Luxury Birding Safaris In Uganda
Are you looking for luxury birding safaris in Uganda? Yes, Africa Adventure Vacations is the best travel agency in arranging successful birdwatching trips in Uganda. Luxury Birding Safaris in Uganda require advance booking because most high-end lodges normally get full more so during peak seasons.
Birders are also advised to prepare in advance since some birdwatching areas involve staying out for long hours as well as hiking for a good time in mountainous areas of Bwindi Impenetrable national park, Rwenzori Mountains, Mt Elgon, Mgahinga gorilla national park, among others.
Uganda hosts over 1050 bird species and makes it a leading birding destination in Africa for luxury trips and safaris. The total number of birds in Uganda contribute 10% of the world’s population.
The Uganda also hosts 24 Albertine rift endemics; with the rest found in Rwanda, DR Congo, and Burundi.
Luxury birding safaris are done mainly in Uganda’s protected areas and a few private areas. These areas include; agricultural lands, wetlands and papyrus swamps, Savannah, woodlands, forests, rocky ridges and Afro-pine moorland.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the best birding area to spot 23 of the 24 Albertine rift endemics found in Uganda.
Where to go for luxury birding safaris in Uganda
Uganda is endowed with a number of places where you can go for birdwatching however; the following are the best areas you can go for luxury birding trips and safaris; Bwindi impenetrable national park, Semuliki national park, Mgahinga gorilla national park, Lake Mburo national park, Kidepo valley national park, Murchison falls national park, Kibale national park, Mt Elgon national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, and Rwenzori mountains national park.
More birding sites in Uganda include Mabamba Swamp, Kyambura Wildlife Reserve, Budongo forest, Mabira forest, Echuya forest, Katonga game reserve, Kalinzu forest, Pian Upe game reserve, Maramagambo forest, Nyamuriro swamp, and several agricultural lands.
The following are the top bird species that you can see in Uganda during luxury birding safaris; Long-crested Eagle, Shoebill Stork, Green-Breasted Pitta, Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Great Blue Turaco, Black Bee-Eater, Marabou Stork, African Spoonbill, African Green Broadbill, Bar-tailed Trogon, Doherty’s Bushshrike, Crested Crane, Saddle-billed Stork, Standard-Winged Nightjar, Black-Breasted Barbet, Short-tailed Warbler, Black-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Chocolate-Backed Kingfisher and African Grey Parrot.
Where to stay on your luxury birding safaris In Uganda
Birding can be done in several places and below are some of the lodges and camps you can book during your luxury birdwatching tour in Uganda;
In Murchison Falls National Park, you can stay at Nile safari lodge, Chobe safari lodge, Paara safari lodge and Bakers lodge
In Queen Elizabeth national park, you can book a night at Mweya Safari Lodge, Mazike Valley Lodge, Katara Lodge, Ishasha wilderness camp, Elephant Plains Lodge, Kyambura Gorge Lodge
For those booking luxury birding safaris in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park Uganda, consider staying a night at Mahogany Springs, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge among others
In Kibale forest national park, look out for Ndali Lodge, Primate Lodge, Crater Safari Lodge, Kyaninga Lodge, Papaya Lake Lodge and Turaco Treetops Lodge
Best time to book luxury Birding safaris In Uganda
Luxury birdwatching safaris can be booked throughout the year however; the best time to book a birding tour in Uganda is during the wet season that runs from Late march, April to May and late October to November. During that time, Uganda receives the lowest number of tourists. Consequently; high-end lodges and camps offer progressive discounts on accommodation. Also, this is the period when the country hosts several migratory birds from Europe and north Africa.
The main nesting season in Bwindi and Mgahinga national parks which are the key sites for the Albertine Rift endemics happens in May and June but from mid-April to mid-May the rains tend to be heavy and at times affects operations.
But if you wish to combine wildlife and birdwatching experiences, the best time for this safari in Uganda is during the dry season that happens from June to August and December to February.
In conclusion, planning luxury birding safaris and holidays in Uganda is as easy as picking your safari birding destinations and then choosing from the best lodges in and around the protected areas. Most luxury birders on a short tour visit Entebbe for a day, later transfer to Murchison falls national park for wildlife and birding experiences, Kibale Forest National Park for chimpanzee tracking and birdwatching, Queen Elizabeth National Park for big game safaris, boat cruise on the Kazinga channel and birding opportunities, and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for gorilla trekking. Guests on a long trip visit Mabira & Jinja for forest birding and exciting river Nile activities such as white-water rafting, Sipi falls for incredible landscape sightings and hiking, Kidepo Valley National Park in Uganda’s remote north to combine unmatched cultural, birding and wildlife experiences.