Bird Safaris – bird watching


Our birding safaris are done in almost all the national Parks in Uganda.

1. Birding watching in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

2. Birding in Kibale Forest National Park

3. Birding in Semliki National Park

4. Birding in Murchison Falls National Park

5. Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

6. Birding in Kidepo Valley National Park

7. Birding in Lake Mburo National Park

8. Birding in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

9. Birding in Mt Elgon National Park

1. Birding safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi offers some of the finest montane forest bird watching in Africa. Birding is done along the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija.

Birds List: Globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing, the Handsome Francolin; Black-billed Turaco; African Broadbill; Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters; Western Green Tinkerbird; Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds; Short-tailed and Black-faced Rufous Warblers; Mountain-masked and Collared Apalis; Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls; and Many-colored Bush-Shrike.

2. Birding safari in Kibale Forest National Park

Bird watching at Kanyanchu and Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, located just outside the park.

Birds List: African Pitta, Green-breasted Pitta, Afep Pigeon, White-naped Pigeon, Crowned Eagle, Red-chested Owlet, Black Bee-eater, Western Nicator, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Little Greenbul, Brown-chested Alethe, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, African Grey Parrot, Scaly-breasted Illadopsis ,Brown Illadopsis, Black-capped Apalis, Blue-headed Sunbird, Collared Apalis, Dusky Crimsonwing, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow Spotted Nicator, Little Green Bul, Black-eared Ground Thrush and the Abyssinian Ground-thrush.

3. Birding safari in Semliki National Park

Birding spots at Sempaya, Ntandi , Kirumia River, and Lake Albert where shoebill stork is regularly seen. The Forest walks are also good for tracking water birds.

Birds List: Species to look out for here include the Nkulengu Rail, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-crested Hornbill, Black-casqued Wattled Horbill, Red-rumped Tinkerbird, African Piculet, White-throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-throated Nicator, Leaf-love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-bellied Malimbe, Blue-billed malimbe, Chestnut-breasted Negrofinch, Orange-cheeked Waxbill.

4. Birding safari in Murchison Falls National Park

Birding Watching is done during the game drives, the launch trips, and in Budogo forest. The park’s main birding attraction is the Shoebill, best sighted in the dry season from January-March.

Birds List: The rarest Shoebill Stork, the Goliath Heron – the largest heron in the world – and pairs of elegant Grey Crowned Cranes – Uganda’s national bird. Also seen along the banks of the Nile are the Blue-headed Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher, Squacco Heron, African Jacana, Sandpipers, Denham’s Bustard, Abyssinian Ground-Hornbill, Black-billed Barbet, Black-headed Gonolek, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Piapiac, Silverbird, Weaver Birds, Pied, Giant and Malachite Kingfishers, Red-throated Bee-eater, White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Speckle-fronted Weaver and African Quail-Finch.

5. Birding safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birding watching best sites include; Kazinga Channel, Kasenyi Area, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo Forest, Ishasha Sector, Lake Kikorongo, Katunguru Bridge area and Katwe Area.

Birds List: over 600 bird species, the biggest of any protected area in East Africa. A majority of the birds found in this area are regarded as famous birds of East Africa and are a must see for birdwatchers in Africa!

6. Birding safari in Kidepo Valley National Park

Birding Watching done on the fringes of the Narus and Namamukweny Valleys. Among the birds seen are the Abyssinian Roller, Purple Heron, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and Clapperton’s Francolin.

Birds List: List of About 475 species, second only in Uganda to Queen Elizabeth National Park. A few species of note are the Ostrich, Kori Bustard and Karamoja Apalis. Birds of prey including Verreaux’s Eagle, Egyptian Vulture and Pygmy Falcon.

7. Birding safari in Lake Mburo National Park

In the hot spots of the swampy valleys of Warukiri and Miriti, and the roadsides between Rwonyo camp and the jetty. There are also ideally-situated viewing platforms at the salt lick, in Miriti Valley, and in Rubanga Forest.

8. Birding safari in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

The three to four hour Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo, the bamboo belt at about 2,500m above sea level, and the tall montane forest at 2,660m, Along the Uganda-Congo border.

Birds List: The list includes the Ibis, Pin-tailed Whydah, Speckled Mousebird, Stone Chat, Grey-capped Warbler, Wax Bills, Yellow-vented Bulbul, Firefinch, White-naped Raven, Black Kite, Rwenzori Turaco, Blue-headed Coucal, Paradise Fly-catcher, Rwenzori Batis, Double-collared Sunbird, Rwenzori Nightjar.

9. Birding safari in Mt Elgon National Park

Bird Watching around Kapkwai Forest , Cheptui Falls.