Uganda “termed the Pearl of Africa” is another bird-watching destination with over 1074 species of birds which is about 60 percent of the birds of Africa and roughly 11 percent of the world’s bird population. The country hosts more than 10 million migrant birds which fly to the country in different seasons and in different bird-watching destinations in the country where you will encounter both forest and water birds when you choose to travel to our top bird-watching destinations.
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There are several bird-watching spots in the country where you will get to enjoy the sweet melodies of the chanting birds which lie in the best ecological position in East Africa making
The Savannah grassland coupled with fresh water along the Kazinga channel and close forests around the park provide gorgeous habitats for an inordinate variety of colorful birds. These birds are as varied and diverse as the people who spend hours watching them and promise exquisite displays and irresistible antics as they enjoy the unspoiled loveliness of the birding experience around the park. Rest assured, with over 600 bird species documented in the park, you will encounter some of the most common species found elsewhere in East Africa. These include the kingfisher, various falcons, eagles, Leaf-love, flamingoes, African skimmer, Lesser Swamp-warbler, papyrus Gonolek, African Pygmy-goose, Black-billed Barbet, Red-necked Falcon, Pelicans, black bee-eater, Black-chinned Quail-finch, white-winged warbler, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, shoebill stork, Yellow Bishop, and many more.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a prime area for bird watchers to catch a glimpse of some endangered bird species especially diehard bird-watching enthusiasts who want to escape commercial birding spots and prefer an authentic bush experience, there are plenty of ideal bird-watching spots where you can encounter amidst gorilla trekking experience. Contact us for an offer of a tailored bird-watching trip into the forest for forest melodies where you set out on foot either early morning or late afternoon walks in this pristine wilderness area to see the many unique bird species it has to offer.
Voted as Africa’s premier birding destination, the park boasts an impressive record with 23 out of the 24 Albertine endemics found in Uganda. Ensure you don’t miss the opportunity to encounter some of these exclusive Albertine Rift Valley endemics, including the African broadbill, Grey-throated Barbet, dairy-breasted barbet, Pettit’s Cuckooshrike, and Red-throated Alethe, among others.
Kibale National Park is located in western Uganda commonly known as a home for chimpanzees. The area is another birding destination where it hosts over 335 bird species. In addition, you can seamlessly link up with Bigodi Wetland, offering another excellent location for observing swamp-dwelling birds and providing ample opportunities for photography. The park boasts a well-maintained network of roads, guaranteeing convenient navigation and optimal bird-watching experiences. With over 138 bird species, sightings are readily accessible on any of the guided tours along the boardwalk trail.
Murchison Falls National Park, once ranked as the ninth-best birding location in Africa, is home to a diverse avian population of over 451 species. This includes the Albertine rift endemic birds, savannah birds, and various water birds, which can be observed alongside the park’s wildlife, adding an extra layer of intrigue to your safari. During your visit, you may come across the common Gray crowned crane, shoebill stork, black-bellied bustard, Goliath Heron, Sandpipers, Denham’s, African Jacana, Blue-headed Coucal, Eastern Plantain-eater, White-browned Sparrow Weaver, Red-throated Bee-eater, Whale head bird, and more. These sightings can be enjoyed along the Nile River on a boat cruise or during a game drive in the park’s plains. The best time to visit is between October and March when many migrant species arrive and double the birding population in the park
Shoebill, swamp flycatcher, papyrus gonolek, malachite kingfisher, pied kingfisher, black-headed heron, black kite, African open-billed stork, African jacana, lesser jacana, winding cisticola, Veillot’s black weaver, grosbeak weaver, black-headed weaver, and African marsh harrier
Budongo forest reserve is one of the forests found in the country with rich biodiversity and also is profoundly known for chimpanzee trekking and the dense concentration of large Mahogany tree species which stand at 80 meters tall. Moreover, on your birding safari to the country, the area offers a unique experience to enjoy more forest birds which are close to about 366 species. You will be able to see birds like, Cassin’s spine tail, chestnut-capped flycatcher, Ituri batis, Nahan’s francolin, black-collared lovebird, brown twinspot, chocolate-backed, blue-breasted, and African dwarf kingfishers among others
Semuliki National Park is an extension of the greater Ituri Forest located along the border with DR Congo in western Uganda. The park also has a population of over 400 species of birds, including nine different species of hornbill which makes it one of the best sites for forest birding in Africa.
You will have the privilege of witnessing a diverse array of bird species, including the Western Bronze-napped Pigeon, Black-collared Lovebird, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Red-chested Owlet, Bates’ Nightjar, as well as Chocolate-backed, White-bellied, and African Dwarf Kingfishers. Additionally, you may encounter White-crested, Black Dwarf, Red-billed Dwarf, Piping, and Black-wattled Hornbills, along with the Red-rumped Tinkerbird, Spotted, Lyre-tailed, and Zenker’s Honeyguides. The park is also home to the African Piculet, Gabon Woodpecker, Red-sided Broadbill, White-throated Blue Swallow, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Sassi’s Olive, African Goshawk, Red-thighed, Great Sparrows, Ayres Hawk-Eagle, and Cassin’s Spinetail, among other 53 recorded animal species, ensuring your safari is an unforgettable experience.
The marvelous park is located along the Uganda-Kenya border which offers a great opportunity for a birding experience with over 240 bird species, the common trail is one in the Kapkwai forest exploration center which continues along the Chebonet River. Here you are likely to see the white-chinned Prinia, Luhders and Doherty’s Bush-shrikes, Chubb’s Cisticola, African Goshawk, African Blue Flycatcher, and Baglafetcht weaver, Gypaetus barbatus, Stephanoaetus coronatus, Francolinus streptophorus, Sarothrura affinis among others.
You can also choose to do birding in other special places in the country for your birding experience depending on your preference like Echuya forest, PianUpe game reserve, Katonga game reserve, Mabamba Swamp, Nyamuriro swamp. Last but not least, Book with us for a birding safari in Uganda tailor-made with primates and wildlife experience and sail along with our experienced travel guides in different specialties best suitable for your safari to offer you a memorable adventure.