Destination country: Uganda. Arrival and departure to/from
Next schedule: TBA.
Special note: Gorilla permits are strictly
limited in number and issued on a first-come, first served
basis. Please click here to
sign for your participation and interest early!
Note: Extension to Murchison NP coming soon. This
tour was also run as fundraising tour, under the auspices
of Butterfly Conservation, UK, European Interest Group.
Duration: 16 days + possible extension under way.
Price: 6-9 persons: ... + gorilla permit
(US$ 500 per person). 10-14 persons: ... + gorilla permit
(US$ 500 per person). Single supplement: ... Price
includes: accommodations and meals, vehicle hire with
fuel and driver guide, forest walk fees, park entrance fees
and ranger guides. The
additional US$ 500 per person is for gorilla permits per
day, fixed price by the governments. These are booked in
advance for they are sold on first come first serve basis
and only confirmed with cash. Apart from a few occasions
we spend the entire day in the field, where picnic lunch
will be organised. The price exclude: bank transfer
loss, international flight, visa, tips, drinks, personal
travel insurance and any other activities of personal request
e.g. laundry, phone calls, toalet fees, etc.
Accommodation: Three star hotels and good
lodges all the way with private facility. The only simple
accomodation is Entebbe.
Numbers: Min. 6 person, max. 12 person,
with two guides.
Transport: Toyota Coaster minibus with
optional 4x4 when its necessary.
literature: "Collins' Field Guide to the
Butterflies of East Africa" by Carcasson. Torben
Larsen’s "Butterflies of Kenya"
(really hard to find and expensive, but the best). Terry
Stevenson's "Birds of East Africa". "The
Kingdon Fieldguide to African Mammals" by Jonathan
Kingdon. We will carry a series of other butterfly books
which will be available throughout the trip. Please note,
that identification of butterflies is sometimes really difficult
(if not impossible...) in the field and a limited number
of specimens will be taken for further ID especially ones
with scientific interest under permission by the wildlife
authorities in Uganda. Please, be sure that collecting a
few specimens in a rainforest ecosystem would not damage
the population of any species.
note: Uganda is a malaria infested country, please
be sure that you take proper prophylaxis. Yellow fever vaccination
is also required and vaccination cards are checked upon
description: "...Uganda is home over a 1000
species of butterfly and a same number of birds, not to
mentions its great charismatic wildlife. It has also a unique
mixture of rainforest, montane forest and savannah species
including several endemics, which are mostly restricted
to the Albertine Rift. The butterfly faunas differ significantly
in the east and the west as the Rift serves as a biogeographical
barrier for lots of butterflies. Our butterfly tour is aimed
to present the diversity of Uganda’s butterflies as
well as other attractions of nature including the rich bird
fauna and hopefully the threatened Montane Gorilla. Our
butterfly tour is one of the very first of such tours in
the country which will also demonstrate the importance of
butterflies from the eco-tourism perspective. Uganda giving
us a wonderful option to see a very high concentration of
Primates as well, incl. Chimps and Mountain Gorilla. Uganda
is also the richest avian country of Africa. We will go
for the most important bird specialities, like Green-breasted
Pitta and Shoebill. Uganda has some great wildlife and scenery,
on which purpose we are planning some additional day focusing
on Queen Elisabeth National..."
Day 1: Arrival
day. Arrival at Entebbe International airport
met by our guide and transferred to Sophie's Motel, Entebbe.
Day 2: We
shall look for butterflies around Entebbe
area for example in the Botanical
Gardens, Ziika forest, Kisubi area where
we may have a chance for our first swallowtails such as
Mocker Swallowtail (Papilio dardanus),
Mechow’s Swallowtail (Papilio
mechowi) Lormier’s Swallotail
(Papilio lormieri), and some common species of
open formations like Grass Yellows (Eurema
spp.), Western Dotted Border (Mylothris
chloris) and Plain Tiger (Danaus
chrysippus). Overnight at Sophie’s Motel Entebbe.
