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Birdwatching in Uganda | Uganda Birding Safaris & Tours, Birding in Uganda

Uganda birding safaris & tours in East Africa are among the most amazing adventures in Africa offering unforgettable unique Birdwatching in Uganda/Birding in Uganda.

Professional bird watchers agree that birdwatching in Uganda during Uganda birding tours is among the best experiences to have during your African birding adventures.

Uganda birding safari adventures are therefore an experience for every birder during their African birdwatching tours.

Uganda has more than 1,090 bird species with the endemic Fox’s Weaver, thus making it one of the best birding destinations in Africa. This country also holds about 50% of the birds in Africa and 11% of the world.

Due to the wide biodiversity of the country, Uganda has Albertine Rift Endemics species, and other birds living in the Forest, Acacias, Papyrus, Savannah, and migratory bird species. A Uganda birding tour will thus allow you to visit all these habitats.

Uganda boasts as the best destination for viewing the elusive Shoebill, the Green Breasted Pitta, the Grauer’s Broadbill, and the Shelly’s Crimson Wing.

There are various other most sought-after bird species to watch during your Uganda birding safari and some of them include the Africa Fish Eagle, Great Blue Turaco, and Red Throated Bee Eaters.

Others to watch on your Uganda safaris include the Secretary Birds, Tinkerbirds, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, and Double-Toothed Barbets, among others.

Most Uganda birding tours occur in Queen Elizabeth National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Kibale National Park.

Other famous Uganda birding destinations include Mgahinga National Park, Budongo Forest, and Mabamba Swamp. The dry season is the best time to do a Uganda birding tour.

Prepare for your exhilarating birding safari in Uganda with your important necessities, for example, binoculars, cameras, and hiking boots.

Continue reading below to find out more about these amazing birding in Uganda and Uganda birding safari tours in East Africa.

Top Uganda Birds to Look for on Your Birding Tour | What are the Common Birds in Uganda?

Bird Watching Safaris in Uganda

There are various birds in Uganda, but below we list the most sought-after species by tourists on African birding journeys.

  1. Shoebill (the most sought-after bird by tourists)
  2. African Green Broadbill (this can only be seen in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest)
  3. Great-Blue Turaco
  4. Green-Breasted Pitta
  5. African Fish Eagle
  6. Yellow-Eyed Black Flycatcher
  7. Common Bulbul
  8. Red-Billed Firefinch
  9. Marabou Stock
  10. Hamerkops
  11. Sunbirds
  12. Handsome Francolin
  13. Papyrus Yellow Warbler
  14. Papyrus Gonolek
  15. White Bellied Robin Chat
  16. White Backed Night Heron
  17. African Finfoot
  18. Grey-Crowned Crane – Uganda Bird
  19. Red-Throated Bee-Eaters
  20. African Thrush
  21. Herons
  22. White Browed Robin Chat
  23. Kingfishers like Malachite and Pied King Fishers, etc

Best Birdwatching Places in Uganda | Top Uganda Birding Destinations

Many travelers interested in birdwatching in Uganda have the inquiry, “Where can I watch birds in Uganda?”

Uganda has various birding destinations and below, we look at the top birding destinations in Uganda.

  1. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Although Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is famous for Mountain Gorilla tracking, it is the richest African birding destination for Uganda birding tours!

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has about 50% of the Mountain Gorillas on Earth. Thus, a Uganda bird tour in the montane forests of the park is among the best experiences worth undertaking together with Gorilla tracking.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also has more than 350 bird species in its montane forests, including 23 Albertine Rift Endemic species where 14 are endemic to the Bwindi Forest.

Bwindi Park is also the best destination for spotting the African Green Broadbill on a Uganda birding tour, one of the Albertine Rift Endemics in the whole of East Africa.

Below are the most common birds including Albertine rift endemics to look out for in the montane forests of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest during your Uganda birding tour.

  • Neumann’s Warbler
  • Handsome Francolin
  • Rwenzori Turaco
  • Shelley’s Crimsonwing
  • Black Bee-eaters
  • Blue-Headed Sunbird
  • White bellied Robin Chat
  • Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher

Bird Uganda safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the Buhoma sector and the Ruhija sectors. While birding in Bwindi, expect to view various incredible bird species for example the L’Hoest’s Monkey.

