Birding itinerary in Uganda

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Name it, whether in the urban areas or in the country side, one thing that characterizes Uganda is the abundance of birdlife. The country has got over 1060 bird species, making it one of the ideal places to experience a thrilling bird watching.

All the ten national parks are perfect for watching birds. Besides them, the numerous forests, wetlands and shores of the numerous lakes also offer a rich environment for birding.

In order to ensure that you have a wonderful experience of birding in Uganda, Rwenzori safaris has got a number of tours for you to make a choice. They include both short excursions and long tours which are:


2 Days Birding Adventure in Uganda

Day 1,

Arrival at Entebbe International Airport, where a Rwenzori safaris driver/guide will pick you and transport you to your hotel.

Day 2,

Have an early breakfast, and then head to Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) for birding. With over 170 species of birds which UWEC has rescued from poachers, kidnappers and a few orphaned birds. These include 7 species of weavers: the rare Northern Masked and Orange Weavers, Kingfishers, Sunbirds, parrots, African fish eagle, ostrich, crested crane and many others.

After lunch go experience more Ugandan bird species in Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Over 150 bird species are resident here in the remnant patch of rain forest, trees, gardens and the nearby shores of Lake Victoria. The rocky headland makes an ideal observation point for pair of Verreaux’s eagle owls, orange tufted and red chested Sunbirds; orange weaver,  with slender-billed, Northern Brown – throated, yellow backed, Jackson’s Golden backed, Black-headed and Vieillot’s black weavers.  The lake shores are habitat to long-tailed Cormorant, Common Squacco and black-headed herons; hamerkop, African Open-billed Stork, yellow billed duck, Grey headed gull, various terns, giant and pied Kingfishers, swamp Flycatcher, Pratincoles. Black headed Gonolek and Red- chested Sunbird occur in the dense scrub covering the headland. Great Blue and Ross’s turacos, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoos, Woodland Kingfisher, Broad-billed Roller, Black and white casqued horn bill and splendid starling are resident in the small rain forest.

In the gardens you would also find two highly vocal and conspicuous species; the African Fish eagle and eastern Grey Plantain-eater, the latter constantly uttering their strange, chimp-like calls. Watch out for Hadada Ibis , palm nut and Hooded Vultures, Shikra, Lizard buzzard , Long-crested eagle , Grey kestrel, Black Crake, Blue-cheeked Bee eater, Angola swallow, winding and red faced cisticolas, Grey capped warbler, common wattle-eye and Green throated and scarlet-chested Sunbirds. Return for dinner and overnight stay at your lodge/Hotel in Kampala/Entebbe.

End of Safari