wait for later in the tour.

We enjoyed our packed lunch in the forest while watching a stunning, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, before having to make our way to our next destination- Murchison Falls NP. A few selective stops looking down on the Albertine Rift Valley rewarded us with sightings of Cinnamon-breasted Bunting, Moustached Grass Warbler, Speckle-fronted Weaver, Red-cheeked Cordon-bleu, Dark Chanting Goshawk and Beautiful Sunbird.

As we made our way through the savannah to our accommodation, along the northern bank of the Albert Nile, we enjoyed sightings of Grey-headed Kingfisher, Grey Kestrel, Splendid Starling, Flappet Lark, Collared Palm Thrush and Black-headed Gonolek.

Murchison Falls National Park gets its name from the dramatic Murchison Falls, which in turn were christened by explorer and naturalist Sir Samuel Baker. Baker named the falls Murchison Falls after the geologist Roderick Murchison, the president of the Royal Geographical Society in the 1860s. Notable visitors to the park include Winston Churchill, Theodore Roosevelt, Ernest Hemingway and several British royals. We arrived at our accommodation in the early evening and settled in. Dinner was served under the African stars as we updated our lists and chatted about our exciting day of birding. We fell asleep to the sounds of Hippos grazing outside our rooms. Got to love Africa.

Day 5:
Delta- Victoria Nile / Murchison Falls
Masindi Town via Kaniyo Pabidi Forest

After an early breakfast and enjoying some great Ugandian Coffee we were off to our boat ride on the delta area of the Nile River. The boat ride took us on the legendary Nile river’s more relaxed waters as it joins the Albert delta. We ended our boat trip at the confluence of the Victoria and Albert Nile. It’s at this point the Victoria Nile flows south into Lake Albert and the Nile River continues into South Sudan and eventually to Egypt. Some of the special birds we saw included Giant Kingfisher, Red-throated Bee-eater, Black-breasted Barbet, Red-necked Falcon, Goliath Heron and the sought after, and stunning Papyrus Gonolek. The major birding highlight was a Shoebill perched on top of a brush pile for us all to enjoy- not too often one gets to see a Shoebill perched.

The birding was amazing on the boat, but the mammals played their part too and we were treated to a wonderful sighting of a herd of about 30 African Elephants coming down to drink in front of us on the boat; a major highlight for the group with some commenting that this has made their trip worth while. A pod of hippos feeding along side the bank was also enjoyed by all.

Our exciting boat trip was followed by a game drive in the park. Here our mammal list for the trip was increased with us enjoying sightings of: Ugandan Kob, Jackson’s Hartebeest, African Elephant, Patas Monkey, Dafasa Waterbuck, Giraffe (Rothschild sub species), African Buffalo and Oribi. The avian highlights from the drive in the park included: Grey-Crowned Crane, Nubian Woodpecker, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Martial Eagle, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Silverbird, Bateleur, Blue-naped Mousebird, Spotted Palm Thrush, White-backed, and Ruppell’s Vultures. On the way to the falls, we also were treated to an open sighting of Heuglin’s Francolin- a great bird for the trip and a lifer for the group.

Our drive took us to an iconic spot, the top of one of the worlds most phenomenal waterfalls. The Murchison Falls has been described as the most spectacular thing to happen to the Nile along its entire 6,700 km length. The 50-metre-wide river forces itself through a rocky gap less than 8 metres wide before falling 45 metres to what has been termed the “devil’s cauldron” below, forming a plume of spray marked by a thunderous roar and a permanent rainbow. It is a truly unforgettable sight and experience. While admiring Africa’s most powerful waterfall we had close views of White-headed Saw-wing, Scarce Swift and Rock Pratincole.
Much to our regret our time in Murchison had come to an end and as we made our way to Masindi, we had a cool sighting of Olive Baboons and Black-and-White Colobus monkeys interacting on the road for us.

We arrived back at our hotel in Masindi in the evening, after an exciting and rewarding day. We all freshened up and enjoyed a well-deserved dinner as we chatted away about the experience we had in Murchison and how amazing the birding has been. It was so rewarding to hear everyone glowing and so excited about the day. With a massive thunderstorm rolling in, we headed for bed as tomorrow we have another early start.

