Republic of Uganda

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Birding Uganda

Uganda (officially the Republic of Uganda) is a landlocked country in East Africa. The country is located on the East African Plateau, lying mostly between latitudes 4°N and 2°S (a small area is north of 4°), and longitudes 29° and 35°E. It averages about 1,100 metres (3,609 ft) above sea level, sloping very steadily downwards to the Sudanese Plain to the north. It is bordered to the east by Kenya, to the north by South Sudan, to the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to the south-west by Rwanda, and to the south by Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda is in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally a modified equatorial climate.Although landlocked, Uganda contains many large lakes. Much of the south of the country is heavily influenced by one of the world’s biggest lakes, Lake Victoria, which contains many islands. Most important cities are located in the south, near this lake, including the capital Kampala and the nearby city of Entebbe. Besides Lakes Victoria and Kyoga, there are Lake Albert, Lake Edward, and the smaller Lake George. Uganda lies almost completely within the Nile basin. The Victoria Nile drains from Lake Victoria into Lake Kyoga and thence into Lake Albert on the Congolese border. It then runs northwards into South Sudan. An area in eastern Uganda is drained by the Suam River, part of the internal drainage basin of Lake Turkana. The extreme north-eastern part of Uganda drains into the Lotikipi Basin, which is primarily in Kenya.It has a great variety of habitats, packed into a fairly small area, and has a bird list nearly on a par with neighbouring Kenya. Uganda has 60 protected areas, including ten national parks: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Rwenzori Mountains National Park (both UNESCO World Heritage Sites[59]), Kibale National Park, Kidepo Valley National Park, Lake Mburo National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Mount Elgon National Park, Murchison Falls National Park, Queen Elizabeth National Park, and Semuliki National Park. There are 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.

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Contributors
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
Checklist

  • iGoTerra Checklist

    iGoTerra Checklist
    Fatbirder Associate iGoTerra offers the most comprehensive and up to date birds lists on the web
Useful Reading

  • Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa

    Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi Terry Stevenson and John FanshaweSeries: HELM FIELD GUIDES 604 pages, 287 col plates, distrib maps.Christopher Helm ISBN: 0713673478 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Important Bird Areas in Uganda

    Achilles Byaruhanga, Pantaleon Kasoma and Derek Pomeroy166 pages, line illus, tabs, maps.RSPBDistributed by NHBS 2001 ISBN: 9970714007 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • 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 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • The Bird Atlas of Uganda

    by Margaret Carswell, Derek Pomeroy, Jake Reynolds & Herbert Tushabe BOU See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 0952286645 Buy this book from NHBS.com
  • Where to Watch Birds in Uganda

    Jonathan Rossouw and Marco Sacchi110 pages, col photos, tabs, maps.Uganda Tourist Board 1998 See Fatbirder Review ISBN: 1898665788 Buy this book from NHBS.com
Useful Information
  • Uganda Bird Guides Club

    Website
    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.
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
  • Uganda Wildlife Authority

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Reserves

Abbreviations Key

  • 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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    Welcome to Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda. This information portal guides you on how to get there, attractions, where to stay, securing a gorilla safari permit, prominent Uganda gorilla safari companies, travel tips, what to wear, when to go ? and recent news about the Mountain gorillas in Uganda.
  • 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 south western part of Uganda in Kisoro district and it is the smallest National park of the 3 national parks in the Virunga conservation area the other two parks are Virunga National park in DRC and Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and all form 434-sq.km of this conservation area.
  • 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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    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…
  • 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…
  • 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)…
Guides & Tour Operators


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  • Acacia Safari

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    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

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    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

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    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
  • Beads Safaris Collection

    Tour Operator
    Beads Safaris Collection is a Destination Management Company operating tours and travel services all over Eastern Africa destinations including: Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Zanzibar. We specialize in offering the best and most unique properties and locations for our guests’ safety, enjoyment and tailor-made to their needs.
  • 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 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
  • 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…
  • 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…
  • 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
  • Mission Africa Safaris

    Tour Operator
    Mission Africa Safaris is a leading tour company registered in Uganda. We help put together exciting safaris in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and DR Congo. Our expereinced and knowledgeable guides/office personnel will ensure you have a memorable time while on your tour. Our packages include bird watching, game drives, nature walks, mountain hiking, gorilla tracking. cultural visits among many other. We give affordable rates to our clients and incorporate a personal touch and quality while dealing with our clients - You can be one of them.
  • Navigate African Safaris

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    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.
  • Nkuringo Safaris

