Uganda 2023 main tour

Entebbe, Uganda

4 reviews
Dec 9 - 22, 2023
Group size: 10 - 30
Uganda 2023 main tour
Entebbe, Uganda

4 reviews

Dec 9 - 22, 2023
Group size: 10 - 30

About this trip

Uganda is considered one of the most beautiful and biodiverse countries in Africa. From the papyrus-fringed Lake Victoria over the snow-capped Rwenzori Range to the extensive savannas around Murchison Falls, the ‘Pearl of Africa’ boasts enormous habitat diversity, and thus an incredible bird list!

We will be guided by top female guides, supporting the Uganda Women Birders in their efforts to train women in nature guiding and bird watching, teach children about nature and ecology, enhance environmental awareness among the public, and provide an avenue for women to secure sustainable employment alongside men in a traditionally male-dominated sector.

Basic itinerary

9 Dec. 2023: Arrival in Entebbe (EBB)

10 Dec. 2023: Mabamba Swamp and travel to Lake Mburo

11 Dec. 2023: Lake Mburo National Park

12 Dec. 2023: Travel to Bwindi

13 Dec. 2023: Gorilla tracking (optional) or birding in Bwindi

14 Dec. 2023: Birding Bwindi

15 Dec. 2023: Travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park

16 Dec. 2023: Queen Elizabeth National Park

17 Dec. 2023: Travel to Kibale Forest National Park

18 Dec. 2023: Chimpanzee tracking

19 Dec. 2023: Travel to Murchison Falls National Park

20 Dec. 2023: Murchison Falls National Park

21 Dec. 2023: Travel to Entebbe

22 Dec. 2023: Botanical Gardens (optional) and transfer to Entebbe airport (EBB)

What’s included

  • Accommodation
    13 hotel nights
  • Meals
    3 meals per day from dinner on day 1 until breakfast until day 14. Including non-alcoholic beverages during meals.
  • Transportation
    All in-country private transportation to and from sites visited. Transportation from airport to hotel and day 1 and from hotel to airport on day 14.
  • Guiding fees
    All guiding fees for tour leaders and local guides.
  • Entrance fees
    All entrance fees to sites mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Activities
    All non-optional activities as described in the itinerary.
  • Gorilla tracking
    Gorilla tracking is an optional activity and not included in the base price. Permits cost $700 per person and sell out soon, so reserve your permit as early as possible!
  • Internat transportation
    Transportation to and from start/end point of the tour.
  • Alcoholic beverages
    Alcoholic beverages
  • Personal purchases
    Items such as (but not limited to) calls, laundry, souvenirs etc.
  • Tips
    Any tips you would like to offer tour leaders, guides, drivers, porters, wait staff, housekeeping etc. for outstanding service.

Available Packages

Double room (price per person)
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This is the price per person in a shared (double or twin room). If you wish to book for 2 people in a shared room, don't forget to buy 2 tickets!

Deposit: $3,250
Single room
27 left

This is the price for 1 person in a single room.

Deposit: $3,900

Available options


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American Birding Association
4 reviews
The ABA exists to build a better world by sharing the positive values and irresistible excitement of birding. We are a connector for all birders where they will feel part of a community, interact with fellow birders, and make fulfilling relationships with each other and nature. We provide resources to our members and the birding community at large on our website, through our print publications, our podcast, in-person events, festivals, and tours, partnerships, and ABA Community network. Wherever you find birders, you’ll find ABA.


I run out of superlatives when I try to share my experiences on this ABA trip to Panama. Every single day was filled with the sensory overload of new birds, new plants, new bugs, etc. I appreciated how each day was broken up into segments with some free time in between to rest or process photos or explore the property. I had never been on a trip of this type and had never been to a foreign country, so I was a bit nervous. I had wanted to go to Canopy Tower/Lodge for years as an introduction to tropical biology, so when I heard about the trip on the ABA podcasts, I decided it was time to have an adventure (and it truly was an adventure!) The itinerary was well thought out-we sampled many of the different habitats in the area, which exposed us to a maximum number of species-over 300!! Everything about the trip was wonderful-the other participants were great to spend time with (I really appreciated that they would call to me when they found interesting bugs). The Canopy Family staff were very friendly and they obviously know how to do eco-tourism right. The food was always delicious! Eating meals together as a group was an opportunity to connect and to reflect on the highlights of the day. One participant had to avoid gluten and it was handled very well at each meal-always an alternative available or something we could all eat. Our guides both had decades of experience and uncanny abilities to find the birds we were looking for, even in the thickest brush. They knew all the calls and could imitate them perfectly. They were able to get scopes on the birds quickly as well as directing us to where the birds were such that the entire group almost always got eyes on the bird-no small feat, especially in the rain forest. In summary, I feel like I can’t adequately describe just how amazing the trip was. I will remember it forever and can’t wait to try it again.
By Bob N for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 21 Sep, 2022
Birding with a group of ABA members in Panama was very enjoyable - most of us had never been there before. While most of us were strangers to each other at the start, our shared passion and the beautiful birds brought us together as friends. The Canopy Family is extremely well organized and accommodating, including excellent guides. There is room for improvement in communication between the ABA and folks signed up for the tour, some info wasn't received until the night before the trip, but I'm sure this will be addressed. I look forward to future ABA trips.
By Paul K for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 14 Sep, 2022
This was the best birding trip of my life! The Canopy Family and ABA took care of everything! Expert guide Carlos Bethancourt and ABA liaison Nate Swick were both incredible in their depth of bird behavior, habitat, and classification in Panama and beyond. Our group was small, cohesive, and full of passionate and interesting individuals who love birds and travel. Accommodations were perfect for this type of trip! Overall, worth every penny!
By Greg S for Panama main tour: Canopy Tower and Canopy Lodge on 13 Sep, 2022
This was a great trip! We had so much fun and saw gorgeous birds. The weather was perfect in the mountains, the scenery was beautiful. Jake Thompson - our bird guide - was smart, knowledgeable, indefatigable in his search for birds. He has energy! Our organizer, Katinka, was great. Kind and smart and organized,. The artist - Christina Baal was excellent. She had ALL of us (skeptics that we were ) sitting and drawing Burrowing Owls and painting other birds. It was surprisingly fun. Very good at getting us all engaged. Five stars!
By LORNA h for Bird of the Year in Southeast Arizona on 08 Aug, 2022

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