Insight Birding Holidays takes you to Uganda for the ultimate birdwatching experience. With over 1,000 bird species, Uganda has almost half of the species that you find in Africa. You will find birds everywhere, from the national parks to lake sides, cities, farms and other places. We offer you exclusive packages that take you to the various destinations within Uganda.

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Birding sites in Uganda

uganda birdingWhen making out birding sites, several factors must be considered and among these are realistic matters such as road access plus the signage. The Visitors should be in position to locate that particular site as well as be informed about the type of facilities and services they will get there. Families could be searching for picnic amenities, whereas serious birders may be interested in informative services. Another major concern is Safety of the wildlife as well as of visitors. Ample parking space is another thing that will attract people to stopping and visit a particular birding site.

Mabamba Bay Birdwatching

Mabamba is a broad marshland extending over a lengthy narrow bay, surrounded by papyrus towards the main water source of Lake Victoria within Mpigi district. The two species that dominate this bay are Miscanthus and Cyprus, although there is a thin open water-channel as well as a small area of Nymphea caerulea. Cladium mariscus also covers some areas and at times migrant papyrus islands. It forms a section of the Waiya Bay found southwest of Nakiwogo Bay, and all these are found west of the International Airport in Entebbe. This significant Bird Area is among the best swampy areas on the northern shores of the extensive Lake Victoria. Fortunately the Mabamba Bay is the nearest site to the capital Kampala shoebill ugandawhere you can frequently see Shoebills. the Bay experiences climatic conditions similar to those in the other areas along the northern shore of the lake (receiving 1200 to 1500 mm of rainfall and the minimum average temperatures here are 17C and the maximum temperature can shoot up to 26C.

Lutembe Bay

Lutembe bay is an isolated remote place at the mouth of the Murchison Bay of Lake Victoria, between Kampala the capital and Entebbe. It is not a deep bay but surrounded with papyrus and more or less entirely disconnected from Lake Victoria by a marsh papyrus island. A mixture of papyrus dominates the vegetation on the open water’s edge of the Bay, with Miscanthus as well as Vossia spp. as you move closer to the drier land. Lutembe bay stretches into a Miscanthus swamp and joins with forest leftovers on the north and a horticultural farm that was recently cleared in the northwest on the land-ward side. Its protection from the severe wave action of the lake’s water has enabled the growth and increase of the water hyacinth (Eichhornia crassipes). The rainfall (between 1,250 and 1,500 mm) is naturally received in 2 seasons, March to May and then from September to November. There is a small difference in temperature all through the year and the minimum average temperature is 17C whereas the average maximum temperature is 26C. The bay plus its connected swamps are significant to the adjacent communities and serves as a source of water for home use, raw materials for making local crafts, building as well as source of food which is fish and this may be sold in the local markets to generate income.

crested crane UgandaRecently Lutembe Bay was declared as a Ramsar site and is habitat to more than 100 bird species. The frequently seen bird species include the Gull billed Tern, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Greater Cormorant, and the Papyrus Gonolek. During winter, various species such as the White-winged black-terns, Grey-headed gull and the Slender billed gull migrate all the way from Europe in thousands, to this place. It is such wonderful destination worth visiting.

