Watching birds

  • From the source of the White Nile on Lake Victoria to the Snow-capped Rwenzori mountain ranges, the montane Forests of the Virunga Volcanoes to the desert plains of Karamoja, Uganda is an Equatorial Country of astonishing and amazing diversity of habitats and this richness is reflected in the ever-burgeoning bird list of over 1000 species.

  • Marabou Stock The Marabou Stock flying. It is one of the common species found around the streets of Kampala (Old Kampala).

    Uganda is immensely endowed with over 1,000 bird species; some of which are endemic to the country; mainly in the Albertine region. These constitute 67% of Africa's and 11.1% of the world's total population, making the country a must visit for bird lovers. Some of the most interesting birds include; the crested crane (recently named 'Gray crowned crane'), Shoebill, Wattled plorer, Africa Fish Eagle, African Jacana, Saddle Billed Stock, Pelican, African Pigmy Geese and Narina's Trogon.

    These special birds, such as the Shoebill and the numerous spectacular endemics of the Albertine rift Valley are difficult or impossible to find elsewhere. The huge bird list is so remarkable given the small size of the country of over 235,000 sqkm; approximately the size of Great Britain. Making it arguably, the richest African birding destination.

    Uganda is enjoying unprecedented economic growth and every effort is being made to rejuvenate the once important tourism industry. This has resulted in development of hotels, lodges, access roads and forests trails, and establishment of bird guides training programmes through the Uganda Bird & Safari Guides Association to facilitate all bird watchers across the country.

    Where can I watch birds from?

  • Queen Elizabeth

    Queen Elizabeth

    The most spectacular birding spot in Uganda with over 600 bird species.

  • Kidepo National park

    Kidepo valley

    The beauty of the pristine wilderness boasts of a bird list of over 475 species.

  • Bwindi Impenetrable

    Bwindi Impenetrable

    Bwindi offers some of the finest motane forest birding in Africa.

  • Murchison falls

    Murchison falls

    The experience here is enhanced by the abundant wildlife and scenic landscape.

  • Semliki National Park

    Semliki National park

    Semlliki offers a mosaic of different habitats with over 350 species.

  • Kibale National park

    An extensive biodiversity protecting a large block of rainforest birding including over 335 species.

  • Lake Mburo

    Lake Mburo

    This is the best and the only place in Uganda to see the typically Savanna bird species.

  • Mt. Elgon

    Mt. Elgon

    The 'Forest Exploration Center' allows birders access to montane forest extension.

  • Kampala city

    Kampala city

    Birds breed in tall trees and are commonly observed overhead at dusk.

  • Mt. Rwenzori

    Mt. Rwenzori

    The Rwenzori Turaco and Shelley's crimson wing are an ample reward for Birders.

  • Mgahinga Gorilla

    Mgahinga gorilla

    Uganda's smallest and probably most scenic park with over 115 species.

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  • The parks are open all year round, book your flight or other means of transport and accommodation.
  • You can camp in some of these places or stay in a hotel, camp ground or lodges so you can head out early in the morning
  • Bring your camera(s), binocular(s) and any other item you may need especially Backpackers and researchers.
  • See the video to for more.

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