Uganda

From the beginning to the end Uganda will have you in awe!

The “Pearl of Africa’ offers vibrant colors, amazing food and welcoming folk. Uganda is a tapestry of landscapes from mountain ranges, to swamps, coffee plantations and grass plains.

The country is abundant in wildlife, insects and home to the highest number of bird species in Africa. Chimpanzees and Gorillas can be found in the Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, along with Forest Elephants, Bushbucks and the rare Giant Forest Hog.

With over 350 bird species, areas such as the Albertine Rift are especially popular where there are almost 24 endemic bird species to be found.

Sample itinerary

Uganda 16 Nights & 17 Days Birding, Wildlife & Photography Tour

Overview:

This tour is designed to combine the best bird watching and wildlife Uganda has to offer, including Gorilla and Chimpanzee trekking. 

Route:

Entebbe – Mabamba Swamps – Lake Mburo National Park – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kibale Forest – Royal Mile – Murchison Falls National Park

Top Birds:

Shoebill, Ring-necked, Heuglin’s & Nahan’s Francolin, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Pennant-winged Nightjar, Grauer’s Broadbill, Red-faced Barbet, Green-breasted Pitta, Papyrus Gonolek, Lühder’s, Many-coloured & Bocage’s Bushshrikes, Red-throated Alethe, Ituri Batis, Great Blue Turaco, Dusky & Olive Long-tailed Cuckoos, Blue Malkoha, Black Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller, African Dwarf, Chocolate-backed, Shining-blue & Blue-breasted Kingfishers, Grauer’s & Neumann’s Warblers, Uganda & Red-throated Woodland Warblers, Fraser’s Rufous Thrush, White-tailed & Red-tailed Ant Thrushes, Lowland Masked, Mountain Masked and Ruwenzori Apalises, Afep & White-naped Pigeons, Greyish Eagle-Owl, Red-chested Owlet, White-spotted Flufftail, African Finfoot, Brown-chested Lapwing, Grey-winged, Blue-shouldered & White-bellied Robin-Chats, Equatorial Akalat, White-bellied Crested Flycatcher, Magpie Mannikin, Joyful, Kakamega, Ansorge’s & Toro Olive Greenbuls, Red-tailed & Yellow-lored Bristlebills, Dusky & Grey-chested Babblers, Jameson’s Antpecker, Dusky Crimsonwing, Black-bellied Seedcracker, Red-headed Bluebill, Weyns’s & Strange Weavers, Mountain Sooty & Lowland Sooty Boubous, Forest & White-headed Wood Hoopoes, Speckle-breasted Woodpecker.

Destinations

Mabmba Swamps

Home to Uganda’s most sought-after bird, the elusive Shoebill, as well as 260 other bird species, Mabamba swamps is a magical place made up of floodplains, lagoons and small channels of marsh-filled water.  A canoe ride through the labyrinth of papyrus should yield many exciting bird species.

Lake Mburo National Park 

Located in western Uganda, Mburo National Park is made up of a mosaic of habitats ranging from rich acacia tree valleys to grasslands to seasonal and permanent swamps, making this place rich in wildlife and birds, with over 300 recorded bird species.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 

Rated as the best birding spot in Africa, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magical place of true rainforest. It is one of the most biologically rich forests in Africa hosting many Albertine Rift endemics, not to mention a large number of primates such as Gorillas, Chimpanzees and various monkeys. 

Queen Elizabeth National Park 

Queen Elizabeth National Park with its diverse ecosystems of sparkling lakes and open savanna grasslands is home to 600 bird species and 95 mammal species, including the famous tree-climbing lions. Understandably, it is one of Uganda’s most visited parks.

Kibale Forest 

Kibale is primate central-most famous for its Chimpanzees. For birders, it is famous for its striking Green-breasted Pitta. Habitats range from moist evergreen forest to moist semi-deciduous forest to woodland and savanna. Other highlights include Blue Monkey, Red-tailed Monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, Black-and-white Colobus, Red Colobus, L’hoest’s Monkey and the occasional forest elephants. Visiting the Bigodi Wetlands is a must for birders. 

Royal Mile in Budongo Forest

The Royal Mile, situated within Budongo Forest, offers prolific birdlife with over 350 species, of which two are locally endemic; 10 of the 22 species within the Sudan–Guinea Savanna biome occur here as well as 93 of the 144 species within the Guinea–Congo Forest biome. Birdwatching here is as easy as it is wonderful. Other highlights include chimpanzees, butterflies and Tree pangolins.

Murchison Falls National Park

Murchison Falls National Park, situated on the shores of Lake Albert, is ranked as the 9th best birding spot in Africa. With a large range of habitats, the park is home to 460 bird species and 76 mammal species. This is Uganda’s largest national park and it is named after the waterfalls where the Nile River explodes through a narrow gorge into a serene river teeming with wildlife.