Uganda, known as the “Pearl of Africa,” is a country of unparalleled natural beauty and diversity in East Africa. From the source of the White Nile on the vast and verdant Lake Victoria to the snow-capped peaks of the Rwenzori Range, the lush montane forests of the Virunga volcanoes, home to some of the last remaining mountain gorillas, to the expansive savannas surrounding the awe-inspiring Murchison Falls, Uganda is a land of contrasts and variety. No other African country can match its diversity of habitats, and this richness is reflected in its incredible bird list of over 1085 species. This list includes many highly sought-after birds, such as the elusive Shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the Albertine Rift Valley that can only be found here. This vast array of birds and wildlife is all the more remarkable given the small size of the country, making it one of the richest birding destinations in Africa.

Straddling the equator and bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Tanzania, Uganda is home to the vast Queen Elizabeth National Park, boasting impressive crater lake scenery, expansive grasslands and forests, huge herds of elephant and buffalo, lions, leopards, and a diverse array of birds. The famous boat cruise along the Kazinga Channel, which links Lakes George and Edward, is one of the most productive birding excursions in the world.

Uganda also offers the ultimate mountain gorilla tracking experience. Although the trek can be challenging, the chance to come face-to-face with these gentle giants and spend an hour with their family group is a rare and life-changing privilege, widely considered to be the greatest wildlife experience on the planet. With only one mountain gorilla surviving per 10 million people, this is a rare opportunity to be part of the conservation of this amazing species and witness their majesty in their natural habitat.


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