Are you a Birdwatcher? Birding in Uganda is for you!

Birding Safaris in Uganda

Uganda is a dream destination for birders, boasting over 1,000 species of birds, including many that are rare and endemic to the region. This makes it a haven for birdwatchers from all over the world.

The best time to go on a birding safari in Uganda is during the dry season, which falls between December and February and then from June to September. During this time, the weather is favourable, and the birds are more active, making them easier to spot.

Some of the most popular birding destinations in Uganda include:

  • Queen Elizabeth National Park: This park is home to over 600 bird species, including the African skimmer, and the black-rumped buttonquail.  Many birds recorded in Queen Elizabeth National Park are regarded as specials within East Africa, which makes it an ideal destination for birding. The swamp areas in Ishasha sector are a rewardable place to sightsee for the elusive shoebill stork.
  • Murchison Falls National Park: This park is home to over 450 bird species, including the African fish eagle, the Abyssinian ground hornbill, and the martial eagle.  The elusive Shoebill can be found at the Albert Delta, up the Victoria Nile found in Murchison Falls National Park
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: This park is not only famous for its mountain gorillas, but it is also home to over 350 bird species, including the green-breasted pitta, the African green broadbill, and the handsome francolin.
  • Semuliki National Park: This park known as one of the top birding destinations in Uganda due to the fact that it harbors over 441 recorded bird species including 23 Albertine rift endemics, forest birds, migratory birds, Guinea-Congo biome birds, water birds among others.
  • Kibale Forest National Park: This park is home to over 330 bird species, including the red-tailed greenbul, the purple-throated cuckoo-shrike, and the Chapin’s flycatcher.

Birding safaris in Uganda typically involve guided walks, boat trips, and game drives, all led by experienced birding guides who can help you spot and identify different bird species. These safaris can be tailored to your specific interests and experience level, making them a great option for both experienced birders and beginners.

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