Birding in Uganda
Uganda is a landlocked country and lies west of Kenya, east of DR Congo, north of Rwanda and Tanzania, and south of South Sudan.
In the west there are series of mountains associated with the Albertine Rift,
With a rich diversity of bird species,friendly people, pleasant climate,attractive,green landscapes and well- established birding sites,add to this a good number of Albertine Rift endemics and the opportunity to see Gorillas and Chimpanzees.
The key to Uganda’s diversity is its variety of habitats: arid semi-desert, rich savannahs, lowland and montane rainforests, vast wetlands, volcanoes and an Afro-alpine zone.
Uganda covers an altitude from 650 to 5000m. Uganda’s remarkable avian diversity-1,008 species attributed to its location at a transitional point between the East African savanna, the West African rainforest and the semi-desert of the north. Most of these Uganda’s specials are West African and Congolese forest birds
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe Airport. Morning birding at the Botanical Gardens Species: Orange Weaver, Orange tufted &Red chested sunbirds, Black and white casqued Hornbill Dinner/overnight Sunset Hotel
Day 2: Birding in the morning at Mabira Forest searching for; Little, Olive, Superb, Brown & Blue throated Sunbirds, Black bellied Seedcracker, and Illadopsis, Dinner/overnight Sunset Hotel
Day 3: Mabamba Swamp looking for the Jurassic Shoebill, white winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp flycatcher, Papyrus Canary, Blue breasted Bee-eater Dinner/overnight Sunset Hotel
Day 4: Whole day birding in Lake Mburo National Park, look for highly sought Red faced Barbet Dinner/overnight Rwaboko Rock Hotel
Day 5-9:Travel for 5 night stay in Bwindi impenetrable national park,131km2 located about 25km North of the Virunga Volcanoes in South western Uganda, its one of the largest forest in East Africa containing both Montane and lowland forest in continuum, which supports 24-26 Albertine Rift Endemics occurring in Uganda, starts at Bahoma area for species like; Red throated Alethe, Red faced woodland Warbler, Montane masked Apalis,Rwenzori Batis,Rwenzori hill Babbler,Grauer’s Warbler, Shelly’s Crimsonwing,Dusky Crimsonwing,Archer’s Robin Chat, Regal Sunbird,Blue headed Sunbird, Dwarf Honeyguide,African green Broadbill, Forest ground Thrush, Western Bronze-naped Pigeon,Lagden’s Bush Shrike,
Strange Weaver, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, White bellied crested Flycatcher,
One day reserved for Gorilla tracking. Dinner/overnight Volcanoes Bwindi camp[Day 1 &2: stay two full days at Ruhizha (2300m) Camping/Guest house managed by Institute of Tropical forest conservation, Bird watch one day along the main dirt road moving south-east(towards Kabale town) for about 6 km and into bamboo zone (2525m).The walking is easy and the birds are plentiful. The next day take the trail just south-east of the Guest house through the forest down hill to Mubwindi Swamp (2150). A 4 km walk interesting species awaits you. Day 3 :Drive slowly from Ruhizha along the main dirt road to the Kitahurira /Ihihizo River (1550m) as you enter the forest make regular stop over to bird watch while enjoying the scenery, search bird on the road to Kitahurira, From there drive another 2 km to Buhoma (1550m) the site of the Gorilla sightings. Day 4&5 : Spend one day watching birds around the camp and along the 7 km roads that runs southwards through the forest, which is relatively level bird watching is productive, Bird species differs from Ruhizha/Mubwindi swamp, next day walk along the several trails that run through the North (Kayonza) of the forest and down to Ishasha River which is the lowest part(1160m) Overnight Bahoma Community Bandas
Day 10/11: Kibale National Park- evergreen Forest,checklist;Green breasted Pitta, White naped Pigeon, White collared Oliveback, Leaf love, Chimpanzee tracking & spotlighting organised, Dinner/overnight Ndali Lodge/Chimpanzee Guest House
Day 12/13: Birding at the famous Royal Mile search for Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Spine tail, Chestnut capped Flycatcher ,Spotted, Xavier’s &Crowned Eremomela, Lemon bellied Crombec,and Grey Long bill. Dinner/overnight Masindi Hotel
Day 14: Birding at Kaniyo padidi: Puvel’s Akalat,Fire crested Alethe, Jameson’s &Chestnut Wattle Eyes, Dinner/overnight Sarova Paraa Lodge
Day 15/18:Murchison falls supports large population of Lions, Buffalos, Elephants ,Uganda Kob,Rothschild Giraffe and Pattas Monkeys, the Waterfall is spectacular ,Heuglin’s Francolin, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill ,White crested Turaco, Double toothed Barbet, Red throated Bee eater, White rumped Seedeater, Shoebill Dinner/overnight Sarova paraa Lodge
Day 19: Travel to Entebbe, then transfer to the Airport