Birdingpal.org
The Bird Watching Club for World Travelers

Uganda

You don't need to be an expert birder to contact a Pal.  Together you have love for nature, birds, new countries and learning.

These are serious birdwatchers willing to share their time to help you.  It is a privilege to contact them.  Your message should be respectful.

A Birding Pal does not charge a fee, however you should pay for their expenses, transportation costs, entrance fees, meals, etc.

Pals will answer your messages quickly, if they can.  You might select someone who is traveling, so write to more than one Pal, and be patient.  Let us know if someone doesn't answer and we'll check that everything is okay.

Let us know when you are going to meet a Pal, and then let us know how it went.

Happy birding.
Search this page
Press Ctrl and F

D.Sande



Maps
KampalaKampalaUganda


Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Note
I am a bird watcher and wildlife enthusiast. I currently work for African Adventure Travellers as a research & reservation assistant. My country is Uganda, a country endowed with so much beauty and diversity which is well manifested in the huge checklist of diverse bird species. Currently about 1057 species have been recorded. Not just birds but also other wildlife including primates such as mountain gorillas, chimps, several monkeys & baboons, big game such as lions, rhinos, giraffes, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, lots of antelopes and so much more. I live in Kampala, the capital of Uganda. Kampala is close to Lake Victoria, one of the world's largest fresh water lakes. The swamps along the shores of Lake Victoria are a haven for water birds. My favorite is the legendary Shoebill.
Area
Lake Victoria

Area Birds
Shoebill

S.Ferry



Maps
KampalaCentralUganda


Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Note
I am a math teacher in a secondary school.I love photographing birds and providing water and feeds whenever possible. I have very scanty facts a bout birds and love to know more. I am keen at setting projects that keep the environment i.e planting trees, minimizing the disposal of non-biodegradable items into the soil and using cheap and sources not harm full to the environment such as solar.

R. Katebaka



Maps
Kampala, CentralUganda


Available
Anytime

Languages
Note

 
Professional Birding Guides

A professional Birdingpal guide can customize your tour, and you will see the birds you want.
Your guide is also your travel companion, who will make sure you experience the native people, scenery, culture, history and food, first hand.
Hiring a Birdingpal guide will boost the local economy and help protect birds other wildlife and their habitat



Davis Kibuga



Maps
KampalaCentralUganda

Company
Wide-Wild Uganda Safaris


Social Media
Facebook

Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Birding Pal

Note
DAVIS KIBUGA is Ugandan born, and founder of WIDE-WILD UGANDA SAFARIS CO.LTD. He's banker with a bias in microfinance but a 'birder by passion'. He was promoted by his elder brother-DEOGRATIUS MUHUMUZA (Professional bird guide). Davis developed quick reflexive attitude in bird watching and nature conservation and was boosted by a community tourism initiative in his home village dubbed, Nzuguto Environmental Conservation Association (NECA) of which he's a pioneer member and local bird guide. He is just obsessed by being a birder and he doesn't want to be ever reminded on how he has microfinance background. He has done research about birding, birding areas and hotspots around the country and outside neighboring countries like Rwanda and D.R.Congo. And he is now in position to guide general wildlife and birding photography trips around the country-Uganda and Rwanda.

Website: www.widewildsafaris.com

Email: info@widewildsafaris.com / kibugadbirder@gmail.com

Facebook: Wide-Wild Uganda Safaris

Twitter: @UgandaWide

LinkedIn: Kibuga Davis
Birding Pal

Area
Uganda is endowed with special birding hotspots which are unique and defer from each other according to altitude, isolation & bird endemism. Among others;

Kidepo Valley National Park is unforgettable track of true African wilderness!

One of the most alluring destinations in the country boasting a strong wilderness atmosphere, rugged mountain scenery and exceptional game viewing, bird watching and photograpy. This park lies in the far northeast isolated from the rest of the country by the sparsely populated, arid badlands of Karamoja region. The mountainous terrain is broken by the Narus valley in the southwest and kidepo valley in the northeast.

Semliki Valley National Park is a true birders heaven!

Is situated within the Albertine Rift, it's of particular interest to birdwatchers: about 435 bird species have been recorded, including a high proportion of forest birds and about 45 species seen nowhere else in Uganda including rarity of the smallest African piculet. For amateur birders, Semliki is not only certain to throw up a clutch of "lifers"- it also offers a faint but real possibility of a brand-new East African record like Congo Serpent-Eagle, Grey-Throated Rail, and Black-Throated Coucal.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi is home of about 350 species of birds including 23 Albertine rift endemics! And at least 14 species recorded nowhere else in Uganda! And ranks one of the best forest birding destinations in Africa (it's this park/forest where you will experience an unfathomable connection during a magical hour in the company of mountain gorillas!)

Queen Elizabeth National Park is medley of wonders!

