Uganda Birding Safaris – Bird watching in Uganda

Uganda is not only known as a great destination for the mountain gorillas, wildlife animals and primates but it is also known as a birders paradise/ one of the great birding spots of the world. It is habitat for over 1050 bird species which are situated in different habitants such as montane forests of the Albertine region, swamps, lakes, rivers and savannah grasslands. There about 50% bird species that are found in Uganda are not found elsewhere in Africa. Most of Uganda’s bird species are found in almost all the national parks of Uganda.

 Uganda is a great destination for birding due the stability, economic growth, good infrastructures to back up the tourism industry. Tourism in Uganda is the only industry where things like corruption have not been rampant thus it has a promising future in terms of sustainable development for the coming generation.

Uganda birding spot destinations

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Africa Bird Club has ranked Bwindi impenetrable forest national park as the best Africa’s birding spot and it has appreciated the conversation efforts for maintaining the birding trails in Bwindi forest to enhance birders reach out to various bird species in the forest. The park is a habitat to approximately 350 bird species with 23 bird species which are endemic to the Albertine rift valley region.

Some of the bird species in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park include regal sunbirds, Fraser’s eagle, purple breasted, western bronze-napped pigeon, blue headed, Chapin’s flycatcher, handsome francolin, mountain- masked and collared apalis, African green broadbill among other bird species which you will spot when you visit Bwindi forest for bird watching experience.

Mabamba bay wetland at Lake Victoria.

Mabamba is a wetland swamp found on the shores of Lake Victoria which is the largest lake in Africa and it known for very many bird species. Mabamba bay has also been ranked as one of the best birding spot to catch a glimpse of the famous shoebill bird species.  Other bird species Mabamba bay include, malachite king fisher, black headed heron, lesser jacana, winding cisticola, veillot’s black weaver, grosbeak weaver, African marsh harrier, swamp flycatcher, papyrus ganolek, pied king fisher among other bird spices.

Mgahinga gorilla national park

Mgahinga is located in the south western part of Uganda and it borders the Democratic republic of Congo and Rwanda. Just like Bwindi, Mgahinga has birding trails for viewing different bird species such as the bamboo trail, the gorge trail and the community trail which will give you an insight to spot very many bird species.  Mgahinga has about 180 bird species and some of them are Albertine endemic, they include red chested, little green-breasted sunbird, red-headed malimbe, black beef eater, white napped pigeon, scaly-breasted kingfisher, crowned eagle, yellow-spotted barbet, black-billed turaco, red –chested fluff tail, and tiny sunbird.

Kibale forest national park

The forest has 6 edermic bird spices in the Albertine region, and other approximate of 375 can be spoted in the park. Kibale is also known as a birders paradise and it is known for the green breasted pitta and other bird species purple breasted sunbird, the red chested owlet,little greenbul, black beet eater, white naped peagon , white headed wood hoopoe, dusky-blue flycatcher among others.

Lake Mburo national park

Mburo is also the one of the best spot for birding and it’s the major common activity that is done on the swamps of Rwonyo and Warukiri. It has about 315 bird species and the common species include shoebill barefaced go-away bird, red necked, brown parrot, crested francolin, Nubian woodpecker, greenwood hoopoe, cheeky bronze-tailed starling among others.

Budongo forest in Murchison falls national park

The forest has two sectors to spot the bird species such as the royal mile and busingiro area in the south of murchusion falls national park. It is a habitant to over 350 bird species and the commonly known birds are ituri batis, nahans francholin, black colored lovebird, brown twinspots, chocolate backed, African dwarf kingfishers, Cassin’s spine tail among others.

Other birding destinations in Uganda include park lake Bunyonyi, semiliki national park, mountain Rwenzori national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Murchison falls national park. Contact adventure in the wild safari you next bird watching safari in Uganda and we will offer you the best birding experience.