Introduction: Birding Uganda

Welcome to the birding blog I maintained during the two years I lived in Kampala and traveled throughout Uganda. This was my second experience living in East Africa, and I was thrilled to revisit some of the same habitats I enjoyed birding in Tanzania five years ago. This time around, I was fortunate to have access to more diverse habitats of the region, including the montane forests of the Albertine Rift, one of the great birding hotspots of the world.

With well over one thousand bird species, Uganda is deservedly one of the top birding destinations on the continent. The country has enjoyed several decades of stability and economic growth, and there is good infrastructure to support a wide variety of tourism. For wildlife watchers, there is an excellent network of national parks and reserves that are inexpensive and easy to access, and local guides are renowned for their expertise and excellent customer service.

If you're considering visiting Uganda for a birding trip, then I would encourage you not to go overboard. Many first-time visitors to East Africa end up spending a fortune visiting multiple countries and going on luxury safaris in pursuit of the trip of a lifetime. Instead, I would suggest a ten to fourteen day trip to Uganda to get acquainted with the birds of the region. Regardless of how much you see, you'll no doubt want to return. I still have a lot to see myself and would be thrilled to visit the region again.

You'll find a variety of information and resources on this blog to help you plan your trip. It's first and foremost a personal birding journal, but there should be useful tips sprinkled throughout the posts. Birds of East Africa and Where to Watch Birds in Uganda are two indispensable resources for trip planning. I've also linked to several excellent trip reports by independent birders. Although I have since moved on to explore another part of the world, I'm happy to answer questions by email as well. 

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