Among the many countries best known for bird watching by the birders all around the globe and in Africa to be specific, Uganda possibly takes the lead not because of the serenity that strikes you when you have a glimpse of the nature it holds but because first and foremost it has an odd number of bird species that are documented within its boundaries also because it provides easy admittance to the numerous bird-rich territories that are complicated to get to in other places. There is a massive number of the bird species that totals to about 1,061 that is recorded in Uganda and among these, only two species are endemic and a common sight while the four other kinds are an infrequent and or accidental species of birds. In Uganda you can get to see these and many more birds from places like the Queen Elizabeth National Park, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Lake Mburo National Park, Lutembe Bay, Murchison Falls, Semuliki National Park and Mabamba Island common for the Shoebill among others.Some of the albertine endemic bird species include; Ruwenzori Nightjar,Red-throated Alethe,African Green Broadbill,Red-faced Woodland Warbler,Handsome Francolin,Short-tailed Warbler,Collared Apalis,Mountain Masked Apalis,Archer’s Robin-Chat,Dawrf Honey guide,Grauer’s Warbler,Dusky Crimsonwing,RwenzoriBatis,Purple-breasted Sunbird,Regal Sunbird,Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Strip-breasted Tit,Blue-headed Sunbird,Grauer’s Rush Warbler,RwenzoriTuraco,Strip-breasted Tit,Kivu Ground Thrush,Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, and the Strange Weaver,
Mabamba swampy area is only about an hour’s drive away from Kampala City Center. It is also found at the edge of Lake Victoria and for birders that would love to see the birds in this area, wooden boats and or canoes to find these birds. This Island is commonly known for the Shoebill Stork that is said to keep hidden in the water weeds while waiting for the fish before they can actually get back into the deeper waters. Shoebills have their homes in Papyrus and will at times live on land however, the land has to oversee the waters. There are also other bird species that are found in this area and they include the Pied Kingfishers, the Blue-breasted Bee eaters, the African and Lesser Jacannas and the African Pygmy Goose. Also important to note is the wooden boats can only be able to carry 3 persons while on the birding adventure.
Apart from the many birding species found in Uganda, the country offers many other adventurous activities including; mountain gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, mountain climbing, cultural exploration, fishing, cultural tours, wildlife safaris activities, white water rafting, bungee jumping and many more.