  1. Kibale National Park

Kibale Forest National Park is famous for Uganda Chimpanzee safaris. However, it is also an ultimate birding paradise in Uganda where bird watchers can participate in their forest birding safaris.

With more than 370 bird species, Kibale is also the birding destination for watching the Green Breasted Pitta in Africa.

Apart from the Green Breasted Pitta, other species that you can see in the Kibale Park on your Uganda birding tour include the Great-blue Turacos, Double-toothed Barbets, Blue-breasted Kingfishers, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, White Browed Robin Chat, Western Nicators, and the African Wood Owl.

Keen birders in Kibale Park will also spot about 6 Albertine Rift Endemics in the park during their Uganda birding tour in Kibale.

  • Red-Faced Woodland Warbler
  • Dusky Crimsonwing
  • Black-Capped Apalis
  • Collared Apalis
  • Purple-Breasted Sunbirds
  • Blue-Headed Sunbird

The amazing bird watching in Kibale will also allow visitors on forest birding to spot other wildlife species for example the Forest African Elephants and the Forest African Buffalo.

Uganda birding tours in Kibale famously occur in the Kanyanchu Area. The Bigodi Wetland Santuary is however another amazing destination for Uganda’s birding delights around Kibale.

  1. Murchison Falls National Park

With about 556 bird species, Murchison Falls National Park is another amazing haven for enthusiastic bird watchers. According to their natural habitat, these birds spread through the Forest, Savannah, Water, Papyrus, and Woodland dwellers.

The park is one of the best places for spotting the rare prehistoric Shoebill Stork together with other water birds in Uganda.

Most birding Uganda safaris in Murchison Park take place on a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile of the Nile River at the Lake Albert Delta. The Shoebill is the main interest for bird watchers in this region.

Let us look at the bird species to watch on your Uganda birding tour in Murchison Park:

  • Papyrus Gonolek
  • Palm-nut Vultures
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Red-throated Bee-eaters
  • Secretary Birds
  • White Bellied Robin Chat
  • Lizard Buzzard
  • Abyssinian Ground Hornbill
  • Saddle Billed Storks
  • Papyrus Yellow Warbler
  • Colorful Kingfishers for example the Malachite and Giant Kingfishers

Game drives are another way in which you can explore the Uganda birds in Murchison Falls NP, especially in the Buligi Area on your Uganda birding tour. Other wildlife in this region includes Lions, Buffaloes, Giraffes, many herds of African Elephants, and the various Antelope species.

Murchison Falls NP is thus a great place to watch many of these Uganda birds, especially the Lake Victoria Biome species and birds in the African Great Lakes Region.

  1. Queen Elizabeth National Park

With a bird checklist of over 600 bird species, Queen Elizabeth National Park has a huge bird list compared to any other safari park in East Africa. The great biodiversity enables the park to protect water birds, acacia, forest, papyrus, savannah, and migratory birds. Queen Elizabeth National Park also holds the Lake Victoria biome bird species to explore during your Uganda birding tour.

Located in the African Great Lakes region in the East African region, Queen Elizabeth has a volcanic history thus having many crater lakes that harbour Flamingoes.

Therefore, the various birding destinations where you can watch the Queen Elizabeth National Park include the Kazinga Channel area, Kasenyi area, Katunguru Bridge Area, Katwe area, Kyambura Gorge area, and the Maramagambo Forest for forest birding.

Kazinga Channel also ranks among the best places for your Uganda birding safari experience in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

On your birdwatching safari at the Kazinga channel, you will get to also watch other wildlife species for example the large herds of African Elephant bathing along the banks of the channel.

During your Uganda birding safari trip in Queen’s Park, you will watch various bird species and below we list these bird species:

  • African Finfoot
  • Pink-backed Pelicans
  • Colorful Kingfishers
  • African Fish Eagle
  • Great and Long-tailed Cormorants
  • Saddle-billed Stork
  • Long-crested Eagle
  • White Bellied Robin Chat
  • Flamingos (These are usually spotted from November to April)

The African Finfoot can be spotted in the Kyambura Gorge during your Uganda birding tour in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Additionally, Queen Elizabeth Park is also an amazing destination to spot various other wildlife species for example the African Elephant, Lions, Buffaloes, and Leopards, among others.

