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Uganda

Pearl-spotted Owlet Glaucidium perlatum ©Jim Rose

Uganda has a great variety of habitats, packed into a fairly small area, and has a bird list nearly on a par with neighbouring Kenya.

It has several excellent game reserves, including Murchison Falls, Lake Mburu and Queen Elizabeth, and many less-visited ones, such as Kidepo Valley and Semliki, which offer a good variety of more-widespread African bird species, as well as a good variety of large mammals.

Uganda's main attractions are in its forests and swamps, where many species with restricted range can be found. Whilst it only has one endemic species, Fox's Weaver, which occurs in swamps north of Kampala, it has several species which are endemic to specific habitat areas, shared with other countries.

One such area is the Albertine Rift, an area of lakes, mountains and forests, which stretches from northern Uganda along its borders with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Several species endemic to this area are found in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Semilki National Park, Rwenzori Mountains and Mgahinga. These include Green Broadbill, Grauer's, Grauer's Swamp and Neumann's Warblers, Shelley's and Dusky Crimsonwings, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Double-collared, Regal, Purple-breasted and Blue-throated Sunbirds, Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Stripe-breasted Tit and several others.

In the papyrus swamps around Lake Victoria and other lakes, the enigmatic Shoebill can be found, as well as specialities including Papyrus Yellow and White-winged Warblers, Carruther's Cisticola, Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher and Orange Weaver.

There are also several highland and lowland forests spread across the country, which offer species which are generally West African. Great Blue and Black-billed Turacos, African Grey Parrot, Green-breasted Pitta, several Woodpeckers, Barbets and Greenbuls, and scarcities such as Weyn's Weaver, Nahan's and Forest Francolins all occur.

In addition to the birdlife, a great attraction is the opportunity of trekking for Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi and Mgahinga, as well as Chimpanzees in Kibale.

Even if you are only passing through Uganda, a good range of species can be seen within a few hours of Kampala, in Entebbe Botanical Gardens, Mabamba Swamp and Mabira Forest, including several of the sought-after species above. Add to this the fact that there is a very active community of local birding guides, and the tourist board actively encourages birding tourism, and this is a must-visit locality.

Contributor

Number of Species

Number of bird species: 1083

National Bird - Grey Crowned Crane Balearica regulorum

Endemics

Number of endemics: 2

Fox's Weaver Ploceus spekeoides Stuhlmann's Double-collared Sunbird Nectarinia stuhlmanni

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Useful Reading

Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa

Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi Terry Stevenson and John Fanshawe Series: HELM FIELD GUIDES 604 pages, 287 col plates, distrib maps. Christopher Helm

ISBN: 0713673478

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Important Bird Areas in Uganda

Achilles Byaruhanga, Pantaleon Kasoma and Derek Pomeroy 166 pages, line illus, tabs, maps. RSPB Distributed by NHBS 2001

ISBN: 9970714007

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Photographic Guide to Birds of Prey of Southern, Central and East Africa

David Allan, Peter Hayman (Illustrator) Paperback 2nd Edition New Holland Publishers (UK)

ISBN: 9781868725212

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The Bird Atlas of Uganda

by Margaret Carswell, Derek Pomeroy, Jake Reynolds & Herbert Tushabe BOU
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ISBN: 0952286645

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Where to Watch Birds in Uganda

Jonathan Rossouw and Marco Sacchi 110 pages, col photos, tabs, maps. Uganda Tourist Board 1998
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ISBN: 1898665788

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Useful Information

Uganda Bird Guides Club

http://www.ugandabirdguides.org/
Uganda Bird Guides Club was formed one and half years a go by the local bird guides. Our main activities so far have been carrying out sensitisation seminars on bird conservation to the local community living around birding sites outside the protected area. This happened after rescuing 3 shoebill storks from peoples' homes which were hunted and kept for sale. The club has already sent 2 members to attend a course of Trainers of Bird Guides in South Africa. Also from the experience of members, we have designed itineraries that we believe are the best so far for Uganda. These include: Birding Uganda in 7 days, 14 days, 17 days best forest birding, 22 days western circuit, birding the big 6 for Uganda, Birding the small 6 for Uganda, and also Birding special for the Albertine Rift Endemics. Once informed in advance, the members will organise transport, accommodation for any one wishing to bird Uganda. The Club aims at satisfaction for any birder who comes to bird Uganda with its members.

