Monday, 4 December 2017

OSTRICH IN UGANDA



Uganda is a spectacular destination that provides a safe home and habitat to variety of bird life and wildlife species which can be encountered during wildlife safari vacation. Ostrich is the largest living bird species on earth and lays the largest eggs than any other bird. It is distinctive in its appearance with a long neck and legs, and also has the fastest land speed than any other bird. This bird can run as fast as 70 km/ hr. 

Friday, 24 November 2017

THE FAMOUS BIRDS OF UGANDA


The Shoebill 
The shoe bill is also known as the Whalehead or Shoebilled stork. It gets this name from its huge shoe-shaped bill.
It is a large grey wetland-dweller distantly related to the pelicans, and one of the endemic bird species in Uganda that occupy the marshy lands of the Nile River below Murchison falls and Lake Albert, in Semuliki and the swamps surrounding Lake Opeta in Soroti district. However, a tour to Mabamba wetland on the shores of L. Victoria can also avail endless chances to view the illusive Shoe bill stork. 

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

UGANDA BIRDING & GORILLA TRACKING TOUR

A combination of gorilla trekking and birding safari in Uganda. 

This Uganda Birding safari & Gorilla Tracking Tour is designed for the birders who are also interested in tracking the endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda. You will explore bird species of the Albertine and the highland areas. You will trek up the hillside in order to view various gorilla families which are nestled in casual, frolicking life time experience.

Day 1: Arrival in Uganda
The company guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
Then dinner and overnight at the lodge;
Luxury: Serena Lake Victoria Resort
Midrange: Cassia Lodge
Budget: Common Lens Inn Hotel


Wednesday, 13 September 2017

A BIRDING EXCURSION TO LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK: WHAT TO SEE.

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Grey crowned cranes in Lake Mburo national park
Lake Mburo national park is located in the western part of Uganda in Kiruhura district, 30 kilometers east of the largest city in the sub-region, Mbarara. Lake Mburo national park was gazetted as a national park in 1983 after being used as a hunting ground by the Bahima and later as a grazing field. Currently it is the smallest savannah conservation area in Uganda, meaning it is the smallest park in Uganda covering an estimated area of 260 square kilometers but with some distinctive attributes that are so unique from other national parks in Uganda.

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

UGANDA MOST POPULAR BIRDS

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Uganda is Africa’s premier birding destination with endemic bird species that can be only seen in Uganda and these birds are found in different habitats such as the savannah plains, wetlands, forests and mountains. Uganda has over 1,061 bird spices and some of these birds are unique to Uganda.
The following are exceptional, remarkable bird spices in Uganda;

Saturday, 12 August 2017

WHERE TO GO FOR BIRDING SAFARI IN UGANDA?

BIRD DIVISERTY IN LAKE MBURO NATIONAL PARK
Lake Mburo national park is located in the western part of Uganda in Kiruhura district, 30 kilometers east of the largest city of the sub-region Mbarara. Lake Mburo national park was gazette as a national park in 1983 after being used as a hunting ground and later as a grazing field for the Bahima.
Currently it is the smallest savannah conservation area in Uganda, meaning it is the smallest of all, covering an estimated area of 260 square kilometers but with some outstanding attributes that are so unique from other destinations in Uganda.

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

BIGODI WETLAND – A SANCTUARY FOR WILDLIFE

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birding safaris in kibale national park, uganda birdingThis is a community based tourism project and a good example of a successful natural resource fully managed by local community, established and managed by the local development organization that is Kibale Association For Rural and Environment Development (KAFRED) to mainly ensure  that the local communities benefit from tourism through conservation. It’s located in kabarole district adjacent to Kibale national park, 6 kilometer away from Kanyanchu visitor’s information centre. Bigodi wetland is a 4 square kilometer swamp and a famous paradise for over 200 species of birds such as a papyrus Gonolek, white winged warbler and the beautiful great blue Turaco; this provides a best environment for special visitors who travel mainly to participate in special activities that are environmentally friendly like birding trips, butterfly watching, wildlife viewing, nature / community walk.

Friday, 21 July 2017

BIRDS OF PREY IN UGANDA

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Uganda is a paradise of the birds of the prey with almost 90 species varying from tiny to huge bird species; for example pygmy falcon found in Kidepo national park, crowned eagles and the owls, huge pels, fishing owls, minute African scops owls in rain forests, these all have the same characteristics that is attacking and killing their prey using powerful grasping feet and scaring long and sharp talon.

