Birding Safaris In Uganda

Birding Safaris

Are you looking for birding safaris in Uganda, as well as bird watching
vacations and tours? Bird Uganda with a tailor-made African birding package
tailored to your needs; explore Uganda’s birding paradise with a bird-watching
guide. Uganda is one of the best bird-watching destinations in the world, not
just in Africa. With over 1065 bird species identified. Birds can be seen
everywhere in Uganda. It has 24 endemic species. Uganda also has species that
can only be found in the Albertine Rift. The unique endangered shoebill stork,
Chaplin flycatcher, Ruhlman’s double-collared sunbird, regal sunbird, fox
weaver, turacos, strange weaver, dwarf honeyguide, handsome spurfowl, and
others are among the bird species that attract the majority of tourists in the
country.

Despite the fact that Uganda is one of the top bird-watching
destinations in the world. However, this is not marketed like primate tracking
or game viewing, which are more appealing to tourists in Uganda than bird
watching. Uganda still has experienced management, professional guides, and an
information center. The few people who want to promote birding are frustrated by
the lack of general interest among influential decision-makers and the
destruction of bird habitats. Despite the fact that birding safaris in Uganda
face numerous challenges, the number of birds continues to increase, allowing
Uganda to maintain its position as the best birding destination in East Africa.
As a result, Uganda may rank first among other countries in terms of birding.

Bird species in Uganda

Uganda is home to a diverse range of unique bird species, making it
ideal for birding safaris. The rare shoebill stork, crested crane,
saddle-billed, African green broadbills, blue turaco, bee-eater, Shelley’s
Crimsonwing, Jameson’s ant pecker, brown chested, Nahan’s Francolin,
saddle-billed stork, and Marabou stork are among the most commonly seen bird
species. The shoebill stork is Uganda’s most popular bird. This rare shoebill
can be found in Uganda’s wetlands and marshes. Because the shoebill is uncommon
in Uganda, there is no specific location where they can be found. Birders feel
insignificant if they do not see shoebills while on a birding trip to Uganda.
You must spend more time in the birding areas to fully appreciate this
experience. Birds are agile and aerial creatures, which gives them an
advantage.

For the best experience, pay close attention and be patient when observing
them. Some bird species in Uganda are migratory; they migrate from one area of
the country to another in search of food, but this also depends on the season.
Birds should not have high hopes of spotting them because they are
unpredictable. Unless the guides can go deep into the wilderness in search of
the rare species, there is no guarantee of sighting.

The best place in Uganda for bird watching.

Birds can be found all over Uganda, but there are some prime spots for
bird watching. They have the highest concentration of birds, which benefits
bird watchers by providing a high chance of successful sightings. The
majority of birding safari destinations in Uganda are swamps/wetlands, forests,
and national parks. As explained further below;

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to half of the remaining mountain
gorillas and is also the best place in the world to go bird watching. With over
350 bird species, 23 of which are endemic to the Albertine. The Africa Birding
Magazine named Bwindi Forest National Park one of the top ten birding areas in
Africa in 2010. The following are some of the most common birds in the Bwindi
forest: Among the many species are the African broadbill, Narina’s trogon,
collared pails, equatorial akalat, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, forest robin,
Montane Oriole, red-throated athlete, rufous napped lark, pink-backed pelican,
papyrus Gonolek, greater flamingos, pale-breasted illadopsis, lesser flamingos,
Because the Bwindi forest is too large, it is divided into four sectors:
Ruhija, Rushanga, Nkuringo, and Buhoma. In any Bwindi sector, gorilla trekking
can be combined with bird watching.

National Park of Queen Elizabeth

Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of Uganda’s most popular
bird-watching destinations.  With over
600 bird species, it is known as a bird sanctuary. Birds thrive in Queen
Elizabeth National Park because it is surrounded by savannah grassland,
wetlands, woodlands, and tropical rainforest. It is near other national parks
in western Uganda, as well as those in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of
the Congo, which attract some species from central Africa. To get the most out
of Queen Elizabeth National Park, you should stay at least 6 days and observe
all of the specific species. Kasenyi, Katwe, Lake Edward, Mweya, and George are
the best birding areas in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The Kazinga channel
provides a beautiful view of various bird species along the shoreline. The rare
shoebill, African jacana, yellow bishop, swamp flycatcher, black-billed
barbets, knob-billed ducks, falcon, eagles, malachite, water-thick knee,
grey-headed kingfisher, papyrus canary, squacco heron, white-winged warbler,
long-tailed cormorants, and thing-tailed nightjars are among the bird species
to see at Queen Elizabeth National Park.

National Park Kibale Forest

Kibale Forest National Park is located in western Uganda and is commonly
known as the “primate’s capital of the world.” It is also a good
ideal for bird watching with over 370 bird species including; shite-naped
pigeon, red-chested fluff tail, red-winged francolin, Narina’s trogon, olive
long-tailed cuckoo, Abyssinian-ground thrush, grey throated flycatcher, The
Uganda woodland warbler and the scaly francolin

The Budongo forest.

Murchison Falls National Park contains the Budongo Forest. It is home to
over 360 bird species and is one of the best places in Uganda for a
bird-watching safari. Puvel’s illadopsis and the yellow-footed flycatcher are
two of the most common birds in Budongo forest. The forest flycatcher,
Yellow-browed camaroptera, Lemon-bellied crombec, dusky long-tailed, crowned
eagle, crested alethe, and other birds can be found in the forest.

Swamp of Mabamba

The Mabamba wetlands are located on Lake Victoria’s shores and can be
reached from Mpingi or Entebbe. Mabamba swamp is one of Uganda’s most popular
tourist destinations because it is home to the unique endangered shoebill. The
shoebill at Mabamba wetlands is tracked using canoes with the assistance of a
birding guide or local fishermen. The pursuit of the shoebill at Mabamba is
both fascinating and rewarding. Other birds to look out for in the area include
the black-billed turaco, white-spotted fluff tail, Wayne’s weaver,
blue-shouldered, sooty boubou, robin-chat, and others.

Wetland sanctuary at Bigodi.

This small wetland can be found in western Uganda, near the Kibale
forest. It was established to safeguard small primates and birds. This wetlands
is much smaller than Mabamba, but it is home to over 200 bird species. Papyrus
Gonolek, black-faced Rufus warbler, blue turaco, ibris, blue-headed coucal, and
other bird species are common in this wetland.

When is the best time to go birding in
Uganda?

The best time to visit Uganda for birding safaris is during the dry
season, which runs from June to August and December to February, when the water
levels are low and the grass is short, allowing you to search for the rare
shoebill without disturbing it. However, some birds, such as migratory birds,
are common in Uganda during the wet season, which lasts from March to April,
May, October, and November, because there is plenty of food to attract them. In
Uganda, birding can be done all year, but the best time is during the dry
season. Please keep in mind that some of Uganda’s birding destinations, such as
Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and
others, are located in tropical rainforests, so if it rains in the above areas,
you must be prepared by bringing hiking boots, a raincoat, long clothes, hand
gloves, and other items.

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