Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the charming experience in the eyes of bird watchers/viewers , come watch different types of birds from different habitats , hear to their birdsong, view these incredible feathered creatures from different scenes from the classified birding area(IBA)
Queen Elizabeth National park
is uganda’s most scenic and popular national park that contains a variety of habitats, it boosts in an excess of 550 species of birds that have actually made it a charming destination for guests that love watching birds. The park is situated in Rukungiri district in southwestern Uganda covering a total land area of 1 978 sq km. It sits at an altitude of 900 meters on the adjacent Lake Edward up to 1 845 meters at the peak of the western Rift Valley’s – eastern Escarpment. It has a home of average altitude – moist semi-deciduous forest, Rivine bush-land, moist thicket and riparian forest. Among the bird habitats offered within this national park are Open woodlands, rivers, open grassland, lakes seasonal as well as permanent swamps.
Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park is done in areas below
The area makes viewing easy for bird viewers ,it also has many Africa bird species, making it a must-see wildlife destination. In this open, grassy area dominated by savanna, birders can see species like:Palm-nut Vulture ,Hooded Vulture, African White-backed Vulture ,Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle Martial Eagle ,Grey Kestrel , African Crake ,Black-bellied Bustard ,Temminck’s Courser ,African Wattled Plover, Crowned Plover, Senegal Plover, Kittlitz’s Plover, Rufous napped Lark, Flappet Lark, White-tailed Lark, Brown-backed Srub-Robin, Zitting Cisticola, Croaking Cisticola, Grey-capped Warbler, Black-lored Babbler, Grey backed Fiscal, Black-headed GonolekBlack-crowned Tchagra,Fork-tailed Drongo, with these birds, Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park is made awesome
Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park in mweya penisula
This is the site between Queen Elizabeth National Park. This site is also where one is able to see bird species like:Raptors, African Mourning Dove, Diederik Cuckoo, Squire-tailed Nightjar, Slender-tailed Nightjar, Swamp Nightjar, Blue-naped Mousebird, Grey-Headed Kingfisher, Pygmy Kingfisher, Little Bee-eater, Nubian Woodpecker ,Red-capped Lark , Martins, Swallows, Swifts, Grey-capped Warbler the Kazinga Channel and Lake Edward where most tourists are based
Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Marabigambo Forest
This is a forest that covers a big part of Queen Elizabeth along the Kicwamba escarpment on the right side of the western rift valley arm. From the Mbarara-Kasese road to the forest itself, you can find species like: Little Grebe, African Finfoot, Red-chested Cuckoo\ Black Cuckoo, African Emerald Cuckoo, Yellowbill, Black Coucal, Blue-breasted Kingfisher, Black Bee-eater, Blue-throated Roller, Barbets, Red-throated Wryneck, Brown-eared Woodpecker, Red-shouldered Cuckoo-shrike, Honeyguide Greenbul, Blue-shouldered Robin-Chat, Dark-capped Warbler,, Green Crombec, Broad-tailed Warbler\, African Moustached Warbler, Croaking Cisticola, Black-headed Batis, Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher, Chestnut Wattle-eye, African Paradise Flycatcher,Brown Illadopsis, Brubru,Marsh Tchagra
In this area, there are several crater lakes and swamps. Here, Lake Munyanyange is favored by various water birds, especially a concentration of Lesser Flamingos and a few Greater Flamingos. The species that can be seen here include: Lesser Flamingos, Greater Flamingos, Eurasian Mash Harrier, Montagu’s Harrier, Pallid Harrier, Avocet, Common Greenshank, Little Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Lesser Black-backed Gull, Gull-billed Tern, Red-capped Lark, Broad-tailed Warbler, African Moustached Warbler, Croaking Cisticola, Southern Red Bishop
Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Ishasha Sector
This is another big area that offers a lot to birders in Africa, despite being best-known for its tree-climbing lions. Species that can be seen here include: Shoe-bill, Palm-nut Vulture, Hooded Vulture,, African White-backed Vulture, Ruppell’s Griffon Vulture, Lappet-faced Vulture, Brown Snake Eagle, Wahlberg’s Eagle, Bateleur, Long-created Eagle, Martial Eagle, African Crowned Eagle, Grey Kestrel, Helmeted Guineafowl, African Crake, Black-bellied Bustard, African Wattled Plover Senegal Plover, African Green Pigeon, Ross’s Turaco, Striped Kingfisher, Broad-billed Roller, Double-toothed Barbet, White-headed Barbet, Greater Honeyguide, Grey Woodpecker,White-browed Robin-Chat\, Brown-backed Scrub-Robin
Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park in Katunguru Bridge Area
If you venture to the Katunguru Bridge, where you cross the Kazinga Channel from the Kasese district to the Rubirizi district, be sure to peek beneath the bridge as there is a papyrus swamp hosting species that include:Pink-backed Pelican, Gull-billed Tern, White-winged Tern, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Lesser Swamp Warbler, Greater Swamp Warbler, White-winged Warbler, Carruther’s Cisticola
Birding at Queen Elizabeth National Park can be an exciting activity with equipment’s like cameras binoculars, sun glasses among others for best views
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Bwindi National Park Uganda is located in south-western Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley covering 331 sq. kms. It is one of the largest natural forests in East Africa, supporting large number of plants and animals not found elsewhere in the continent.