Friday, 14 July 2017

THE AFRICAN SECRETARY BIRD

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The secretary bird fighting with a snake
 The radiant and glowing beauty of a bird, belongs to the class of ‘AVES’ , it’s a member of in the order of Accipitriformes, many like kites, hawks, vultures and harriers belong here in also. On the contrary, the secretary bird belongs to a specific family known as the Sagittariide, it’s a big terrestrial bird of prey that survives and thrives in the open grasslands of the Savannah, the sub-Saharan section inclusive also. Actually, it can evidently be observed on either coat of arms of South Africa and Sudan. The Secretary bird is quite old and its origins can be traced back in the 17th century, 1779 saw John Frederick Miller as first European to  describe its existence, way of life, years later Johann Hermann a French naturalist assigned it to its own genus; Sagittarius. It’s important to note that the secretary bird is endemic to Africa.   

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

FASCINATING BIRDING SPOTS IN RWANDA

Rwanda is blessed to have the shelter of the highest population of birds in the world; it’s also ranked among the best 5 destinations in the entire world for tourists searching for the best birding tour in Rwanda. Geographically, Rwanda is a small country strategically situated in the Albertine Rift valley. Its dense forested and mountainous nature offers a great and long lasting memorable experience for birding anyone wouldn’t want to miss in life. Rwanda with its small size, it has about 700 bird species that quenches the thirst of anyone looking for great birding safaris and experiences.

Thursday, 29 June 2017

MABAMBA BAY WETLAND - AN IMPORTANT BIRDING SPOT IN UGANDA

Mabamba wetland is a large area stretching through a long narrow bay, bordered with papyrus towards the western main body of Lake Victoria in Mpigi district. It has the status of unprotected area with bird categories which are considered to be globally threatened and Lake Victoria basin biome species. This Important Birding Area (IBA) is one of the best marshy areas along the northern shores of Lake Victoria for birding tours in Uganda

Monday, 19 June 2017

AFRICA'S RICHEST BIRDING DESTINATION

UGANDA - THE HOME OF BIRDS
Uganda is home to over 1,050 different bird species, which can be spotted in numerous ranges of habitats from forests, swamps and agricultural lands, to lakes and Savannah.
Uganda is the only place with astonishing incredible bird list of over 1000 species than any other African country thus making birding safari in Uganda a truly unique experience.
Birds such as the rare shoebill stork and other unique species endemic to the Albertine rift.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

BIRDING IN MPANGA FOREST

MPANGA FOREST - A PERFECT BIRDING SANCTUARY IN UGANDA!!

Mpanga forest is rather a compact patch of natural evergreen rain forest covering an approximate area of 453 hectares. It is situated in Mpigi District, Mawokota – 37 kilometers southwest of Kampala and it is conveniently located meters away from the Kampala - Masaka highway, providing a conducive accessibility. It takes only 1 hour to drive to Mpanga forest from Kampala.  
Mpanga forest is a magnificent escape for avid nature / bird lovers undertaking birding safaris in Uganda!

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

SHOE BILL STORK IN UGANDA

THE SHOE BILL STORK IN UGANDA
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The shoebill stork
The shoebill stork is one of the world’s most sought after birds. Also known as (Balaeniceps rex) is one of the great bird species in  East Africa  and Africa.
The shoebill stork is an amazing and impressive bird on a gaze at it. Indeed it gets its generous name “the most sought-after” after quite a good analysis of the different bird species in Africa.
People are so delighted whenever they see this bird because of its structure. 
The bill takes up a look alike of a human foot and ends in a ferocious nail-like hook. With heavy broad wings clustered with a covering of feathers, the shoebill stork has long legs.

Wednesday, 24 May 2017

DIVERSITY OF WILDLIFE IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Down in the remote south western corner on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo lies the mountain Gorilla home, which is Uganda’s foremost tourist destination. This gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda. But while zoologists and botanists marvel at the lengthy species counts, most visitors are drawn by just one animal; the mountain gorilla. This endangered primate has a total population of less than 800 and lives only in the forests of the Virunga volcanoes and Bwindi, making Uganda’s mountain Gorilla country the prime location to search for these magnificent animals.

Thursday, 4 May 2017

THE GREY CROWNED CRANE: BIRDS OF UGANDA

ABOUT THE UGANDAN GREY CROWNED CRANES (CRESTED CRANE)
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Grey crowned cranes in Uganda

Known to many as a crested crane, the Uganda's grey crowned crane tops on the agenda for any one longing to have a birding safari in Uganda. Uganda is one of the few countries that is a home and paradise for these beautiful birds.
The crested crane walks with grace and peace, thus ended up being a national symbol for Uganda. It continues to represent Uganda as a peace loving and forward moving country. The Crane was chosen as Uganda’s national emblem nearly a century ago, and therefore continues to surface as one of the most cherished birds in the Pearl of Africa.
This Grey Crowned Crane is scientifically known as Balearica regulorum gibbericeps, lived in Uganda even before many people inhabited the land and forming tribes and different groups of people.