Day 6:
Kibale National Park / Sebitoli area

Our day started with some great Ugandan coffee, a Rolex- not the watch but an omelet with onion and vegetables rolled in a chapati. Our scenic drive south to the Albertine Rift marked with incredible steep escarpments, the extensive rift valley flats and beautiful views of Lake Albert to our right, and the distant Blue Mountains in the Democratic Republic of Congo even further on the horizon. A few birding stops rewarded us with sightings of: Compact Weaver, Village Indigobird, Black-crowned Waxbill, Fawn-breasted Waxbill, Red-headed Lovebird and the stunning Meyer’s Parrot.

Our time on the drive was used to learn more about Uganda from our local guide, Brian and to chat about birding trips across the world and where we all would like to still go. We chatted about the stunning birds seen in South America as we enjoyed our lunch and Ugandan coffee. It’s always interesting learning about the bird’s people have seen across the globe.

A quick and much welcome stop and walk at Sebitoli rewarded us with some great new birds for the trip. A stunning African Emerald Cuckoo put on a show for us and soon afterwards we had great views of White-chinned Prinia and Blue Malkoha- this all just before the heavens opened.

We proceeded through Fort Portal, the fort that gave the town its name. The fort might not stand anymore, but this is a beautiful town in another scenic area of the country. It is an important commercial area too, as it is in the heartland of the tea-growing area of Uganda. A welcome surprise on the way out of town came in the form of a Northern Masked Weaver- this is an excellent bird for the trip and for Uganda- this is the only spot the bird can be seen in Uganda and it’s considered rare. What a bird.

We made our way to the primate capital of the world, Kibale has one of the highest diversities and concentrations of primates in Africa. Species include the endangered Chimpanzee, Ugandan Grey-cheeked Mangabey, the endangered Ashy Red Colobus, Olive Baboon, Red-tailed Monkey, Guereza, Blue Monkey and the vulnerable L’Hoest’s Monkey. The Park, formally established in 1993, forms a continuous forest with Queen Elizabeth National Park to the southwest. This adjoining of these parks creates a 180-kilometre (110 mi) wildlife corridor, in which African Elephants move freely. We made a series of roadside stops and enjoyed some great birding after the rain stopped, highlights included: Abyssinian Thrush, Western Citril, Stunning African Blue Flycatcher, Black Bee-eater, Sooty Flycatcher and Mountain Wagtail.

We reached our forest camp in the late afternoon and enjoyed some time to relax and freshen up, the resident Wood Owl put on a good show which was ejoyed by all. We all got together to update our lists, go through the plans for the next day and get a good night’s sleep as the next day we had an early start to get into the Forest of Kibale to see one of Africa’s most sought-after avian gems- the Green-breasted Pitta. Falling asleep to the sound of the Wood Owls was a perfect end to an amazing day in the Pearl of Africa.

Day 7:
Kibale National Park / Chimpanzee trekking

Our morning started with an early breakfast before heading into Kibale still in the dark in order to be in the forest when the Green-breasted Pitta begins to call. The way to see this beautiful and sought-after bird is to be in the forest as it lightens up and hear where the bird is calling from and to get there to see the display. The pant hoots of chimpanzees added to the atmosphere. We were very lucky as our local guide knew of a nest site and after only a few moments of searching we were treated to an out of this world sighting of this amazing avian gem. Other birds in the forest included Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Brown-chested Alethe, Black-billed Turaco, Honeyguide Greenbul, Red-chested Owlet, Plain Greenbul and the impressive Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo.

The Kibale forest is known as the primate capital of the world and this morning we found out why. Our local guide got news of Chimpanzees close to our birding spot and we decided to do the chimp trekking at this moment. A quick briefing and we set off into the forest. Our chimp trekking was just amazing- we had seen a chimpanzee on the pathway earlier in the morning on the way to the Pitta. We had a slight walk and encountered a group of chimps feeding in the trees, with some patience we got great views of chimps feeding and nest building. We had an incredible sighting of a female with a baby sitting in the open posing for the photographers. The chimpanzees then came down onto the forest floor, we had some exceptional close-up views and had some of males displaying along the path in front of us- what an adrenaline pumping experience.
The experience was breath-taking, and we enjoyed impressive close-up views of our closest relatives. The group was so happy with our experience and the photographers got some amazing shots. Other primates included: Ugandan Grey-cheeked Mangabeys, Black and White Colobus, Olive Baboon and Red-tailed Monkey.

