The final Uganda trip post, a few pics of the group and some of the excellent lodges we stayed at.
Wise Birding (the company I travel with) are running the trip again next year and I couldn't recommend it more highly. One of my favourite trips/destinations with incredible wilderness and super abundance. WISE BIRDING UGANDA 2020.
Graeme has been uploading our Ebird lists, so scroll back to earlier posts to find the added Ebird lists with hotspot locations.
Will add a full trip report when complete.
Looking over 'the Swamp', Bwindi Forest
The Gorilla trek day
Chris Townend- Wise Birding owner and group leader
Our last full day birding was spent at Lake Mburo National Park which has unique mammals to Uganda including Impala, Topi and Zebra which are more typically in Kenya and Tanzania. It's also the best place in Uganda to see Finfoot.
Today was an exhausting 10km trek to the swamp. However it was the best Albertine Rift endemic bird area we had visited so far with nearly every bird being a lifer. The highlight was Grauer's Broadbill.
Today we travelled to Ruhija (another part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) and stopped off at the Neck on the way. Unfortunately the afternoon was a write off due to heavy rain and we spent the afternoon and evening sitting round a log fire trying to keep warm on the Equator!
View over the community land and tree plantations outside the forest
Three-horned Cameleon - this individual was seized by our guide from local boys who charge tourists for photographs. We released it in the forest.
Today was the big trek to find Mountain Gorillas. 15,000 steps up and down a mountain later and we had spent an hour with a group that had moved 4km since the previous evenings nest areas. We surprised the male Silverback who charged our group as we arrived- an unforgettable first encounter with Mountain Gorilla.
Young Mountain Gorillas above
Female Mountain Gorilla
The Silverback of the group
View from the top of the mountain over Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
A few L'Hoest's Monkey were in the car park when we got back to the centre
We started this morning with a pre-dawn night drive and had a Serval! which unfortunately in the panic avoided the camera. The rest of the day was spent travelling 150km through the length of the Queen Elizabeth National Park to arrive in Kibale by the evening.
Lion (above and below)
Millions of the butterfly Belenois auroa on the journey, literally a blizzard of them over tens and tens of kilometers.
Day five was spent travelling to Kibale and day six we visited the Semuliki Forest. Semiluki is the other side of the Albertine Rift and marks the eastern most extension of the Lower Guinea (Guinea-Congo) Forest that stretches from West Africa to the edge of the East African Uplands. It was basically like being back in Ghana with typical West African species.
Grey-headed Sunbird (Eastern equivalent of Fraser's Sunbird)
Alexander's Bush Squirrel
Pennant-winged Nightjar- an unfortunate road kill victim
Above and below- Forest Elephants are present in the Semulike Forest so we had to bird with armed rangers. We heard them nearby crashing through the jungle and the enormous footprints and dung piles were everywhere.