Wednesday, 19 April 2017

BIRDING IN SEMLIKI VALLEY NATIONAL PARK

BIRDING IN SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK UGANDA 
Birds in semliki valley national park 
Bird life is spectacular in Semliki valley, with 441 recorded species, representing 40% of Uganda’s total bird species and 66% (216) of the country’s forest bird species. The list is expanded by the riverine habitat and a fringe of grassland in the east of the park. There are numerous rarities; 46 Guinea-Congo biome species are found nowhere else in East Africa while another 35 can be seen in only two or three other places in Uganda.

Thursday, 6 April 2017

BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES IN RWANDA - BIRDING SAFARI IN RWANDA IS WORTH WHILE

 UNDERSTANDING BIRDING IN RWANDA
Birds in Rwanda 
Rwanda prides for sheltering one of the highest bird populations on the African continent. Ranked among the top five bird destinations in the entire world for those searching for an extreme rewarding birding tour experience. Any meaningful  birding excursion / safari ought to incorporate both the wetter and mountainous western regions, the drier savannahs of the east, some of the marshy / wet lands of Akanyaru and Kivu and tropical forests in the south west. 
Rwanda is strategically located in the Albertine Rift of Africa and its dense forests and mountains create a unique and remarkable environment for ecotourists to have memorable experience. Though small (about 250km east-west by 150km north-south) it has a bird life of about 700 species and supports the second highest number of Albertine Rift endemics than any other country in the region. Rwanda has a total of seven Important Birding Areas (IBAs), as currently reported by Bird life International, including the 3 major National Parks - Volcanoes National park, Akagera National park and Nyungwe, Rugezi Swamp, Akanyaru, Nyabarongo and Cyamudongo.
BIRDING OPPORTUNITIES IN AKAGERA NATIONAL PARK
The wetlands and lakes of Akagera are home to the most sought after Shoebill stork, and is one of the easiest points in the country where it can be viewed.
A bird in Akagera national park
Additionally, Akagera is home to a mixture of acacia and papyrus species, which include Red-faced Barbet (Lybius rubrifacies), Bennett’s Woodpecker, White-collared Oliveback, Papyrus Gonolek, White-headed, Black and familiar Chats, Carruther's and Tabora Cisticolas, White-winged and Broad-tailed Warblers and Miombo Wren-Warblers.


Monday, 27 March 2017

Ngamba Island makes birding Watching worthwhile

Birders look out for birds on Ngamba Island recently. Inset is the orange weaver a common bird at the island. Photos by Eric Ntalo 

It is Sunday morning after breakfast at the Ngamba Restaurant where birding guides, majority female have assembled to create a bird checklist for Ngamba from the previous day’s bird tour. Every guide has a field guide’s book: Birds of East Africa by Stevenson and Fanshawe.
The Uganda Safari Guides Association (Usaga) chairman, Hebert Byaruhanga, leads the strenuous session comparing the birds seen on the Island and those on the different plates in the book. “Did you see any grey-backed camaroptera?” he says pointing to the bird in the book.
In unison, the guides respond, “yes”. He proceeds to inquire about the flycatchers and the answer is “no”. How about a red-faced cisticola? Red-faced cisticola had been seen. Byaruhanga is a moving birding encyclopedia that has traversed all corners of the Pearl of Africa in search for birds.
“Tit-hylia is the smallest bird in Uganda standing at 8cm,” he tells the guides. It was last seen two months ago by Kibale-based guide, Harriet Kemigisa, in Mabira forest.

New birding destination

For years, Ngamba Island was not prominent on the birders map, but with the assistance of fast budding bird guides female club and forward-thinking twitchers such as Byaruhanga, travellers have an opportunity to explore, at first hand, the riches of the island beyond the orphaned, rescued chimpanzees.
Set for a birding expedition, the team boarded a motorised canoe at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe. Every guide had a back pack with camper’s material with either a pair of celestron waterproof or Nikon 10 X 42 binoculars.
Their dressing was similar comprising caps, jeans, canvass shoes, long stockings and khaki shirts with a badge on the left breast and right shoulder.
Birding got underway as we spotted little egrets. They are aquatic birds that feed in shallow water and on land, consuming a variety of small creatures.
The birding trail began at the neighbouring Koome Island with the guidance of Joseph Masereka and Innocent Amumpaire both caregivers and knowledgeable island birders. In a single file, we marched on like soldiers going to war. We could only stop at the sight or call of a bird.
Jungle adventure
We were warned against pointing our binoculars at the villagers as this made them feel insecure. None of the visitors knew what lay ahead of them in the 5-6Km trail. We endured creepy-crawlies that we crossed paths with as some found their way into our pants.
We had failed to heed Masereka’s advice of tucking in our pants into either stocks or boots. However, the pain was short-lived and the excitement ushered in as we saw unique birds.
According to Alderleaf Wilderness College, an online study centre, when you are learning to identify wild birds, it helps to keep size and shape, field marks, behaviour, and location in mind. These categories do not have to be used in this order, but it certainly can help make this process easier and more effective.
Byaruhanga spotted what the guides identified as black bellied bustard in the open savannah grasslands. It was at a relatively long distance, but the power of their opticals brought it closer.
One by one, they raised their voices, “lifer, lifer”. “What is a lifer?” I asked. Davis Rukundo, a fresh graduate from Makerere University, but on apprenticeship programme of Bird Uganda Safaris explained that a lifer is the first-ever sighting of a bird by an observer, added to one’s life list. As Rukundo observed, every bird tells a story, and the stories make sense if you listen attentively.