  1. Semilki National Park

Semilki National Park is also another birding paradise for individuals on a Uganda birding safari.

The park boasts over 441 species of birds with a high number number of forest birds for forest birding on your Uganda birding tour.

This biodiverse park additionally has more than 35 Central African biome bird species that you can spot in any other Uganda birding safari destination and East Africa.

Below are some of the bird species to spot during your Uganda birding tour in this birding destination.

  • Spot-breasted Ibis
  • Nkulengu Rail
  • Black-wattled Hornbill
  • Piping Hornbill
  • Black-casqued Hornbill
  • Congo Serpent Eagle
  • Long-tailed Hawk
  • White-thighed Hornbill
  • White-backed Night Heron
  • White-crested Hornbill

A Uganda birding safari tour in Semuliki NP mainly takes place along the 13km Kirumia trail. This beautiful trail runs through the center of the forest up to the river Semuliki.

This trail allows you to spot various Albertine Rift Endemics for example the Red Throated Alethe and various other wildlife species for example the Forest African Elephant on your Uganda birding tour in Semuliki NP.

  1. Kidepo Valley National Park

The Kidepo Valley National Park in Northeastern Uganda borders South Sudan, and it protects a bird checklist of 500 bird species.

There are over 60 species of endemic birds in Kidepo for example the Karamoje Apalis over 56 raptor species to explore on your Uganda birding tour.

Situated in far northeastern Uganda, bordering South Sudan, Kidepo Valley National Park holds an impressive bird checklist totaling about 500 birds.

Below are some of the different bird species to spot on your Uganda birding tour in Kidepo Park:

  • Karamoja Apalis
  • Northern Carmine Bee-eater
  • Kori Bustard
  • Secretary bird
  • Abyssinian Roller
  • Abyssinian ground Hornbill
  • Common Ostrich
  • Red-and-yellow Barbet and,
  • Jackson’s Hornbill
  • White-bellied Go-away-bird

On your Uganda birding safari in Kidepo Valley National Park, you will also experience peculiar adventures as seen below.

  1. Of all the Uganda national parks, wild Ostriches can only be seen in the Kidepo Valley Park during your Uganda birding tour vacation.
  2. It is rare to spot water bird species in Kidepo for example those that you can see at the African Great Lakes Region And the Lake Victoria biome places.
  3. The park additionally protects many of the South Sudan birds that you can watch on your Uganda birding tour.
  4. On your Uganda birding tour in Kidepo Park, you will also watch various bird species for example the African Elephants, Buffaloes, various Antelope species, and Zebras, among others.
  5. Mabamba Swamp Around Lake Victoria

Mabamba Swamp is an Important Bird Area (IBA) found in Entebbe Town on the northern shores of Lake Victoria.

Mabamba Swamp is among the top Uganda birding destinations in East Africa. The Mabamba swamp harbors a rich bird life of over 300 species of birds but is a renowned destination for spotting the rare Shoebill during a Uganda birding tour.

Mabamba Swamp also harbors 7 of the 12 Lake Victoria biome species of birds and various other wetland species.

November to April is a great time to watch various Paleartic migrants in this swamp.

Below are the most sought-after species of birds in the Mabamba wetland during your Uganda birding tour.

  • The Shoebill
  • Papyrus Gonolek
  • Papyrus Yellow Warbler
  • Blue Swallow
  • White-Winged Warbler
  • Hamerkop
  • Water Thickness
  • Swamp Flycatcher and,
  • Squacco Heron, etc.

Other Important Destinations for Your Birding in Uganda Tour

Below we look at other destinations to have your Uganda birding tour.

a. Lake Mburo National Park

A Uganda birding tour trip in Lake Mburo National Park is among the best experiences to watch the acacia birds for example in the Eastern grey plantain eater. This is an amazing destination for spotting the African Finfoot and various Lake Victoria biome species.

