If birding is your passion why not visit Uganda which boasts 10 national parks teeming with vibrant birdlife? The recorded species so far is around 1072 which live in an area around the same size as Great Britain.

Uganda is known as a fantastic country to discover stunning species of birds and you do not have to travel far out of the airport in Entebbe to encounter tick list birds. In fact, numerous species of birds can be seen when travelling around the country. 

It is worth visiting the Mabamba wetlands on the shores of Lake Victoria just a few minutes drive away and in Mabira Forest just an hour out of Kampala, the country's capital.

It is not surprising that Uganda boasts such an amazing variety of birdlife due to its unique position on the equator between the savannah lands of East Africa, the tropical rainforests of West Africa, and the dry desert of the North. One of the most desirable locations for birding in Uganda is the forests of Semliki due to its 441 recorded species, closely followed by Kibale Forest National Park, Budongo Forest Reserve and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

"Twitchers" can look forward to observing numerous species including hornbills, parrots, kingfishers, bee-eaters, turacos, bustards, trogons, hornbills, pittas, broadbills, apalises, and an array of dazzling sunbirds and weavers. Visitors joining specialised birding tours can expect to see around 400 species over a 2-3 weeks period.

Interestingly, Uganda hosts the region’s largest birding event, the Africa Birding Expo. On the 18th to 20th November birding experts from around the globe will flock to the event at Entebbe's Botanical Gardens where 115 different species of birds are present including the great blue Turaco.

Find out more about birding safaris in Uganda and reap the photography opportunities of a lifetime.

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