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Swamp Nightjar

Uganda 2nd March-10th March 2009

  • Early morning start to Mbarara Wetlands. We set off in canoes down the papyrus lined channel. Malachite Kingfishers zipped about with Swamp Flycatchers and a single Carruthers Cisticola. Black Crakes, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana and Blue headed Coucal all showed well...John Kirby reports.

Uganda 13th-29th May 2008

  • The idea was to do Kenya however, the political situation after their general election scuppered that plan.  After a quick scan of the internet it was decided that Uganda was a worthy substitute.  A decision we don’t regret one bit. This small land locked country roughly the size of the UK has a bird list of over 1000 has some really remarkable birds like Shoebill and Black Bee-eater...Steve Dark reports

International Hospital Kampala , Uganda 03-08/06/07

  • The moral of this report is make sure you take the Malaria tablets...still the birds were OK...Nigel Voaden reports!!

Dusty birding in Uganda, a short birding trip to Uganda, mainly with public transport June 2006

  • We pitched our tent with a family slightly outside the Kirumia village for 2 nights. We had the impression the villagers never saw “mzungu’s” (white people) before, and especially not on the market or in the very basic, small hotelli where they only served cold beans with matoke...Toon Spanhove reports

Uganda August 1st to 17th 2005

  • Marabou Storks form a very remarkable aspect of Kampala landscape. Lots can be seen constantly flying over the city or standing on roofs, but they’re present in every Ugandan town feeding on street rubbish, completely unaware of people....José María Fernández reports
Pennant-winged Nightjar

Uganda July 15th - August 6th 2005

  • The return drive to Red Chilli restcamp was very good for night birds. We saw about 5 Long-tailed Nightjars, at least 15 Pennant-winged Nightjars, and a few smaller nightjars, one of which was definitely a Square-tailed Nightjar. Also 3 Grayish Eagle-Owls were seen very well, plus a few more seen in flight from a distance....Wim Heylen reports


Uganda 18th February -14th March 2005

  • Uganda has become a popular destination for birding trips in recent years – with good reason. A high number of species, particularly Central African forest species, are more accessible here than at other popular destinations, there is a fine selection of “restricted range species”, and the incomparable Shoebill is easier to see here than anywhere else...Ulrik Andersen & Erik Mølgaard report.

Uganda July 28th to August 17th 2004

  • The purpose of this trip was to see as many of the Albertine Rift endemics as possible, and also East African species missed on a previous 700-species trip to Kenya that had included Kakamega. The itinerary was planned to include a brief visit to Semliki Forest which would mean some West African species to swell the trip list, instead of travelling north to see Fox's Weaver. 598 species were recorded on this 3 week trip, with 170 new species....Geoff Dobbs reports

Uganda 14th July-5th Aug 2004

  • Lake Mburo is a fantastic site that deserves more time than we were able to give it. We stayed in the tented camp, which was great for night birding. In the morning the boat trip was great but then we had very little time to chase down the many species that just creep into Uganda in this park (eg long-tailed cisticola)....Phil Benstead reports.

A 25 Day Birding and Wildlife Trip To Uganda Jan 12-Feb 6, 2004

  • Every international birder wants to go to Africa, some time.  Our turn came early in 2004.  Naturally,  no one country or region can be a true template for an entire continent with all its diversity.  So we put a lot of thought into which country would, overall, be best to visit in keeping with our objectives and budget, and in case we do not get to go back.  Uganda came out on top....Paul Prevett reports.

Western Uganda 4th – 21st July 2003

  • Itinerary and full bird list ..... Robert Langhendries reports.

