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Bird Watching Safari Tours in Uganda

Bird Watching Safari Tours in Uganda

Uganda is renowned for being a birding paradise, home to over half of all African bird species. This makes Uganda the best place in the world to go birding, with a wide variety of bird species, many of which are difficult to spot in other parts of the continent. Uganda is one of the most popular birding destinations in Africa. Uganda is undoubtedly one of the best birding paradises because of the many birding spots inside the nation. A safari in Uganda allows you to see more than 1010 different bird species, all of which are enjoyable.

Uganda provides opportunities for birdwatching in a variety of locations where birds can easily sighted, including Entebbe, the Mabamba Bay Wetland, and Murchison. As you pause to admire the magnificent birds, you will undoubtedly discover a variety of other species that will make your safari experience for bird watching even more unforgettable. Early in the morning and late at night are actually the best times to see these birds.

Bird watching in Murchison Falls National Park

With over 451 bird species, Murchison Falls is one of Uganda’s greatest locations for birdwatching. The best times to see the birds are during a game drive, nature walk in the savannah grasslands, boat ride along the Nile, and Lake Albert Delta. Among other birds, you can see weavers, silver birds, and more near Paraa and Red chilli by looking through the dry thorny shrubs. Nightjars and other nocturnal birds can be spotted when travelling the Paraa road and while sailing on the Nile. There are still a lot of birds visible on the boat, including the shoebill, black-headed lapwings, Goliath herons, and Gray-crowned cranes.

Entebbe Botanical Garden

Located close to the international airport and on the banks of Lake Victoria, the largest lake in Africa, Entebbe is an excellent place to relax after a long travel and enjoy good birdwatching. When the gardens were first created in 1901, they covered a rich area of large-tree forest that stretched from the Lake Victoria shoreline. The Gardens is one of the most well-known birding locations in Uganda and is frequently birded as a single unit. It has a variety of water.

It’s a well-liked location for leisurely nature walks where visitors may take in the verdant surroundings and see birds and monkeys. A diverse range of aquatic, open country, and woodland species are likely to be observed, including the African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Glossy Ibis, African Open-billed Stork, Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-billed Stork, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Yellow White-eye, Purple-banded Sunbird, Malachite Kingfisher, Blue-checked Bee-eater, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, and an unending list of other species. In addition, the gardens are teeming with various plant types, primates, butterflies, and other wildlife. You may see many bird species and other animal monkeys at the Uganda animal Education Centre while you’re in Entebbe.

Birding in Mabamba Bay Wetland

Mabamba Bay Wetland is a 36-kilometer stretch of land on the banks of Lake Victoria in the Wakiso district of Uganda, southwest of Kampala. The best marshy habitats are found on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, an ideal location for wetland birding and home to the Shoebill, Uganda’s most sought-after bird by both nature enthusiasts and birding visitors. The Mabamba Swamp is 2424 hectares in size and has dense papyrus, water lily, and other wetland grass marshes. The ideal time to watch the Shoebill is early in the morning, about 7 a.m., before there is more fishing activity.

The following are some of the bird species that can be found here: Black Crake, Black Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Black-crowned Waxbill, Black-headed Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Blue Swallow, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, African Firefinch, African Fish Eagle, African Green Pigeon, African Hoopoe, African Jacana, African Marsh Harrier, African Pigmy Goose, Brown Parrot, Cattle Egret, Common Bulbul, Common Moorhen, Common Sandpiper, Common Sqacco Heron, Crowned Hornbill, Double Toothed Barbet, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Glossy Ibis, Goliath Heron, Great Blue Turaco, Great Cormorant, Great White Egret, Great White Pelican, Green Cuckoo, Grey Heron, Grey Parrot, Grey Woodpecker, Grey-crowned Crane, Gull-billed Tern, Hadada Ibis, Harmerkop, Levaillant’s Cuckoo, Little Egret, Little Stilt, Long-tailed Cormorant, Long-toed Lapwing, Malachite Kingfisher, and Marsh Harrier, among others.

Despite having over 1068 different bird species, Uganda is endowed with a variety of birding areas where bird enthusiasts can enjoy a thrilling experience. The country is home to unique bird species that are unique to Uganda and, considering its small size, has the highest concentration of birds worldwide.

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