Bwindi National Park Uganda
The park is Located amidst magnificent forests in the extreme end of south western Uganda, across the steep escarpments of the western rift valley, Bwindi is the only park in the world which is famous for harboring almost half of the world’s endangered gorillas. There are now only 650 left in the world! It is worthwhile for you to encounter one group of habituated gorillas believed to be the origin of mankind; the hottest attraction in Uganda today!
The forest is also a habitat for over 80 species of mammals, other primates and 346 species of bird life of which almost 90% of them are endemic to East Africa. Performances by the local communities in the evening around Buhoma are worthwhile to see or cultural village walks to meet and interact with the local communities are optional activities to be done.
There are many choices of accommodation: The volcanoes (High end/luxurious accommodation), Buhoma Homestead, Gorilla resort, Mantana tented camp, Gorilla forest camp, Lake Kitandara Tented camp.
Mt.Elgon National park Uganda is the shell of an ancient volcano. Its highest peak, Wagagai, reaches 4321 m, making it the 4th highest peak in Africa. Though much erosion has taken place, after millions of years of erosion the remaining oval shaped caldera now measures roughly 7 by 8 kms, one of the largest in the world. This 1145 sq. kms park shares its eastern border with Kenya .
Mt Elgon is found in the eastern part of Uganda and sits by the Kenyan borderland is the shell of an ancient volcano. The main attractions here are the waterfalls and caves that were once used by indigenous people, hot springs the mountainous vegetation, the various peaks, suam gorge and the caldera itself.
In the vicinity of Mt Elgon is the sipi falls, Uganda’s most romantic and beautiful water falls. It is the perfect place to relax and wander, exploring the many falls and caves. Excursions to climb Mgt Elgon to visit the rock painting or to go rafting on the Nile are natural extensions to a visit in the area.
The Bagisu and the Sabiny who practice circumcision every even year are the inhabitants of the area and will perform cultural dances upon request. June to August and December to March are the best times to visit the park since this is the dry period although you can also visit any season as it does not require any hiking equipments.
The park contains varied peculiar attractions of montane forests, bamboo, giant Lobelia, brilliant species of flowers, birds, bushbucks, antelopes, wild cats, rock hyrax, hyenas, caves, craters, gorges, the magnificent Sipi falls and many more.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is one of the outstanding treasures of Uganda. The park has recently been designated a Biosphere Reserve for Humanity under UNESCO.
The park covers 2000 sq. kms and includes a remarkable variety of eco-systems; from semi-deciduous tropical forest to green meadows, savannah and swamps. It is the home of the famous tree-climbing lions, the Uganda kob and other antelope as well as elephant, buffalo, hippos, baboons, and chimpanzee.
Over 500 species of birds have been recorded here making it prime target for birdwatchers. Species recorded include the shoebill stork, black bee-eater, 11 types of kingfishers and a variety of raptors including several falcons and eagles. In the crater lakes, spectacular flocks of flamingos gather, creating the image of a moving pink carpet. The park is located in the Western Arm of the Great East African Rift valley; the park extends its horizons to the foothills of magnificent scenery of Mt Rwenzori in the North to Ishasha sector southwards famous for rare tree climbing lion’s.
