Shoebills and Gorillas in Uganda

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Iconic Shoebill

There are two species at the top of everybody's wishlist when they visit Uganda. Number one for every birdwatcher is the incredible, bizarre, enigmatic Shoebill. And our group was no exception!

On our first day of the trip we visited a huge wetland area with plenty of papyrus, home to the Shoebill. And our luck was in, we had a superb encounter with this wonderful bird, as well as great views of Papyrus Gonolek, another papyrus specialist.

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The second wildlife target is mountain gorilla, which can be found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (providing you can find the way in!). We had our briefing and set off on our gorilla tracking experience in the forest, with our ranger and a team of porters, most welcome as it was a steep climb down and scramble through the vegetation to catch up with our assigned family. But what a reward when we caught up with them! Our family included mother and baby, youngsters, teenagers and a wonderful, handsome male silverback. We enjoyed our hour with them so much, time just flew by.

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Wonderful encounter with mountain gorillas

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What an exciting trip, and so many amazing birds as well. Lots more adventures to come so please do check back for more.

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