Entebbe Botanical Gardens
In 1898, the beautiful Entebbe Botanical Gardens situated on the northern shoreline of Lake Victoria were established and these are almost on the equator. The gardens receive a yearly rainfall of about 1623 mm and lie at an altitude of 1134m covering a total expanse of 40.7 hectares. The gardens house a there is an assortment of plant species including the tropical plants, the sub-tropical as well as those that grow in temperate zones, in addition to a number of shrubs plus other plants that revive naturally with time.  The survey done in 1998 revealed that a total of 309 plant species among which 199 were native to Uganda, 110 exotic and 122 with recognized medicinal importance. The Botanical gardens are a well-liked attraction that receives approximately 40,000 visitors every year ever since their restoration in 1998. The main entrance to the gardens is situated adjacent to the Botanical Beach Hotel. The commonest animal species in these gardens are the Colobus monkeys. These gardens are an opening for people enthusiastic about birding as they start their birding adventure in Uganda. Among the resident species are the Palm Nut Vultures as well as the African Grey Parrot, whereas the Bat Hawk is commonly seen in the gardens particularly at sunset and best seen from the Beach Hotel terrace bar.
Zika Forestbirdwatching in uganda
situated along Entebbe road, the Zika forest is small, yet filled with numerous mature trees, with a plentiful undergrowth as well as a thick canopy of broad leaves in what is commonly regarded as ‘the upper storey’ by foresters. A big number of birds as well as butterflies, plus noisy troops of the red tailed monkeys and the colobus monkeys dwell in this Forest. The Zika Forest is a protected Forest Reserve under the support of the Netherlands Committee for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), found in Switzerland, and is preserved by the Uganda Virus Research Institute found in Entebbe, as well as the Uganda Wildlife Society found in Kampala. Ficus, mvule as well as macaranga are the tree species that majorly dominate the forest.

Budongo Ecotourism Site
Budongo ecotourism site occupies a total expanse of 793 square kilometers of which just 53 percent is the forest. The left over 47 is basically grassland. The Budongo forest is recognized as a medium altitude semi-deciduous humid forest with mostly a flat terrain notably thinning the danger of long trekking prior to finding the resident chimpanzees. It has a rich biodiversity comprised of 24 species of not large mammals, 9 primate species, 465 tree and shrub species, 359 bird species, 289 butterfly species as well as 130 moth species.

Kaniyo-Pabidi as well as the Busingiro are a section of the Budongo Forest Reserve. In 1993, An eco-tourism project was established and latter lunched in 1994 to the public for chimpanzee viewing.  Today these sites are run by The Jane Goodall Institute.

Eco-tourism in Uganda, particularly viewing of highly charismatic species such as chimpanzees, has been considered a useful conservation tool that protects the chosen site and supports the local economy. However, in eco-tourist sites a balance must be struck between tourist demand and site availability. The welfare of the chimpanzees and high standards of the tourist experience need to be guaranteed to insure the long-term success of the project from both the economic and conservation perspectives.

Mabira Birding Forest
forest birds in ugandaMabira forest is an ecologically vital site in Uganda, and provides habitat to several  plant plus animal species among which are 312 trees plus shrub species, 287 bird species, 16 not large  mammals, 97 large moth species as well as 199 butterfly species. The Mabira forest vegetation also comprises of yams, wild-robusta coffee and dioscoria tubers in addition to other plants whose monetary significance is unknown.

It is the sole huge forest within the Lake Victoria hemispherical bio-geographical zone hence offering the only water break point for this already water-stressed region. The water break point feeds the various streams that drain into Lake Victoria as well as River Ssezibwa and in addition is a water source to the adjacent villages.

The Mabira is the only forest within central Uganda in which you can enjoy forest birding and fortunately the forest is only a few hours’ drive from the capital city – Kampala. As you enjoy your birding activity you will see some rare species like the Tit Hylia, Blue Shouldered Robinchat, Grey and Yellow Longbill, Fire Crested Alethe, Purple Throated Cuckoo-Shrike and the Olive Green Cameroptera, whereas other fascinating species seen include the Purple headed Starling, Yellow whiskered Greenbul, Violet backed Starling, Leaf love, Toro Olive  Greenbul, Black Billed Starling, Buff spotted Woodpecker, Chestnut Wattle Eye, Forest Robin, Yellow Crested Woodpecker, Red tailed Ant Thrush, Woodland Kingfishers, White spotted Fluff tail, African Pygmy, Red headed Blue Bill, Yellow spotted Barbet, Yellow Throated Tinker bird, Grey throated Barbet, Yellow Rumped Tinker bird, Blue Breasted Kingfisher, Shining blue, Jameson’s Wattle Eye, Chin spot Batis, Yellow mantled, Weyn’s Weavers, Red headed Malimbe, plus many other interesting species. Among the winter migratory species is the  European Honey Buzzard.

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