Also the Club is now making it easy for birders who come to Uganda for short workshops and meetings. We have established birdwatching trails in and around Entebbe and Kampala. Early this year, the club carried out a Birding Big Day activity in and around Kampala. 270 species were recorded in 24 hours. This gives us hope that once birders are here for any period of time, birding is a must. The life lists of members range from 800+ species to the new beginners.

Our website which was designed by a volunteer is now down. We hope when we raise money in the next season we will have it back. It is important for birders around the globe to know that our focus is to make birding a possibility for any budget of any birder. Accommodation here especially in the birding areas, is African traditional banda, ( Round huts); Luxury tented camps, and Hotels. Vehicles used here are 4WD Landcruisers that can take 6 birders to a 4WD matatu min bus, which can carry 10 birders. 6 birders per one guide. The hospitality is the arguably the best in East Africa.

Guides & Tour Operators

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Acacia Safari

Tour Operator

With over 1000 bird species, Uganda has almost half of the bird species already recorded on the African Continent.From the source of the Nile on Lake Victoria to the snow capped Rwenzori Range, the montane forests of the Virunga volcanoes to the desert plains of karamoja, bird watching is an exciting experience for the traveller…

Access Uganda Tours

Tour Operator

We offer Bird watching trips throughout the country providing a our clients the opportunity to discover the most sort after ENDEMICS the region has to offer. Our trips are offered on a full package basis that includes accommodation, park entries, vehicle, and guides fees…

Advantage Safaris

Itinerary

This albertine birding safari offers you the opportunity to get the most out of your Uganda experience. You will visit Mabamba swamp on the shores of Lake Victoria, the best place to see the legendry Shoebill, Queen Elizabeth National Park with a bird list of over 600 species and abundant wildlife,.Bwindi impenetrable National Park famous for Mountain gorillas and Alberline Rift Endemic species ,Echuya forest, arguably the best place to see the Grauers - rush Warbler in Uganda. Our safari will end with a visit to Lake Mburo targeting the African Finfot, Papyrus Gonolek other species.

Adventure Uganda Safari

Tour Operator

rrival at Entebbe International Airport. Meet Pearland guide and transfer to your hotel. For the Birders who arrive in the early hours of the day will have a welcome birding afternoon around Entebbe Botanical Gardens or in The Uganda wild life education center. Look out for Slender-billed Weaver, Brown-throated Weaver¸ Golden-backed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, Grey-headed Gull, Long-tailed Cormorant, ,Yellow-billed Duck, Pied Kingfisher, Giant Kingfisher, , Broad-billed Roller, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Orange Weaver, Red-chested Sunbird, Ross's Turaco, Pied Hornbill, , Open-billed Stork, Great Reed Warbler, Grey-capped Warbler and many others

African Pearl Safaris

Tour Operator

…We had a wonderful time not only seeing plenty of big game and fabulous selection of bird life but also the gorillas at Bwindi…

Age Safaris

Website

AGE Safaris who are an indigenous East African safari company based in Kampala specializes in Uganda safaris and tours and with a commitment to conservation and presenting the beauty of Uganda in its various forms…

AvianWatch Uganda

Tour Operator

AWU is the brain child of one of Uganda 's most experienced bird guides, Mr. Alfred Twinomujuni. After working for several tour companies for over 12 years, Alfred decided to set up AWU mainly to try and bolster the Birding sector of the growing tourism industry as well as to provide quality services for general Safaris….

Bird Uganda Safaris

Tour Operator

We have a proven record of successful tours. We pride ourselves in our good organisation and we are pleased that clients appreciate the flexibility we offer when running our tours…

Birding & Beyond Safaris

Tour Operator

We invite you to read through our web-pages in order to be able to come up with the actual desired Holiday of your lifetime. We always have one more lifer for you…

Birding Ecotours

Tour Operator

Uganda is only half the size of Kenya and yet has almost the same number of bird species (about 1000!). During our 23-day birding adventure, we look for the over 20 Albertine Rift endemics inhabiting Uganda and Rwanda, spectacular birds such as African Green Broadbill, African Grey Parrot and Shoebill and literally hundreds of other bird species.

