Birding in Uganda
Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Ruwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria. Its abundant wildlife includes Gorillas,chimpanzees plus other more than ten different species of Monkeys as well as rare birds in the Albertine Rift in western side of the country. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla refuge. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos,lions and Elephants
In Uganda 1,008 species of birds have been recorded, which is attributed to its location as a transitional point between the East African savanna, the West African rainforest and the semi-desert of the north.
The key to Uganda’s diversity is it’s variety of habitats: arid semi-dessert, rich savannahs, lowland and montane rainforests, vast wetlands, volcanoes and an Afro-alpine zone. Uganda covers an altitude from 650 to 5000m
In Uganda 150 bird species (more than 10% of the regional checklists) are found only in Uganda these includes seven of the 20 Hornbill species recorded in the East Africa, five out of 14 Honeyguides, eight Weavers, Eight Finches, Four Tinkerbirds, Four Pigeons, Three Kingfishers, Three Sparrowhawks, Three Cuckoos and Three Nightjars.
Day 1: Arrival in Entebbe Airport. Morning birding at the botanical gardens Dinner overnight Sunset Hotel
Day 2: Birding in the morning at Mabira forest; search for Little, Olive, Superb, Brown and Blue throated Sunbirds, Black bellied Seedcracker and Illadopsis
Day 3: Mabamba Swamp looking for the Jurassic Shoebill, White winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, and Blue breasted Bee-eater
Day 4: Whole day birding in Lake Mburo National Park, look for highly sought Red faced Barbet and the African Finfoot
Day 5-9: Travel to Bwindi impenetrable forest located about 25 km north of the Virunga volcanoes in south western Uganda, It’s 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, Ruwenzori Batis, Ruwenzori hill Babbler,, Grauer’s Warbler, Shelly’s Crimsonwing,Dusky Crimsonwing, Acher’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 Flycather,White bellied crested Flycatcher. One day reserved for Gorilla tracking
Day 10/11: Travel to Queens Elizabeth National Park, have a chance to canoe at Kazinga channel
Day 12/13: Depart to Kibale National Park; a park with 13 different species of Monkeys
Day 14/15: Birding in the famous Semliki National park, search for rare and interesting species of Hornbill
Day 16/19: Murchison falls which supports large population of lions buffaloes,elephants,Uganda kob,Rothschild’s giraffe and pattas monkey, the waterfall is spectacular,Heuglin’s Francolin, Abyssinian ground Hornbill, Red throated Bee –eater White rumped Seedeater,
Day 20: Travel back to Entebbe, then transfer to the airport