Birding Paradise – Uganda

Uganda has an increasing reputation as an exceptional worldwide destination for Bird Watching. The country hosts over 1.500 species of birds, due to the diversity of its territory, from the lakes, rivers, mountains, tropical rain forests to the desert land of Karamoja.

Wild Trails Safaris Offers birding tour with our trained birding guides. Choose from our birding packages that will suit your time frame.

Uganda‘s 10 most commonly sought after birds:

  • Shoe bill stork
  • African green Broadbill
  • Green-breasted pitta
  • Nahans francolin
  • Brown chested pullover
  • Karamoja Apalis
  • Black bee eater
  • Ruwenzori turaco
  • Red fronted anti pecker
  • Purcell’s illadopsis.

Kibale National Park: Red winged francolin, red chested fluff tail, white napped pigeon, African pita, white-napped pigeon, Joyful green bull, grey winged pigeon, Abyssinian ground thrush, grey throated fly catcher, white bellied crested flycatcher masker, Uganda woodland warbler, chestnut-winged, Scaly Francolin, Marsh Tchagra, Black-bellied Seed cracker, Green-backed Twin spot, Bi- colored Manikin, White-napped Pigeon, Afep Pigeon, Narina’s Trogon, Joyful Green bull, Olive Long-tailed Cuckoo, the Black Bee-eater. The bird list counts about 335 species.


Mabamba Swamp:

Mabamba sawmp is one of the best destination for birding in outskirts of Kampala, we will look for the most rare native birds living and residing in this swamp like the Blue-breasted kingfisher, Wayne’s Weaver, White-spotted Fluff tail, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Grey Parrot, Lemon Dove, Black-billed Turaco, Fire-crested Althea, Snowy-headed Robin-chat, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Hair-breasted Barbet, Woodland Warbler, Olive Green bull, Sooty Boubou.


Queen Elizabeth National Park:

Over 550 bird species, includes 11 types of king fisher, several falcons eagles and other raptors, flamingoes, shoebill stork, African skimmer, white-winged warbler, papyrus Gonolek, black bee eater, Red-necked Falcon, Black-billed Barbet, Leaf-love, Black-chinned Quail-finch , African Pygmy-goose, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Lesser Swamp-warbler, White-headed Barbet and Yellow Bishop.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: This is one of the richest flora and fauna forests of East Africa. It has over 357 bird species. See the Albertine rift Endemics, Archer’s Robin chat, Kiev gerund thrush, Collared pails, yellow-eyed black flycatcher, Rwenzori batis, Red-throated Alethe, Equatorial Akalat, Forest Robin, Montane Oriole, Grey-throated Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Narina’s Trogon, Pettit’s Cuckoo shrike, Black-faced Rufous Warbler.


Ruhija (Bwindi): White-starred Robin, Grey Cuckoo shrike, Strange Weaver, Banded Prinia, Brown-chested Alethe, Slender-billed Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Green bull, White-browed Crombec, Mountain Illadopsis, Luehder’s Bush-shrike, Grey-green Bush-shrike.

Bigodi wetland sanctuary: black billed turaco, white spotted crake, Blue-headed Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Scaly-throated Honey guide and Black-faced Rufus Warbler.


Budongo Forest: Ituri Batis, Rufous-crowned Eremomela, Forest Francolin, Yellow and Grey Long bills, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Red-tailed Ant thrush, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Banded Snake-eagle, African Pied Hornbill, Brown-backed Scrub-robin, Black Bishop, Brown Twin sport, Black-bellied Fire finch, Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, White-thighed Hornbill, Yellow-billed Barbet, Spotted Green bull, Cameroon Somber Green bull, Slender-billed Green bull, Black-capped Apalis, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Green Hylia, Pale-breasted Illadopsis, Forest Flycatcher, Fire-crested Alethe, Yellow Long bill, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Crowned Eagle, Yellow-footed Flycatcher, African Dwarf Kingfisher.


Semliki National Park: Spot-breasted Ibis, Northern Bearded Scrub-robin, Capuchin Babbler, Lyre-tailed Honey guide, Yellow-throated Green Cuckoo, White-bellied Kingfisher, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Black-winged Oriole, Red-eyed Puff back, Crested and Red-bellied Malimbe, Brown-crowned Eremomela, Zenker’s Honey guide and African Piculet.




