Birding safari in Uganda
Uganda is the leading number birding destination in Africa counting the 50% of Africa’s bird count and 11% of the world total count with approximately of over 1062 species of birds some of which are resident species and others are migratory from different continents and countries among which is the elusive shoebill stork and prestigious Uganda crane, flamingo birds, hornbills, ostriches among others. Uganda birding safari in Uganda rewards you with the chance to almost introduce to you all the species in the country that reside from different parts of the country from savanna parks, forests, swamps and community conservation projects like sanctuaries and we will see you visit queen Elizabeth national park, Bwindi forest national park, semuliki valley national park, Bundongo forest, Murchison falls national park, Mabamba birding swamp, Bigodi swamp.
This is an once-in-a-lifetime bird Watching and game viewing experience. This Safari takes you to all Uganda’s prime birding spots including Africa’s number one bird watching spot Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You have the opportunity to see specialties from the Albertine Rift Mountains and from the five biome species of Central and Eastern Africa to which Uganda is amidst. These biomes comprise the Sudan–Guinea Savanna with 22 Ugandan species restricted to it, the Guinea–Congo Forests biome with 144 species, the Lake Victoria Basin biome with 12 species, the Afro-tropical Highlands biome with 88 species, and the Somali–Masai biome with 32 species. All the selected sites are very rich in other wildlife and flora and expect to meet a big number of mammals for example; Lions, Buffaloes, Elephants, Leopards, Hippopotamus, Warthogs, giraffes, zebras, impalas, hippos, hyenas, and primates like chimpanzees alongside other 13 species and also endangered mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park with half of the world’s mountain gorilla population
Expected birds, over 650 Species
Key Species: Shoebill Stork, Orange Weaver, Papyrus Gonolek, African Finfoot, Red-faced Barbet, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, African Green Broadbill, Handsome Francolin, Kivu Ground Thrush, Green-breasted Pitta, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Puvel’sIlladopsis, Nahan’s Francolin, KaramojaApalis, Fox’s Weaver, Taita Falcon.
Birding Pace: Moderate Physical Difficulty: Moderate Group Limit: Maximum 25
Birding Photography: Worthwhile
Possible Extensions: Mountain Gorillas and Chimpanzees Trekking
Best time for bird watching in Uganda
Birding in Uganda can be done throughout the year depending on the climate season. Uganda being a wet country, the wet seasons leave trail paths through the forests in poor condition which makes it difficult to move.
For Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga, May and June are suitable nesting seasons as there are less rains. Toro-Semiliki being dry is hot and uncomfortable for bird watching therefore February and beginning of March would be best including Murchison Falls National Park.
Migration season is also key as different bird species could be spotted for example flamingos at Lake Minyanyanga within the Katwe area of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Other migratory birds found in Uganda include the fish eagle, black headed weaver, African pygmy goose, vultures, saddle billed stock, grey crowned crane, pelicans, Abyssinian ground horn bill, Piapiac and so many others. The best time to see the birds is early morning and late in the evening.