1Day Uganda Birdlife


Entebbe Botanical Gardens were established in 1898 by the then governor of Uganda. They are located in Entebbe on the shores of Lake Victoria on 40 hectares of land and 1.5 km along Lake Victoria. Their location along Lake Victoria, the many trees and vegetation make it the best birding spot closest to Kampala with several bird species hosting both water, Savannah and forest bird species. This birding tour will take about 6 hours before one can feel they have exhausted the species therein. Birding here is easy and most species are easily seen offering great photographic moments of both water birds and forest birds.
The birds to look out for while here; Grey woodpecker, African Thrush, Diederik, Red Chested and Klaas’s Cuckoo, Fan tailed Window bird, Speckled mouse bird, sand martin, Grey parrot, Ross’s and Great blue Turaco, Woodland, Striped, Malachite, Giant and Pygmy Kingfishers, Collard, Copper, Olive, Olive bellied, Red Chested and Superb Sunbird, Red Faced and Winding Cisticola, Black Bishop, Black Cuckoo-shrike and Eurasian Reed, Great Reed and Sedge warbler, Hamerkop, Great comorant, little egret, cattle egret, Open billed stork, black headed heron etc.

Lutembe Bay is located about 2 Km off the Kampala-Entebbe highway on Lake Victoria. The wetland is a bird sanctuary and listed as a Ramsar Site – a wetland of international importance. Lutembe wetland is an Important Bird Area (IBA) according to Birdlife International. The area has mainly water birds which are watched while on a wooden boat. However there a few Savannah birds in the gardens and open areas en route to Lutembe wetland and others nearby.
Some of the birds one can see while here include; Yellow-throated Long claw, Tree and Plain-backed Pipits, Papyrus Gonolek, Rufous-naped and Flappet Larks, Common Moorhen, Open billed Stork, Blue-headed and white-browed Coucal, Hamerkop, Cattle Egret, Intermediate Egret, Little Egrets, Sooty chats, sand martin, Pied and Malachite kingfishers, Open billed stork, Yellow billed stork, White winged terns, African wattled lapwing, Spur winged lapwing, common sandpiper, Orange tufted sun bird, Scarlet chested sunbird, Little bee-eater, White-throated Bee eater, Double-toothed Barbet, Grey crowned Cranes, African fish eagle, Red-winged Lark, Rufous-naped Lark, Common Bulbul, Black-headed Gonolek, Black & White Casqued Hornbill etc

This forest is about 30 km off Kampala-Jinja highway less than an hour’s drive from Kampala. Kasenge forest is privately owned forest with a man-made lake ideal for a birding excursion sitting on 60 acres of land. The area has bandas for accommodation and restaurant for meals while on the birding excursion.
The bird count at Kasenge forest is about 150 bird species, most of which are forest bird species and a few water birds. With an early morning visit, we will look out for Lizard Buzzard, Klaas’s Cuckoo, Red eyed dove, Bronze Manikin, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Olive Bellied and Copper Sunbird, Slender billed GreenBul, Pygmy, Woodland and Giant Kingfisher, Toro Olive Greenbul, Yellow White Eye, Yellow mantled weaver, Grey Parrot, Long tailed Cormorant, Great Blue and Ross’s Turaco, Crowned, African Pied and Black & White Casqued Hornbill, Hadada Ibis, Common Bulbul, Red Billed Fire Finch, Slender Billed Greenbul, African Thrush, Black Headed Heron, Cattle Egret, African Harrier Eye, Blue Spotted wood dove, Grey Crowned Crane, Giant Kingfisher, woodland kingfisher and many more.

Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is located 176 km off the Kampala – Gulu highway176 km on 70 square kilometers of land that was formerly a private ranch. The sanctuary is enroute to Murchison falls national park and many visit it as part of an itinerary to the park. Our aim on this birding tour is to sight as many birds as possible so we will aim at leaving Kampala latest 6.00am in the morning. Our plan then is to arrive by 9am at the sanctuary and begin birding. The sanctuary is home to over 300 bird species both Savannah, woodland and water species. You have an opportunity of taking a canoe in Lugogo swamp in search of the shoebill and other water birds. Otherwise most of the birding will happen in the Savannah and woodland areas. Lunch will be served at the Amuka lodge located in the sanctuary after which we proceed with birding shortly before starting journey back to Kampala.
Bird species to look at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary
Shoebill, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, African Black Crake, African Crowned Eagle, African Fish Eagle, African Eye Eagle, African Marsh Harrier, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Augur Buzzard, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Bateleur, Black-and-white Casqued Hornbill, Black-crowned Tchagra, Black-headed Gonolek, Black-winged Bishop, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Blue-cheeked Bee-eater, Brown Parrot, Brown-crowned Tchagra, Brown-throated Wattle-eye, Buff-spotted Flufftail, Crested Francolin, Crowned Hornbill, Double-toothed Barbet, European Bee-eater, Fan-tailed Widow Bird, Giant Kingfisher, Great Blue Turaco, Greater Honey Guide, Green Wood Hoopoe, Grey-crowned Crane, Grey-headed Kingfisher, Grey-headed Sparrow, Helmeted Guineafowl, Klass’s Cuckoo, Marico Sunbird, Martial Eagle, Namaqua Dove, Northern Black Flycatcher, Northern Carmine Bee-eater, Nubian Woodpecker, Olive Sunbird, Pearl-spotted Owlet, Pied Kingfisher, Red-headed Malimbe, Ross’s Turaco, Ruff, Scarlet-chested Sunbird, Senegal Coucal, Shikra, Tawny Eagle, Thick-billed Honey Guide, Variable Sunbird, Village Indigobird, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Wattled Lapwing, Western Banded Snake Eagle, White-crested Turaco, White-faced Whistling Duck, White-fronted Bee-eater, White-headed Barbet, Woodland Kingfisher, Yellow-backed Weaver, Yellow-billed Stork, Yellow-rumped Tinker Bird, Yellow-throated Longclaw