    Tour Operator
    With over 1.000 bird species found in Uganda, bird watching has brought in growing numbers of hobby ornithologists from around the world but even within has ‘birding’ found new friends.
  • 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
  • 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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  • 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 [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 Bwindi1 BirdQuest Tour Report: Ultimate Uganda 2013 www.birdquest-tours.comImpenetrable 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 greatviews obtained of the four main target birds: Shoebill at Mabamba Swamp, Green-breasted Pittaat Kibale, Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill at Mabwindi Swamp in Bwindi and Red-collared [Mountain] Babbler atNyungwe...
  • 2014 [08 August] - Michael Mills

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    Our “highlights” tour of Uganda and Rwanda was once again a resounding success, with greatviews obtained of the four main target birds: Shoebill at Mabamba Swamp, Green-breasted Pittaat Kibale, Grauer’s (African Green) Broadbill at Mabwindi Swamp in Bwindi and Red-collared [Mountain] Babbler atNyungwe...
  • 2015 [01 January] - Dr Michael Zieger

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    Scope: Not only to see as much wildlife as possible but to get (good) photographies of birds! 371 species seen and photographed,
  • 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 ofthese iconic species. We found both a Leopard hunting at night and twoprides of Lions; enjoyed Giraffe and Zebra amongst a variety andabundance of African hoofed mammals; observed all of the monkeyspecies possible on this tour; and racked up an impressive 460 speciesof 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 [06 June] - Dani Lopez Velasco

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    For any world-travelling birder, a visit to Uganda should definitely be on the agenda. Why? The fabulousShoebill is probably a good-enough reason to visit this magical, friendly and welcoming country, but thereare many more, including a good selection of Albertine Rift endemics, with such megas as Grauer's Broadbill or Green-breasted Pitta, as well as other difficult western African forest species. Together with some great mammal watching, with of course primates as the icing of the cake, in particular the mighty Eastern Gorillas and Chimpanzees...
  • 2016 [06 June] - Dr Michael Zieger

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    Scope: Not only to see as much wildlife as possible but to get (good) photographies of birds! 417 Species seen and photographed, thereof 25 mere documented quality (not mentioned in the text).
  • 2016 [07 July] - Markus Lilje

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    Highlights included the prehistoriclookingShoebill, fabulous encounters with theendangered Mountain Gorillas, the highlysought-after Grauer’s Broadbill, sensationalGreen-breasted Pitta, bizarre Pennant-wingedNightjar, 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’sBushshrikes, rare and seldom-seen WhitebackedNight Heron and a wealth of ultra-localised Albertine Rift endemics...
  • 2016 [08 August] - Henk Hendriks - Uganda & Rwanda

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  • 2016 [08 August] - Jason Boyce

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    ...The gardens were excellent, and we enjoyed some plain-looking species such as African Thrush, Speckled Mousebird, Northern Black Flycatcher, and Dark-capped Bulbul (which we eventually saw every single day of the trip). There were also some spectacularly colourful species around the gardens; these were Black-headed Gonolek – a firm favourite, White-browed Robin-Chat, Red-chested Sunbird, Double-toothed Barbet, Meyer’s and Grey Parrots, and the extravagant Eastern Plantain-eater...
  • 2016 [08 August] - Nik Borrow

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    ... To rival this experience the incomparable Shoebill surrendered to our collective gaze on day one and we were also lucky to find the often-elusive Weyns’s Weaver and several ‘wintering’ Blue Swallows nearby. Brightly coloured Papyrus Gonoleks allowed amazing views in a swamp en route to Kibale National Park where we embarked on a ‘chimp trek’ and the die-hard members of the group after 18 plus hours finally managed excellent looks at a displaying Green-breasted Pitta. In the wonderfully named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest we spent a magical hour with a family of Eastern Gorillas and scored enormously with excellent views of the little-known and rare Grauer’s (or African Green) Broadbill...
  • 2016 [12 December] - William Young

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    On Christmas Day, 2016, I left my home in Arlington, Virginia, to fly to Uganda for a three-week birding trip. My friend Lori Price, who does a lot of elephant conservation work in Africa, made all of the arrangements. Most people planning birding and nature trips to East Africa focus on Kenya and Tanzania, which have many more large mammals. But Uganda is a better destination to search for birds.
  • 2017 [01 January] - Mathias D’haen - Lake Bunyonyi

    PDF Report
    Lake Bunyonyi: Byoona Amagura (GPS: -1.300855, 29.939169); an excellent place to take holiday. I stayed two nights in my tent (4$/night) and watched birds on the island the guesthouse was located on. Food is cheap and really good. Staff is nice. I was glad to see some tourists (after all these months).
  • 2017 [05 May] - Paul Kaggwa Kibirango & Richard Baxter

    PDF Report
    "...The mountains along the Albertine Rift Valley form an endemic bird area of considerable importance for being a home to 37 range restricted range species and these the “Albertine Rift Endemics”.
  • 2017 [06 June] - Catherine McFadden

