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Best Spots for Birding in Africa

Birding in Uganda

Africa is a top wildlife safari destination with variety of fauna and flora that are all attractive to be seen by prospective travelers.

Some of Uganda’s flora include tree species, grass, fruits, and different forms of vegetation like the savannah, rainforest, the montane forest, the bamboo forest, swampy vegetation and among others. For the fauna, there are different species like primates, the Big Five, predators, antelopes, etc. as well as verdant birdlife, reptiles and many others.

Among the different tourist experiences that Africa offers to the visitors include wildlife safaris, city tours, water adventures, gorilla trekking, mountain hiking, cultural encounters, MICE to mention but a few.

Africa is home to over 70% of the total bird population in the work, offering remarkable birding watching adventures. Birding in Africa is diverse and it is done in most of the best destinations especially in southern and east African countries. Therefore, for any birding safari in Africa don’t miss some of these best destinations;

South Africa

South Africa is known for variety of tourist attractions like mountains, white and sand beaches and verdant wildlife. Birding in South Africa is exceptional, this is proved by the rate at which visitors make repeat visits for bird watching experiences in this country.

South Africa is a big country that for visitors to enjoy birding it can take several weeks to sight the spectacular bird species.

South Africa has the big five animals and numerous other animals. Most of the small animals can be seen in Zulu land game reserve and the Kruger national park. It is a two week deal to have a birding tour right from Durban and end at Johannesburg, visitors will definitely see most of the mammals and the 400 bird species inhabiting the area. Move to Cape Town and add more 150 species not forgetting whale watching, plus other marine life.

To explore South Africa during a birding safari, it’s easy, just hire a self- drive tour or contact a professional tour operator.

Birding in Tanzania

The best offer from the eastern African country is having a week of a safari in Tanzania. However birding in Tanzania will expose visitors to variety of East African birds, over 20 endemic birds of the country.

Some of the popular and famous destinations in Tanzania are; Selous National park, Ruaha, Serengeti, Mahale, Ngorongoro, Lake Manyara, Gombe, Tarangire, Arusha and Katavi. Have the chance to see the Miombo bird which is endemic to South and central Africa. Some of the exciting things about Tanzania birding safari are that visitors can encounter different small and large animals along the famous tourist’s sites. For example sites like Serengeti with the big cats and the annual migration of Zebras and the wildebeests, the rift valley plus the flamingo lakes, crater lakes of Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro among other destinations.

Birding in Uganda

Uganda is well known for the giant primates, mountain gorillas; however it is also a paradise for birding expeditions. Uganda has the highest concentration of bird species that any other East African country, totaling to over 1050 bird species.

Some of the most exciting bird species that visitors can encounter while in Uganda include; the shoebill stork which is endemic to the albertine rift, ostrich, grey crowned crane, the green breasted pitta, great blue Turaco, to mention but a few.

When it comes to other mammals, expect to see the giant mountain gorillas, Chimpanzees and some of the beautiful primates like golden monkeys, baboons, monkeys, etc. The best birding sites in Uganda include; Mabamba wetland, Lutembe bay wetland, Mabira forest, Kazinga channel, Murchison falls national park, Lake Bunyonyi, Kidepo valley national park, Kibale forest national park, semiliki national park and Bwindi national park. for more about uganda’s birds, visit www.ugandabirdguides.com

Birding in Cameroon

Birding in West Africa comes better with a trip to Cameroon. This West African nation is famous for birding encounters and it is the right place for bird lovers. Birding safari in Cameroun will offer comfortable exploration in the interior of impenetrable jungles. This country is popular for being a starter in Western Africa; this is because it has variety of endemic bird species that are well spread in West African forests, including the Sahelian birds.


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