Birding in Uganda

Birding enthusiasts rank Uganda as a perfect travel destination for Birding in Uganda with so many spots where various bird species can be encountered any time of the year with the conducive climate and abundant water bodies also supporting the thriving bird life. Get a great taste of Uganda’s birding paradise by exploring habitats of forest, savanna and river.

Birding in Uganda

Whether you are a keen birder or a twitcher, Uganda offers remarkable birding opportunities for you 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 is home to 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 birding spots include:

Mabamba Swamp

The Mabamba Wetland area is famous for harbouring the rare Shoe billed stork and was recently acknowledged as an International conservation area.

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

The park is mostly famous for its wildlife including the famous tree climbing lions though the park also hosts over 550 bird species including 11 types of Kingfisher, several falcons,eagles and black bee eater.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This impenetrable forest is one of the top riches flora and fauna forests of East Africa where you can encounter over 357 bird species including the Albertine rift Endemics, Rwenzori Batis, Black bee eater and the African Green Broadbill.

Murchison Falls National Park

Most travellers visit this park for its majestic Murchison Falls  where it derives its name though the park has a lot to offer including 370 bird species; the shoebill, giant kingfisher, bee eaters and other species.

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 presents top bird watching sites with rare species like the elusive shoe billed stork in Mabamba Swamp and the impeccable Mubwindi swamp which is arguably the leading destination for Birding safaris. Uganda is a prime destination for anyone with an interest in birding due to its varied landscape with swamps, forests, lakes, mountains and savannas inhabiting 1025-1065 bird species.

What to carry on your Birding in Uganda safari?

  • Hiking boots are preferable for forest bird-watching
  • Binoculars
  • Telescopes
  • 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 in Uganda safari will offer you a tremendous fulfillment as you tick off the bird species off your bucket list.We at Wild Spirit Safaris will tailor make a suitable birding safari to suit your taste and preference and make it a memorable safari of a lifetime.

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