    Report
    A trip to Ethiopia in 2016 had whetted our appetite for some more African birding. Uganda seemed like an interesting destination where we could conceivably see as many as 200 new species, including about 25 of the Albertine Rift endemics (AREs) that are found only in the mountainous border region between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and its neighbors Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi.
  • 2017 [06 June] - Dion Hobcroft

    PDF Report
    We were back on the road in this fabulously diverse East African country for our annual summer tour, which was again successful in the quest to see wild Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, and the most bizarre Shoebill. Beyond these charismatic mega-vertebrates we racked up over 450 species of birds and had fabulous encounters with Lion, Leopard, Hippopotamus, Giraffe, and the incredible African Elephant.
  • 2017 [06 June] - Wayne Jones - Uganda & Tanzania

    PDF Report
    Africa is blessed with an incredible range of birdlife and unrivalled megafaunal diversity. On this trip of a lifetime we witnessed life as it once was, with thousands of mammals roaming freely across the plains of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater and Maasai still living traditional lives. In Uganda, a country renowned for its birdlife, we saw one of the world’s strangest birds the Shoebill...
  • 2017 [07 July] - Crammy Wanyama

    PDF Report
    This was a 22 day Uganda birding and Nature customized trip for three. We covered the African continent’s most important birdlife biomes – Albertine Rift Montane Forest, East Sudanian Savannah, Northern Acacia-Commiphora Bushlands and thickets, Northern Congolian Forest-Savanna Mosaic, Victoria Basin Forest-Savannah Mosaic, and Zambezian Flooded Grasslands, among others. We did well with local specialities; getting some of Africa’s most sought-after species- Shoebill, Grauer’s Broadbill, Green-breasted Pitta, Eastern Mountain Gorilla and Common Chimpanzee.
  • 2017 [07 July] - Nik Borrow

    PDF Report
    Uganda is famously quoted as being the ‘Pearl of Africa’ and although neither Henry Morton Stanley nor Winston Churchill had birders and ecotourists in mind when they awarded thecountry this title.
  • 2017 [09 September] - Daniel Watson

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  • 2017 [11 November] - Sue Bryan

    Report
    This was a birding holiday that was organised independently by a friend of friends who used to live in Uganda. My friends and I had enjoyed a meal together and we had talked about Uganda. They inspired me to visit (it was not difficult to persuade me!)
  • 2018 [01 January] - Ella Maria

    PDF Report
    We chose Uganda because of the rich wildlife and birdlife of East Africa. Two years earlier we went on a classic safari in Kenya’s highland with focus on the big mammals of Masai Mara and the birds at the big lakes. This time we wanted to enjoy the very rich birdlife of neighbouring Uganda’s forests and lakes.
  • 2018 [07 July] - Chris Lotz

    PDF Report
    This private, comprehensive tour of Uganda focused on the main sites of the central and western reaches of the country, with the exception of the Semliki Valley and Mgahinga National Park. Taking place during arguably the best time to visit the country, July, this two-and-a-half-week tour focused on both the birds and mammals of the region.
  • 2018 [07 July] - Dylan Vasapolli

    PDF Report
    This private, comprehensive tour of Uganda focused on the main sites of the central and western reaches of the country, with the exception of the Semliki Valley and Mgahinga National Park. Taking place during arguably the best time to visit the country, July, this two-and-a-half-week tour focused on both the birds and mammals of the region.
  • 2018 [08 August] - Chris Lotz

    PDF Report
    Uganda never ceases to deliver some incredible bird and mammal sightings, and this tour was a great example of that. We have now managed to see Green-breasted Pitta on all our set-departure tours for the last three years running – let’s keep it going! It was a tour that also produced rare mammal sighting after rare mammal sighting, including a stunning Serval and an Aardvark.
  • 2018 [08 August] - Crammy Wanyama

    PDF Report
    The diversity of habitats we covered produced a successful twenty-six days customised birding and nature tour for a group of enthusiastic American birders. We were delighted to encounter 564 bird species and an impressive mammal record of 66 species among other treasures of nature.
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  • Ndali Lodge

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    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)…
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  • 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
Blogs
  • Charlotte Beauvoisin - Diary of a Muzungu

    Blog
    My name is Charlotte “bampita Nagawa” and I’m the Captain for your tour of the Pearl of Africa, where we shall cruise at an altitude between 621 and 5,109 metres. Let me share my love of all things Ugandan. On our Uganda travels, we’ll encounter elephants, lions, birds, gorillas and chimpanzees.
  • Derek Kverno - 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.
  • Guy Smith - Uganda Through My Lens

    Photo BLOG
    Just what it says... a photoblog of Ugandas birds
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