Bird watching tours are an increasingly popular part of East African safaris and you don’t have to be an ornithologist to appreciate what’s on offer. From thousand strong flocks of flamingo to the curious looking Shoebill, the birds here are spectacular.
With over 1000 species of bird, half of all African species and 10% of those recorded throughout the world, Uganda is an African bird watching tour paradise.
It is said that Uganda offers the best bird watching tours in Africa and we agree. The incredible diversity and easy access make birding in Uganda a great experience.
Straddling the equator, Uganda attracts migrants from both the North and South and is probably the richest country in Africa for birds. Many Ugandan specials are in fact west African and Congolese forest birds that are just too difficult to see elsewhere.
Here, where savannah meets rainforest and semi desert, African bird watching tours are at their best.
Most birders give prime importance to the rainforests of western Uganda. These are exceptional for forest and localised species:
However, forest birding isn’t easy and for those who prefer to see more species in less time we recommend:
Even the botanical gardens at Entebbe provide some excellent birding.
Albertine Rift endemics (species only found in the Albertine Rift Valley) are a major attraction of birding in Uganda. Found in the forests of western Uganda, they bring in bird watching tours from all over the world in search of elusive species such as the African green broadbill.
24 of the 37 Albertine Rift endemics are found in Uganda, and all of these can be found in Bwindi national park: