Uganda aims to become Africa’s number one birdwatching destination

ATC News by Prof. Dr. Wolfgang H. Thome


(Posted 11th May 2017)

(Uganda, besides being Africa’s top ranked birding destination is also the most affordable gorilla destination in Eastern Africa)

Home to more than half of Africa’s bird species, Uganda is the continent’s richest birding destination. Birders from around the world flock to Uganda hoping to get a glimpse of 1,072 species, including several found nowhere else on earth. These birding enthusiasts are in luck as, with the right itinerary, it is possible to identify as many as 200 species in a single day.

Much of Uganda’s premier birdwatching takes place in the Albertine Rift, one of the most biodiverse regions in Africa and home to 24 endemic bird species. In this strip of mountains and volcanoes in the west that borders Uganda, Rwanda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the black-rumped buttonquail, African skimmer, Chapin’s flycatcher, black bee-eater, and handsome francolin…

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