Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the tourist activities that a traveler will enjoy when they visit the park for Uganda Budgets SafarisBird watching is the best impressive experience that rewards you with great sightseeing of a variety of bird species. However, in Uganda Queen Elizabeth national park is among the famous birding haven destination in East Africa with the adversity of beautiful bird species which cannot be found elsewhere in the country and these have truly made Uganda one of the finest birding paradises.

Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Uganda hosts with more than 1010 bird species all of which you certainly enjoy on a Uganda birding tour. To note all the National parks found in Uganda are actually the biggest habitat for a variety of bird species in the pearl of Africa. Interestingly, when it comes a time to marvel at the rewardable bird species, you will end up coming across the biodiversity of wild animals that will turn your bird watching safaris tour into a gorgeous encounter. The best time to opt these various bird species is usually early in the morning as well as late in the evening because between this time of the day when there is no sunshine and during cool time of a day it’s when a variety of birds are being spotted on their nest or eating fruits of the tree.

However, the park’s savannah, forest connects to the expansive forest of DR. Congo that allows tourists to spot from East as well as Central African bird species. Queen Elizabeth National park is located in the western region of Uganda in kasese district covering a total land of about 1978square kilometers and estimates 400 kilometers from the southwest part of Kampala Uganda’s capital city and it is a home of average altitude the moist semi-deciduous forest, bushland and many more. The park boasts with a great variety of habitats that are a habit in open savannah grassland, woodland, crate lake within the park as well as permanent swamps which are home to over 600 species and this is one of the greatest national park in East Africa and a phenomenal number for such a small area. Above all the park is managed by Uganda wildlife Authority and become a UNESCO world heritage site in 1991.

The park is blessed with number of water birds, woodland and forest dwellers along Maramagambo forest ,54 raptors and numerous migratory species such impressive birds include Africa Skimmer, Chapin’s Flycatcher, African Broadbill, Black Bee-eater, White tailed lark, White Winged Warbler ,Corncrake ,Lesser ,Greater flamingo ,Martial Eagle, Black-rumped Buttonquail, Pink-backed Pelican, Bar-tailed Godwit ,Shoebill stork, Wattled Plovers ,African Jacana, Fish Eagle, Yellow-backed weavers, Knob-boiled Ducks, Long-tailed Cormorants, Squacco Heron ,Spur-Winged Plovers ,Swampy flycatcher, Papyrus Canary ,Malachite, Collard Pranticles ,Grey-headed kingfisher, Papyrus gonolek, thin tailed Nightjars among others. All these species are commonly seen along kazinga channel , maramangambo forest which offers with good looking white spotted fluff tail within the thickets of the riverside while listening to damp grassland near to the verdant gorge, Katungura areas, Mweya peninsular, Lake Kikorongo ,Katwe area and kasenyi area these are the best place to encounter wide number of  birds in Queen. The swamp areas in the ishasha sector are also a good place to opt for the elusive shoebill stork.

Best time for Bird watching in Queen 

The Bird spotting in Queen Elizabeth National Park is best done all year round but there are the best seasons for birding in a year starting in May to September when the rain is less and the food is available, June to July tends to be with least rain whereas April to May and September  to November have the peak rain and due to heavy rain sometimes leads to poor roads and slippery hiking trails to access the park or to forest inhabit of the notable bird species which can lead to limitation of your bird watching time. And from November to April this is the best time to do birdwatching and it’s when the migratory birds can be found in the park within this period of the year it’s when you can be able to spot as many as possible half of the 600 bird species that are recorded within Queen Elizabeth national park.

Besides bird watching in Queen there are many amazing activities that are conducted in the park which has famously rewarded Queen as the most visited national park on Uganda tours such as great game drive viewing since the park boasts with tree-climbing lions and others, Chimpanzee tracking, Mongoose tracking, nature walk, boat cruise along Kazinga Channel among others all these can make your birding safaris awesome experience in life.

Where to stay while you’re on Birding safaris in Queen

Travelers shouldn’t get worried about their stay when it comes to visiting the park, most importantly the park is protected by Uganda wildlife Authority and it’s on the list of the UNESCO heritage  and above all it was established in 1952 as game and forest reserve to protect wildlife species and it’s the second-largest national park in Uganda. The park offers good comfortable accommodation facilities with easy location, amenities, professional chefs ranging between luxury to Mid-range located inside the park and these include; Ishasha Wilderness Camp, Geolodge Jacana Safari Lodge, Kyambura Game Lodge, Mweya Safari Lodge, Simba Safari Camp, Volcanoes Kyambura Gorge Lodge and many more.

Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park
Birding in Queen Elizabeth National Park

Getting there

Birding Safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park can be easily accessed from Kampala the city of seven city hills as your major starting point and lasts within 5 to 6 hours by road. Alternatively, a traveler can choose to fly to and from Entebbe Airport to Mweya Airstrip within 1:15 hours only by road.

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