22 Days December 26 2016 to January 16, 2017 Trip Report by William Young, Author of The Fascination of Birds: From the Albatross to the Yellowthroat.
Thank You so much for this unforgettable tour!
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Dr. Zieger Michael and Beatrice Ullrich. Germany
Crammy Wanyama is one of the best guides I've ever had. Right from the start, he customised an itinerary for us that allowed us to cover every single experience I wanted in Uganda, within three weeks and within budget: Gorillas, chimps, Mountains of the Moon’s botanical giants (unfortunately we only saw the Giant Lobelia), Big 5, chameleons, good birding (especially Shoebill), night drives/walks for nocturnal animals, Batwa pygmies etc. Other agencies I asked merely threw me their standard itinerary and hoped that I would bite. On tour, Crammy was accommodating and flexible, polite and informative, and a bird guide extraordinaire with great ID skills (song & sight), even when it came to raptors and waders. He uses site guides (multiplying the number of spotters), which is true eco-tourism as it brings income to the local community. His 10-seater van was comfortable and had a pop-up roof that was great for safaris. It also ensured that the four of us in the tour each enjoyed a window seat. Crammy also went the extra mile. When I was ill, he arranged for the hotel to make me citrus juice twice daily, which he claimed works wonders for him. It definitely perked me up too. He comes highly recommended by all four of us from Singapore.
Gloria Seow. Singapore
Thank you very much for planning such a grand birding and mountain gorilla tracking experience for us. We enjoyed the in-depth look into the life of birds of your extraordinary country. Me and my friends really appreciate the efforts of the guide and driver, the guide was terrific. He took time to understand what we wanted and delivered beyond expectations. As was your attention as you checked in with the site guides and innkeepers all along the way to be sure we were doing just fine. I've already recommended you to my friends and will still do.
George Buarno. Canada
I can't believe how much we saw on our 14 days safari of Albertine endemic birds search. The unique bird species we observed, especially the endemics and restricted range species along with the unforgettable 24 gorillas in Bwindi, was incredible. I am happy to let you know, we really appreciated your professional conduct, from the the time of answering the mails to the last day with a very knowledgeable guide. Loved the mix of things especially the local experiences. Keep up the criteria for choosing your guides.
Alex Mcgregor. Ohio, USA
You made our holiday very special. We stayed in Uganda from 27 December 2012 to 2 January 2013 and are now safely back home.
We thoroughly enjoyed birding and gorilla tracking in your beautiful country. Our bird count reached 136 in total, of which many were new to us. We appreciate your hospitality and professionalism very much.
You made our holiday very special.
Himeno Tsutomu. Japan
Birdwatching Tour Well Arranged
I just returned from my 17 Day Uganda Birding and Gorilla Tracking Tour. We ticked-off 420 species. Credits to Crammy our guide, he was very knowledgeable especially in our prime interest- the birds. You are very organised, we had everything attended to as planned. I strongly recommend.
Agapito N. Ecuador, South America
Thank you so much. We had a great birding tour, it was everything we could have asked for. Everything went very smoothly. Yes we saw the birds. We can work on getting some photos for you.
If there are any websites that you would like me to post a positive review about your company, please let me know. Emma did an excellent job and i will be happy to recommend you to anyone planning on making a Uganda or Rwanda.
Mac Daff. Chicago USA.
We are back home and working on time to sort our photos. I want to thank the staff of Avian Safaris for sincerely arranging and guiding me and my wife on our 17 days birds and wildlife photography trip in Uganda. Focusing on the region's large and interesting set of endemic species. Your flexibility and creativity fitting into my birding desires were extraordinary. I could not want more. I am impressed by the care of your organization, the effectiveness of your birding site selection, and your enthusiasm and patience. I have never had more fun birding as with your guide. Thank you very much.
We definitely will consider your company on our future trips to East African.
Theunis .K. Netherlands
We arrived home safely this afternoon, and have with us many fond memories of the holiday! We had an amazing time, thank you so much for arranging everything, and looking after us, especially Miiro our guide!
My wife loved Uganda, she thinks we might have to return even if not on a bird watching adventure. I say, that is the best tour i have ever had. Miiro knew what exactly we wanted to see, the native culture experience, meeting such lovely, smiling, warm and kind people, whom we could count as our friends! my wife wants to write you a report on our sixteen days in Uganda.
I will send some photos for Miiro, after sorting ourselves.
David Roth. UK
Thank you very much for taking me out for the Shoebill trip. I really enjoyed the company of the guide and site guide. Please let John know i counted 87 bird species, 23 were lifers including the Shoebill. It was a fantastic day trip.
Micheal Teen. United Kingdom
Our schedule was very intense and the photo shoots success depended on a high level of efficiency. Crammy was extremely well organised, efficient, trustworthy and a pleasure to work with. He worked hard to ensure that the group’s needs were always met, a good guide and interpreter.
I must also thank the company for choosing everything right, hence our remarkable bird watching trip. Jane says, your company is the best.
I would not hesitate recommending Avian Safaris.
Mike Otanza. South Africa
Crammy guided us for 21 days in pursuit of as many as possible of over 1000 Uganda birds. We ticked-off 480 bird species on this tour, we all had many new ones, David having the biggest number of 396. The Shoebill was definitely the most iconic bird of the trip, just as you wrote during the planning of the trip and a lifer to the whole group :).
Birding was exciting as it always is on my tours, but Crammy's positive and inquisitive attitude towards general biology together with his phenomenal ability to identify birds by their slightest movements and call notes made this one of the most enjoyable trips I have had in my last 35 years of bird watching.
The accommodations, vehicle, and driver were just fine. Thank you for your reliability and for providing such qualified and personable guide, driver and staff. Your company can be proud of its accomplishments in making birding in Uganda so comfortable and affordable at the same time.
Hilletje Mezi. Netherlands
Diet: Mainly feeds on fish, frogs and crabs, but also on small birds and reptiles.
The Saddle-billed Stork breeds in forested waterlands and floodlands in tropical lowland. The female lays one or two white eggs weighing about 146g each. The incubation period is 30–35 days, with another 70 – 100 days before the chicks fledge.
Birds grow to 150 cm height,142 cm length and 2.4–2.7 m wingspan. The male is larger and heavier than the female, with a range of 5.1–7.5 kg. The female is usually between 5 and 7 kg. It is probably the tallest of the Storks.
The long bill measures from 27.3 to 36 cm.
Sexes can be readily distinguished by the golden yellow iris of the female and the brown irises and dangling yellow wattles of the male.