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Yes, we have settled in well- we just got a little temperature shock arriving at 9°C here in Vienna.
Our trip was memorable, and I feel we only scratched the surface of the vast repertoire of wildlife Uganda has to offer – if almost every bird species you see is new, you can’t do them enough justice appreciating their beauty and unique features. It is tough to pick out any highlights, but I will try:
Birding-wise it has to be the “school track” in Bwindi we did on the evening of day 4 – the one going off to the right just after the meeting point for the Gorilla tracking in Ruhija, where the forest is bordering more open agricultural land. The abundance and diversity of birds in that small area is something I have never witnessed before – a true birders paradise. I would say it is a must for every visiting birder! Unbelievable, how the trees and air were brimming with birds.
Landscape-wise, one outstanding highlight was Murchison Falls – most probably because it had received some rain recently. Seeing the savannah tinted in green, backdropped by spectacular skies was unforgettable. And although the Abyssinian Ground-hornbill is an easy and common bird, I feel most birders don’t appreciate them enough – they are just so unlike anything I’ve seen in their surreal beauty – a true reminder what ancient creatures birds are and easy to see they are the descendants of dinosaurs.
Sound-wise, the dawn chorus at Kanyanchu Forest in Kibale NP was really special to me – lots of calls Tambourine Doves echoing through the forest creating a continuous pulsating background, with Scaly-breasted Illadopsis, Western Black-headed Oriole, Red-tailed Bristlebill, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird (and a few other species) created a unique and impressive soundscape, that sounded like music to my ears – I could listen to this for hours. Sadly, there was a road with speed bumps close by, and obviously, quite some truck drivers did not care to slow down much, so the recordings from there have some noise problems – but I hope I can extract some 5 minutes without interruption. I have listened to most of my records by now, but don’t have much time now for editing them – that will be reserved for the dark and cold winter months.
Tonny is an excellent guide – he was going at great lengths to make us feel safe and comfortable at all times. It took me some time to realize how much work he did, that was “invisible” to us, like making phone calls and organizing everything to perfection during the evenings and early mornings.
And last, but not least a big thank you for always responding so quickly and being so flexible in adjusting the itinerary – even while you were on the road guiding tours! The trip was well planned, and everything went exceptionally smooth.
Hendrik Austria – August 2019
Stephen Eccles – UK – April 2019
Rob – Australia – November 2018
Uganda Birding Trip Reports – Our 25 day trip throughout the magnificent country of Uganda in August 2018 was one of the best in our lifetime. We come away with many cherished experiences and memories and plenty of awesome photographs and videos! Very fortunate to have found Avian Safaris, a Ugandan tour company, to partner with and customize our trip. We are very selective and did research to verify the company was registered and well established. Crammy Wanyama, who happens to be the owner of the company, was our guide for the entire trip. We have travelled the world since 1996. Crammy is one of the best guides we have ever experienced! He and all his well-trained, local birding guides are dedicated to providing an expert, quality experience. The company website is designed with details to explain all they have to offer and give you detailed answers to assist you in planning your trip. Avian Safaris proved true to their word. When asking for specific information for our itinerary, replies to our inquiries were prompt and our special requests were always taken into consideration!
There are many highlights we could share about our adventure in Uganda. We chose Uganda, after much research, to explore what is basically some of the best the African continent has to offer: the very welcoming Ugandan people, the culture, the history, good to great accommodations, safe travel, the delicious food, the varied landscapes/scenery, the wildlife and, yes, many birds! Our group saw nearly 600 species of birds and came away with over 350 lifers! And this was only our 2nd trip to Africa (we have travelled to South Africa). Each stop on our itinerary was great. Trekking for mountain gorillas, hiking to view chimpanzees and seeing wild white rhinoceros are experiences not to be missed if you have the time to do it. Birding for the Green-breasted Pitta can be a bit challenging but worth the reward when found. This trip exceeded our expectations and we extend our appreciation to Crammy and his Avian Safaris team!
Rose and Clint Heard. San Antonio, Texas USA – August 2018
Uganda Birding Trip Reporst – We’ve just finished our 3-week birding trip to Uganda and wow what a trip!
Our journey took us from Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria west to the Mabamba Wetland and Lake Mburo NP and on to Bwindi Impenetrable NP for the Albertine Rift endemics, restricted species from the Congo forest. We then birded north to Queen Elizabeth NP, on to Kibale Forest NP and later to the Semliki Valley on the border with the Congo for the Guinea-Congo biome species. Then north-east to bird the Budongo Forest and on to Murchison Falls NP before completing the loop back to Entebbe. This route took us to the most abundant bird areas in Uganda covering a multitude of habitats from lush rainforest to wild savannahs, wetlands and swamps.
We managed 521 species of which 289 were new for us having birdied seven other African countries but all of them (apart from Morocco) further south.