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Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Birding in Lake Mburo National park Uganda

Birds as tour attractions in Lake Mburo National Park Uganda 
Birds in Lake Mburo national park Uganda
Around 350 bird species have been recorded to date in this part of the country. These include the Red-faced Barbet, only found here, the endemic African Fin foot and the elusive Shoebill stork. Other popular species are the Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Saddle-billed Stork, Brown-chested Lapwing, African-wattled Lapwing, Tabora (Long-tailed) Cisticola, African Scops Owl, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill and White-winged Warbler.

Monday, 13 March 2017

RWANDA BIRDING TOURS

BIRDING IN NYUNGWE FOREST NATIONAL PARK RWANDA
 
Birds in Nyungwe Forest National park Rwanda
In the southwest of the country, Nyungwe Forest National Park is a vast tract of virgin forest, one of the largest uncut natural forest reserves remaining in Africa and home to more than 300 species of birds, 27 of which are regional endemics. Much of the forest is unexplored, with access being extremely difficult, because of the steep high hills and deep valleys.

Wednesday, 8 March 2017

BIRDING SAFARIS IN UGANDA - SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK

BIRDS IN SEMLIKI NATIONAL PARK - UGANDA BIRDING TOURS
Birds in Semliki National park
Bird life is especially spectacular in Semuliki National park with 441 recorded species, representing 40% of Uganda’s total bird species and 66% (216) of the country’s forest bird species. Semliki national park rose to fame as a birding destination in Uganda and East Africa because of being home to one of the most elusive species, the shoe bill stork

Thursday, 2 March 2017

BIRDS IN UGANDA: BIRDING TOURS / SAFARIS IN UGANDA

MIGRATORY BIRDS IN UGANDA: BIRDS IN UGANDA


Well if you thought migration is only to human, even birds in Uganda, this is attributed to changes in the climate globally which affects the movement of both migratory and resident bird species.
Bird migration is a regular seasonal journey undertaken by various bird species; it is one of the world's most extraordinary wonders. Millions of birds travel thousands of miles, only to make the return journey a few months later. Birds move to areas to improve their chances of survival, usually because of climatic changes that provide better environment in regards to feeding, habitat or weather, breeding, etc. Migration patterns for some birds have been determined using mark recapture using rings or more recently using satellite location.

Friday, 24 February 2017

BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK - A REMARKABLE BIRDING DESTINATION

Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Uganda 

The varied habitats of Uganda’s oldest forest mean it is the ideal habitat for a variety of birds, Bwindi impenetrable forest is one of the finest montane forest bird watching destinations in Africa, and is a must visit site for any birder travelling to Uganda. There are an estimated 350 bird species with 23 endemics (90% of all Albertine Rift endemics) and 14 recorded nowhere else in Uganda. Globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimson wing are also found here. Other birds include;

Saturday, 18 February 2017

BIRDING IN UGANDA: MABAMBA BIRDING EXCURSION

BIRDING SAFARI IN UGANDA: MABAMBA WETLAND
 
A Shoe bill stork at Mabamba swamp

Mabamba is a small wetland perched on outskirts of Lake Victoria Uganda. This wetland came to the lime light of Uganda's tourism years back after it's inclusion as a Ramsar site. It has a great impact on Uganda's tourism as far as birding tours in Uganda are concerned.
Among the safari tours undertaken in Uganda, Mabamba has been on a bucket list for many travellers interested in doing birding in Uganda

Monday, 13 February 2017

BIRDING IN UGANDA - MURCHISON FALLS NATIONAL PARK

Why go birding in Murchison falls national park?

Murchison falls national park, being an icon of tours in Uganda has been on the bucket list  of almost every traveler on a safari in Uganda. Among the many tour activities in this popular national park, birding tours have been identified as one of the leading activities 
Birding in Murchison falls national park is popular in the most forested areas of Budongo forest reserve; Among the various bird species that have been recorded in this forest are more than 460 species that will certainly reward you with a very amazing birding safari experience in this magical forest in