Birding entebbe botanical gardens
Birding entebbe botanical gardens- This is the only national botanical garden in Uganda. The Gardens were formalized or gazetted in the early 1900s and it’s located on the shores of Lake Victoria. This place is one of the loveliest, very calm and filled with fresh air from the green environment. The Gardens are filled with tropical plants and subtropical. Its home to butterflies, monkeys and of course birds.
The Botanical gardens were rehabilitated in 1998. In that year a recount of the species here was done and about 199 species of plants were recorded and indigenous to Uganda. There was a total of 309 plant species.
The Verreeaux’s eagle owls is one of the rare bird species that is usually spotted at the entrance of the gardens. Look out for the best as you plan to visit this haven.
The garden is home to different types of water, open country and woodland bird species which include the Africa and Red-billed Firefich, Black-and-white-Casqued Hornbill, Senegal Coucal, Little Stint, Little Weaver, Striated Heron, Ruff, Gull-billed Tern, Black-headed Gonolek, Ruppell’s Long-tailed Sterling, Grey-Headed Sparrow, the Spur-winged Lapwing, White-winged Tern, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoos, Northern Crombec, Tambourine Dove, Cameroon Sombre Greenbul, Little Grey Greenbul, the Pink-backed Pelican, Yellow-billed Stork, Eastern Grey Plantain-eater, Yellow White-eye, Purple-banded Sunbird, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Yellow-billed Duck, Glossy Ibis, African Open-billed Stork, Malachite Kingfisher, Blue-checked Bee-eater, Common Sandpiper, Wood Sandpiper, Green Sandpiper, Black Crake, Long-tailed Cormorant, Crowned Hornbill, Vieillot’ Black Weaver, Woodland Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, Water Thick-knee, Madagascar Bee-eater, Egyptian Goose, Black-headed weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Yellow-backed Weaver, and others.
Besides birding, Entebbe botanical gardens are good for relaxation and picnics. There are educational trips and scientific research organized here as well. You will come across several medicinal plants, almost over 100. Each of these has a specific disease according to the locals that it cures.