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Birding in Uganda

Birding In Uganda

Uganda is a birder’s paradise. The country has an astounding record of 1062 bird species found in the various birding spots spread throughout the different regions. The diversity of Uganda’s bird species is attributed to the country’s location – amidst the East African savannah, West African rainforest and the semi-deserts of the northern region. 

Uganda’s birding spots are comprised of; rich savannahs, arid semi-deserts, vast wetlands, lowland and montane rainforests. Most of Uganda’s specials are Congolese and West African forest birds, which are relatively hard to spot in other countries where they are found. 

The rainforests in Uganda’s Western region are remarkable birding destinations, they include; Semuliki forest reserve, Kibale Forest, Budongo forest, and Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Kibale Forest and Magombe swamp are great habitats for forest birds. 

Uganda’s most famous birding spots include; the Entebbe peninsula – a great habitat for water and forest birds, Lake Mburo National Park – a habitat to over 350 bird species and a famous spot for water and acacia associated birds, Queen Elizabeth National Park – a habitat to over 600 bird species, Murchison Falls National Park – a habitat to over 450 bird species and the best place to see the papyrus associated shoebill stork, and the Kidepo Valley National Park – home to over 470 bird species.

Also, Kaniyo – Pabidi eco-tourism site, Rabongo forest, Royal mile, Busingiro, Semuliki National Park, Kasenyi area, Mweya Peninsula, Maramagambo forest, and Ishasha region, Katwe crater lakes region, Katunguru bridge area, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s Buhoma waterfall trail, Mubwindi swamp trail, Bamboo trail and Ruhija region are top birding regions in the ‘Pearl of Africa’ – Uganda.

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