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Megafari 2: Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya (July-August 2010)
Our second Megafari took place in the window of July-August. As was the dry season there were fewer breeding birds and migrants, but still laid waste to some of the most spec- tacular birds on the planet. This time we started o in Uganda and Rwanda, where we notched up the irrepressible Shoebill before nding only the third-ever nest of the scarce and beautiful Green-breasted Pitta, which we were able to watch to our heart’s delight. We also had several encounters with Chimpanzees and the gentle and giant Mountain Goril- las amongst a host of Albertine Rift Endemic birds at Nyungwe NP. The trip then shifted focus to Kenya, where we visited the regular circuit of vastly dierent habitats from arid woodlands of Lake Magadi, to the highland forests of Mt. Kenya, the sprawling savannas of Amboseli and Maasai Mara and the lowland swamps of Lake Victoria and adjacent mid-altitude forests at Kakamega. Apart from witnessing a mass of migrating Wildebeest of epic propor-
tions, we also had several encounters with cats. Leopard and lions were all found with carcasses, and we found a family of four Cheetahs stalking some Tommy’s Gazelle. We had several encounters with Bualo, Elephant and Rhino’s completing our Big-5 haul, and were constantly hauling in new bird species. Our Megafari-2 tally reached some 638 bird species and we saw some 73 mammals. A pretty
impressive tally. If you are thinking of coming to Africa and are unsure which trip to book, you can’t do much better than start with one of these East African adventures, as they are sure to leave you wanting more.