Uganda 5th-26th August 2002

  • Eight people took part in this trip, which was organised by Simon Wotton, who arranged the itinerary (via e-mail) with Herbert Byaruhanga, the general secretary of the Uganda Bird Guides Club.  He acted as our driver and guide for most of our time in Uganda....Sam Woods reports

Uganda July 2002

  • Uganda is a tiny landlocked country supporting more than 1,000 species and deserves its reputation as "Birders' Eden". Uganda, once the "Pearl of the British Empire" in East Africa is one of the most beautiful countries on the continent. One-sixth of its area is covered by water. Large lakes include Lake Albert, Lake Victoria the source of the White Nile, Lake Edward and Lake George. Situated on the equator Uganda has an area contiguous with the great Guinea/Congo Basin rainforest on its Western border. Subsequently there are a number of West and Central African bird species occurring in Uganda that are not found elsewhere in East Africa. These "Uganda specials" are very difficult to see elsewhere......Jan Vermeulen reports

A backpacker birding report on Uganda 16 April - 15 May 1996

  • Uganda is a small country with a surprisingly high number of birdspecies: around 1000 species have been recorded in the country. The density of species exceeds that of Kenya (one of the worlds top-birding countries). The reason for this high density of species is without doubt the magnificent rainforests of the south-west of which some are still in very good shape (The impenetrable forest (Bwindi NP.)). There are many East African rainforest species which are difficult or impossible to see in Kenya. Besides this in the west of Uganda there are a number of West African birds to be seen....Michiel de Boer reports


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Some Useful bird books for Uganda:
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Field Guide to the Birds of East Africa
Terry Stevenson, John Fanshawe: Buy from or

  • This field guide to a spectacular region for birding covers all the resident, migrant and vagrant birds of Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi, describing a remarkable 1388 species. The plates show 3400 images illustrating all the plumages and major races likely to be encountered. Set opposite the plates are concise descriptive accounts describing identification, status, range, habits and voice, and range maps for each species.

Collins Illustrated Checklist: Birds of Eastern Africa
Ber Van Perlo: Buy from or

  • I took this book with me for a two week family holiday in Kenya where I visited Tsavo game parks, coastal regions and also went on a bush walk near Mombasa. As a beginner to African birds I found the illustrations and brief descriptions very helpful and in some cases it was superior to the larger reference books that I had studied before I went.

Pocket Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of East Africa  
Stephen Spawls et al: Buy from or

  • Covers 278 species in detail with information on a further 316. This is the best true field guide to East africas reptiles and amphibians with good photography and concise text thoughout. Recommended to all wildlife enthusiasts.

Lonely Planet: Watching Wildlife: East Africa
David Andrew, Susan Rhind: Buy from or

  • This invaluable guide covers more than 100 bird and wildlife-watching destinations in East Africa, (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.). The itineraries include the Bwindi Impenetrable, Lake Mburo and Murchison Falls National Parks. Each featured destination is accompanied by maps to the best sites. An extensive photo gallery features all the main bird and mammal groups. Recommended.

The Kingdon Pocket Guide to African Mammals
Jonathan Kingdon: Buy from

  • Superb, concise and compact enough to use in the field. All the mammals you are ever likely to encounter on a trip to africa. For anyone with an interest in African mammals, there really is no substitute. More than 700 illustrations by the authoritive and acclaimed Jonathon Kingdon.

Collins Safari Guide: Birds of East Africa
David Hosking, Martin Withers: Buy from or

  • This guide covers all the common birds found in East Africa and the major areas visited by safaris - Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Ethiopia. Each species is illustrated, with the differences betwen the male and female pointed out.

Recommended travel books for Uganda

Lonely Planet: East Africa
Hugh Finlay, Geof Crowther : Buy from or

  • While sometimes flawed and annoyingly out of date, LP's East Africa remains one of the best guides to the region. Travel info is mostly reliable, and the hotel/hostel write ups make finding somewhere to crash far easier.

Lonely Planet: Trekking in East Africa
David Else : Buy from or

  • East Africa has some of the world's most spectacular national parks and trekking routes. This guide, covering Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi and Zambia, provides practical information on how to prepare a trek, what to take, the best trails and how to hire a guide.
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