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Uganda! “Home of the most sought after birds”. The home of the shoe bill and mountain gorillas

From the source of the Nile on Lake Victoria to the snow capped Rwenzori Ranges, the Montane forests of the Virunga volcanoes to the desert plains of Karamoja. Uganda is an Equatorial country of astonishing contrasts. No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats and this richness is reflected in it’s ever- burgeoning bird list of over 1000 species.

Among these are many special birds that include: – Shoebill and the numerous spectacular Albert Rift Valley endemic Kivu ground thrush, African green broad bill, Regal sun bird, Handsome francolin, Montane masked apalis.

The huge bird list is more remarkable given the small size of the country (approximately the size of Great Britain), making it the richest African birding destination. This safari will give you an opportunity to see for yourself just how spectacular Uganda, as a birding destination.


Mabamba wetland birding area

The Mabamba wetland is one of the renowned important bird areas (IBA) nearest to most of the central district of Uganda. It is about 2 hrs and 30 minutes drive from Kampala and about the same time from Entebbe on a dirt road. It is managed by the local community Mabamba is famous for the Rare Shoebill stork and other papyrus endemics. This site is also seasonally visited by the Blue swallow that Migrate from South Africa. It is believed that this area is among the furthest destination north of the Equator where the swallows Migrate. Other attractions may include but not limited to lesser jacana, black shouldered Kite, Yellow billed duck, Fulvous whistling ducks, Blue breasted bee-eater, papyrus gonolek, white winged warbler .

Mabira forest birding area

This reserve with about 300 bird’s species and its trail offered an easily viewing of forest, birds which include green-tailed bristle bill ,red headed malimbe, forest wood hoopoe, shining blue kingfisher, bronze and black white manikins ,chestnut wattle –eye, northern putt back ,collared and olive sunbird ,great blue turaco, weyn’s weaver, scooty boubou, African harrier hawk , the noisy grey parrot ,African palm swift ,African pied hornbill ,the grotesque looking black and white casqued hornbill, yellow throated speckled tinker bird ,hairy –breasted barbet, Toro olive and red tailed green bulls, woodpecker, African thrush, ashy and northern black flycatcher, little grey

Budongo forest birding area

At the edge of the Albertine rift valley with medium altitude reserve. The forest has a wide track known as Royal mile to allow good view of birds. Over 350 species can be seen in the reserve.

Species include: white throated green bulls, Ituri batis, red tailed bristle bill, great sparrow hawk, Cassin’s spinetails, and African dwarf kingfisher, white-thighed hornbills and western black- headed orioles, red tailed Ant thrush ,brown ,scaly-breasted and pale breasted Illadopsis,sabire’s and Cassin’s spinetails ,white spotted fluff tail.

Murchison falls national park birding safari area

The largest conservation in Uganda, with unique scenery and spectacular Victoria Nile water falls .Over 450 birds species including, the shoebill stork, African darters, African fish eagle ,herons ,ibises and spoonbills ,dukes ,geese, Plovers, kingfishers, Abyssinia ground hornbill, Abyssinia roller, Rock pratincole, Herons, African jacana, saddle- billed stork, cardinal and red-billed Queleas, yellow canary, black crake, black and red northern bishop, the carmine bee-eater , white throated bee-eater , spur-wing and Egyptian geese

Queen Elizabeth national park birding area

The second large ,lying between the foothills of the Ruwenzori Mountain and the shore of the lake Edward with over 603 bird species .Species include :

Martial Eagle , African skimmer, verreaux’s Eagle owl, papyrus gonolek ,papyrus canary ,greater and lesser flamingo ,black bee-eater, curruther’s cist cola ,terek sandpiper, white winged warbler, white winged widowbird ,lesser Masked and spectacled weavers, African white-tailed nightjars, white pelicans

Semiliki National Park birding area

Over 350 species in the reserve include, Congo serpent eagle, black throated coucal, piping, black wing oriole, white bellied kingfisher, yellow throated Nicator, capuchin babbler, grey throated rail ,zenker’s honey guide, white throated blue swallow, long tailed hawk, black collard lovebird ,red rumped tinker bird.

Lake Mburo National park birding area

The national park lies in rain shadow between Lake Victoria and Ruwenzori Mountain, between 1200-1800 m above the sea level. Over 300 birds species includes the shoebill stork, papyrus yellow warbler, white-winged warbler, African fin foot, saddle-billed stork, brown chested wattled plover, carruther’s cisticola, tabora cisticola, great snipe, Abyssinia ground hornbill.

Bwindi National Park birding safari area

The national park offers the African jungle experience with over 350 birds species and includes about 40 regional endemics. Of particular interest: the kira ground thrush, white-bellied robin chat, red-throated alethe, collared apalis , short-tailed warbler, yellow-eye black flycatcher , Ruwenzori batis ,blue headed sunbird , strange weaver ,Shelley’s crimson wing, gauer’s swamp warbler, African green broadbill.

Kibale National park birding area

The tall evergreen forest offers the excellent bird watching with over 300 species.

The Ross’s tobacco, great blue tobacco, black bellied tobacco, copper sunbird, crowned cranes, councils, kingfishers, finches ,African pitta, Abyssinia ground thrush, Uganda woodland warbler, white spotted fluftail, scaly throated honey guide, red chestnut fluftail, white bellied crested flycatcher.

Kampala & Entebbe birding areas

Marabou stork, red headed lovebird, African fish eagle, Ross’s turacco, spotted eagle, grey kestrel ,golden backed weaver, common tern, pied kingfisher, oriole, double toothed barbet , white headed barbet , white throated bee-eater , grey crowned crane, Bateleur, African harrier-hawk, broad – tailed warble, croaking cisticola, green – winged pytilia.

Ruwenzori National park birding safari area

The national park is located on Uganda‘s western border and the protected area offers magnificent environment with its non-volcanic mountains with ice and snow, luxuriant vegetation found above 300m,spectacular scenic beauty, and unique fauna and many unique bird species such as the Ruwenzori turaco, the handsome francolin and the 0olive pigeon ,white-necked raven ,alpine swift , scarlet-tuffed malachite sunbird, these are restricted to high-altitude habitats in East Africa.

Mount Elgon national Park birding area

The protected area located on Uganda eastern border with Kenya, an extinct volcano, one of the highest mountains in Africa with some of the most stunning scenery in Uganda.

The bird species include, casqued hornbill, gregarious hornbill, lammergeyer, Ross’s turaco, and crowned eagle

Mgahinga national park birding area

The smallest national park at the extreme south-western tip of Uganda, bordering Congo, Rwanda. Over 200 bird species of which 12 species Endemic to the region, include stripe-breasted tit, Ruwenzori turaco, and handsome francolin.

Kidepo national park birding area

The vast, semi-arid plain of Uganda located in the north-East with the spectacular scenery mixture of mountains and savannah offering the unique wildest and scenery in the East Africa, relatively unspoilt by development.

The checklist of over 460 species, with two birds Ostrich and kori bustard only found in Kidepo .Others ,hornbill, verraux’s eagle, lammergeyer, Egyptian vulture, and ground hornbill.


Important Info: Our bird list compilation is a continuous process and is updated on the basis of regular field report.

The list includes some site records collected over a period but doesn’t reflect all the birds of that particular site.

Our standard itinerary can be tailored to suit clients need and budget.

Our dedicated bird guides are working hard to produce checklist for various birding sites in Uganda.
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