You will also be able to spot other wildlife species in the park including the Bushbucks, Elands, Impalas, and Topis, among others.

b. Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

This famous destination for Mountain Gorillas has over 180 species of birds, with 14 being Albertine Rift Endemics for example the Rwenzori Turaco. Other birds like the White-Bellied Robin Chat are easily seen in the montane forests in Sabinyo Gorge.

Apart from the Albertine Rift Endemics and other birds expect to also view some other wildlife species in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park for example the Mountain Gorillas, Forest African Elephant, Duikers, Buffalos, and Duikers among others.

You can thus combine your Uganda birding tour in the park with memorable Mountain Gorilla tracking to watch the special Mountain Gorillas while on your Uganda birding tour.

c. Rwenzori Mountains National Park

The Rwenzori Mountains National Park birding destination boasts about 217 species of birds including many Albertine Rift Endemics.

The different Albertine Rift endemics to spot in the park include the Rwenzori Turaco, Collared Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, etc.

Most of the Uganda birding tours occur in the montane forests of the park.

d. Mount Elgon National Park

Mt Elgon National Park in far eastern Uganda has over 300 species of birds that you can spot during your Uganda birding tours.

Mount Elgon National Park is among the best places to spot the endangered Jackson’s Francolin, Lammergeyer, and the White-headed Wood Hoopoe.

Most of the Uganda birding tours in Mt Elgon Park occur in the montane forests.

Where Can You See Birds of Prey in Uganda?

Birds of prey are spread throughout the Uganda birding tour destinations. However, below are the major places to watch the birds of prey on your Uganda bird birding tour in the East African region.

a)    Murchison Falls National Park

b)    Lake Mburo National Park

c)     Queen Elizabeth National Park

d)    Kidepo Valley National Park is found in Northeastern Uganda on the South Sudan border.

The examples of these prey birds to watch in the above destinations during your Uganda birding tour in the East African region include the following.

  1. Secretary bird
  2. African-fish Eagle
  3. Long-crested Eagle
  4. Palm-nut Vultures
  5. Martial Eagles
  6. Tawny Eagle
  7. Bateleur
  8. Brown-snake Eagle
  9. Banded Snake-Eagle
  10. Lappet-faced Vultures

Which Bird is the Pearl of Africa?

The Grey Crowned Crane also known as the Crested Crane is the Uganda bird (the national bird of Uganda), featured on the Uganda flag with the Kob.

This Uganda bird can be seen around rivers, lakes, rivers, and swamps, commonly around the Lake Victoria biome.

This bird can be seen in most of the parks of Uganda in the East African region during your birding safaris in Uganda.

Are There Hummingbirds in Uganda?

There are no Hummingbirds in Uganda. Many people confuse Hummingbirds for the Sunbirds in the country.

They are called hummingbirds because of the droning sound that they create during their high-frequency flight. Other birds and even humans can hear this sound.

Hummingbirds are the smallest birds in the world, and they are native to America. The birds weigh about 2–20g and they have long and narrow bills with bright colors especially among the males.

These colorful birds mostly feed on plant nectar and some small insects.

Does Uganda Have Parrots?

Yes, Uganda has Parrots in the forest parks for example Kibale NP and Semuliki National Park.

The most common Parrot is the African Grey Parrot that you can see at Kibale Forest during your Uganda birding tour.

Other parrot species to see in Uganda include the Brown-Necked Parrot (Poicephalus fuscicollis) and the Meyer’s Parrot (Poicephalus meyeri).

What is the Largest Bird in Uganda? | What is the Name of the Biggest Bird in Uganda?

The Ostrich is the largest bird in Uganda. The adult male Ostrich is about 2.5m (9ft) tall and weighs more than 150kg. Females are a bit smaller than the male size.

Kidepo NP, which is near the South Sudan border is the only national park where you can see the wild Ostriches during your birding safaris in Uganda.

However, you can also see these birds in the Pian Upe Game Reserve and the Entebbe Zoo.

Which Birds are Only Found in Uganda? | Which Bird is Endemic to Uganda?

