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Uganda is one of the best countries in the world to watch birds. The wide range of habitats produces a bird list of over 1,000 species and, at different times, the country is home to a variety of migrant species. There are countless birding locations around Uganda including national parks (NP), Important Birding Areas (IBAs), Albertine Rift Valley, lakes and swamps, forests, savanna grassland, woodland, mountains and rivers. If you are targeting specific birds, we will be happy to offer advice. Our Uganda Birding Safari are fully escorted by professional bird guides and site guides who will ensure that you get the best out of your birding tour.
The birding tour of Uganda then continued on to Kibale Forest where they went for a walk looking for interesting birds. The top tick here is the Green breasted pita, this time our team didn’t have luck on their side and missed this top tick. When dealing with wildlife there are no guarantees and that for sure is part of the excitement. Next on the itinerary was Semuliki national park for birding along Kirumia trail, which is one of the best birding spots in Uganda with Congo-forest species. Here Tony and our birders ticked off the Black dwarf hornbill as well as the White crested hornbill.
To enjoy Bird Watching In Uganda you need to be prepared to stay out for long hours and have some considerable hiking is certain areas. For example, while birding in Rwenzori Mountains, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Mt Elgon, Bwindi Impenetrable national park, there is a considerable amount of hiking up and down the mountainous areas.
Uganda is home to over 1050 bird species making it a preferred destination for bird watching in Africa. The number of species make up 10% of all of the world’s bird species. It is also home to 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 like being totems for clans or believed to communicate messages from the gods and seasons.
Below are some of popular destinations around Uganda, where travellers can get amazing bird watching experiences:
Lake Mburo National Park: – Lake Mburo National Park features huge varieties of migrating birds and most of the species love to flock near the wide wetland of Lake Mburo. Some of the bird species are available in this particular spot including white winged warbler, the Yellow-billed oxpecker, ground hornbill and green backed woodpecker.
Semliki National Park: – This Park located in a remote corner of south-west Uganda. Choosing Uganda safari packages, you can spot popular bird species like Black throated coucal, Grey-throated rail, Congo Serpent eagle and Yellow-throated nicater.
Budongo Forest: – Located in Western Uganda, Budongo Forest is home to some rare bird species like Grey headed olive back, Singing Cistocola and Black billed barbet.
Murchison Falls National Park: – Murchison Falls National Park is located in the north-western part of Uganda and comprises of the wetland, Lake Albert. It is largest national park in Uganda with some of attractive bird species like the Secretary bird, Red-necked Falcon, Blue-breasted Bee, Sacred Ibis and shy Shoebill.
Uganda spans Central Africa and East Africa making it home to species from both areas. 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. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a great birding spot with 23 of the 24 Albertine endemics found in Uganda. Murchison Falls National Park is one of the best locations for birding in Africa. A birding trip to Uganda is sure to leave you with a memorable experience.
Uganda is an incredibly beautiful country and is one of Africa’s richest areas for birds. There are magnificent ancient forests, mist shrouded mountains, papyrus-fringed swamps and lakes, as well as wide-open plains. It is home to the truly bizarre Shoebill and we plan our itineraries to maximize our chances of locating this special bird.
This bird-rich country of Uganda holds many special and much sought-after species, and we normally concentrate on finding as many of the fabled Albertine Rift endemics as possible. A good reason alone to make this a must visit destination.
For the best Uganda Birding Safari experience, Saso Uganda Safaris is the best tour operator in Uganda organizing affordable Uganda Safari Tours in different destinations. Our Uganda Travel Tips that we provide is well articulated and you won’t miss any necessary things or equipment in your trip.
Our tour has a wide range of Uganda Accommodation either you would like to go camping, or on classic lodges, Saso Uganda Safaris will ensure that you African safari is memorable and unforgettable.