African Birdwatching Tours- Yes, Africa is among the best destination is the world, offering amazing birding safaris and tours. The continent has a number of countless bird species that can be spotted anywhere even on an ordinary safari you can to see colorful bee-eaters and rollers, proud eagles and ostriches. Most national parks in Africa are dominated by open savannah rather than dense rainforest, therefore the continent tops the list for seeing a large number of bird species in the course of an ordinary holiday. Many leading African birding safari destinations boast a checklist of more than 500 bird species.
If you are looking for the best African birding safaris, consider visiting Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Kruger National Park in South Africa and Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
For those looking for bird watching safaris in Uganda you need to be ready to stay out for long hours and do some substantial hikes in some birding destinations for example, while birding in Rwenzori Mountains, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Mount Elgon and Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
Uganda is home to over 1050 bird species making it a preferred destination for bird watching safaris in Africa. The number of bird species make up 10% of all of the entire world’s bird species. Uganda is also a home to 24 of the Albertine rift endemics with the rest found in DR Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi.
Birding in Uganda is done in protected areas and private areas with habitats being woodlands, wetlands and papyrus, swamps, Savannah forests, agricultural lands, rocky ridges and Afro-pine moorland. Bwindi forest national park is a great birding spot in Uganda with 23 of the 24 Albertine endemics found in the country. Murchison falls national park is also another best location for birding trip in Africa. Others destinations include; Kidepo valley national park, Lake Mburo national park, Semuliki national park, Kibale national park, PianUpe game reserve, Mabamba Swamp, Maramagambo forest, Kalinzu forest, Mabira forest, Budongo forest, Echuya forest, Katonga game reserve, Nyamuriro swamp, and several agricultural lands.
The top bird species in Uganda include; African Green Broadbill, Great shoebill stork, Green-breasted Pitta, Great Blue Turaco, Papyrus Gonolek, Short-tailed warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Archer’s robin-chat, Nkulengu rail and Shelley’s crimsonwing
In summary, if you are looking for the best time to book birdwatching trip in Africa and Uganda particularly, we do arrange tailor-made birding and wildlife tours to Uganda throughout the year however, we do recommend take your birding trip to “the Pearl of Africa” during the June through September period, with July and August being ideal.