Bird-wathcing trails in Bwindi

Birding trails 

Prepare to be enchanted as you rise through the evergreen and montane marshes of Uganda's lush forest floor. Your birding trail will lead you to the breathtaking Buhoma Waterfall, where the thunderous roar of pristine river water crushing against enormous rocks will leave you in awe. The waterfall is set in exquisite verdant terrain. It is truly a sight to behold, especially with the prolific birdlife adding to the symphony of sound.

Uganda is acknowledged as a birding utopia, with over half of the bird species found in Africa, making it the leading birding destination. The Buhoma Waterfall Trail is a must-visit for birding enthusiasts, as you can spot the White-tailed Ant Thrush, dapper francolin, splendid Black Bee-eater, Yellow-eyed Black, and African Sooty Flycatchers along the green bamboo zone.

For even more incredible birding opportunities, venture to the Mubwindi Swamp Trail in Ruhija, where sightings of the endemic and localized African green broadbill are frequent. Keep your binoculars handy to spot the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird, the African Green Broadbill, and Shelley's Crimsonwing.

Other birding trails to explore include the Kashasha River Valley and Ivy River Trail, which run along the bamboo zone. For those looking for Bwindi forest endemics, Nombe Pocket Forest and Buniga Forest are located just a short distance from Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge.

Our team of enthusiastic birding guides is ready to help you create a detailed birding itinerary that will leave you with unforgettable memories of your time in Uganda. So why wait? Book your stay at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge and prepare for an awe-inspiring birding adventure in one of the most beautiful places on earth.


Mubwindi Trail—Ruhija

Some of the great spots of birds include the longtrail to Mubwindi and also the short trail. This area enables a clear Watch of birds like the Montane Oriole, Waller’s starling, Blacke –billed turacos, barbets, Carruthers’ Cisticola Red chested Flufftail,Cabanis’s Green bull, Dwarf Honey guide, Oriole Finch and Bar tailed trogon. These potray the beauty of the forest. Ruhija area also has birds like the Red-tailed and Shelley’s Greenbul, Grey-throated Barbet, Common Buzzard, Black Bee-eater and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Red-throated Alethe, African Shrike-flycatcher Ayres’s Hawk-eagle, to mention but a few. The forest of bamboo and afro montane habitats surrounding the draughty Rwamunyonyi peak also supports a variety of birds, several endemic to the Albertine rift.

Echuya Forest Trail

With almost 150 species of birds, eighteen (18) of which are endemic to the reserve, including the elusive Grauer’s Swamp warbler, Echuya Forest Reserve is a fantastic birding destination located in the southern western part of Uganda as it lies on the main Kabale to Kisoro road near the Rwandan border in the Albertine Rift section of the Eastern Afromontane Hotspot, the most endemic-rich region in Africa. Muchuya Swamp is home to an important population of 30-50 pairs of the Endangered Grauer’s Swamp-warbler and the entire Reserve is considered a priority amongst Bird Life International’s 30 Ugandan Important Bird Areas (IBAs). Therefore there is no doubt Echuya is a dream come true for bird watchers.

Pocket Nombe Forest Trail

A “Pocket” forest known as Nombe is located some 5km from our incredible Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge in the southern sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park is another tranquil location to further boost your birding experience after tracking the forest gentles in the impenetrable forest. Birds species that exist in the pocket includes the following, Handsome Francolin, Short-tailed Warbler, Collared Apalis, Mountain Masked Apalis, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Dawrf Honey guide, Grauer’s Warbler, Dusky Crimson wing, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Shelley’s Crimson wing, Strip-breasted Tit, Blue-headed Sunbird, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Rwenzori Turaco, Strip-breasted Tit, Kivu Ground Thrush among others.