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Uganda is Declared a Birding Hub!

Uganda has been declared one of the prime destinations for birdwatching in 2013, continuing the boost from the Lonely Planet 2012 award of Best Tourism Destination into a new year.

Nature Uganda had teamed up with Birdlife International, a global conservation organisation focusing on the protection of birds and their habitats, to study the bird population in Uganda and their research has highlighted no fewer than 34 important birdwatching areas in the country, each with diverse ranges of bird species!

It is an important piece in the puzzle when it comes to the biodiversity in Uganda. The country accounts for not only 10% of the world's total bird species but a massive 50% of Africa's range as well. The Africa Bird Club has highlighted Bwindi Impenetrable National park as Africa's number one birding site.

The Ugandan Minister for Tourism, Ms Maria Mutagamba, made the announcement recently, saying 'Allow me to declare Uganda a preferred birdwatching destination as we begin our journey through the next 50 years as we mark the country's independence jubilee celebrations'.

For more information on birdwatching in Uganda contact a member of our sales team.

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Chimpanzee Tracking

Tracking chimpanzees in their natural habitat, as they swing from the branches in the canopy high above the forest floor is nothing short of exhilarating. The chimps effortlessly cross and scamper through the trees above the gorge, and visitors on the other hand must cross the river using natural bridges in order to keep up with the chimps. So although the walk usually lasts only 2–3 hours, descending the steep gorge and crossing the log bridges over the river requires some agility and fitness.

Chimpanzee tracking is also available in nearby Kalinzu, a forest reserve 30 minutes drive from Kyambura Gorge Lodge where there is a community of about 40 habituated chimpanzees.