Lake Mburo National Park:

African Fin foot, Brown-chested Lapwing, Lilac-breasted Roller, Black-bellied Bustard, Helmeted Guinea fowl, Coqui Francolin, Rufous-napped Lark, Morning Dove, Dideric Cuckoo, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-headed Weaver and Ring necked dove

  • Birding at Mabamba Swamp 1 day
  • Birding in Lake Mburo national park 1day
  • Birding  in Ruhija 3 days
  • Birding in Buhoma for 3 days
  • Birding in queen Elizabeth national park for 3 days
  • Birding in Semliki national park 3 days



  • Day 1: Birding in Mabamba Swamp
  • Day 2: Birding in Lake Mburo national park
  • Day 3,4 & 5: Birding in Ruhija
  • Day 6,7 & 8: Birding in Buhoma
  • Day 9,10 & 11: Birding in queen Elizabeth national park
  • Day 12,13 & 14: Birding in Semliki national park- transfer back to Kampala

Map of Uganda showing travel route

Day 1. Mabamba swamp.
After an early morning breakfast, you will leave for Mabamba swamp, birding en-route where you’re likely to encounter a number of bird species that include; The Red headed Lovebird, Black headed Oriole, tawny franked Prinia, African marsh Harrier, Black Bishop, Lizard Buzzard, Ruppel’s long tailed Starling, and the Broad billed Roller among others. You reach the swamp and take a canoe  ride to the swamp in search for the rear Shoe billed stork. Along with the Shoe bill, you are likely to encounter the orange weavers, Malachite King Fisher, African and Lesser Jacana, Purple Heron, Purple Swamphen, Black Crake, Weyns’s. We latter transfer to Lake Mburo National Park arriving in the late afternoon and enter the Park.

Mid range accommodation: Rwaboko lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast lunch, Dinner.

Travel time: 1 hour drive.

Activity: Birding


Day 2. Game drive and boat cruise in Lake Mburo National Park.
After an early morning breakfast, we go bird watching in search for Emerald-spotted Wood-dove, Short-toed Snake-Eagle,Great Spotted Cuckoo, Double toothed, Red faced, Spot flanked and Crested barbets, African Snipe, Water Thick-knee, White winged Tit, Brown-backed Scrub-robin,Broad-tailed Whydah, Brown Parrot and Coqui Francolin among others. We will bird whole day with our packed lunch, and at 5pm we will have a boat ride to look for the Black-headed, Lesser-masked, Golden-backed, Red-headed and Little Weavers, African Fin foot .

Mid range accommodation: Rwaboko lodge

Meal plan: Breakfast lunch, Dinner.

Travel time: 20 minutes.

Activity: Birding



Day 3, 4 & 5. Birding along Lake Mburo to Bwindi & Mubwindi Swamp Ruhija
You will transfer to the Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park where you will stay for 3 nights while birding day and night. We will look for some of the Albertine Rift endemics and specialties including like the Handsome Francolin, Green broadbill, the Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Archer’s Robbin Chat, Strange Weaver, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Chetnut-throated, and Mountain masked Apalis, Yellow-streaked, Shelley’s, Red-tailed, Yellow-throated, Mountain and Honeyguide Greenbuls, Rwenzori Batis, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Great Blue, Black-billed and Rwenzori Turaco, Mountain Illadopsis, African Hill-Babbler, Purple-breasted, Regal, Rwenzori Double Collared and Blue-headed Sunbirds.

Mid range accommodation: Ruhija gorilla lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast lunch, Dinner.

Travel time: 1 hour drive.

Activity: Birding



Day 6,7 & 8. Transfer to Buhoma, North of Bwindi National Park.
After breakfast, you will transfer to Buhoma with en-route birding at the neck of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, in search for the Dusky and Cassin’s Grey Flycatcher, Stripe Breasted Tit,Cinnamon-chested, White-throated and Black bee-eater Many coloured Bush-shrike,Cassin’s Hawk Eagle Olive and Western Bronze Naped Ppigeon, White bellied, Red-caped and Blue-shouldered Robin Chat, Bar- tailed Tragon, Red Chested Owlet, Neumann’s and Black-faced Rufous Warbler, White Tailed Flycatcher, Olive Long –tailed Cuckoo, Pale breasted Illadopsis, Red-throated and Fire-crested Alethes, Collared, Yellow-breasted and Black-throated Apalis, Baglafecht, Yellow-mantled, Black-billed and Brown-caped Weavers, Narrow-tailed and Stuhlmann’s Starlings, Rufous-chested Fluff tail, and the Bat Hawk.

Mid range accommodation: Haven lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast lunch, Dinner.

Travel time: 1 hour drive.

Activity: Birding



Day 9, 10 & 11. Transfer to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
After breakfast, you will transfer to the southern sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, (Ishasha) famous for the  Brown Chested Lapwing, Violet-backed and Wattled Starling, Garden, Broad-tailed, Brown and Western Banded Snake-Eagles, Black and Black-Shouldered Kite, Black-chested Snake-Eagle, African Marsh, Motagu’s and Pallid Harriers, Black-Belied Bustard, Temminck’s Courser, Levaillant’s, Black-chested, Diederik and Klaas’s Cuckoo, Black and White-browed Coucal, Blue-naped and Specled Mousebird, Rufous-naped and Flappet Lark, Plain-backed and Grassland Pipit, Buff-belied, Wing-snapping and Croacking Cisticola, Fork-tailed Drongo, Grey-caped Warbler, African White-backed, Ruppell’s Griffon and Lappet-faced Vultures,Grey-backed and Common Fiscal, Black-headed and Papyrus Gonolek, Malachite, Woodland and Pied Kingfisher, Pink-back and Great White Pelican,Yellow-billed, African Open-billed, Saddle-billed Stork, African Spoonbill, Lesser Flamingo, Curlew Sandpipre, African Skimmer, Red Headed Bluebill, Benald’s Flycatcher, Red Caped Robin Chat, and Red Tailed Bristal bill. After birding in Maramagambo forest on 11th we then head to Fort portal driving through the Crater Lakes region and drive North wards along the foot hills of Rwenzori Mountain Ranges, these constitute the western Rift Valley and form the boundary between Uganda and Congo.

