Birding Safaris In Uganda.
Uganda is among the best destinations for incredible Birding Safaris in the whole of Africa. It has a diversity of bird species a number of which are not easily spotted in any other part of the African continent. The country houses several birding destinations and these have made Uganda certainly one of the finest birding paradises. There are more than 1010 bird species all of which you certainly enjoy on a Uganda safari. The various National parks within Uganda are actually the biggest habitat for most of the bird species in the country. As you take time to marvel at the spectacular birds, you will certainly come across a diversity of additional wildlife that will turn your bird watching safari into a very memorable encounter. The most ideal time to spot these birds is actually early in the morning as well as late in the evenings.
Uganda offers remarkable birding opportunities for experienced birdwatchers with an amazing opportunity to tick off more than 1000 bird species off your list. With the expertise and professionalism of our birding guides, you will traverse the country and discover that Birding in Uganda is worth every penny and every second.
Uganda hosts over 1050 bird species making with 24 of the Albertine rift endemics with the rest found in DR Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. Birds were protected over the years because of the cultural norms attached.
Birding happens both in protected areas and in private areas, with habitats for birds being wetlands and papyrus swamps, forests, Savannah, agricultural lands, woodlands, rocky ridges and Afro-pine moorland. Though birds can be seen anywhere in Uganda, some of the best bird watching spots include:
This Important Bird Area (IBA) is one of the best marshy areas along the Northern shores of Lake Victoria for bird watching. The Mabamba Wetland area is famous for harboring the rare Shoe billed stork.
Kibale National Park
This Forest is mostly known for its Chimpanzee Trekking Safaris though it is also home to a variety of forest birds including the Red Winged Francolin Red Chested Fluftail African Pita, Joyful greenbul and many other bird species totaling to about 335.
Queen Elizabeth National Park
Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park is an incredible experience as this is Uganda’s most popular and most scenic National Park that contains a variety of habitats that range from savanna to wetlands. The park hosts over 600 bird species. Among the bird habitats offered within this national park are Open woodlands, rivers, open grassland, lakes seasonal as well as permanent swamps. Prominent species include the malachite, black-ramped buttonquail, Collard Pranticles, papyrus canary, verreauv’s eagle-owl, black bee-eater, squacco heron, African fish eagle, swamp fly-catcher, long-tailed cormorants, Martial Eagle, Black- rumped Buttonquail African Skimmer, White winged terns, White-winged Warbler, shoebill, African skimmer, Verreaux’s Eagle-owl, Grey-headed kingfisher, papyrus gonolek, Papyrus Canary, and the thin-tailed Nightjars; these are normally also heard in the morning echoing in the tree branches.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The impenetrable forest is commonly known for its Mountain Gorillas but the place is also a paradise for bird watchers. It has over 347 bird species including the Albertine rift Endemics, Rwenzori Batis, Black bee eater and the African Green Broadbill.
Murchison Falls National Park
Murchison falls is among Uganda’s best birding spots with over 451 bird species which include; the Gray crowned crane(Uganda’s National bird), Giant Kingfisher, Giant Heron, Shoebill stork, Abyssinian Ground Hornbills, Nightjars, Marabou stork, Black headed lapwing, Back-bellied Bustard among others. Birds in Murchison can be best spotted while on a game drive, nature walks through the savannah grasslands and on the boat cruise along the Nile and on Lake Albert Delta.
Other Birding Areas include;
- Budongo Forest
- Mabira Forest
- Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary
- Mgahinga National Park
- Lake Mburo National Park
- Entebbe Botanical Gardens
- Mpanga Forest
- Mount Elgon National Park
- Kidepo Valley National Park
- Semliki National Park
Why opt for birding in Uganda Safari?
Uganda houses a number of sites to explore and spot rare species with Mabamba Swamp offering particularly the best experience. A visit to Mabamba Swamp where several pairs of shoebills can be seen is very special indeed and it’s no surprise that it’s a popular choice for bird watchers who want to experience an excellent few hours of birding.
Uganda is a first-rate destination for travelers who want to witness the best birding experience due to its varied landscape with swamps, forests, lakes, mountains and savannas inhabiting 1025-1065 bird species.
What to carry on your Birding safari?
- Hiking boots are preferable for forest bird-watching
- For those great pictures a camera with good zoom or telephoto lens is needed
- A rain-gear as well as long-sleeved pants and shirt
A birding safari in Uganda will offer you a great experience as it brings you a number of bird species. At Safaris With Jon we will customize a birding safari to suit travel interests and make it a memorable safari of a lifetime.