The launch trip along the Kazinga Channel between Lake George and Edward is a memorable way to view the variety of game in Queen Elizabeth.
Actually the park is a treasure, a rich habitat of savanna, equatorial rainforests, papyrus swamps, Crater Lakes, baboon’s cliff, kyambura gorge Kazinga channel, Lake Edward and Lake George, full of animals and birds.
A Launch trip either morning or late afternoon and game drives provide visitors with easy viewing of animals such as Elephant, Buffalos, waterbucks, mongoose, warthogs, lions and several bird species. Kyambura gorge offers lifetime experience to trek chimps and other primates while the crater lakes region and baboon cliffs make visitors see the real taste of wonders of nature. Mweya safari lodge adjacent to Kazinga channel and Jacana safari lodge beneath spectacular Maramagambo forest scenery offer the best accommodation with hospitable staff.
Lake Mburo National Park contains an extensive area of wetland and harbours several species of mammals including Zebras, impalas, elands, topi and buffaloes.
The bird population includes the rare shoebill stork, it’s sculptured landscape with rolling grassy hills and idyllic lakeshores has a varied mosaic of habitats: forest galleries, rich acacia tree valleys, seasonal, and permanent swamps which all support a wealth of wildlife.
The park is only 370km and the smallest of Uganda’s Savannah national parks. Its mosaic habitat: dry hillside, rocky outcrops, bushes, thickets, open and wooded Savannah’s, forests, lakes and swamps are home to a suprising diversity of plants and animals.
A Three Day Safari to Queen Elizabeth National Park
In Queen elizabeth park, enjoy a game drive in ishahs to view tree climbing lions, track chimpanzees in kyambura godge, butter fly viewing in kyambura godge or maramagambo forest and a launch cruise along kazinga channel
Very early in the morning, our tour guide picks from your hotel or residence, drives to Mbarara (277 Km from Kampala) westwards via Masaka. Have a brief stop over at Equator crossing for snacks and photography. Lunch break is made at Regency Lake view Hotel or Agip Motel Mbarara then proceed to the park enjoying beautiful scenery, herds of long horned Ankole cattle, and tea plantations in Ishaka, Rift valley escarpment, open grassland and woodland savanna. Evening game drive for sight seeing is much more rewarding. Dinner and overnight at Mweya safari lodge/Jacana Safari Lodge./kingfisher lodge.
have an early cup of coffee, Morning game drive along Kasenyi and Queens Mile makes visitors encounter elephants, buffalo, water bucks, warthogs, lions, Uganda Kobs and a variety of birds. Return to the lodge for breakfast, relaxation and lunch. After lunch, a two hour boat trip along the famous Kazinga channel is worthwhile an opportunity to see breeding Hippos, Buffalos, Elephants, warthogs etc. This trip also enables visitor chance to see spectacular birds such as pink backed pelicans, pied and malachite kingfishers, saddle billed stork. Dinner & overnight at Mweya safari Lodge/Jacana safari lodge/kingfisher.
With previous day’s memories, morning at leisure, get ready for guided primate walk along Kyambura Gorge to look for habituated chimps through the gorge. After primate walk, drive to Mbarara for lunch. Return to Kampala at your own convenience where you will be dropped either to your hotel/residence or airport.
OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES DURING YOUR STAY IN QUEEN
Drive to Lake Katwe: Interacting with the local people and See local methods of salt mining and Sight seeing. Guided nature walk to the bird hide out: Birding, game viewing and photography. Drive to Ishasha sector: See woodland open savannah, look for rare tree climbing lions and game viewing.
The safari package includes:
Transportation by a 4 x 4 wheel
Full board accommodation as per the itinerary
Two hour boat trip along Kazinga channel
Guided primate walk along kyambura gorge
Ranger guide fees
The package to exclude expenses of personal nature like: drinks, laundry, tips, cigarettes, telephone expenses etc.
Approximate distance from Kampala is 445 kms.
Estimated transit time is approximately is 6-7 Hrs.