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Bird Watching in Uganda

No other country in Africa can match Uganda’s amazing diversity of habitats and this richness is reflected in its bird list of over 1000 species. There are very few destinations with a species list of over 600; Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park is one. 350 species have been recorded in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. These two parks alone are among the richest protected areas to be found anywhere on Earth. Accolades for Uganda’s birding delights are rarely understated. Nigel Wheatley, in Where to Watch Birds in Africa says: “In terms of its size, Uganda is the richest country for birds in Africa.”

Although ravaged by internal conflicts for a long period of the 1970s and 1980s when much of its natural heritage was destroyed, Uganda is now recognized as a prime tourist destination with a support infrastructure and guides capable of satisfying the needs of the enthusiastic birder.

Join PlanWeGo’s leading guides as they unveil the magic of this birding realm. With a maximum of 15 guests and an expert local leader at the helm working the flocks, this trip always exceeds expectations.

Day 1: Arrival and Birding at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre

Our tour starts with our arrival in Entebbe. Time permitting we can do some birding at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) a Zoologists Centre for captive wild animals that has lured over 170 species of wild birds, including 10 species of Weavers such as the rare Northern Masked Weaver, Golden Backed, Black Necked, Northern Brown Throated, Grosbeak, Baglafecht and many others. 5 species of flycatchers: Crested-shrike flycatcher, Lead-coloured, Swamp flycatcher, African paradise Red-bellied etc., raptors such as the Gabar Goshawk, small banded snake Eagle, Shikra (accipiter badius), African Goshawk, African Fish Eagle, African Hobby etc..., and many more species including captive animals. Proceed to Botanical gardens for another birding experience. Have lunch relax in the evening visit the sewage lagoons. Return for Dinner and Overnight.

Day 2: Birding - Heritage Trail

Wake up for breakfast and connect to the Heritage trail a 10 minutes drive from the Airport. Expect the following species: Brown-Crowned Tchagra, Black Cuckoo Shrike, Brown Twin spot, Moustached Warbler, Violet-backed Starlings, Yellow bill, Southern Banded Snake Eagle, Great sparrow hawk, Short-Toed Snake Eagle, Red-Shouldered Cuckoo Shrike, and many more. Continue to Lutembe Beach for lunch. Catch a boat and head off in search for the Papyrus Canary, thousands of Grey-headed Gulls, White-winged black Terns, Papyrus Gonolek, and continue birding until sunset.

Day 3: Mabamba Swamps Birding Tour

Have an early breakfast and continue to Mabamba Swamps, another Important Bird Area (IBA) with a population of about 5 shoebills. Most of the birding here is done canoeing and other species to be seen may include Goliath, Purple, long-toed Plover, African water Rail, Grey and Black Headed Herons, Squacco Heron, Pygmy Goose, Yellow Billed Duck, Black Crake, White-Faced Whistling Duck, Swamp Moorhen, Allens Gallinule, African Jacana, Sitatunga or marshbuck (Tragelaphus spekii) and many more species. Connect to Kampala then stop by another swamp which may reveal Yellow-Crowned Bishop, Papyrus Gonolek, Weyns Weaver, White winged Warbler, and many more. Take your packed lunch and continue birding until evening as you proceed for dinner in Kampala.

Day 4: Bird Watching in Mabira Forest

Arise for breakfast then connect to Mabira forest for an hours drive for forest birding in search of species such as the Yellow-whiskered Greenbul, White-spotted Fluff tail, Toro Greenbul, Forest Robin, Buff-spotted Woodpecker, Grey-spotted Woodpecker, Leaf love, Red-headed Blue Bill, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Grey throated Barbet, Yellow-Rumped Tinkerbird, Red-headed Malimbe, Yellow-Throated Tinkerbird, Blue-Breasted Kingfisher, African Pygmy, Shining blue, Woodland Kingfishers, Red tailed Antthrush, Chestnut Wattle Eye, Chin spot Batis bird, Banded Wattle Eye, Yellow mantled, Brown capped, Black Billed, Weyns Weavers, Purple headed Starling, Violet-backed Starling and many more charming species. Have a picnic lunch and continue birding until evening. Return to Kampala for Dinner and Overnight.

Day 5: Birding, Wildlife Safari - Murchison Falls National Park

Take breakfast then head for a three hour drive through the Luwero Triangle to Murchison falls national park as you expect over 450 species. Take a stopover for a leg stretch which may reveal Olive-bellied Bronze and Copper Sun birds, Compact Weaver, Dark Chanting Goshawk, and Saddle-billed Stork and many others. Make a stopover in Masindi for lunch. Continue through the park as we bird to the top of the mighty falls where the water drops 45 meters and forces its way through a 7 meter fissure. Rock Pratincoles, a mixed flock of swifts, Africa Pied Wagtail, reptiles such as Red headed Agama. Continue birding to your accommodation as you wait for Dinner and Overnight.

Day 6: Game Viewing Tour, Bird Watching

Take breakfast and hit the road in search for species such as Chestnut-capped Weaver, Silver bird, Common Drongo, Spotted morning Thrush, Bruces Green Pigeon, Namaqua Dove, White Fronted Black Chat, Black-billed Dove, Vinaceous Dove, Carmine Bee-Eater, Red Throated, Swallow-Tailed Bee-Eater, Isabel line and Northern Wheatears, Shoebills, Saddle bill, Grey crowned Cranes at the Delta. You shall also view animals like Roth child’s Giraffe, Cape Buffalo, Elephant, Silver-Backed Jackals, Jacksons Hartebeest, Lions, Orbit, Kobs, and many more. Return for lunch, relax and then move on for a boat cruise to the bottom of the falls encountering huge Nile Crocodiles, Hippos, and game drinking water. Birds such as Lesser Jacana, White-necked stork, Fulvous whistling Ducks, a variety of Herons, Egyptian Plover, Spur-Winged Plover, Rock Pratincoles, Water Thick-Knee among others.

Day 7: Murchison Falls - Kampala

Take an early morning breakfast and en route to Kampala take a brief stopover to bird along the turn to Sambiya River Lodge. Species such as Tawny Eagle, Martial Eagle, Grey Hornbill, Grey Kestrel, Grey Headed Kingfisher, Helmeted and Crested Guinea fowl, and Senegal Coucal may be seen.

Embark on a primate walk in the Kaniyo Pabidi forest a sector of the Budongo forest. Chimps, Black and White Colobus, Red-tailed and blue monkeys and lots of Olive Baboons may be seen. Birds like White-thighed Hornbills, Great blue and Ross Turaco, Black-billed Turaco, African Green Pigeons, Afep Pigeons, Nathans Francolin and Narinas Trogon may also be seen. Proceed for lunch in Masindi and continue to Kampala for Dinner and Overnight.

The birding package includes:

  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation by a 4wd vehicle
  • Accommodation and meals as per itinerary
  • Park fees
  • Car entry
  • Boat ride
  • Nature walks birding
  • Visit Mabamba wetlands
  • Full day professional birding guide allowances
  • En-route lunches
  • Game drives
  • The package excludes:

  • Expenses of personal nature like: Visa, drinks, laundry, tips to local guides while on gorilla trekking, telephone, health and travel insurance, and cigarettes.



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