Accommodation:  Marafiki lodge.

Meal plan: Breakfast lunch, Dinner.

Travel time: 1 hour drive.

Activity: Birding




Day 12 & 13. Fort portal – Semliki National Park.
After an early morning breakfast, with our packed lunch, we start driving to Semliki national park for birding whole day along the Kirumya trail of Semliki national park. This is ranked as number 2 in Uganda’s birding hot spots and the forest is home to some of the Congo biome species and we expect to encounter the African Piculet, Lyre-tailed, Spotted and Zenker’s Honeyguide, Yellow-throated Cuckoo, Yellow-throated Nicatoer, Long-tailed Hawk, Capuchin Babbler, Icterine Greenbul, Forest Scrub Robin, Nkurengu Rail, Shining-blue and White-bellied Kingfisher, Oberlaender’s Ground Thrush, Red-billed Helmet-shrike, Swamp-palm Bulbul, Orange-tufted Sunbird, White-crested, Red-billed Dwarf, Black Dwarf, Black-casqued Wattled, White-thighed and Piping Hornbills among others.

Accommodation: Mountains of the Moon hotel.

Meal plan: Breakfast lunch, Dinner.

Travel time: 1 hour drive.

Activity: Birding




Day 14: Semliki National Park – Entebbe.

After breakfast we go back to Semliki national park for final birding, with our packed lunch, we start birding as we look for the Orange-cheeked Waxbill, Pale-fronted, and Chestnut-breasted Nigrofinch, Woodhouse’s Antpecker, Northern Bearded Scrub-Robin, Diederik and Claas’s Cuckoo, Lead-coloured, Cassins and Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Mountain Wagtail, Booted Eagle, Red-thighed Sparrowhawk, Cabanis’s, Toro Olive, Litlle Grey and Xavier’s Greenbul. At 3pm we will be done with our birding trip in Uganda, This means we will transfer back back to Entebbe.

Accommodation: Airport Guest House.

Meal plan: Breakfast lunch, Dinner.

Travel time: 5 hour drive.

Activity: Birding





This 14 Day birding safari starts from Entebbe to Mabamba swamp, Lake Mburo national park, Ruhija, Buhoma, queen Elizabeth national park and Semliki national park.


Safari price:Road trip safari

 Type of Safari: Road Trip
Mid-range Safari
 1 Traveler pays:  US $ 5,849
 2 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 3,244
 3 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 3,164
 4 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $ 3,111
 5 people traveling together: each person pays:  US $2,987
 6 people traveling together: each person pays: US $ 2,897
 Single supplement, each person pays: US $ 365



Single supplement:

  • This is when some people on this trip would like to travel with others and share everything but when it comes to Accommodation they would like not share the room with other people, each prefers to have a single room. That’s why they have to pay extra fee on top of the safari price we call it  “single supplement”

Lodges and Hotels:

  • The bookings with the lodges and hotels mentioned in the program depend on availability. Reservations will only be made after your booking.
  • In case the mentioned lodges are not available during the requested period, we will do our best to book a lodge in the same class for you (of course we will only do this after consulting you).


Guide/ driver  1
Professional Birding Guide  1
Duration 14 Days, 13 Nights
Type of Vehicle Mini van bus/Land cruiser
Accommodation type Mid range Lodge / Hotel
Meals 13 Breakfast, 14 Lunches, 13 Dinners
Country Uganda


 Uganda  14 Days safari (What you are paying for)

 1 English speaking driver/1 Birding guide International air fares;
 Transport in a 4WD minibus/land cruiser Entry visa Uganda and Rwanda
All three meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner Alcohol drinks, All soft drinks
All national Park entrance fees Activities optional activities
Birding in Swamps and national parks A porter for during the gorilla tracking
Birding in national park forests Personal (medical/travel) insurance
Best accommodation as in program Tips and gratuities to rangers and driver/guide
Vehicle fuel laundry and souvenirs
2 Boat ride All expenses of a personal nature



Clients are advised to give a fair, reasonable tip to the local guides, cleaners, drivers, hotel staff, etc. We advise you to only give tips when you are truly happy with the service provided.

Tipping suggestions:

Your driver:  $10 dollars per person/per day
Professional Birder  $15 dollars per person/per day
Porters:  $5 dollars per half day (3 – 4 hours)
Hotel porters:  $2 dollar per bag.
Rangers/ local guides:  $15 dollars per activity (in total)
Restaurants:  5 – 10%
Hotel staff $1 – $2 dollars per person/per night


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