Bird Watching tours Uganda – Best Uganda Birding Safaris and birding destinations in Uganda

Tours to see beautiful and rare birds will blow your mind

Bird watching tours in Uganda are relaxing and rewarding for all Bird lovers. And the beauty of it is that it can be done anywhere; you can even watch birds from your hotel room or as you even walk around the most common hotspots, we have selected for you.

Uganda offers the enthusiastic birder a fantastic opportunity to watch some rare bird species. 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics were recorded, making Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Africa’s number one birding spot. Today 1079 species have been recorded in this country beaming with nature and primates every day.

Although the best birding watching season is during the rainy season months of March to May and September to November when birds are most active and breeding, Uganda still remains the finest birding destination all year round.

Even in the capital where you expect irritating to wake up calls, you will see close to 100 different species calling each other. The Grey Crown Crane – Uganda’s national bird, flies proudly everywhere. You will meet ‘the most thought-after species’, including the Shoebill, Green-breasted Pitta, African Finfoot, Rwenzori Nijars, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Regal Sunbird, Grauer’s broadbill on a 14-day tour.

Popular Bird Watching tours in Uganda – List of Uganda Birding Safari Packages

Bird Watching Tours in Uganda. Uganda is a major stopover for many migratory birds. Uganda prides itself on its rich diversity of habitats; tropical freshwater lakes, swamps, mash, tropical forests and many vegetation zones along the equator line make Uganda a flyway stop for over 5 million migrant birds from the northern hemisphere.

The rich biodiversity in bird life is reflected in the number of birds per square km making it rank among the richest countries worldwide in terms of birds. Uganda’s checklist (now 1080 species) has two-thirds of species that are found nowhere else but in western Uganda including 24 bird endemics to the Albertine Rift Valley. 

Go Bird watching tours Uganda

Go Bird watching tours Uganda – the Grey Crown CraneUganda lies at the convergency place of five biomes of central and eastern Africa namely; Congo biome with 144 species. Sudan–Guinea Savanna with 22 species, Lake Victoria Basin biome with 12 species, the Afrotropical Highlands biome with 88 species, and the Somali–Masai biome with 32 species.

The country’s bird record represents 60% of bird species found in Africa and 11% of the whole world.

Uganda has the amazing Albertine region endemic bird species like greed-breasted pitta, black bee eaters, grauers broadbill, Rwenzori turaco, papyrus gonolek and the restricted-range Karamoja Apalis and in particular Uganda’s only endemic Fox’s Weaver in Kumi and Soroti region.

Bird-watching tours’ friendly infrastructure like roads, trails, bird hides and observational towers & lodges have been developed to match any region. The number of trained bird guides with a wealth of experience in spotting birds is hitting 80 individuals. Uganda Bird Guides Club and Destination Birders have done a tremendous job of training guides hands-on.  

Most of Uganda’s bird-watching hot spots/ destinations are in or close to the wildlife parks. But these are our key birding spots in Uganda:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, Mabamba Bay (Entebbe), Murchison Falls National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve (The Royal Mile), Lake Mburo National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale Forest National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Semliki National Park and  Kidepo Valley National Park.