Visit the pearl Africa for your birding safari. Uganda is a home to 10 per cent of global population of birds, with more than 10 million migrant birds which are estimated to fly into Uganda every year, more that the country is blessed with plenty of flora and fauna, wildlife and primate encounter, peaceful people, culture and safe place for your planned safari. You will be able to meet plenty of both forest and water bird species, semi-arid habitats and as well savannah environments once you’re on your Ugandan birding safari which are distributed in different locations of the country
The country hosts approximately 1074 species of birds which is about 60 percent of the birds of Africa and roughly 11 percent of the world’s bird population. This percentage is spread in different places which include Mgahinga Gorilla national park, Bwindi impenetrable national park being voted Africa’s number one birding spot with 23 of the 24 Albertine endemics found in Uganda, Kibale national Park and Bigodi wetland, Murchison Falls National Park as well voted number nine best locations for birding in Africa Mabamba Bay, Botanical gardens Entebbe, Murchison falls National Park among Echuya forest, PianUpe game reserve, Katonga game reserve, Mabamba Swamp, Nyamuriro swamp Semuliki national park, Mt Elgon national park others.
Our Uganda birding safari does not exclude junior and senior travelers and thus we make sure that all travelers have the best experience and get to witness what nature offers in this beautiful country, are number of bird species can be spotted on a Uganda birding safari which include but not least to the following; pre-historical Shoebill stork, Great blue turaco, African green broadbill, Eagle hawks, fox and greater kestrels, cut-throat finch, red – winged pytilia Pytilia phoenicoptera, black bellied fire finch, Crowned eagle Stephanoaetus coronatus, Green breasted pitta Pitta reichenowi, The African Darter, The grey crested crane, Western green tinkerbird and Yellow-billed Stork among many others.
Several tourists have visited the country on different birding trips and visited different bird watching destinations thus you can combine bird watching with sightseeing and game viewing in any of the stated areas and have the best moments of your life on your safari. Contact us for a detailed itinerary for Uganda birding safari and our travel consultants will be ready to reply you as soon as possible and as well advise you on the best and favorable time for you to undertake the experience without constrains.
Extra Activities upon your Birding Safari May include;
Game drives in Uganda are usually enjoyed adding other activities on a safari with close encounter to some primates like famous destinations for leopards, majestic Elephants, mysterious tree-climbing Lions, Buffalos, Hippos among others which can be viewed from the comfort of your game viewing vehicle, or on an interesting guided nature walk
Uganda is endured with some of least existing primates on the continent where you can get to tangle with the endangered mountain gorilla and chimpanzee, as well as the exotic black and white colobus monkey found in Bwindi impenetrable national park, Mgahinga Gorilla national park and Kibale national Park . meeting these primates is a breathe taking moment and once in a life time experience where you will live to remember having a close eye to eye contact with the primates.
Choosing Uganda as your birding destination is a big decision that should highly impact on the experience you will gain, adding up the travel fair, time and other expenditures, there needs to be great preparation, psychologically, physically and financially to have this Uganda birding trip create everlasting memories, thus given that our birding safaris in Uganda are conducted in remote rural areas and mostly enjoyed in forests on foot, mashes in canoes or small boats and rarely within towns where birding gears may not be in reach and thus the reason to prepare and pack all the essentials to enhance the experience. Therefore, this article brings you an inclusive list of fundamentals for a great and memorable bird watching safari to Uganda.
Birding in Uganda just like other tourist activities require participants to pack specific cloths for your convenience and memorable experience. The appropriate dressing for birding safaris in Uganda include light-weight long sleeved shirts and pants which are nature friendly. 3/4 pairs of quick drying long pants, 3/4 quick drying long sleeved shirts, 2 short sleeved shirts/ t-shirts, 2 pairs shorts/capris, 1 sleeveless shirt, Fleece pullover or light jacket, Rain jacket and rain pants, 4 pairs mid-calf socks (long enough to tuck pants into), A wide-brimmed hat is handy for protecting your head from the scotching sunshine in the tropics you are likely to experience on the day long walks and on open boats among others
To maximize and increase on the bird sightings in Uganda, you will be involved into long and short walks through the different habitats where bird species can easily be seen, ranging from wetlands, forests to savannah plains that will definitely need good walking shoes, Rain boots or gum boots for birding in boggy destinations like Semliki, on rainy days, birding to the Mubwindi Swamp needs really good waterproof boots.
As you bird in Uganda, you will always need a water proof backpack for carrying your birding essentials such as cameras, Spare batteries, binoculars packed lunches, laser pointers, Playbacks, Insect repellants, sun creams and many others at all times during birding in the multi habitats of Uganda.
These are very crucial item to come along with for your next birding safari to Uganda which will entirely depend on the number of you birding days. We have a few stores and bookshops that do dell them, our safari guides have a couple of guide books in the vehicles you will be in, make best use of them, but key among the books we recommend are; Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe. A Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. Birds of Africa, South of the Sahara by Ian Sinclair and Peter Ryan, Bradt Uganda Travel Guide by Philip Briggs and Andrew Roberts will be very helpful as it has lots of details about tourism and all it takes.
Participation on a safari or tour to Africa/ Uganda requires that you be in generally good health.
please carry a long a small kit that should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, band aids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking as per your doctor’s recommendation, Iodine and hydrogen peroxide for minor injuries among others.
One with extra batteries, memory cards easy camera accessories is crucial for birding in Uganda, Nikon, Canon and Sony are very user friendly and common. Imagine that moment when the shoebill is about to take off or catch the lung fish its favorite dish! What a million dolor shot you will capture! Other moments are when the Green Breasted Pitta is displaying, chimpanzees grooming, hippos yawning, giraffes necking, to mention but a few. Make sure that the camera chosen is a perfect blend of capability, weight and portability with a super zoom that can neutralize high to low-light places.
Uganda has from the largest ostrich 2.5 meters high to smallest 8cm tits which makes them really tiny to be easily spotted at a distance but with your binoculars in possession, you will be able to capture every moment during your birding safari in Uganda. Swarovski, Zeiss, Leica, Branton are good examples, some birders even go an extra mile to bring 2 pairs of binoculars incase the main one pair is damaged in due course of the trip. Telescopes are very good aiders to great views into detail of some forest species as they spell out all the details of a particular species, I always see scopes make a birding trip to Uganda easy and enjoyable if you are swift to land it on the bird.
Uganda is an equatorial country and generally warm, so as you come for your birding trip, don’t forget to pack a water bottle to always keep you hydrated during the trip, at Birding Journeys Uganda we recommend 1 – 2 liters of water everyday which is provided in the cars. Since birding mostly involves having nature walks and runs that are usually physically demanding hence the need to have drinking water at all times.
Flashlight is very important for late evening drives and planned walks to spot the nocturnal species of birds mostly the Owls and Nightjars not leaving out predators like Leopard, Genet cats, Hyenas and Lions.
Passport (with copies), Travel insurance policy (with copies), required visa application pre-approval (obtain online; see visa information), Flight itinerary (with copies), Yellow fever vaccination proof (with copies)
Along the usual essentials such as clothing, shoes and camera, other items such as lotion, tooth paste, toothbrush, hand sanitizer and hair gels are also important during your birding safari in Uganda.
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