After such an exciting morning we had lunch at our hotel before making our way to the Bigodi Swamp nearby. The Bigodi swamp is a community tourism initiative supporting sustainable ecotourism. Unfortunately, a massive tropical rainstorm hit as we begun our birding and would not let up despite our best hopes.
After such an exciting day we all enjoyed a cold tusker together as we chatted about the days activities and caught up on our lists while enjoying a great meal from our lodge overlooking the Ruwenzori mountains. We spent time chatting about the Chimps and the amazing conservation work people like Dr Jane Goodall does for these unique African primates. Good few laughs were had at dinner, and we all retired for a good night’s sleep.

Day 8:
Queen Elizabeth National Park / Boat trip along Kazinga channel

Our stomachs full we headed south aiming for Queen Elizabeth NP. Queen as the locals call it was founded in 1952 and named Kazinga National Park but was renamed two years later to commemorate a visit by Queen Elizabeth II. The Park covers a large area (1,978 km2 /764 sq mi) and extends from Lake George in the northeast to Lake Edward in the southwest, with the Kazinga Channel connecting the two lakes. Some roadside birding included Lizard Buzzard, Angola Swallow, Bronzy Sunbird, Grey Crowned Crane and Lesser Masked Weaver.

We arrived at the park and immediately the birding started with a bang. Some of the highlights for the morning included: Lappet-faced Vulture, Grey-capped Warbler and Senegal Lapwing. On the mammal front we enjoyed: African Elephant, African Buffalo, Uganda Kob, Topi and Dafasa Waterbuck.

Our cruise on the Kazinga Channel was amazing and we did some great birding. Highlights for the trip included: Malachite and Pied Kingfishers in their hundreds, African Skimmer in good numbers, African Spoonbill, Goliath Heron, Lesser-black-backed Gull, White-breasted Cormorant, Great White and Pink-backed Pelicans. We also had all three Egret species- being Great, Intermediate and Little feeding together which the group enjoyed as we could see the obvious differences in size. We enjoyed some great views of Hippo feeding with a small youngster and had a herd of about 20 Elephants join and take a swim- what an exciting experience-for a moment it felt as if I was on the Chobe River in Botswana. Multiple buffalo sightings meant we also enjoyed great views of Yellow-billed Oxpeckers- a bird family only seen in Africa.

Our drive back to the lodge yielded: A massive Elephant bull feeding in the road causing a traffic jam- you gotta love Africa. Birding was also great with sightings of Blue-spotted Wood Dove, Temminck’s Courser and Southern Red Bishop at the edge of its distribution.

We checked into our accommodation overlooking Queen, freshened up and met for dinner to update lists, check in with those at home and enjoy about great meal. We chatted about future birding trips destinations we all hope to visit.

Day 9:
Queen Elizabeth National Park / Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After a hearty breakfast we said our goodbyes and headed south enjoying a drive in the Ishasha sector of Queen. The birds kept coming and our list was growing, with some highlights of the morning drive being Crested Francolin, Trilling Cisticola, Lesser Honeyguide, Black-lored Babbler, Blue-naped Mousebird, Nubian Woodpecker, Double-toothed Barbet, Greater Honeyguide and a stunning Grey-capped Warbler which was enjoyed by all. A Giant Forest Hog feeding in the open was a welcome mammal for the trip.
As we made our way through the Ishasha sector of Queen we enjoyed sightings of: Grey-crowned Crane, Western Osprey, Rufous-naped Lark and African Quail-Finch. The group enjoyed having White-backed, Lappet-faced and White-headed Vulture all in the same tree for us to photograph and compare.

It was sad leaving Queen after the amazing time we had but we also knew we had Bwindi Impenetrable NP waiting for us. Bwindi Impenetrable NP composed of 321 km2 (124 sq mi) of both montane and lowland rainforest, and accessible only on foot due to the improbable steepness, Bwindi was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994. It is an amazing piece of land; it survived the last Ice Age (about 15,000 years ago) when most other forests in Africa disappeared. In the local language (Lukiga), Bwindi means ‘impenetrable.

