Safaris in Uganda
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Discover Uganda Safaris  and more diverse tourism products with Abeam Safaris in Uganda. We arrange safaris and tours including gorilla trekking safaris, birding tours, nature / guided walks, wildlife game viewing, mountain climbing, religious tours, cultural tours and other custom-guided Uganda tours. We ensure that the client has a memorable safari while touring with Us.

We are an indigenous owned Uganda safaris and tour company; our strength is derived from the qualified and experience managers who have been in the Tourism Industry for the last fifteen years. Our services are cost effective and cater for your all categories of Safaris needs ranging from Budget, Medium and top of the range class. We tailor our Safaris; let our clients directly participate in planning the safari.

Uganda Birding Safaris and Bird Watching Tours

BIRD WATCHING SITES:

Mabamba wetland birding area: the wetland is about 60km west of Kampala on the direction of Lake Mburo National park is a renowned discovered wetland and home to the most sought Shoebill. This is an important bird in this area and can be reached by short time birds that may not be having enough time for the long circuit. Birding here is done on canoes in the marsh channels , that will access other birds like; White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-backed weaver, Northern Brown throated Weaver, Blue-headed coucal and other swamp specialties, if you are keen you will see the shoebill in the sky and marsh. Other birds on the look out is swamp flycatcher, African purple Swamphen, African water Rail, common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, Africa Jacana, African pygmy Goose, White-faced whistling-duck, Squacco heron, Blue-reasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath Heron and black Crake. It on last 2 hrs and 30 minutes drive from either Entebbe or Kampala to the wetland and an extension to the Equator can be made on earlier request

Mabira forest birding area: the forest lies astride on highway to the Eastern Uganda, Just a few hours drive from Kampala heading towards Jinja. This reserve supports over 300 bird’s species of which many are difficult to see elsewhere in Uganda. Excellent trail offer easy viewing of forest birds which shuttle over the flowering trees the invites most of this birds like the Green throated and bellied, Sunbirds, green-tailed bristle bill ,red headed malimbe, forest wood hoopoe, shining blue kingfisher, bronze and black white manikins ,chestnut wattle –eye, northern putt back ,collared and olive sunbird ,great blue turaco, weyn’s weaver, scooty boubou, African harrier hawk , the noisy grey parrot ,African palm swift ,African pied hornbill ,the grotesque looking black and white casqued hornbill, yellow throated speckled tinker bird ,hairy –breasted barbet, Toro olive and red tailed green bulls, woodpecker, African thrush, ashy and northern black flycatcher, little grey can all be seen here.

MPANGA FOREST: Mpanga Forest  is astunning patch of remnant medium – altitude ever green  and swamp forest that lies 37km from the roundabout  in Natete along the Masaka road.Turn right to the sign “Mpanga picnic and camp site.”.500m beyond the western adge of the forest. Follow the dirt road for 700m to a clearing where the administration building is situated. The Forest  lies at an alititude of 1190m in the valley flanked by low hills and covers area 450ha.It is accessible on superb, wide trail that offer exellent  views into the canopy  the impressively  tall trees like atmosphere.Enter the forest below the administration building and walk 500m to the campground, where the main trail branches left and continues for approximately 3km to a papyrus  swamp. Birds are plentiful and Mpanga forest would be good introduction to Forest birding in Uganda.

SIZE                                                      306kms.

ELEVATION                                       1070  -  1340km a.s.l

HABITANTS                                       Medium alititude, moist semi – deciduous forest;

Secondary forest of  various succession stages.

STATUS                                                Forest reserve

TIME REQUIRED                               1 – 2  days.

BIRDS RECORDED                            298 species

KEY SPECIES.                                     Joyful Greenbul, leaflove, squared – tailed

Drongo, Nahan’s Francolin, Forest wood –

Hoopoe, pied Hornbill, grey  Longbill, Tit –

Hylia, capuchin Babbler, sooty Boubou, Green –

Tailed Bristlebill, cassin’s Hawk Eagle, Weyn’s

Weaver, Purple – throated  Cuckoo shrike.

Budongo forest birding area: Lying less on the edge of the escarpment of the Albertine rift valley with medium altitude reserve, the Budongo forest has a wide track known as Royal mile to allow good view of Over 350 birds species in the reserve. This is one of the most extensive forests in East Africa famous for Chimpanzees, which have been studied for several decades. Other uncommon animals in the forest include the curious scaly-tailed flying squirrel, tree pangolin, potto, black-fronted duiker, blue duiker, black-fronted duiker, blue monkey and giant forest squirrel.

