Ecologically, Uganda is the richest country in East Africa. This JOURNEYS Signature Trip, led by expert birder and naturalist Paul Tamwenya, explores the varied habitats, parks, and reserves where you will see extraordinary wildlife, including gorillas, chimps, lions, elephants, and many of the more than 800 species of birds found in the country. (Participants on our 2011 version of this trip -- Primates & Parrots -- identified 335 species.) Destinations include Murchison Falls, Queen Elizabeth Park, The Royal Mile, Lake Mburo, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mabamba Wetlands, Budago Community Forest, Kibale, and many other sites known to your guide. One Mountain Gorilla visit permit is included, and a second optional permit is available. You will travel by a 4x4 Toyota Landcruiser with a pop-top for safari viewing and photography. In addition, you will explore the Upper Nile and Rift Valley lakes by boat. Accommodations are in basic to comfortable hotels, all with en suite facilities, hot water, and electricity and well-sited for safari access. Most hotels have gift and craft shops and internet access. Most meals are included. Drinking water is supplied in vehicles. See JOURNEYS' FAQ about Mountain Gorillas for detailed informatin about the animals and the logistics for visiting them.
Expect early morning starts, opportunities to explore on foot, and small comfortable hotels and lodges located close to interesting natural areas. Most tourists visiting Uganda focus only on locations where chimps and the Mountain Gorillas are found. While we will have several chances to see the gorillas up close (see Will's 2009 Gorilla Video), the main emphasis will be active exploration of your naturalist-guide’s favorite sanctuaries for other many other species of birds and animals.
"Paul was the most incredible, knowledgeable, sensitive, gentle, kind, sweet, happy, lovable guide I've ever had. My son and I email him regularly, He calls me "Mama Pat" and he is my "Little Son," as he is younger than my own son, David. We went on an amazing journey." ~Pat Wiswell, August 2010
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