Uganda Bird watching tours

Uganda bird watching tours is a paradise for bird watchers, boasting over 1,000 species of birds, including rare and endemic species found nowhere else on Earth. From the iconic shoebill stork to colorful sunbirds and elusive forest dwellers, Uganda’s avian diversity is truly astounding.

Uganda bird watching tours takes you to some of the best birding destinations in the country, including Queen Elizabeth National Park, Mabamba Swamp, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and Semuliki National Park. Cruise along the Kazinga Channel, glide through the tranquil waters of Mabamba Swamp in search of the elusive shoebill stork, and trek through ancient rainforests to spot endemic species such as the African green broadbill and the red-billed dwarf hornbill.

Whether you’re a seasoned birder or a beginner, Uganda bird watching tours are designed to cater for enthusiasts of all levels.

Join us as we explore Uganda’s diverse landscapes, encounter its rich avifauna, and immerse ourselves in the magic of bird watching with Dagiz Travel. Book your adventure today and let the feathered inhabitants of Uganda captivate your heart and soul.

Birding habitats in Uganda

Unlike other birding destinations around the world, Uganda has and is gifted with different habitats that range from tropical to afro-montane rain forests, wooded and grassland savannahs, mashes to papyrus swamps, arid to semi-arid areas not leaving out the clear blue skies all these making Uganda a convention or a melting pot of different resident and migratory species of birds, which include wintering Palearctic migrants like the Peregrine Falcon, Lesser Spotted Eagle, Intra African migrants both vertical and horizontal and the breeding resident species within the main habitats which bring Uganda to the apex of birding all finding refuge in the forests and swamps both high altitude and low range, where many rarities are always found.

What to bring on a birding trip to Uganda

In addition to the typical clothing, toiletries and relaxation essentials you may pack for any getaway, there are certain birding accessories you must fit in your luggage on a birding trip. When you are packing for a birding trip, don’t forget to include;

Field Guide Book

A field guide is essential for any birding travel, and depending on the trip length of your trip and number of destinations, you may need several different guides. Choose guides you are comfortable using and that are a good size for field use, without being too bulky or overwhelming for your luggage. If you do not have a guide for your destination, you may want to save space in your bags and pick one up at a local bookstore once you arrive. Local shopping is a great way to help the birding economy as well as find the very best field guide for your new travel hotspot.

Optics

Not only will you want to take along your favorite birding binoculars or trusty spotting scope, but you need to take along any critical accessories to use your optics most effectively. This may include a harness or carrying strap, cleaning tools, digiscoping adaptors or other tools that could come in handy.

Camera

Not all birders are skilled photographers, but even less-than-professional photographs can be useful for identifying birds. This can be especially crucial when seeing unfamiliar birds or birding in foreign regions, and you won’t want to forget your camera. Pack extra photo batteries, memory cards, cleaning tools or other camera accessories as well.

Field Bag

Your field bag is essential to tote your gear no matter where you may be birding. A canvas or cloth bag will generally use less space and fold more compactly, and be sure to declutter your field bag before a birding trip so you do not bring along any unnecessary items.

Field Clothing

The clothes you wear out birding are often significantly different than what you might wear while sightseeing, enjoying a fancy dinner, taking in a show or even just visiting family. You will want to bring along appropriate clothes for birding, taking into account the habitats you are likely to visit and the climate you will be birding in to choose the most comfortable apparel. Don’t forget the birding hut and the boots.

Best times to do a birding safari in Uganda

Looking for best time to do birding in Uganda? Yes, birdwatching is good all year around in Uganda because most birds are resident species. Climate is a major factor to consider if planning any birdwatching tour. Uganda experiences two seasons that is; the dry season and the wet season.

During the wet season; the roads connecting to different birding destinations and hiking forest trails tend to be slippery and muddy which at times affects movements of travelers hence interfering the birding time.

Generally, the best time for birding in Uganda is late May through September. During this period Uganda experiences less rains and food is always in plenty. The main nesting season in Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park which are major sites hosting the Albertine Rift endemics is May and June. 

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