Ssamba Safaris’ Mukono bird watching tours offers you an easy access to several bird-rich habitats that are not commonly visited. Our birds watching tours are perfect for seniors, groups and families. Uganda has a diversity of bird species a number of which are not easily spotted in any other part of the African continent. There are more than 1010 bird species all of which you certainly enjoy on a Uganda safari.
The most ideal time to spot these birds is actually early in the morning as well as late in the evenings. All our tours are customized based on a client’s needs. Plan your own route and a Ssamba Safaris’ guide will take you on a customized trip. All birding destinations below, are located less than 30 mins drive from Ssamba Homestay.
This is the most significant forest reserve closest to the city centre and about 35mins drive from Mukono town, and it boasts of a 315 bird record. Mabira forest boasts of 315 species of birds including the rare ones like the Nahan’s francolin, Tit Hylia, Yellow and grey longbills, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, Illadopsises, Jameson’s wattle eyes. 46% of Uganda’s forest birds can easily be seen in Mabira than any other forest in Uganda.
The forest is a natural Habitat of 312 species of trees including the Diphasia angolensis which is not known elsewhere in Uganda and five species which are of international conservation concern, the Cordia Millenii, Militia Excelsa, Irvingia gabonensis, Entandrophragma angolense, and Lovoa swynnertonii. The Warbhugia Ugandenesis which has medicinal properties and known to cure over forty ailments; and the vulnerable prunus Africana are also here.
The forest also hosts a wide range of animals, including endangered primates. One primatologist recently confirmed the discovery of a new Primates Species very close to the Grey-checked Mangabey in this forest!
For a birding experience in Mabira forest, we always leave Mukono early morning or late evening depending on the interests of the clients. The birding trails in the forest have been well maintained making it easy to walk through and bird along both the foot paths and wider village roads.
The birds we will look out for in Mabira forest include; Black & white Casqued Hornbill, African pied Hornbill, African and Red bellied Paradise Flycatcher, Jameson’s wattle eyes, Great blue Turaco, Tit Hylia, Sooty flycatchers, Toro Olive Greenbul, Purple throated cuckoo shrike, Green-tailed Bristlebill, Nahan’s francolin, Shining blue Kingfisher, blue-breasted Kingfisher, striped Kingfishers and Dwarf Kingfisher, Grey headed and olive bellied sunbirds just to mention but a few.
Chaking Eco Tourism Centre
Chakig Eco Tourism Centre is just 10mins drive from Mukono Town. The centre is focused on nature reservation and wildlife protection. The centre offers Nature and guided Forest Walks, Birdwatching, Eco-friendly accommodation, Camping, Agro-Tours. With a variety of weaver birds and parrots at Chakig Eco Tourism Centre, its ideal for one to pay a visit. Not forgetting a number of other bird species inhabiting the natural conserved forest!
Bird watching tours activities are done in the vast natural forest with a scenery of monkeys playing in the trees, a cool breeze from streams and fresh air currents from trees and thickets in the forest, a number of different tree and grass species that align with the walk way, mysterious history and medical uses attached to some trees and streams in the same forest and not forgetting a one and a half hour walk which is an essential to the body.
Kasenge Forest Resort
Kasenge Forest is found in Mukono district, about 30 kilometers away from Kampala and it straddles within 60 acre land, featuring Kasenge Forest Resort Beach, stunning green lawns, Lakes and streams. Kasenge Forest is an incredible natural forest with lots of attractions and activities and a fact that it is located along the Kampala Jinja highway, it is one of best stopovers for tourists on safari to Jinja or Sipi falls.
Kasenge Forest boasts of 200 avian species making it one of the most sought after birders paradises that any bird lover should consider in his or her bucket list. For bird enthusiasts on Uganda safari, expect to sight bird species such as the black headed weaver, bronze manikin, hamerkop, yellow wagtail, pin tailed whydah, red chested cuckoo, tawny eagle, Egyptian geese, willow warbler, yellow wagtail, little bee eater, marsh sandpiper, white headed saw wing, brown throated wattle eye, Jameson’s wattle eye, black and white casqued hornbill, white spotted flat tail, lesser blue eared starling, grey heron, blue Turaco, slender billed green bull, giant kingfisher, red tailed greenbul, Madagascar bee eater, open billed stork, Great Blue Turaco, hadada ibis, lizard buzzard, cattle egret, western nicator, woodland kingfisher, bronze sunbird, African grey parrot, crowned hornbill, green capped Eremomela, Red fronted tinker bird, veillot’s black weaver, African blue flycatcher, dusky flycatcher, pied kingfisher, fork tailed drongo, African thrush, speckled mouse bird, hylia (Hylia Prasina) and many others. The most exceptional birding sites at this forest are the Lake and along its edge.
At the edge of the forest is a small lake (large swamp), a great spot for some water/forest species and an excellent start to the bird watching adventure. Alternatively, you could establish the trail along the dirt road to Kasenge and start off with some garden species.
The African Grey Parrot is common and conspicuous here, one bird that is very hard to find anywhere else in Uganda.