A great roadside stop between Bhoma and Ruhija rewarded us with some of our first birds for the area, highlights being: Thick-billed Seedeater, Variable Sunbird, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Northern Double-collared Sunbird and Least Honeyguide- a great welcome to the Bwindi area. As we made our way up the windy track to our amazing accommodation in Ruhija we had good views of a Rwenzori Nightjar on the road.

After the exciting and rewarding day of birding, we got together for a scrumptious meal, update trip lists and socialised. We chatted about the exciting days ahead with the gorilla trekking being the main topic. A good night’s rest was enjoyed by all.

Day 10:
Gorillia Trekking. Ruhija Sector / Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

We enjoyed breakfast at our lodge before heading out for our Gorilla trekking- one of the highlights of any trip to Uganda. A short briefing and dancing from the local ladies and the group was off into the forest of Bwindi. The setting was unreal, with mist raising from tropical forest it really looked like a scene from Gorilla’s in the mist.

After a short walk in the forests of Bwindi the group was treated to an exceptional sighting of the endangered Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi. The hour spent with these incredible primates included the Silverback coming down from the tree and standing in-front of the group and looking straight at us- we can all say we were eye to eye with a Silverback Gorilla in the wild. We watched as the group continued to feed and then relaxed in the shade- this meant we could enjoy the youngsters playing, chest beating and charging around all under the watchful eye of the adults in the group. We also had incredible luck and had a close encounter with a female with a newborn baby who lay on the group in front of us and we managed to get great views of her and her newborn baby- what an incredible sight to see that these critically endangered great apes are breeding, and the population is on the rise. The Gorilla experience will stay with the group forever. The photographs taken will serve as a reminder of this special experience. 

The birding was also pretty good, and we enjoyed sightings of: Black-billed Turaco, Mountain Oriole, Toro Olive Greenbul, the beautiful Yellow-whiskered Greenbul and Great Blue Turaco. As we approached the gorilla centre, we had a bird party move through and had 4 Albertine Rift endemics on show in one tree- that being: Mountain Masked Apalis, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Ruwenzori Double-collared Sunbird and the stunning Regal sunbird. What an amazing morning.

After such an exciting trek we enjoyed lunch back at our comfortable lodge, had some down time before heading out for a stint of afternoon birding. A lovely walk along school track near Ruhija rewarded us with some incredible birding. The birds just kept on coming in. Highlights included: Grey-throated Barbet, Red-throated Alethe, Dusky Crimsonwing, Crowned Eagle, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Luhder’s Bushshrike and Ruwenzori Batis- just amazing and the magic of Bwindi. A drive to the Bamboo section in search of the Handsome Francolin- a Albertine Rift endemic was highly successful, and we enjoyed excellent views of a pair of birds crossing the road and feeding next to the road- a very special bird for the trip.

A welcome shower was enjoyed at the lodge, and we all sat down to have dinner as we chatted about our amazing day with the Mountain Gorillas and the great birding on offer. We all retired to our rooms and fell asleep to the resident African Wood Owls duetting away.

Day 11:
Birding the Ruhija Sector / Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

A slightly relaxed breakfast was enjoyed this morning before enjoying the birds of the Ruhija sector. A visit to Umubwindi Swamp was our focus as the area is a famous location among birders as the rare and endangered Grauer’s Broadbill occurs here- this species is highly localized, occurring in two isolated populations in Bwindi (Uganda) and Itombwe/Kahuzi (Democratic Republic of Congo). Our walk got off to a great start with us picking up on a birding party, birds enjoyed included: Banded Prinia- offering great views, Red-faced Woodland Warbler- another rift endemic and Mountain Illadopsis.

Our walk down to the swamp was most enjoyable, spending time in this incredible forest is such a treat. The birding was as always exceptional and we enjoyed sightings of: Ruwenzori Apalis, Mountain Oriole, Olive-breasted Greenbul, White-browed Crombec, Grey-chested Babbler- a great bird for the trip, Blue-headed Sunbird, Dwarf Honeyguide trying to parasitize Cardinal woodpeckers, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, Archer’s Ground Robin, Willard’s Sooty Boubou and Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher- a stunning rift endemic. Upon reaching the site where our local guide had seen the Grauer’s Broadbill we only had to wait a few minutes and the group was treated to wonderful sighting of this rare and sought-after avian gem. We spent the next 20 minutes watching a pair feed and chase a Western Tinkerbird around- what a sighting.

