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Flying shoebill stork spotted on a Kwezi Outdoors birding safari in Uganda

Best time for Uganda birding

Birding in Uganda is an extraordinary experience due to the diverse ecosystems and abundant birdlife. There are over 1060 bird species, making Uganda one of Africa's top birding destinations. The combination of savannah, rainforests, wetlands, and mountains creates a habitat for a wide range of bird species, including numerous endemics and sought-after rarities.

What is the best time for a Uganda birding safari?

The ideal months to visit Uganda for a birding safari depend on your interests and preferences. Generally, the dry season, which spans from June to August and December to February, is highly recommended for bird watching. During this time, the air is cleaner, and the birds are more active, making it an optimal period for birding in Uganda.

However, if you are particularly interested in observing migrating birds, the rainy season from March to May and September to November can also offer fruitful birding opportunities. The influx of migrating species during these months can make for a unique and rewarding birding experience.

To ensure a tailored itinerary that aligns with your specific birding interests in Uganda, get in touch with Kwezi Outdoors. We will provide you with a customized plan that caters to your birding preferences.


What to wear for a Uganda birding safari

When it comes to clothing for a Ugandan birding safari, it is important to consider the country’s equatorial location and predominantly sunny weather. It is advisable to wear layers of comfortable and movement-friendly clothing. Light and breathable fabrics like cotton and linen are excellent choices to keep cool in the heat.

Additionally, it is recommended to pack sun-protective gear such as long-sleeved shirts, pants, and a wide-brimmed hat to shield yourself from the sun. Don’t forget to bring sunglasses and sunscreen to protect your eyes and skin from harmful UV rays.

Depending on the time of year and the region you plan to visit, it may be wise to pack rain gear and warm clothing. While heavy rainfall is common during the rainy season, it is worth noting that in the tropical forests of Kibale and Budongo and the montane forests of Bwindi, rain can occur at any time of the year. Moreover, higher altitudes can be chilly even in lower altitude areas, so it’s important to have warm clothing on hand.