More than 600 bird species (largest number among the other parks in Uganda) are in this great park making it a perfect birding destination with more than 300 bird species recorded in one day by serious birders! There is a plenty to occupy the die-hard birdwatchers. Quite a number of these species follow the migratory trends of breeding in Asia and Europe but wintering in Africa. Enthusiasts will have feverish nights trying to guess what rare bird will get focused in their binoculars and scopes the next day.

Murchison falls National Park.

Largest N.park with over 480 bird species and birders consider this park a paradise. With their frequently loud chirping sounds, most tropical birds have vibrant colors which only add to their graceful movements as they streak across the skies. The birding experience here is enhanced by the abundant wildlife and scenic landscape, which present a mesmerizing game drive encounter. (Experience world's powerful falls with explosive froth of thunderous falls as it funnels through just 6m wide cleft!)

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo national park is one of the best birding destinations to see the acacia associated bird species among other national parks in Uganda. It is home of about 320 species of birds recorded making it a good place to look for the likes of African-Grey Hornbill, Black-Loward Babbler, Red-Headed Weaver, Greater Blue-Eared Starling, Trilling Cisticola, Green-Wood Hoopoe, Brown-Chested Lapwing, Scaly-Throated Honeyguide, Lesser-Masked Weaver, White-Backed Vulture, Tabora Cisticola, Crestd-Spurfowl, Red-Faced Barbet, Little Bee-Eater, Green-Caped Eremomera, Black-Throatd Barbet, Black-Collard Barbet, Southern Ground Hornbill, Rufous-Bellied Night Heron. Of special interest to birders are the swamps, in which six papyrus endemics are resident including; Papyrus Gonolek, Blue-Headed Coucal, and the highly localized White-Winged and Papyrus Yellow Warblers, the last record nowhere else in Uganda!

Other birding hotspots include;

Pian Upe game reserve
Budongo Forest
Karinzu Forest
Lake Opeta
Nzuguto Wetland
Entebbe Botanical Gardens
Kibale Forest
Bigodi Sanctuary
Rwenzori National Park
Mabira Forest
Kaku Swamp
Kibimba Rice Scheme


Mabamba Bay wetland. One of a few remaining productive wetland in Uganda protected by the local communities. extensive papyrus swamps with labyrinth's channels and lagoons, classified as an important bird area (IBA), it's a home of multiple Shoebills-Uganda's most famous avian resident and the only representative in its family, is the amongst most sought after birds in the whole African continent! It's only traced by canoeing through the channels with a wooden boat.

For more information visit
www.widewildsafaris.com

Area Birds

shoebill, fox's weaver, karamoja apalis, rufus charterer
Birding Pal

Interests
Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, swimming, surfing
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing,car, biking, long walk, backpack, canoe, tourist site, museum


Tours


3 Weeks Uganda Bird Watching Tour Itinerary

18 Days of Uganda-Rwanda Birding and Primate Safari Itinerary

Albertine Rift Endemic Birds Checklist Uganda-Rwanda



Patrick Nayebare Kato

Maps
KisoroKigezi RegionUganda

Company
Frelancer


Available
Anytime

Languages
English,Swahili and other local languages
Note
I have encoutered over 132 bird species around Kigezi highland which includ the following African Harrier-Hawk,Grey Crowned Crane,Great Blue Turaco,Rwenzori Turaco,Red-chested Cockoo,Narina Trogon,Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater.etc

Shoebill it's found mabamba swamp.

Africa paradise flycatcher it's found around Bwindi forest N.park.

Doherty's Bush-shrike it's found around Bwindi N.Park.

Rwenzori Turaco it's found Mgahinga forest N.park.

White-starred Robin it's found Mgahinga forest N.park.

Blac-headed Gonolek it's found Queen Elizabeth Npark.

Grey-throated Barbet it's foun Bigodi wetland.
Area
Mgahinga Forest N.Park, Mgahinga Forest N.Park, Bwindi Forest N.Park, Queen Elizabeth N.Park, Mabamba swamp Entebbe, Semuliki N.Park, Bigodi wetland.




PKibirango Paul the birder



Maps
KampalaEastern Africa Uganda

Company
Terrain Safaris Uganda


Available
Anytime

Languages
English
Note
I'm a Ugandan tour guide/bird watcher, mostly taking birding tours to conservation areas in Uganda and Rwanda. I have been a bird watcher/guide since 2006. So I will be happy to guide bird watchers from all over the World. Welcome to Uganda and East Africa.
Area
Conservation areas

Area Birds

Forest, Savannah, tropical & Aquatic birds.



Deo Muhumuza



Maps
KampalaCentralUganda

Social Media
Facebook

Available
Anytime

Languages
English, French
Birding Pal

Note
Deo is one of the best birding guides in Uganda with over 10 years leading birding trips in Uganda and Rwanda.