Birding In Paradise Safaris

Tour Operator

Professional tour guides, conservationists and eco-tourism

Birding Pal

Information

Local birders willing to show visiting birders around their area…

Credit Uganda Tours

Tour Operator

Credit Uganda Tours is run by Miriam Magada, a very experienced tour and safari guide and an expert on Ugandan wildlife, especially the birds. Miriam spent 1 year working with Uganda National Parks before spending 3 years with the Uganda Wildlife Authority followed by 6 years experience working as a bird guide. Experienced in conducting tours and safaris for both budget and luxury travelers in Uganda and Rwanda the company offers a first class service. Itineries shown are examples of what we offer, we will be pleased to tailor safaris to your requirements. Our values are integrity, trust and customer satisfaction…

Edas African Safaris

Tour Operator

The Uganda Wildlife Education center (UWEC) home to captive animals this has attracted over 170 species of wild birds 10 species…

Footstep Trails

Tour Operator

Our safari takes you through Uganda's best parks for bird watching whilst tracking the famous giant tailless apes (Mountain Gorillas) and sighting several other wildlife species, the breathtaking Kazinga channel and Murchison Falls.

Insight Safari Holidays

Tour Operator

Uganda is home to over 1000 bird species, visit Mabamba Bay, Lutembe, Bwindi forest, Kibale National Park as well as other birders hot spots that mark this country a birder’s paradise. We are an indigenous company, run by locals with vast experience in the tourism sector. Since its inception in 2000, Insight Safari Holidays has grown to handle clients of both large and small groups. Our specialty is in arranging private tours for our client…

Leading Expeditions

Tour Operator

Birding safaris Uganda to Murchison falls, Heritage Park, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi forest, Fort Portal and Kibale forest for African bird safaris…

Magic Safaris

Tour Operator

Uganda is considered by some specialists to be the richest country for birds in Africa. Nigel Wheatley, for instance, in Where to Watch Birds in Africa (1995) said: In terms of its size, Uganda is the richest country for birds in Africa. And this immense volume and diversity occurs miraculously in a space which keen birders can cover in a relatively short visit…

Navigate African Safaris

Webpage

Uganda is a land-locked country located in the East African plateau. The country was globally renowned due to its unsound political and economic past. However blessed with pristine and rich wilderness, Uganda is today known as the “Pearl of Africa” and tourism is rapidly growing at an exponential rate as people flock here to appreciate its natural diversity and beauty.

Rainbow Tours

Tour Operator

With 1008 recorded bird species, Uganda provides the richest birding on the continent. The country has the greatest variety of primates anywhere in Africa, including chimpanzees and the famous mountain gorillas…

Rockjumper

Tour Operator

Uganda is an equatorial country of astonishing contrasts. No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats, and this richness is reflected in its incredible bird list of over 1,000 species. Amongst these are many highly sought-after birds, such as the unique Shoebill and the numerous endemics of the Albertine Rift Valley. The huge bird list is even more remarkable given the small size of the country making it, arguably, the richest African birding destination. Rockjumper is proud of our incredible depth of experience in Uganda; we have successfully arranged and guided over 30 tours to this country in the past ten years.

Shoebill Safaris

Tour Operator

Welcome to the Uganda Travel guide & Directory! Please notice that we are not a travel agency. This comprehensive resource of hundreds of pages, provides assistance to anyone planning travel to Uganda or aiming at Uganda Safaris and tours…

Speedway Safaris

Tour Operator

Speedway Safaris is a tour and travel company based in Uganda specialising in organising trips to National Parks, gorilla tracking, hotel bookings, chimpanzee trekking, mountaineering excursions, birding trips, adventure travels, sightseeing expeditions, car hire, community tours, guided nature walks plus vacation and customized tours in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. Speedway Safaris offers tour itineraries from 2 up to 20 days exploring Uganda's beautiful landscape and vegetation…

Sunbird Tours

Tour Operator

Uganda, the jewel in the crown of East Africa, is generally recognised as having some of the best remaining forest on the continent, and with it some truly remarkable birdwatching. Our first taste of this will be at Budongo Forest where we will explore the famous Royal Mile, a wide pathway that simply drips with birds…

Travel Hemispheres

Tour Operator

In terms of size, Uganda is the richest country for birds in Africa. No other area in Africa can match its amazing diversity of habitats and this richness is reflected in its ever-burgeoning bird list of over 1000 species. Amongst these are many special endangered birds such as shoe bill stork, standard winged Nightjar, the great blue Turaco, the Green broad bill and numerous endemics of the Albertine Rift Valley that are rare to find elsewhere.