A short walk to the swamp yielded great views of the Grauer’s Swamp Warbler- another hard to see a special Albertine Rift endemic.
Our packed lunch was enjoyed in the forest after such an exciting morning and then the tough walk up and out the forest lay ahead of us. Our walk up from the swamp yielded some good sightings, with notable birds being: Thick-billed Seedeater, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Ruwenzori Hill Babbler, great views of Strange Weaver, Sharpe’s Starling, Brown-capped Weaver, Northern Puffback, Yellow-billed Barbet and Black-billed Turaco putting on a show for the group.

A welcome rest and time out was enjoyed back at the lodge as we chatted about the great trip over a few cold beers. Dinner was enjoyed at the lodge as we updated our lists and socialised. We again fell asleep to the distinctive call of the Wood Owl.

Day 12:
Birding the Buhoma Sector / Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

After an early breakfast we headed out for the day to explore the fantastic forests of Bwindi. The Buhoma sector rewarded us with sightings Black-and-white Shrike-flycatcher, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Speckled Tinkerbird, Grey-headed Sunbird, Grey Apalis, Ansorge’s, Plain and Kakamega Greenbul. As we progressed down the trail, we had a stunning Black Bee-eater pose for the group and a Red-throated Alethe show well for the group- another rift endemic in the bag.

We also enjoyed sightings of Red Duiker, Le’Hoests Monkeys, Blue Monkeys and Black and White Colobus. As we proceeded on the track sightings of Cassin’s Honeybird, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Grey-winged Robin Chat, Little Green Sunbird, Slender-billed Greenbul, Bar-tailed Trogon and Pink-footed Puffback kept us busy and entertained. As if this was not enough, we soon heard the characteristic call of a Neumann’s Warbler calling, and after some hard work in locating this rift endemic the group was rewarded with top views of this real skulker.

A displaying Crowned Eagle followed by a posing Blue-throated Roller was a great end to a fantastic day of birding the amazing forests of Bwindi.
We made our way back up to Ruhija and stopped at the famous “neck” and enjoyed sightings of African Black Duck, Cassin’s Flycatcher, Mountain Buzzard, Augur Buzzard, Waller’s Starling, Black Saw- wing and Ruwenzori Batis showing incredibly well for the group.

Just before getting to our lodge the heaves opened, but luck was on our side, and this did not affect our birding for the day. We freshened up and enjoyed a lovely meal at our lodge chatting about our amazing birding trip of Uganda. We discussed everyone’s top birds for the trip and enjoyed chatting about all the great birds seen on the trip.

Day 13:
Bwindi to Entebbe

Unfortunately, with our tour nearing the end, today was primarily a driving day as we had to get back to Entebbe to catch flights home that evening. A noteworthy sighting as we left Bwindi was a stunning Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk posing next to the road for us- what a fitting end to our time in Bwindi.
Our journey although long, went well and enjoyed a mandatory stop at the Equator to do the tourist thing and take photos. Road-side sightings included: Grey-crowned Crane, African Harrier Hawk, Bateleur, Lilac-breasted Roller, and Bare-faced Go-away-bird.

We managed to bypass most of horrendous traffic of Kampala and arrived in Entebbe at our accommodation in the early evening. A welcome shower from the long day and a great meal is exactly what we all needed. We spent the evening chatting about the amazing birding in Bwindi and that we had seen 19 of 23 Albertine Rift endemics on the trip- just amazing.

Thanks to you all for being so wonderful, understanding, great guests and for the great time we had together. We all shared a good couple of laughs. I look forward to our next Uganda trip. A fantastic 14 days of birding and Primate viewing came to an end. We all had a blast and had an amazing time in Uganda and left with a tear in the eye after a lovely trip. I would like to thank Robert our driver /guide for all his knowledge, help in making the tour run so smoothly and driving us safely. Thanks to the Nature Travel Birding office for all the behind the scenes work that went on to ensure the tour was a success. Thanks to you all for being so wonderful, understanding, great guests and for the great time we had together. I look forward to our next Uganda trip.

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