The photographs in this section were taken over a three week period in January/February 2013 during a ‘recce’ trip to Uganda organised by Worldwide Birding Tours (www.worldwide-birding-tours.com). The trip started in Entebbe and the first day commenced with a boat trip in the nearby Mabamba Bay Swamp on Lake Victoria to search for the Shoebill. In the afternoon a drive to Masindi, allowed an overnight prior to further travel onward to Murchison Falls National Park. Two nights in Murchison Falls National Park included visits to Murchison Falls by road and by boat and an opportunity to see birds and animals along the River Nile.
A return to Masindi for two nights provided a base to visit the Royal Mile in Budongo Forest. The next destination was south to Kibale National Park for a two night stay. On leaving Kibale the Bigodi Wetland Reserve was visited before a drive further south to Queen Elizabeth National Park with a single night in a tented camp on the Kazinga Channel, which joins Lake Edward and Lake George. The stay in Queen Elizabeth National Park provided the opportunity to drive through the park and observe the large animals.
The next destination was Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, staying for three nights in Buhoma. On the second day a trek to see the Rushegura Family of Mountain Gorillas proved very successful. The group of animals was found after only 20 minutes trekking and they spent the observation time in clear view in open areas. There followed a move for two nights to another location in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at Ruhija. A trek to Mubwindi Swamp proved challenging and the final descent to the swamp was omitted.
Moving close to the border with Ruanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo at Kisoro gave strenuous trekking opportunities in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park to climb Mount Sabinyo, one of the Virunga Volcanoes. After two nights at this location we moved to our final destination of Lake Mburo National Park. Here we were able to take a boat trip on Lake Mburo to observe the elusive African Finfoot and the huge numbers of Pied Kingfishers and African Fish Eagles. Our lodge high on Rwakobo Rock gave spectacular panoramic views of the park and was visited by a wide range of animals and birds.