Uyaphi

Tour Operator

The Uganda birding safari at Murchison Falls National Park and the Queen Elizabeth National boasts a staggering site bird list of 615 species with specialities such as such as Black-headed and Papyrus gonoleks, Blue-breasted and White-throated bee-eaters, Blue-breasted Kingfisher Black Coucal, Swamp Flycatcher and Finfoot…

Volcanoes Safaris

Tour Operator

There are about 2,300 bird species in Africa. Uganda, a country the size of Britain, with more than 1,000 species recorded is one of the richest African birding destinations and has remarkable avian diversity. This is due to its location near the East African savannah, the West African rainforest and the semi-desert of the north.

Trip Reports

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CloudBirders

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CloudBirders was created by a group of Belgian world birding enthusiasts and went live on 21st of March 2013. They provide a large and growing database of birding trip reports, complemented with extensive search, voting and statistical features.

2007 [01 January] - Birding Africa

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This 19-day, best-value trip was designed to take in the finest of Uganda. Our two focuses were finding Shoebill and spending time in the endemic-filled Albertine Rift, best accessed at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. We visited also the rich forests of Kibale National Park and Budongo Forest, and diverse savannas of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls National Parks, which boosted our total trip list to over 530 species…

2007 [09 September] - Mark Finn

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Among a species total of 413 species, highlights included Shoebill at Mbamba a pair of White-spotted Flufftails in the open at Bogadi Swamp (a rare and unusual experience for most birders). African Emerald Cuckoo, consuming caterpillars at close range at Masindi. African Dwarf Kingfishers at the Royal Mile and Mpanga Forest Reserves…

2008 [05 May] - Steve Dark

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The idea was to do Kenya however, the political situation after their general election scuppered that plan. After a quick scan of the internet it was decided that Uganda was a worthy substitute. A decision we don’t regret one bit. This small land locked country roughly the size of the UK has a bird list of over 1000 has some really remarkable birds like Shoebill and Black Bee-eater. It also has a long list of restricted range species and other birds often difficult to see in other parts of Africa. Then there is the option of both Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking. Unfortunately because of the time scales involved we didn’t prepare for this trip as thoroughly as we would have liked…

2009 [03 March] - John Kirby

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This is a brief description of a Naturetrek Bargain Birding tour to Uganda. www.naturetrek.co.uk. Ground arrangements through Travelust African Safaris. The guide was Johnnie Kamigisha who also acted as driver…

2009 [08 August] - Mark Finn

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Highlights were many throughout this action packed tour to one of Africa’s best countries for wildlife. Species which linger in the mind included up to four Shoebills at two different sites. A large range of greenbuls, sunbirds, weavers and cisticolas and sought after species in Black and Northern Carmine Bee-eaters….

2010 [04 April] - Chuck Bell

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…We were up at 5 am for a 5:30 am breakfast. Then we waited for our driver, Hassan, who was almost a half-hour late. Not a good way to start a trip. We drove through Kampala to get to the Mabamba Swamp…

2012 [06 June] - Robert Dix

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2013 [01 January] - Uganda Preview Trip

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2013 [03 March] - Hans Groot

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…Uganda is a birder's paradise. Over half of all bird species in Africa can be found in Uganda making it the richest African birding destination. Even within the surroundings of the capital city Kampala, you can record nearly 300 species in a day…

2013 [06 June] - Nik Borrow

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…A visit to this friendly and welcoming country also offers a great mammal- watching experience and of course primates in particular with Eastern Gorilla and Chimpanzee at the top of the list. It is not often that the mammals get a mention before the birds, but on this occasion it is apt, as our experiences with the incredible Eastern Gorillas of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest were truly unforgettable! The incomparable Shoebill surrendered to our collective gaze on day one! We embarked on a ‘pitta trek’ in Kibale National Park and finally found a juvenile Green-breasted Pitta and in the wonderfully named Bwindi 1 BirdQuest Tour Report: Ultimate Uganda 2013 www.birdquest-tours.com Impenetrable Forest scored enormously with a pair of Grauer’s (or African Green) Broadbill building their nest…

2013 [06 June] - Terry Stevenson & Jesse Fagan

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…Our 2013 Uganda tour followed our well-tried route from the shores of Lake Victoria to the savanna grasslands of Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth national parks, the forests of Budongo, Kibale and Mabira, the renowned Bwindi-Impenetrable NP for a host of Albertine Rift endemics, Shoebill on the Nile, treks to see gorillas and chimps, White-backed Night-Heron, Grauer's Broadbill, and, for the first time this year -- fabulous looks at the rare and beautiful Green-breasted Pitta…