The Fox’s Weaver is the only endemic bird in Uganda. Your Uganda birding tour will allow you to spot this endangered bird in Lira and Soroti districts around Lake Bisina and Lake Opeta.

This endemic bird of Uganda usually lives around the moist savannah, wet tropical seasonal, and flooded lowland grasslands.

What is the Rarest Bird in Uganda?

The rarest bird to spot during your Uganda birding tour vacation is the Shelley’s Crimsonwing.

This incredible bird is among the Albertine Rift endemics on the borders of Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Keen birders have spotted this bird in the montane forests of Uganda’s Bwindi Park and Mgahinga National Park, Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda, and Virunga National Park of Congo, all in the East African region.

However, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is considered the best place to spot Shelley’s Crimsonwing during birding trips in Uganda.

Which is the Fastest Bird in Uganda?

The Ostrich is the fastest bird in Uganda with a running speed of over 70km/h if threatened.

Wild Ostriches in Uganda can only be spotted in Kidepo Valley National Park and Pian Upe Wildlife Reserve.

Which Country in Africa Has the Best Birding Tours? | Which Country is Best for Birding in Africa?

Many African countries offer unique birding experiences for example Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa, etc.

However, Uganda ranks as the best birding destination and richest country for a Uganda birding tour in Africa. With more than 1,090, Uganda also protects 50% of the birds in Africa and 11% of the birds in the world.

Among the many types of birds in Uganda are the forest, water birds, acacias, and migratory species.

The local birds to see on your birding safari in Uganda include the Shoebill, Green Breasted Pitta, African Green Broadbill, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Great Blue Turaco, Double Throated Barbet, and the red Throated Bee Eaters.

Where is the Best Birdwatching in the World? | Where is the Best Place in the World to Bird Watch? | Where is the Best Birding in the World?

South America is considered the best place for birding tours in the world because of the higher number of birds than in any other landmass.

However, Africa is famous for harboring a variety of species of birds due to the different biomes to accommodate them.

Discover the vibrant and beautifully colored birds for example the rare Shoebill, Green Breasted Pitta, Grauer’s Broadbill, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, etc.

What is the Birding Capital of the World? | Which Country Has the Best Birding in the World?

The world travel news of 27th September 2022 recorded Ecuador as the Birding Capital of the world and a home for bird seekers. The bio-diverse richest country in South America protects over 1,660 species of birds.

Ecuador has the highest density of birds in the world! Among the types of birds living in this destination are Mountain Birds, Humid Grasslands, Forests, Water Birds, and many others.

How to Do Birdwatching in Uganda?

Explore birding in Uganda through the different safari activities on your birding trips as seen below:

a. Nature Walks

A nature walk is the most common way in which people can do a Uganda birding tour. It is especially done in forest birding destinations for example Kibale Forest National Park, Bwindi Park, and Semuliki NP.

You can however also do nature walks in the grassland parks during your Uganda birding tour.

b. A Game Drive Safari

A Uganda birding safari can also be done on game drives, especially in the savannah parks for example Queen Elizabeth NP,  Murchison Park, and Kidepo.

For example, Uganda birding tour trips on game drives can be done from Queen Elizabeth Park in the Kasenyi area and the Ishasha sector.

c. Boat Cruise or a Canoe Ride

Boat rides are also a common way in which you can have your Uganda birding safari trips to spot the water birds for example the Shoebills which are among the rarest birds in Uganda.

Uganda birding tours on a boat cruise or a canoe ride are common in the Queen Elizabeth NP, Murchison Falls NP, Lake Victoria, and the Mabamba Wetland Area.

Uganda Birding Tips | Birding Tips for Birdwatching in Uganda

There are some travel tips and advice that will make your Uganda birding tour more enjoyable, rewarding, and comfortable:

  1. Silence always pays a lot during your Uganda birding safari although it should not limit you from asking questions. This is because wildlife including birds usually stay away from places with active human activity.
  2. Remain on your trail during your Uganda birding excursion because you may get lost in the wilderness.
  3. Avoid moving in large groups during your Uganda birding trips as it usually limits great sights.
  4. In case you are going to have the adventure for the whole day then it is important to move with your packed lunch because there are no restaurants in the jungle.
  5. Do not rush to a bird after you spot it because you will scare it.
  6. You are also not allowed to throw stones at birds during your Uganda birding tour vacation because it is against the eco-tourism principles.

