Embark on an enthralling Uganda birding safari that unveils the remarkable Albertine Rift endemics hidden within the enchanting Semuliki National Park. This pristine wilderness is a sanctuary for a plethora of bird species, including some of the most sought-after endemics in the Albertine Rift region. Prepare to be mesmerized by the Nkulengu Rail, Yellow-Throated Cuckoo, Piping Hornbill, Red-Billed Dwarf Hornbill, Black Dwarf Hornbill, White-Crested Hornbill, Black-Casqued Wattled Hornbill, Red-Rumped Tinkerbird, African Piculet, White-Throated Blue Swallow, Yellow-Throated Nicator, Leaf-Love, Swamp Palm Bulbul, Lemon-Bellied Crombec, Maxwell’s Black Weaver, Crested Malimbe, Red-Bellied Malimbe, Blue-Bellied Malimbe, Chestnut-Breasted Negrofinch, Orange-Cheeked Waxbill, Congo Serpent Eagle, Long-Tailed Hawk, Lyre-Tailed Honeyguide, Ituri Batis, Red-Billed Helmet-Shrike, Red-Eyed Puff-Back, and Black-Winged Starling.
While Semuliki National Park is a birding paradise in its own right, Uganda offers a plethora of other key birding areas waiting to be discovered:
This rich habitat for forest birding is home to a staggering 350 bird species, including an astounding 23 Albertine Rift endemics, constituting 90% of all the Albertine Rift endemics. Immerse yourself in birdwatching along the main trails of Munyaga in northern Bwindi and Mubwindi Swamp in the eastern Bwindi region of Ruhija.
Mgahinga not only boasts incredible birding opportunities but also offers some of the most picturesque scenery. Explore the gorge between Mounts Gahinga and Sabyinyo, traverse the bamboo forest, and meander through the montane forest where you might glimpse the rare Rwenzori Turaco.
This national park boasts 217 bird species, with highlights such as the Rwenzori Turaco. The forest zone at 1800 meters is a haven for birdwatchers, featuring species like the Barred Long-Tailed Cuckoo, Long-Eared Owl, Handsome Francolin, Cinnamon-Chested Bee-Eater, Archers’ Robin-Chat, White-Starred Robin, Rwenzori Batis, Montane Sooty Boubou, Lagden’s Bush Shrike, Slender-Billed Starling, Blue-Headed Sunbird, Golden-Winged Sunbird, and the Strange Weaver.
This spot is perfect for birding enthusiasts, offering a variety of sought-after key species. Comprising moist, medium-altitude, semi-deciduous forest with patches of savanna and woodland, it is home to numerous west and central African bird species.
Home to 300 bird species, including 40 restricted-range species, Mount Elgon captivates birdwatchers. Notable species include the Moorland Francolin, Moustached Green Tinkerbird, and Alpine Chat. Unique birds exclusive to Mount Elgon include the Jackson’s Francolin and Black-Collared Apalis.
Kibale is a birdwatcher’s paradise, with over 370 species recorded. Among them are forest specials like the African Pitta. The park boasts four bird species not found in any other Ugandan national park: Cassin’s Spinetail, Blue-Headed Bee-Eater, Nahan’s Francolin, and Masked Apalis.
Contact Trek Africa Expeditions to book an unforgettable birdwatching safari in Uganda, where you’ll have the chance to witness the captivating Albertine Rift endemics in Semuliki National Park, as well as explore other diverse and bird-rich ecosystems across the country.