2013 [07 July] - Michael Mills - Uganda & Rwanda

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…Our journey through Uganda and Rwanda was once again a resounding success, with great views obtained of the four main target birds: Shoebill at Mabamba Swamp, Green-breasted Pitta at Kibale, Grauer’s Broadbill at Mabwindi Swamp in Bwindi and Red-collared Mountain Babbler at Nyungwe, Rwanda…

2013 [11 November] - David Bishop - Gorillas & Impenetrable Forest

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…Dodging the rain we birded down to the ‘Neck’ (a narrow strip of forest connecting the lower and upper elevations of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest). As is so often the case the birding at the Neck was superb and produced a seemingly never ever ending strem of great birds including superlative ‘scope views of a pair of Black Bee-eaters…

2014 [08 August] - Michael Mills

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Our “highlights” tour of Uganda and Rwanda was once again a resounding success, with great views obtained of the four main target birds: Shoebill at Mabamba Swamp, Green-breasted Pitta at Kibale, Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill at Mabwindi Swamp in Bwindi and Red-collared [Mountain] Babbler at Nyungwe...

2014 [08 August] - Michael Mills

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Our “highlights” tour of Uganda and Rwanda was once again a resounding success, with great views obtained of the four main target birds: Shoebill at Mabamba Swamp, Green-breasted Pitta at Kibale, Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill at Mabwindi Swamp in Bwindi and Red-collared [Mountain] Babbler at Nyungwe...

2015 [03 March] - Ian Mick

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Our itinerary was basically a clockwise circuit of the South-west of the country, and chose late February to early March since it was just before the wet season, and one of the better times recommended for the Gorillas. As it turned out, more or less all of the birds which changed plumage, such as the weavers, seemed to be in full breeding plumage. Also, we only had a smattering of rain on one occasion, while in Queen Elizabeth NP, although rain can still fall more often even at this time of the year. Temperatures ranged from mild (but not requiring a jacket) at night to 30°C, although the overall impression was of not being quite as baked as we expected.

2015 [07 July] - Dion Hobcroft & Crammy Wanyama

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We were successful in our primary quest to see Chimpanzees, Shoebills, and Gorillas in the wild. We had fabulous encounters with all three of these iconic species. We found both a Leopard hunting at night and two prides of Lions; enjoyed Giraffe and Zebra amongst a variety and abundance of African hoofed mammals; observed all of the monkey species possible on this tour; and racked up an impressive 460 species of birds in this fantastic country.

2015 [11 November] - Dries Van de Loock & Sybryn Maes

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2016 [01 January] - Alex Gabiito

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2016 [07 July] - Markus Lilje

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Highlights included the prehistoriclooking Shoebill, fabulous encounters with the endangered Mountain Gorillas, the highly sought-after Grauer’s Broadbill, sensational Green-breasted Pitta, bizarre Pennant-winged Nightjar, secretive White-spotted Flufftail, Brown-chested Lapwing, Joyful Greenbul, African Finfoot, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, exquisite Brown and Green Twinspots, Lagden’s, Many-colored and Luehder’s Bushshrikes, rare and seldom-seen Whitebacked Night Heron and a wealth of ultra-localised Albertine Rift endemics...

Places to Stay

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Ndali Lodge

Accommodation

Ndali Lodge sits on a narrow ridge 1,524m (5,000ft) above sea level with outstanding 360-degree views of ancient volcanic landscape, set against the backdrop of the Mountains of the Moon (Rwenzori mountains)…

Organisations

African Bird Club

Website

There can be few destinations with a species list of over 600; Uganda's Queen Elizabeth National Park is one. 350 species have been recorded in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. These two parks alone are among the richest protected areas to be found anywhere on Earth. Accolades for Uganda's birding delights are rarely understated. Nigel Wheatley, in Where to Watch Birds in Africa says: In terms of its size, Uganda is the richest country for birds in Africa.

Nature Uganda

Website

The EANHS, P0 Box 27034, Kampala. + 25641 540719 eanhs@imul.com

Uganda Tourist Board

Website

Uganda is an ideal destination for a voyage of discovery into the most enthrolling continent in the world. Our country presents a captivating combination of the wonders of nature and cultural diversity which is a result of numerous ethnic entities. - The place to start when contemplating a trip… a very sophisticated website and it includes a bird list.

