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Uganda Birding Tours

Our Uganda Specials Tours to Bwindi, Kibale and Queen Elizabeth National Parks, have had 100% success rates in seeing Green-breasted Pitta, African Green Broadbill and Shoebill. See the trip reports here.

There's an extension to Rwanda's Nyungwe Forest to see Red-Collared Mountain Babbler and to Northern-Western Uganda to explore the birds of Mabira, Murchison Falls and Budongo's famous Royal Mile. Scroll down for the leaflet with tour details.

Uganda offers over 1000 species, the highest concentration of birds in Africa, and is the most accessible place to see the legendary Shoebill. To find it, we'll embark a small boat and explore the vast swamps of Lake Victoria.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, with its misty peaks and fern-loaded forests, is an amazing biodiversity hotspot that hosts 24 of Uganda's 26 Albertine Rift endemics. It also offers one of the greatest wildlife experiences on earth: the opportunity to come face to face with one of our closest relatives, Gorilla, in its natural habitat. Our tours allow a day for those who wish to track gorillas, while others can do the extra birding.

At lower altitude, pitta-like Short-tailed Warblers and Kivu Ground Thrushes skulk in the mossy undergrowth. African Grey Parrots fly overhead while Chimpanzees shriek from deep in the forest. Higher up, the cloud-swathed Virunga volcanoes (of Dian Fossey fame) loom in the distance. Here we'll search for the near mythical African Green Broadbill and Grauer's Rush Warbler. It is even suggested that at least one undescribed species might even be lurking in the park!

The forests of Kibale National Park host one of Africa's most desired species: the very secretive Green-breasted Pitta. On our tours, we allow three mornings to search for it. Our success rate is second to none, with all participants having seen the bird on all our Uganda Specials Tours. See the trip reports here.

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Featured Leader: Michael Mills

Michael Mills grew up "in the bush" in the Kalahari and Kruger National Parks where his parents were carnivore researchers. His incredible focus, dedication and ability to locate and show people Africa's toughest birds is probably unequalled on the continent.

Michael has led dozens of tours in Southern, East, Central, West and North Africa and his experience in locating birds on just the softest of calls or briefest of views impresses those who have travelled with him (see Client Comments).

There is seldom a tour where Michael doesn't make an interesting discovery such as finding a new species for a country or record an undescribed bird call (and he has published these in the scientific literature).

Not only is Michael one of our principal leaders, but he also helps extensively with scouting and planning our most challenging itineraries.

Abyssinian Ground Hornbill photographed during one of our Uganda Murchison extensions. © Tertius Gous

2024 Tours

Tour name Dates in Country Days Leaflet Trip Report

Rwanda: Albertine Rift Endemics (BA2449)

1 - 7 June  7 Leaflet USD click here

Uganda Highlights: Green-breasted Pitta Tour (BA2449)

7 - 17 June 11 Leaflet USD click here

Uganda: Murchison Extension (BA2449)

17 - 22June  6 Leaflet USD click here



What participants say...

Thank you so much for such a wonderful trip to Uganda. You were both so kind, attentive and incredibly knowledgeable. ... you gave us a memorable experience and we shall always remember your delightful company which we hope we will enjoy again one day.' RC, Cambridge, UK

'Many thanks again for a wonderful trip to Uganda... You looked after us so well and there were many memorable moments: the gorillas, the chimps and the red-tailed monkey, the red colobus trek through the swampy forest, the butterflies, the crater lake drive and all the birds. ...

It was fascinating being able to spend time watching the mammals, particularly the young chimps with the red-tailed monkey, and I really appreciated Deirdre's font of knowledge about them all. There were some stunning birds as well and the butterflies provided a welcome relief from Greenbul identification!.'
JK, Sheffield, UK

Gorilla seen at Buhoma on a Uganda Birding Tour © Callan Cohen. Gorilla at Bwindi on our Uganda Birding Tour © Callan Cohen.

Mubwindi swamp © Callan Cohen & Deirdre Vrancken.

Uganda is a paradise for butterfly watching © Callan Cohen.

Green-breasted Pitta was seen doing a jump display on the Birding Africa tour in 2011 and nest-building on the Birding Africa tour in 2012 © Callan Cohen

Shoebill seen at Mabamba swamp on a Birding Africa Tour © Callan Cohen.

Red-throated Bee-eater seen with Birding Africa © Callan Cohen

Practical tour information

Focus For keen birders and mammal enthusiasts. Designed to see as many as possible endemic birds, but while on the walks we spend a lot of time looking for other wildlife such as mammals (including several species of primates) and butterflies. We can also customise any itinerary to suit to the keen birder, the wildlife enthusiast or both.
Photography Many participants on our trips are amateur wildlife photographers. And when we get excellent views of a bird or mammal, some time is usually spent watching and photographing it. However, this is not a photographic tour and once the majority of the people have felt that they have absorbed the animal or bird to their satisfaction, then we move on in search of the next encounter. Thus, while the photographic opportunities are very good, the group will only occasionally wait for somebody who wants to spend even longer getting better photos.
Fitness A small degree of fitness is required. The few walks are generally in relatively flat areas with occasional small inclines. The terrain during the optional gorilla tracking can never be predicted and can be very steep.
Timing Most of our Rwanda tours take place during December - January or July - August.
Climate Cool at night in the highlands, warm to hot in the lowlands.
Comfort A good standard of accommodation in guest houses, lodges and small hotels.
Transport We travel by minibus or four wheel drive vehicle.
Group Size Maximum 6 participants on the Uganda and Rwanda birding tours in July.
Top birds Shoebill, Short-tailed Warbler, Kivu Ground Thrush, African Grey Parrot, African Green Broadbill,
Grauer's Rush Warbler, Green-breasted Pitta.
Top mammals Mountain Gorilla, Chimpanzee, Black-and-white Colobus, Red Colobus, Grey-cheeked Mangabey,
Red-tailed monkey, African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Giant Forest Hog, Topi
Booking Your booking can be secured with a booking form and deposit. You will receive confirmation and our tour information pack with practical information on what to expect and how to prepare for the tour. The balance is due 150 days before the tour. Contact us to enquire about availability.

About Birding Africa

Birding Africa is a specialist birding tour company customising tours for both world listers and more relaxed holiday birders. We combine interests in mammals, butterflies, dragonflies, botany and other natural history aspects and will guide you to Africa's and Madagascar's most diverse birding destinations. Our guides' knowledge of African birds and birding areas is our greatest strength and together we have rediscovered species, shared exciting observations with the birding community and had a fun time exploring our home continent. We've even written two acclaimed guide books on where to find Southern Africa's and Madagascar's best birds. Birding is more than our passion, it's our lifestyle, and we are dedicated to making professional, best value trips filled with endemic species and unique wildlife experiences. Since 1997, we've run bird watching tours in South Africa and further into Africa for individual birders, small birding groups and top international tour companies. We've run Conservation Tours in association with the African Bird Club and work with and consult for a number of other top international tour companies and the BBC Natural History Unit.

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