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Birding Safaris in Uganda

Uganda, often referred to as the “Pearl of Africa,” is a haven for bird enthusiasts. With its diverse landscapes, abundant national parks, and an impressive variety of avian species, the country offers an unforgettable birding safari experience. From stunning lakes and rivers to lush forests and savannahs, Uganda’s ecosystems are home to over 1,000 bird species, making it one of the best destinations for birdwatching in Africa.

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1 Day Mabamba Shoebill Birding

This 1 day tour takes you for bird watching in the famous Mabamba Swamp where memories are made

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4 Days Bird View Queen Elizabeth

This 4 day tour takes you for bird watching and wildlife walks in Queen Elizabeth and maramagambo forest

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7 days Uganda birding safari

This 7 day tour takes you for bird watching and discovering of wildlife animals in Queen & Kibale forest 

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4 Days Bird Life Murchison Falls

This 4 day tour takes you for bird watching in Mabamba then heading to Murchison Falls for wildlife walks 

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6 Days Bird Adventure Queen

This 6 day tour takes you for bird watching and discovering of wildlife in Ishasha sector and Kazinga channel

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11 Days Birding Through Uganda

During the 11 days birding, You travel through uganda to see the unique birds in Lake mburo, Queen and Semuliki

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25 Days Long Uganda Birding

Explore the mgahinga, murchison, semuliki, kibale to encounter the birds in game drives, boat cruises, nature walks

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3-day Birding in Kibale Forest

This tour takes you to Kibale forest, Queen Elizabeth and murchison falls to see the unique birds of Uganda

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14 Days Uganda Birding Tour

This tour takes you to Budongo, mabamba, and national parks i.e mburo, murchison, kibale to see the birds

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28 Days Bird Diversity–Uganda

Explore Uganda’s top birding national parks in this amazing 28 days bird diversity with kidepo valley

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8 Days Birding Falls & Budongo

During the 8 days birding, You travel through uganda to see the unique birds in Murchison falls and the budongo

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18 Days bird Watch–Gorilla tour

Travel across Uganda in this long 18 days to watch the magical birds and gorillas of bwindi forest, murchison etc

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21 Days Uganda Birding Safari

Visit the birds in the forests of uganda known as a birders destination go to ishasha, buhoma, semuliki, and budongo

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Where to Go Birding in Uganda

Uganda boasts several national parks and areas that are ideal for birding safaris. Here are some of the top birding destinations:

Queen Elizabeth National Park: Located in western Uganda, this park is famous for its rich biodiversity and diverse birdlife. The Kazinga Channel and the nearby Maramagambo Forest are particularly popular for birdwatching, with species such as African fish eagles, shoebills, and pink-backed pelicans.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Known primarily for its endangered mountain gorillas, Bwindi is also a birding paradise. The park hosts over 350 bird species, including 23 endemic to the Albertine Rift. Birders can spot fascinating species like African green broadbill, Kivu ground thrush, and Shelley’s crimsonwing.

Kibale Forest National Park: Famous for chimpanzee trekking, this park is also a haven for birdwatchers. Kibale is home to over 375 bird species, including the delightful great blue turaco, African pitta, and grey-throated flycatcher.

Murchison Falls National Park: Located in northern western part Uganda, this park offers a combination of birdwatching and game drives. The Nile River and surrounding grasslands are home to species such as the rare shoebill, African skimmer, and Abyssinian ground hornbill.

Semuliki Forest reserve: Birding in Semuliki National Park in Uganda is a fantastic experience for bird enthusiasts. Semuliki is renowned for its diverse birdlife of over 400 bird species, including both West African and East African species like kulengu Rail, White-crested Hornbill, Red-billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, Piping Hornbill, and the Great Blue Turaco. The park offers several excellent birding spots, including the forested areas along the Semuliki River, the Mugiri River Trail, and the Kirumia Trail. Each of these areas provides opportunities to spot a variety of bird species, including forest-dwelling birds and waterbirds.

During a gorilla trekking experience, you will have the chance to observe these majestic creatures up close in their natural habitat. As you hike through the dense forests in search of the gorillas, you will be surrounded by the sights and sounds of the African wilderness, creating a truly immersive and unforgettable experience.

Best Time to Visit Uganda for a Birding Safari

The dry seasons of December to February and June to September are ideal for birding safaris in Uganda. During these months, birdlife is more active, and vegetation is less dense, making it easier to spot birds. It is important to note that bird migration occurs from November to April, when many migratory species arrive in Uganda.

Activities and Tips

Here are a few activities you can enjoy during your birding safari in Uganda:

Guided Birdwalks: National parks offer guided birdwalks led by experienced bird guides who are familiar with local bird species and their habitats. These walks are an excellent way to learn about the birds and their behaviors.

Boat Safaris: Many national parks have boat safaris that allow you to explore wetland areas and get closer to aquatic bird species, such as pelicans, kingfishers, and storks.

Night Birding: Some parks offer night birding experiences, where you have the chance to spot nocturnal bird species like owls, nightjars, and crakes. This unique activity adds another dimension to your birding safari.

Here are some tips to enhance your birding experience in Uganda:

  • Carry a good field guide or download a birding app to help identify the various species you encounter.
  • Pack essential birding equipment such as binoculars, a camera with a telephoto lens, and a spotting scope if possible.
  • Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy footwear suitable for outdoor activities.
  • Respect the environment and adhere to park rules and regulations to minimize disturbance to bird habitats.


Uganda’s incredible bird diversity and stunning landscapes make it a must-visit destination for birding enthusiasts. From rare endemics to magnificent waterfowl and raptors, the country offers a feast for the eyes and ears of birdwatchers. By visiting national parks such as Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi, Kibale, and Murchison Falls, you can embark on an unforgettable birding safari and create memories that will last a lifetime.

will have the chance to witness chimpanzees in their natural habitat, providing a truly authentic and enriching wildlife experience.

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