Uganda Birding Safaris, Bird Species & Bird Watching Destinations

Birding in Uganda is a very awesome experience that several tourists engage in. Uganda birding safaris are the best in East Africa. The presence of lakes, rivers, swamps, forests, and mountains hosts an undisputed number of bird species from the whole world. Uganda has some of Africa’s best bird watching destinations and these include the Mabamba Swamp & Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. Besides these two bird watching destinations in Uganda, there are a lot other places you’ll see birds in when in Uganda.

In recent years, a total of over 1030 species have been recorded to exist in the country. This is a record that translates to half of the bird species revealed in the whole of Africa. Research indicates that 20% of Uganda’s land is occupied by water bodies like lakes, and rivers, wetlands and swamps covered by papyrus plants; which are home to approximately 210 bird species like the endemic fox weaver, African skimmer, the sought after shoebill, papyrus yellow warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler and Papyrus Canary among the rest. Book our Uganda birding safaris and enjoy the best bird watching experiences in Uganda at the best cost.

Authentic Bird Watching in Uganda

There are over 800 resident bird species accompanied by, 150 pale arctic migrants and some Afro-tropical asylum seekers who have come to breed. In addition to that, there are over 28 globally endangered species of which two are prevalent in Uganda; the Entebbe weaver and Fox’s Weaver residing in Northeastern Uganda, areas of Lakes Opeta and Bisinia in Pallisa district, whereas the Entebbe Weaver can be found it the Entebbe peninsula. In the company of the most wanted bird species in the world, Uganda is home to a few namely the African Green broadbill found in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, Rwenzori Turaco residing in the Albertine rift valleys, the shoebill, African Green-breasted Pitta in Kibale National Park.

Guided birding experiences are mainly done in the 10 different national parks in Uganda besides the swarms. First is Queen Elizabeth National Park which ranks as top in most of the birders birding list as per the recent statistics, with roughly 606 bird species, Murchison Falls National Park has 451 bird species, Kidepo National Park with 475 bird species, 350 bird species in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Lake Mburo National Park with 350 bird species, 441 bird species in Semliki National Park, while Kibale National Park has 375 species of birds, among others.

All you need is a good camera to take the photos home, good hiking shoes to help you during the hiring process in the wilderness, insect repellant to protect you from insect bites, good hiking outfit, an umbrella and raincoat since you can’t tell when the rains will pour, then the binoculars to observe some of the birds that might be far from you yet they are tinny. Do you need bird photos, or you need the rare color of birds, are your ears itching to listen to the sweet melodies of birds, are your eyebrows ready to open up for the birds resting upon the tree branches? Uganda is perfect destination for most memorable birding safaris in Africa.

National Geographic
Gorilla Doctors
Dian Fossey
Dian Fossey
Fauna & Flora
Uganda Safari Guides Association
Uganda Wildlife Authority
Uganda Wildlife Educational Center
Uganda Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife & Antiquities
Tourism Uganda

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