Birding in Ngamba Island

Birding in Ngamba Island

February 6, 2022

Are you looking birding in Ngamba Island Entebbe Uganda? Ngamba island is a wildlife gem somewhere in the Lake Victoria. The island is about 100 acres of land. Its approximately 23km southwest from Entebbe Airport. The island boosts of over several types of vegetation. 90% of the total land of the Island is forested. The island is at about 3800 ft above sea level. The island is home to over 40 chimpanzees most of which have been orphaned and others rescued from the wilderness.

There has been an increasing number of tourists to the island with an intention of see the chimpanzees housed here. Th island is however home to about 120 bird species as well and you can go birding here on your safari to Uganda.

Some of the bird you expect to see in Ngamba Island are:

Malachite Kingfisher, Marsh Harrier, Northern Brown-throated Weather, Orange Weaver, Papyrus Gonolek, Pied Kingfisher,  Cattle Egret, Common Moorhen, Common Sandpiper, Common Sqacco Heron, Double Toothed Barbet, Glossy Ibis, Goliath Heron, Great Cormorant, Great White Egret, Great White Pelican, Green Cuckoo, Grey Heron, Grey-crowned Crane, Gull-billed Tern, Hadada Ibis, Harmerkop, Little Egret, Little Stilt, Long-tailed Cormorant, Long-toed Lapwing, Pied Wagtail, Pink-backed Pelican, Pin-tailed Whyda, Purple Heron, Red-eyed Dove, Red-headed Love-bird, Shining Blue Kingfisher, Speckled Mousebird, Spur-winged Goose, Spur-winged Lapwing, Swamp Flycatcher, Veilots’ Black Weaver, Village Weaver, Water Thicknee,  Black-headed Heron, Black-winged Stilt, Blue Swallow, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, White-browed Cuckoo, White-faced Whistling Duck, White-throated Bee-eater, White-winged Tern, Winding Cistocola, Wood Sandpiper, Woodland Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kite, Black-headed Weaver, Yellow-billed Duck,African Fish Eagle, Purple Swamphe, African Green Pigeon, African Jacana, African Marsh Harrier, African Pigmy Goose, Black Crake, Black Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron and Black-crowned Waxbill.


The best time to visit Ngamba Island for birding is December, January and February then June, July and August. These are the dry months.

In the months of September to November and March to May are wet months and not the best time to visit the park since the roads become a bit impassable. And the fact that there is the use of water transportation to this island, you need to travel in the dry season.


The best place to stay while visiting Ngamba Island are the tented camps managed by the island management. This will give you a close insight in the wild life on the island: the chimps and the birds. There are several accommodation around Entebbe especially those doing a one day safari or you can choose to reside on the nearby islands.

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