Half/One Day Uganda Birding Tours

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We provide Tailor Made Half/One Day Birding Tours around the Kampala/Entebbe region!

Aren’t we good ay? We’ve even structured some half day or one day birding tours from within easy reach of Kampala/Entebbe to favour people who possibly don’t have much time but would like to have a professional Uganda Birding Tour.

Maybe you’re in Kampala/Entebbe on business and have some spare time after your busy work conference, or you’re a local resident who would like a nice cheeky day out birding, or you’re just a passionate birder who has some time on your hands to enjoy the beautiful birds of Uganda – even if it’s only for a few hours! These tours are custom-made to favour the needs of our clients. Just tell us how much time you have and what habitats or bird species you would like to see, and our professional Uganda bird guides will help to ensure you have the experience of a lifetime! And remember you can mix and match the different locations below to try and fit in as a many sites as possible! There are a wide array of sites to choose from and each site has it’s own unique variety of species which we’ll help you find. Many interesting species we have recorded in the different sites include Papyrus Gonolek, Great Blue Turaco, Ross’s Turaco, Blue-shouldered Robin-chat, Shoebill, Yellow-mantled Weaver, Rufous Flycatcher-thrush, Broad-billed Roller, Cameroon Sombre Greenbull, Orange Weaver, Scaly Francolin, Crested Guineafowl, Narina Trogon, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Common Stonechat, Western Yellow Wagtail, African Crowned Eagle and Martial Eagle…and many many more!

Around Kampala – Half/One Day

Mabamba Swamp

Mabamba is a beautiful papyrus swamp located near Lake Victoria and luckily is only a short drive away from both Kampala and Entebbe. It’s one of the very best places in the world to see the incredible and prehistoric Shoebill – one for any birder’s wish list! It truly is a sight to behold that won’t be forgotten quickly. This exquisite habitat is also home to stunning species such as the Papyrus Gonolek, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, White-throated Bee-eater, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Red-chested Sunbird, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, Malachite Kingfisher, Black Crake and Swamp Flycatcher among many many more! This is a must for any birder that has one day or even half a day to spare!

See the Shoebill on our Uganda Birding Tours
Ross's Turaco seen on our Uganda Birding Tours

Mabira Forest

The beautiful forest of Mabira is only a short drive from both Kampala and Entebbe which is lucky for anyone wanting a day out birding because it holds an amazing amount of wildlife. It is predominantly secondary forest which has had minimal disturbance for over 100 years, hence accumulating an impressive diversity of wildlife. It has 312 species of trees and shrubs, where some of the shrubs have been discovered to be endemic to Mabira and not found anywhere else. It is also home to a bounty of bird life where 316 species have been recorded. Some of the highlights include the now Endangered Nahan’s Francolin, Great Blue Turaco, White-spotted Flufftail, Grey Parrot, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Blue-throated Roller, African Dwarf-kingfisher, White-bellied Kingfisher, African Pied Hornbill, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill.

Mpanga Forest

Mpanga Forest is only a 60 minutes drive from the Capital.and is beautifully positioned on 453 hectares, nested in Mpigi Valley. The forest has been conserved since 1932 and boasts various attractions such as the stunning Red-tailed and Black-and-White Colobus monkeys, 97 butterfly species, 112 moths, 500 trees and shrubs. But the best part is that it holds a whopping 300 different bird species! Some of the highlights include the Yellow-throated Longclaw, Western Nicator, Little Greenbul, White-headed Sawwing, Winding Cisticola, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Black Cuckoo, Bronze Sunbird, Copper Sunbird, Green-headed Sunbird, Superb Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Variable Sunbird

Green-headed Sunbird seen on our Uganda Birding Tours
See the Great Blue Turaco on our Uganda Birding Tours!

Botanical Gardens

Just 34 km from Kampala and located in Entebbe itself it’s the only national Botanical Garden in Uganda, and man does it pack a punch! It was established in 1901 and cleverly located on the shores of Lake Victoria. The gardens are a beautiful mix of indigenous forest, cultivation and horticulture which make it an incredible location for birding. This is an absolute must for any birder who  has a short time and wants a high bird count! Just some of the highlights include Ross’s Turaco, Great Blue Turaco, Orange Weaver, Spur-winged Plover, Black-headed Gonolek, Red-chested Sunbird, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Pied Kingfisher, Scaly Francolin, Crowned Hornbill, Vieillot’s Black Weaver and Woodland Kingfisher among many many more!

Sezibwa Falls

The Sezibwa Falls, only 40 mintues away from the capital is stunning waterfall found on the Sezibwa River. Not only is it a magnificent sight to behold but it also hosts a lovely array of bird life. Enjoy a nice dip in the pool and also encounter some birding treats such as the Lesser-stripped Swallow, African Finfoot, Emerald Cuckoo, Shinning Blue Kingfisher, Heuglin’s Robin-chat, Sulphur-breasted Bushrike, Woodland kingfisher, Eastern Plantain Eater, Superb Sunbird (the biggest sunbird!), Grey-headed Negrofinch, White-spotted Flufftail, Red-chested Cuckoo

A beautiful photo of a Grey-headed Kingfisher seen on our Uganda Birding Tours
Beautiful locations on our Uganda Birding Tours

Jinja 'The Source of the Nile'

Jinja is, as the nickname implies is where the longest river in the world, the River Nile was created. It’s also a seriously wonderful place to go birding, where the river’s water brings out a wide array of terrestrial and wetland species. Some of the highlights for this area include the Great Blue Turaco (one for any birder’s wish list), Rock Pratencols, Giant Kingfisher, African Open-billed Stork, Green-backed Heron among many more!

We also organise boat-trips along the River Nile so you can get up and close to the stunning bird life the area has!

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