Twice the size of Pennsylvania, located in East Africa and a landlocked country, it is bordered on the west by Democratic Republic of Congo, on the north by South Sudan, on the east by Kenya, on the south by Tanzania and Southwest by Rwanda.

birding in Uganda

Uganda lies across the equator and is comprised of ideal habitats which make it a haven of wildlife that is Tropical and Afro-montane rain forests, swampy low and highlands, a fertile plateau with wooded hills, and semi-arid region. Lake Victoria forms part of the southern border with numerous surrounding equatorial forests.

Uganda has emerged from the dark history to rise a new hope through tourism and restore the former glory of being the “Pearl Of Africa”. Worthy streaming in to explore what is basically the best of everything the whole continent has to offer, within an area of about 90,041sq miles and a land area of only 77,108 sq miles, it boasts over 10% of the world’s total bird life and 50% of those that dwell on the African continent having only one endemic, the Fox’s Weaver that inhabits the wetlands of the Eastern part, 25 Albertine Rift Endemics including Grauer’s Swamp-Warbler, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Handsome Francolin, the Rwenzori Double-collared, Blue Headed and Regal Sunbird, Mountain Masked Apalis, Shelley’s Crimson-wing, African Green Broadbill among others and other African highly sought after species like the Green-breasted Pitta, Karamoja Apalis, Papyrus Gonolek, Shoebill, Nahans Francolin, Woodhouse’s Antpecker, Brown-Chested Plover, Black-Breatsed Barbet while the west African forests will produce the unique, Guinea-Congo biome endemics like the Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Chestnut-Capped Flyctatcher, African Piculet, Gray’s Malimbe, Leaf Love, Ituri Batis, White Crested, Thighed, Wattled Casqued, Black Dwarf, Piping and Red Billed Dwarf Hornbills among others.

With all the above, a safari to Uganda is a mix of activities and to my thinking of potential priorities to any other destination in Africa, the possibility of combining birds, large and small mammals, big primates like Chimpanzees and Gorillas, is quite an eclectic mix, that any tourist to this continent should not miss, come and Journeys Uganda puts together a life time and memorable safari.

It is home to the tallest mountain range in Africa, the source that feeds the world’s longest river and the continent’s largest lake. And with half the remaining mountain gorillas residing here, as well as the Big Five to be ticked off, wildlife and culture, Uganda is one of the best places for your upcoming safari.

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