What Time of Day are Birds Most Active in Uganda? | What Time of Day is Best for Bird Watching Trips in Uganda?

Even though a Uganda birding tour vacation can be done at any time of the day, professional birding guides advise that the best time for birding in Uganda is in the morning hours from around dawn to 11:00 am.

This is because the birds usually feed very early in the morning.

Another important thing to note is that birding in the windy weather makes it hard to hear the birds calling and the birds are usually less active at that time.

What is the Best Birdwatching Book to Take on Your Uganda Birding Tour?

Below, we look at the best recommended birdwatching books for your Uganda birding tour:  

a)    Field Guide to Birds of East Africa by Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe.

b)    Where to Watch Birds in Uganda by Russouw and Sacchi.

Packing List for a Birding Trip in Uganda | What Do You Need for Birdwatching in Uganda?

Travelers coming for Uganda birding tour holidays are advised to carry the following items for more memorable experiences during their trip:

  1. A camera
  2. Binoculars
  3. Rain jacket
  4. Comfortable hiking boots
  5. Insect repellents
  6. A sunhat, Sunglasses, and sunscreens
  7. Bottled drinking water
  8. A Field Birding Guidebook
  9. Long-sleeved shirts and pants

What to Wear for Your Uganda Birding Tour?

Your Uganda birding tour expeditions require you to have eco-friendly clothes and those that blend with the atmosphere are brown, green, khaki, and grey.

Bright colors like white usually scare birds and they also pick up a lot of dirt.

Black is not so much recommended especially in the dry season because it absorbs a lot of heat.

Blue usually attracts Tsetse flies especially in the dry season.

On your Uganda birding tour, you are also advised to wear or pack comfortable hiking shoes, long socks, insect repellent, sunglasses, sunscreens, and a hat or cape, especially during the dry season that has a lot of heat from the tropical sunshine of the equatorial country.

Hotels | Safari Lodges in Uganda to Use on Your Uganda Birding Tour

On your Uganda birding tour, you will get a wide range of accommodations ranging from budget to midrange and luxury. According to the experiences you would like to have or your budget, you can choose an accommodation class that you would like to stay in during your trip.

Top Luxury Lodges for Your Uganda Birding Tours

  1. Protea Hotel in Entebbe
  2. Mweya Safari Lodge in Queen Elizabeth NP
  3. Paraa Safari Lodge in Murchison Falls NP
  4. Primate Lodge in Kibale NP
  5. Katara Lodge in Queen Elizabeth Park
  6. Adere Safari Lodge in Kidepo park
  7. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge in Bwindi

Best Midrange Lodges for Your Uganda Birding Trips

  1. Haven Lodge Buhoma in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  2. Enganzi Game Lodge in Queen Elizabeth National Park
  3. Kidepo Savannah Lodge in Kidepo park
  4. Chimps Nest Lodge in Kibale

Recommended Budget Lodges for Your Uganda Birding Tour

  1. Rwenzori View Cottages in Kibale Forest Park
  2. Lake Nkuruba Nature Reserve & Community Camp Site in Kibale
  3. Red Chili Rest Camp in Murchison Falls NP
  4. Pumba Safari Cottages in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Best Time to Go Birding in Uganda | What is the Best Time for Birdwatching in Uganda? | What is the Best Time to Birdwatch in Uganda?

A Uganda birding tour can be done all year round since Uganda is an equatorial country.

However, the dry season from December to February and June to August is the best time for birding in Uganda.

November to April is the best time for watching the migratory species of birds.

Why Do Birdwatching in Uganda?

A Uganda birding tour is among the best to have and below we look at the top reasons to come for a Uganda birding tour in East Africa.