There were many highlights:
Paddling through the channels of the Mabamba-Kamengo wetlands by canoe for Shoebill and finding this extraordinary iconic bird.
Being in the Kibale Forest at dawn listening to the forest come alive and watching Chimpanzees wander by as we waited at a nest for Green-breasted Pitta.
Waiting for dusk out on the savannah in Murchison Falls NP and then spotlighting for Nightjars and watching a lioness hunt Oribi. It was incredible to be out there in the wilderness watching all of the game prepare for nightfall. The game drives in Africa are incredible and none more so than here with the diversity of wildlife.
The non-avian highlight was Mountain Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable NP and then spending part of the morning just a few yards from these impressive primates and watching all of the interactions between the Silver-back male and family members as they went about their daily activities – a bucket list experience for sure and one we will never forget. We also went Chimpanzee tracking which was equally amazing.
Our guide Crammy Wanyama was the best guide we have birded with anywhere in the world and having seriously birded 37 countries we know we are not easy to please! He is a superb guide and such a nice guy.
Uganda is spectacular not just for its birds but its wildlife, and friendly people and a very high recommendation for any serious world birder.
As always, Carol will add this trip to the itineraries on her website (www.canbirdtours.com) shortly. Meanwhile, if anyone would like details of our trip including route, guide and accommodations let me know, and I will happily pass it along.
Lots of photos to follow!
It was a pleasure. 21 Days – August 5 to 25, 2017
Derek and Carol Matthews. Vancouver Canada
Uganda Birding Trip Reports – This 22 day Uganda birding and Nature trip were a customised for three. We covered a multitude of habitats Uganda the “Pearl of Africa” is gifted with. We birded inland freshwater shower lines & and rivers, woodlands, bushes and thickets, true Savanna, from Montane to mid elevation and down to lowland forests. Covering the African continent’s most important birdlife biomes – Albertine Rift Montane Forest, East Sudanian Savannah, Northern Acacia-Commiphora Bushlands and thickets, Northern Congolian Forest-Savanna Mosaic, Victoria Basin Forest-Savannah Mosaic, and Zambezian Flooded Grasslands, among others. We did well with local specialities; getting some of Africa’s most sought-after species- Shoebill, Grauer’s Broadbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Eastern Mountain Gorilla and Common Chimpanzee. Well favoured by weather, generally. Some evening showers were well appreciated for cooler mornings. The country was green which is usually the case during and after the rainy seasons, and probably best times for breeding resident species and both wildlife & scenic photography. A few parts like Lake Mburo and Ishasha the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park needed some rain, the latter happening to be the driest during the trip, most of the grass here was golden brown.
With Andre Weiss, Hans Sigg and Dominik Pfister. Winterthur, Switzerland
We grew to expect something astounding, not because this was our first trip to Africa, but because Crammy put us in position to be surprised. The world of red dirt Africa whizzed by our comfortable A/C vehicle as we went from game park to game park, stopping at selected locations where dancing Gray-Crowned Cranes performed, or weaver nests galore decorated the acacia trees. We always got the best rooms at the best places, like when a herd of 25 elephants materialised right in front and below our cabin near Queen Elizabeth National Park, or where Ankola cattle with those enormous horns grazed and pesky baboons perched around and near our rock cabin (or banda).
Here are 600 of my favourite photos. http://rauzon.zenfolio.com/p1009494848/slideshow#h907ab7af
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With Mark J. Rauzon and Suzanne M. Rauzon. Oakland, U.S.A
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William Young. Pennslyvania. U.S.A
Thank You so much for this unforgettable tour!
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Dr. Zieger Michael and Beatrice Ullrich. Germany
Uganda Birding Trip Reports – Crammy Wanyama is one of the best guides I’ve ever had. Right from the start, he customised an itinerary for us that allowed us to cover every single experience I wanted in Uganda, within three weeks and budget: Gorillas, chimps, Mountains of the Moon’s botanical giants (unfortunately we only saw the Giant Lobelia), Big 5, chameleons, good birding (especially Shoebill), night drives/walks for nocturnal animals, Batwa pygmies etc. Other agencies I asked merely threw me their standard itinerary and hoped that I would bite. On tour, Crammy was accommodating and flexible, polite and informative, and a bird guide extraordinaire with great ID skills (song & sight), even when it came to raptors and waders. He uses site guides (multiplying the number of spotters), which is true eco-tourism as it brings income to the local community. His 10-seater van was comfortable and had a pop-up roof that was great for safaris. It also ensured that the four of us in the tour each enjoyed a window seat. Crammy also went the extra mile. When I was ill, he arranged for the hotel to make me citrus juice twice daily, which he claimed works wonders for him. It perked me up too. He comes highly recommended by all four of us from Singapore.