Leave Entebbe in the morning and transfer to Mabira
forest, we shall spend the afternoon already
in Mabira forest. Mabira has a list of over 300 species
of butterfly but there certainly are many more in this last
remnant of wet rainforest in Western Uganda.
Overnight at the Rainforest Lodge in Mabira an eco-friendly
lodge inside the forest, where moth trapping is also possible.
Day 4-5: In
the morning we shall look for hilltopping "Epitola"
Blues such as Jackson’s Sapphire
Gem (Iridana jacksoni) and Common
Epitola (Cerautola ceraunia) while later
on we might see males of the magnificent Papilio rex
(a real royal sight) to hilltop along with a few Charaxes-species.
In the afternoon we will look for forest interior species
including the unique eastern subspecies of Medon
Forester (Euphaedra medon fraudata).
Overnight at Rainforest Lodge.
Day 6. Travel
day to Kibale
NP, Kibaale forest is known for its rich
diversity with an extensive list of butterflies including
Common Bellboy (Zenonia zeno),
Pagenstecher’s Castor (Ariadne
pagenstecheri), Scalloped Sailer (Neptidopsis
ophione), Original Club-Dot Sailer
(Neptis melicerta), Herminia Glider
(Cymothoe herminia), Noble Swallowtail
(Papilio nobilis crippsianus), Drury’s
Delight (Mesoxantha ethosea reducta),
African Palmfly (Elymniopsisas bammakoo
rattrayi), Emerald Blue Charaxes (Charaxes
smargdalis toro), e.t.c.
Overnight Nyinabuliitwa Safari Resort.
9: Possible Chimp
tracking day in Kibaale. After an early
morning breakfast, drive to Kibaale NP reported to be home
to the greatest variety and highest concentration of primates
in the world. Thirteen (13) different species have been
identified here. We also have a chance to see a variety
of other primates e.g. the Grey-cheeked Mangabeys,
Vervet-, L’Hoerst- and Red-tailed
Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red Colobus, Black and white Colobus
Monkeys. Afternoon swamp walk for primates again.
Overnight Nyinabuliitwa Safari Resort.
Day 10: Travel
to Queen Elisabeth NP
Full day in Queen Elisabeth NP
12-13: Transfer and exploration of
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest,
believed to have the richest faunal community in East Africa
and is an important locality for the conservation of Afro-montane
fauna endemic to the mountains of the Western Rift Valley.
It harbors at least 120 species of mammal. Over a third
of the world's population of the regionally endangered Eastern
Mountain Gorilla (Gorilla g. beringeii)
live in the Park. 350 species of birds have been recorded.
At least 70 of the 78 montane forest bird species occurring
in the Albertine Rift region are found in the forest, and
22 of the 36 albertine rift endemics are found in Bwindi
forest. The forest is one of the most important protected
areas in Africa for the conservation of montane butterflies.
Some of the greatest rarities are Papilio leucotaenia,
Graphium gudenusi and Charaxes fournierae.
It also has the threatened African Giant Swallowtail
(Papilio antimachus). Further species special to
Bwindi are Toxochitona ankole, Iolaus pseudofrater,
lolaus henryi, Thermoniphas albocaerulea, Thermoniphas caerula,
Thermoniphas kigezi, Euphaedra olivacea, Parosmodes onza
to mention but a few which are known to be endemic
Overnight Gorilla resort or Trekker’s Tavern Cottages
Ruhija, depending on where we get the gorilla permits. Please
note that gorilla trekking is an optional program and the
cost is extra!
trekking day. An early morning trek into
Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park with packed lunch
led by experienced guides will lead us to a family of mountain
gorillas. Tracking the gorillas through the dense mountain
forest is a magical experience. You can spend one hour with
the gorillas and be back to base! Some gorilla families
however, are more elusive and tracking can take a full day,
especially when it is wet and muddy.
Overnight in Gorilla Resort or Trekker’s Tavern Cottages
15: Transfer back
to Entebbe. Overnight Imperial Resort Beach
day to Mabamba Swamps, departures.
Departure day, or to extension to Murchison Falls NP