Best way of Planning for a Uganda birding safari – Uganda Safari News
Uganda safaris are so known not only for wildlife but also for the big number of bird species found in the country. About 1078 bird species are known to be within the boundaries of Uganda. Uganda birding safaris tours have been so popular of recent because of the beautiful birds easily seen on Uganda tours. Planning for a birding safari in Uganda requires prior preparations from choosing a tour operator, what to wear, what to pack, where to go and when to go.
Before going for a birding safari always familiarize yourself with the bird species in this area by buying a bird guide book and reading through to know which birds you will actually find. Learn how to differentiate them by sound or color. This doesn’t mean that you will have to spot the birds yourself because your Uganda safari guide will do that for you but having prior knowledge makes the trip lively.
Book your Uganda birding Safari with a trustable tour operator
Planning of course involves booking especially when you are going to a new country. You can find several tour operators online with Prime Uganda Safaris & Tours being the best pick for your Uganda birding safari. Contact and book your safari early enough to ensure all preparations like hotel or accommodation bookings, transport or safari vehicle preparations and ensure all payments are made early.
Travel with a professional Uganda birding safari guide
A Uganda birding safari never gets interesting if you don’t have a knowledgeable safari guide. No matter the self-drive trend nowadays, for a biding safari you need a guide to help you get to destinations that reward with several bird species. You can book a knowledgeable birding guide through the tour operator.
Carry along a Field Guide Book
Either before or when you arrive for a Uganda birding tour remember to purchase or rent a field guide book the most recommendable being the Birds of Africa Field Guide. The books have a detailed analysis of over 95% of the recorded bird species in Uganda and increase your scope of what to expect while birding in Uganda.
Purchase or carry along the right birding equipment
Spotting birds needs the help of a pair of binoculars to spot the species up in the air. You need to purchase a pair of binoculars of your own which you will be most comfortable with. Camera a good quality camera to capture all of the bird species as possible.
Pack the right clothing
After booking your Uganda bird watching tour, knowing what to carry on your safari is necessary. What to carry depends on where you are doing the bird watching from either in a tropical rainforest or in the wilderness.
If it’s in the tropical forest either in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, Rwenzori Mountains National Park or Semuliki National Park, wearing long-sleeved shirt and trousers is necessary. Wear trekking shoes since you will have to trek the mountain as you do the birding.
Carry a sweater and rain coat since the temperatures in the forests are low.
Birding in other national parks like Murchison Falls National Park or Queen Elizabeth National Park that are in lower altitude areas require wearing light clothes. Light shoes and a hat for protection from the scotching sun are important. Carry sun glasses and bottled drinking water too.
In Kidepo Valley National Park-Africa’s best wilderness, carry light clothes, light shoes and a hat for protection from the scotching sun rays in the wilderness. Pack enough drinking water to take during the birding process.
Best time for a Uganda birding safari
Bird watching can be done all year round however, the best Uganda tour season for a birding safari Uganda is during the dry season in the months of January to March when the tropical forests are accessible and the not slippery for hiking.
The breeding season however, is during the month of June and this is when the birds are very colorful.