The birdlife is extremely rich with many outstanding species including the  white throated green bulls, Ituri batis, red tailed bristle bill, great sparrow hawk, Cassin’s spinetails, and African dwarf kingfisher, white-thighed hornbills and western black- headed orioles, red tailed Ant thrush ,brown ,scaly-breasted and pale breasted Illadopsis, sabire’s and Cassin’s spinetails ,white spotted fluff tail. This forest is 30km east to Masindi Town

Murchison falls national park birding safari area: This is the largest conservation area in Uganda with land area of 3,840 square Kilometers gives this park a unique scenery and spectacular Victoria Nile water of river nile and Albert Nile. The park hosts Over 350 birds species including, the shoebill stork, African darters, African fish eagle ,herons ,ibises and spoonbills ,dukes ,geese, Plovers, kingfishers, Abyssinia ground hornbill, Abyssinia roller, Rock pratincole, Herons, African jacana, saddle- billed stork, cardinal and red-billed Queleas, yellow canary, black crake, black and red northern bishop, the carmine bee-eater , white throated bee-eater , spur-wing and Egyptian geese and the recently recorded birds include a fox’s weaver, Uganda only endemic bird, in the waterside vegetation near a camp, spoted morning Thrush, the uncommon Red-winged grey Warbler, Grey-capped Warbler and purple-banded Sundbird most of this can be  seen around the places.

Queen Elizabeth national park birding area: This is Uganda’s most popular National park and one  with the most scenic views that streches from the crater-dotted foothills of the Rwenzori Mountain range in the North, along the shores of Lake Edward to the remote Ishasha river in the south. The park is the second largest in the country that incorporates a wide variety of habitats that range from Savannah and wetlands to gallery and Lowland forest as all this reflect the most recorded bird species of over 605 the larges of any protected area in Africa. This species include among others:  raptors; Brown Snake Eargle, Bateleur, Africen Harrier- Hawk, the Martial Eagle, and Grey Kestrel all frequently seen. Temminick’s Courser, Collared Pratincole and Red-capped Lark prefer short grass towards the sourthern end of the Airstrip. Others on the list are African skimmer, verreaux’s Eagle owl, papyrus gonolek, papyrus canary, greater and lesser flamingo, black bee-eater, curruther’s cist cola, terek sandpiper, white winged warbler, white winged widowbird, lesser Masked and spectacled weavers, African white-tailed nightjars, white pelicans all this we combine with wildlife that is very abundant in the park

Semiliki National Park birding area: the park lies in the remote and beautiful in the southern shores of Lake Albert and offers excellent different mosaic of habitats with birding opportunites to the over 350 species recorded including the Congo serpent eagle, black throated coucal, piping, black wing oriole, white bellied kingfisher, yellow throated Nicator, capuchin babbler, grey throated rail ,zenker’s honey guide, white throated blue swallow, long tailed hawk, black collard lovebird ,red rumped tinker bird, and many more.

Lake Mburo National park birding area: The national park lies in rain shadow between Lake Victoria and Ruwenzori Mountain, between 1200-1800 m above the sea level. Over 300 birds species includes the shoebill stork, papyrus yellow warbler, white-winged warbler, African fin foot, saddle-billed stork, brown chested wattled plover, carruther’s cisticola, tabora cisticola, great snipe, Abyssinia ground hornbill.


Bwindi National Park birding safari area
: The national park offers the African jungle experience with over 350 birds species and over 90% of all Albertine rift endemic specie which are barely seen in any other part of East Africa. Experienced bird watchers may be able to identify a little more than100 species in a day includes about 40 regional endemics. Among the birds found in Bwindi are globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimson wing, plus others such as Kivu Ground-thrush, Dwarf Honey guide, Oberlaender’s Ground-thrush, Lagden’s Bush-shrike and Chapin’s Flycatcher the kira ground thrush, white-bellied robin chat, red-throated alethe, collared apalis , short-tailed warbler, yellow-eye black flycatcher, Ruwenzori batis ,blue headed sunbird , strange weaver, Shelley’s crimson wing, gauer’s swamp warbler, African green broadbill. The area lies in the rugged Kigezi Highlands near the borders with Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Kibale National park birding area: Kibale is an extensive Biodiversity National park with its tall evergreen forest trees that offers excellent bird watching activities of 335 species recorded. It harbors the greatest variety and concentration of primates found any where in East Africa. Superb birds and primates combined with easy access, a good infrastructure and variety of interesting activities make this forest a worthwhile destination.

The best forest birding is a long the main road from Kanyachu Visitor centre to the Bridge, birds that can be seen here are: the Ross’s tobacco, great blue tobacco, black bellied tobacco, copper sunbird, crowned cranes, councils, kingfishers, finches ,African pitta, Abyssinia ground thrush, Uganda woodland warbler, white spotted flu-tail, scaly throated honey guide, red chestnut flu-tail, white bellied crested flycatcher.

