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Uganda Birding Safari

Apr 2014


Uganda Birding Safari

Birding safaris in Uganda are no doubt a truly unique experience, making Uganda one of the best African Birding safari Destinations, with a great variety of habitats packed into a fairly small area and has a recorded list of 1040 bird species.  It has several game reserves which together offer a good variety of more-widespread African bird species, pale-arctic migrants, globally threatened and vulnerable species.

Uganda's main amazing habitats are in its forests and swamps, where many species with restricted range can be found. Whilst it only has one endemic species, Fox's Weaver, which occurs in swamps north of Kampala, it has several species which are endemic to specific habitat areas, shared with other countries on the western border. One such area is the Albertine Rift, an area of lakes, mountains and forests, which stretches from northern Uganda along its borders with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Several species endemic to this area are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Semilki National Park, Rwenzori Mountains and Mgahinga. These include Green Broadbill, Grauer's Rush, Grauer's Swamp and Neumann's Warblers, Shelley's and Dusky Crimsonwings, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Double-collared, Regal, Purple-breasted and Blue-throated Sunbirds, Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Stripe-breasted Tit and several others.

In the papyrus swamps around Lake Victoria and other lakes, the inscrutable Shoebill can be found, as well as specialities including Papyrus Yellow and White-winged Warblers, Carruther's Cisticola, Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher and Orange Weaver.

There are also several highland and lowland forests spread across the country, which offer species which are generally West African. Great Blue and Black-billed Turacos, African Grey Parrot, Green-breasted Pitta, several Woodpeckers, Barbets and Greenbuls, and scarcities such as Weyn's Weaver, Nahan's and Forest Francolins all occur.

In addition to the birdlife, a great attraction is the opportunity of trekking for Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga, as well as Chimpanzees in Kibale.

Even if you are only passing through Uganda, a good range of species can be seen within a few hours of Kampala, in Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Mabamba Swamp and Mabira Forest, including several of the sought-

after species above. Add to this the fact that there is a very active community of local birding guides, and the tourist board actively encourages birding tourism, and this is a must-visit locality.

Uganda is a friendly and safe country to visit and its attractions vary, birds alone shouldn’t diverge you from Uganda’s other wildlife like the Endangered Mountain Gorillas, Culture, the courteous and Friendly people to mention but a few.

We at Nature Friendly Safaris work to fulfill your bird watching Desire because we believe that you deserve the best.

14 Days Uganda Birding Safari


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