Uganda Wildlife Authority

Website

…Uganda is a true African birding destination. Located at the center of the continent, Uganda attracts migrants from the North and South. Uganda is the richest country for birds in Africa. It has almost half the species known on the African continent and over 10% of those recorded throughout the entire world…

Reserves

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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The birds are Fraser's eagle owl Bubo poensis, dwarf honeyguide Indicator pumilio (LR); African green broadbill Pseudocalyptomena graueri (VU); white-bellied robin chat Cossypher roberti , Kivu ground thrush Zoothera tanganjicae (LR); Grauer's rush warbler Bradypterus graueri, Grauer's warbler Graueria vittata, short-tailed warbler Hemitasia neumanni, yellow-eyed black flycatcher Melaenornis ardesiaca, Chaplin's flycatcher Muscicapa lendu (VU); montane double-collared sunbird Nectarinia ludovicenis and dusky twinspot Clytospiza cinereoinacea; the primate is the mountain gorilla; and the butterflies are cream-banded swallowtail Papilio leucotaenia (VU); Graphium gudenusi and Charaxes fournierae. Bwindi is an important locality for the conservation of Afromontane fauna, in particular those endemic to the mountains of the western rift valley. At least 70 of the 78 montane forest bird species occurring in the Albertine Rift region are found in the forest, including 22 of the 27 endemic species.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda in East Africa. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Rift Valley. It comprises 331 square kilometers of jungle forests and contains both montane and lowland forest. The Bwindi Forest is also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds. Accessible only on foot, the area is also known as the Impenetrable Forest…

IBAs

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Three endemic bird areas (EBAs) lie partly within Uganda: the Albertine Rift mountains; the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo lowlands; and the Kenyan mountains as well as three secondary areas: dry woodlands west of Lake Victoria; north Ugandan swamps and north-east Uganda. Uganda has over 30 restricted range species of which 24 are found only in the Albertine Rift mountains. Uganda has 30 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) covering some 7% of the area of the country…

Kibale National Park

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The most accessible of Uganda's major rainforests, Kibale is home to a remarkable 13 primate species, including the very localised red colobus and L'Hoest's monkey…

Kidepo Valley National Park

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The Kidepo Valley National Park is one of Uganda's most spectacular parks. It is 1,442 square kilometres and harbours scenery unsurpassed in any other park in East Africa…

Lake Mburo National Park

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Lying in the one part of Uganda covered in extensive acacia woodland, Mburo has markedly different fauna to other reserves…

Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

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Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is located in the southwestern corner of Uganda. The Park covers the northern slopes of the three northernmost Virunga Volcanoes: Mt. Muhavura (4,127 m), Mt. Gahinga (3,474 m), and Mt. Sabinyo (3,645 m)…

Mount Elgon National Park

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At 4,000 square km Mt. Elgon has the largest volcanic base in the world. Located on the Uganda-Kenya border it is also the oldest and largest solitary, volcanic mountain in East Africa. Its vast form, 80km in diameter, rises more than 3,000m above the surrounding plains. The mountain’s cool heights offer respite from the hot plains below, with the higher altitudes providing a refuge for flora and fauna.

Queen Elizabeth National Park

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From open savannah to rainforest, from dense papyrus swamps and brooding crater lakes to the vastness of Lake Edward, it is little wonder that QENP boasts one of the highest biodiversity ratings of any game reserve in the world…

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

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On the border between Uganda and Zaire, largely within the western rift valley, straddling the Districts of Bundibugyo, Kabarole and Kasese…

Rwenzori Mountains National Park

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The 120km Rwenzori chain is regarded to be the legendary snow-capped Mountains of the Moon, described by Ptolemy in AD150. Reaching an elevation of 5,109m, it is also Africa's tallest mountain range, exceeded in altitude only by the free-standing Mount Kenya and Kilimanjaro…

Semuliki National Park

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Semuliki National Park is an eastern extension of the vast Ituri Forest and forms part of the forest continuum during the climatic upheavals of the Pleistocene, this is one of the richest areas for both flora and fauna in Africa. (Especially for birds)…

Blogs

Birding Uganda

Blog

During the last decade, the author has lived in some of the most bird-rich countries in the world, including Ecuador, Tanzania, and Brazil. He recently moved to Uganda, one of Africa's top birding destinations.

Diary of a Muzungu

Blog

Uganda travel blog

Other Links

Birding in Uganda

Website

Uganda has more bird species per square kilometre than any other country in Africa. Uganda, roughly the same size as the UK, can boast a national list of 1008 species! This figure represents more than half the bird species that can be found in the whole of Africa…

Visit Uganda

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The tourist Board website with lots of info on Uganda and its wildlife.