He is renowned as a great organizer and spotter! His dedication to the progression has taken him to spearhead a community project in his home district to save a degraded community wetland by introducing ecotourism activities. The Nzuguto Community wetland and the nearby Kamweru crater are now very popular spots for birding.

Contact Deo today and he will help you plan an affordable birding trip to Uganda and Rwanda.


Website: www.luxuryecotours.com
facebook: www.facebook.com/LordDeoson
twitter: @UGLuxurySafaris
e-mail: ugandapal@gmail.com
Birding Pal

Area
About Uganda

Uganda as a country is known world over as one of the best birding destinations. The county's multitude of habitats, geographical location, and good weather and climate, make it Africa's best nature paradise. Though not holding many country endemics, the unusually high number of bird species per square kilometer, and the ease to the variably lush vegetation, puts Uganda amongst the top birding destinations.

There are Over 1070 species recorded, representing over 50% of the species of birds found on the African continent


Hot Spots:

Mabamba wetlands for the world's wonder; Shoebill

Semliki Forest for the west African biome species

Bwindi Impenetrable forest and Mgahinga Mountain National Park - for Albertine Rift endemics and other highland species

Mabira and Budongo Forests for lowland tropical rain forest species

Queen Elizabeth National Park; one the of the best migratory birds stopover spots

Murchison falls NP and Kidepo Valley National Park for Savannah and semi-arid and arid species

Lake Mburo National Park: famous for Northern Tanzania overlap species and for the beautiful African Finfoot

Kibale NP for over 10 primate species including chimps. Very popular for the Pittas

Mount Elgon National Park Eastern Uganda Marshes for the only Ugandan Endemic, the Fox's weaver

Entebbe Area Community Nature Reserves like wetlands and crater lakes that inhabit special species of birds

Area Birds

Shoebill
Great blue Turaco
Grauer's Swamp Warbler
Green-breasted Pitta
African Green Broadbill
Papyrus Gonolek
African Finfoot
Rwenzori Turaco
Pygmy Goose
Fox's Weaver
Birding Pal

Tours
9 Days Uganda Birding Summary Itinerary

Day 1 Arrival in Uganda at Entebbe International Airport. Early arrivals may give a chance to have leisurely birding at Entebbe Botanical Gardens for a couple of hours in the afternoon/evening.
Specials here are the African grey parrots, Orange weaver, golden-backed weaver, wyen s weaver, bathawk and many more
Overnight: Lake Victoria View Guest House for two nights B&B

Day 2 Birding to Mabamba Wetland for Shoebill + many more wetland specials like the Papyrus gonolek, lesser jacana, rufous-bellied heron, white-backed ducks, occasional pygmy goose and white-backed ducks, etc. Birding is on a canoe and there after a short walk along the nearby agricultural fields

Day 3 Birding to Murchison Falls National Park. This is a travel day, with a few stops on the way to stretch legs and look for birds. We stay in Pakwach in the northern sector of the park.
Overnight: Fort Murchison for 3 nights FB

Day 4 Birding the northern sector of the park following the delta track. Birding will be done in the car while driving. The habitat here is mostly composed of open grassland dotted with acacia trees and borassus palms. Towards the delta, it is marshy at the fringes of the Albert Nile where we have a chance to see the shoebill. We shall carry picnic lunch

Day 5 We do the same track for the whole morning and later go for a boat ride to the bottom of the falls in the afternoon

Day 6 Morning boat along the Nile downstream to the delta (Optional). Note: there are no scheduled boats for this activity, so it will be a special boat trip. Afternoon birding to the top of the falls. Optional night game drive to the Bugungu airstrip for nightjars
Overnight: Kabalega Wilderness Lodge for one night FB

Day 7 Birding to Masindi via the honeymoon track. The southern sector of the park has different habitat- composed of woodland and partly forest especially at the edge towards Masindi, hence different species of birds.
Overnight: Masindi Hotel for two nights B&B

Day 8 Birding to Lugogo swamp in the morning for the shoebill and many more. Birding is on a canoe. In the afternoon, we spend some time in the Zziwa Ranch woods famous for BruceÃ's green pigeon. Lugogo swamp is connects with marsh at the Zziwa Rhino ranch.

Day 9 Birding on the way to Entebbe for your flight back home. There a few spots on the way for brown twinspot, white-crested turaco, white-collared oliveback, occasional shoebill, marsh widowbird etc
End of trip

Costs: 2348usd per person. It includes accommodations and meals only as listed, car hire (4x4 toyota land cruiser) and fuel, birding guide charge, park entrance fees, boat fees, ferry fees.
Excluded are flight and visa fees, optional activities, all kinds of drinks, tips, laundry, any other item of a personal nature.