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We arrived in Uganda the evening before and started the day off bright and early, seeing the Shoebill on the way to our first stop!
After a rough night of sleep at Budongo, we took a morning birding walk and saw the Dwarf Kingfisher among others!
We headed to the top of Murchinson Falls, and took the ferry crossing to Paraa Safari Lodge. After checking in, we headed to our first Game Drive – which was cut short by a huge storm that rolled through!
We had a long morning game drive, seeing lots of mammals like the Kob, Warthogs, Giraffe, Hippos, and elephants, as well as many birds such as the Carmine Bee Eater. In the afternoon we had a boat safari to the base of the falls. Of course saw some birds along the way, such as the Hamerkop, and many pied Kingfishers.
We headed out for an 8hour drive to Kyaninga Lodge, birding along the way. . We passed a town with many children and handed out some small toys. When we arrived at Kyaninga Lodge, our breath was taken away by its beauty….and the steps we had to climb to get to the lodge! 😉
Chimp Trekking here was a bit different than Tanzania (we saw them mostly in the trees here) but of course it’s always amazing. After, we headed to Bigodi Wetlands, seeing some amazing birds, and got caught in a huge rainstorm – a local villager let us us take some shelter.
We had a much needed low key day around the lodge and went with our guide Sam on a trek around the crater. A highlight was getting to see a Pin Tailed Wydah do a mating dance for a female.
We drove through Fort Portal and to the equator and continued to Mweya. After lunch, we headed for a safari on the Kazinga channel where we saw an incredible amount of birdlife – and hippos!
We had 2 game drives today in the park and stopped by a salt lake to see flamingos. Some bird highlights of the day were the elusive African Crake and dancing Temminck’s Courser. Overnight again at Mweya Safari Lodge.
We headed to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for the remaining few days of our trip, for birding and gorilla trekking.
The Trackers lodge was truly spectacular. It was so nice to have some luxury after so much traveling.
One of the highlights of the trip was seeing gorillas in the wild. After the trek, we did some birding in the forest and saw Northern Double Collared Sunbird, Grey winged Robin Chat, and Mackinnon’s Shrike.
We spent the morning birding in the Impenetrable Forest and saw some great endemics and lifers. After, we visited a Batwa pygmy Village.
We said teary goodbyes and headed to Kihihi for a short flight to Entebbe, where we began our journey home. We. hope you enjoyed the trip!