  1. Uganda protects more than 1,090 bird species which is 50% of the total number of species in the African continent.
  2. Destination Uganda is the best place to spot the elusive Shoebill in Africa. You can spot this prehistoric bird in Murchison NP through a boat cruise on the Victoria Nile within the Nile Lake Albert Area. On your Uganda birding tour, you can also spot the Shoebill at the Mabamba wetland and Queen Elizabeth NP.
  3. Uganda is also the richest country and African birding destination with 90% of the Albertine Rift Endemics for example the African Green Broadbill.
  4. Uganda is among the few birding destinations in African to combine a Uganda birding tour with a safari to view the Mountain Gorillas through Mountain Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Park.
  5. Additionally, you can also combine your Uganda birding tour with other wildlife adventures for more amazing experiences.
  6. Uganda is among the cheapest destinations to travel to in East Africa and the African continent at large. Its accommodation ranges from luxury to midrange and budget thus a suitable place for all classes of travelers.
  7. Uganda has rich biomes to accommodate different birds for example the water bodies (River Nile and Lake Victoria), savannahs, forests, woodland, etc.

Cost for a Birdwatching Safari in Uganda | What is the Cost of the Birding Tour in Uganda?

Although this is a common question among travelers on Uganda birding tours, there is no fixed price for a safari in Uganda.

Several factors thus determine the safari cost of your Uganda birding tour and below, we look at them.

  1. The number of days spent on the Uganda birding tours:

Long Uganda birding trips are more expensive than short safaris because, with each day, one has to pay for different expenses like accommodation, transportation, and park entrance fees.

  1. Accommodation to use:

Booking luxury accommodation raises the safari cost more than when you use midrange or budget safari on your Uganda birding tour.

  1. Safari vehicle:

birding in Uganda tours will require you to use your preferred transportation means. A 4×4 safari land cruiser is more expensive than a safari van due to the high fuel consumption thus leading to more higher expenses.

  1. Activities:

you wish to take on top of your Uganda birding tours: Also, this affects so much the cost of your birding tours in Uganda. Generally, the more safari activities on top of your birding trip, the higher the safari cost.

  1. The number of people on the Uganda birding tour:

The cost of a birdwatching trip in Uganda increases with the number of people joining for the trip.

However, this may be an advantage to group members who usually share the expenses during their travels for example on transportation and accommodation on their Uganda birding tour.

Top Uganda Birding Tour Companies to Travel With on Your Holiday

A memorable birding experience in Uganda East Africa will require that you book your birding holiday with a reliable tour operator.

Below, we list the best birdwatching safari companies to book for your Uganda birdwatching tours:

  1. Prime Safaris & Tours Ltd
  2. Wild Gorilla Safaris
  3. Safari Uganda Safaris
  4. Uganda Birding Safaris
  5. Africa Safaris Tour

Best Birding Safari Packages in Uganda

i. 20-Day Uganda birding tour

This Uganda birding tour package will allow you to explore the top Uganda birding sites for example Bwindi, Kibale Queen Elizabeth Park as well as Murchison Park, etc.

ii. 17 Days Rwanda and Uganda birding and wildlife tour

This safari package will let you visit iconic birding destinations in Rwanda and Uganda. The Rwanda and Uganda birding sites will provide you with the best experiences during your birding tour.

iii. 14 Days Kidepo Valley National Park Trip (Fox’s Weaver, and Karamoja Apalis)

Get to spot Uganda’s endemic species for example the Fox’s Weaver during this package. Through this package, you will also explore other top Uganda birding sites, for example, Murchison Park.

iv. 23 Days Uganda birding tour  

This package will also lead you to top Uganda birding tour destinations where you will meet both the common and the rare species of birds for example the elusive Shoebill Stork.

In conclusion, birding in Uganda safaris in Africa are among the best you could ever have on any of your birdwatching in Uganda expeditions. Be among the special bird watchers to participate in a Uganda birding tour to encounter various species of birds, for example, the elusive Shoebill, Green-breasted Pitta, Grauer’s Broadbill, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, White Bellied Robin Chat, etc.

Your Uganda birding safari tour will thus lead you to special spots for example Bwindi, Kibale Forest National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Kidepo Valley, Semuliki, and Queen Elizabeth National Parks.

Enjoy the special Uganda birding tours all year round for an amazing adventure.

Inquire through an email and book your Uganda birding safari today for your incredible African birding in Uganda journeys!

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