Kampala & Entebbe birding areas
: Areas around Kampala offers variety of exciting birding opportunities. The modern capital of Uganda lies on the Northern shores of Lake Victoria, its well wooded outskirts supporting a wide variety of birds. This is the best place to see Bat Hawk and African Hobby, both breed regularly in tall trees in Urban areas and commonly observed Overhead at dusk in the city centre (around Makerere and Kampala Sheraton Hotel). While in Entebbe area, the beautiful landscaped Botanical Gardens at Entebbe, esterblished in 1901, lies on the shores of Africa greatest lake also offers superb introduction to Uganda’s bird species and situated conveniently close to the capital and the International Airport. Amongst the birds sighted in this areas include: Marabou stork, red headed lovebird, African fish eagle, Ross’s turacco, spotted eagle, grey kestrel golden backed weaver, common tern, pied kingfisher, oriole, double toothed barbet , white  headed barbet , white throated bee-eater , grey crowned crane, Bateleur, African harrier-hawk, broad – tailed warble, croaking cisticola, green – winged pytilia.

Ruwenzori Mountains National park birding safari area: The fabled ‘Mountains of the Moon’ national park lies in western Uganda border with Congo with snow – Covered equatorial peaks rise to height of 5,109m and the protected area offers magnificent environment with its non-volcanic mountains with luxuriant vegetation found above 300m, spectacular scenic beauty, unique fauna and many unique bird species such as the Albertine Rift endemics, Ruwenzori turaco, the handsome francolin, Montane Nightjar, Dwarf Honeyquide, Archer’s Robin chat, Read throated Alethe, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red faced woodland warbler, Montane Masked and Collared Appalises, Stripe-breast-Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Blue-headed, Regal and purple breasted Sunbirds, Strange Weaver, Dusky and Shelley’s crimson Wings and the olive pigeon, white-necked raven, alpine swift, scarlet-tuffed malachite sunbird, these are restricted to high-altitude habitats in East Africa.

Mount Elgon national Park birding area: This is an exclusive birding and protected area located on Uganda eastern border with Kenya, an extinct volcano, one of the highest mountains in Africa with some of the most stunning scenery. The key bird species include; ackson and moorland Francolins, Eastern Bronze-naped Pigeon, Red-fronted parrot, Hartlaub’s Turaco, Red-chested Owlet, Bar-tailed Trogon, Forest wood-hoopoe, Moustatched GreenATinkerbird, Grey-chested Illadopsis, Black-collared Apalis, Purple-throated Cuckoo-shrike, Golden-winged and Tacazze Sunbirds, Oriole Finch casqued hornbill, gregarious hornbill, lammergeyer, Ross’s turaco, and crowned eagle

Mgahinga national park birding area: The smallest national park at the extreme south-western tip of Uganda, bordering Congo, Rwanda. It Forms part of the conservation area that straddles political boundaries to include parc des Volcano in Rwanda and Parc de Virunga in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Over 200 bird species are found here and are Handsome Francolin, Dusky Tutle Dove, Rwenri Turaco, montane Nightjar, Alpine Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, White-tailed Blue flycatcher, Lagden’s, Bush Shrike, scarley-tufted Malachite Sunbird, Malachite Sunbird, Montane Double-collared sunbird..

Kidepo national park birding area: The park lies in a semi-arid plain of Uganda located in the north-East part of the country  with a spectacular beautiful scenery mixture of mountains and savannah offering the unique wildest and scenery in the East Africa, relatively un spoilt by development for tourism.
The park boasts a bird checklist of over 475 species, second to Queen Elizabeth National park. The most important of the birds here are Ostrich and kori bustard only found in Kidepo. Others are: African Swallow-tailed kite, Eastern Pale chanting Goshawk, Pygmy falcon, fox kestrel, Stone Partridge, Clapperton’s, Yellow-necked Spurfowl, Violet-tipped Courser, Black-headed Plover, Four-banded Sandgrouse, Bruce’s Green pigeon, Rose-ringed Parakeet, White-crested Turaco, white-bellied go-away-bird, white faced scops owl, Long-tailed and standard-winged Nightjars

Important Information: The bird list here is compiled as a continuous process and is updated on the basis of regular field report that includes some site records collected over a period that time but doesn’t reflect all the birds of that particular site.

We there can help our clients to tailor their suitable itinerary to meet the best active places for the budget. Our dedicated bird guides work hard to  have a new  checklist for various birding sites in Uganda.

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