The majority of tourists plan to visit various African nations in search of adventure, but many end up going on lone safari journeys because they cannot join groups or because other tourists prefer to go alone. The best way to experience a safari in Uganda, or elsewhere in Africa, is always with friends. Many visitors have visited Uganda on their own and still consider it to be the ideal travel destination for the most incredible adventure they had never imagined.
Based on many variables, there are many things that travelers think about before choosing solo traveler adventures in Uganda or Africa, from the time of choosing, baggage, and budget, but it seems to be an endless process for solo travel. Making the decision to travel alone in a foreign country can be challenging for first-time travelers. To have a wonderful journey, keep the following information in mind when you plan your Uganda solo safari. When it comes to traveling alone to Uganda, trip expenditures are mostly what drive decisions and influence the level of experience you will have. The cost of solo traveler experiences in Uganda is typically high, but they provide high-quality services for the guiding, transportation, and accommodation.
Mabamba Marsh is one of the best places to catch a glimpse of the highly – prized shoebill. Lake Victoria is the largest freshwater body in Africa and is home to about 260 bird species.
Look out for the shoebill, blue swallow, pallid harrier, papyrus gonolek, swamp flycatcher, pigmy goose, lesser jacana, white-winged warbler, Viellot’s weaver, grosbeak weaver, palm-nut vulture, black-headed weaver, northern brown-throated weaver, Clarke’s weaver and Carruthers’scist cola.
Bwindi is the heart and soul of Uganda birding safaris tour destination, the make-and-breaker of bird lists and the home of many endemic and rare bird species. This forested heaven boasts about 350 species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics of which 14 are not recorded anywhere else in Uganda.
The forest trails around Buhoma are ALIVE with opportunity as you stand your best chance to catch a glimpse of olive long-tailed cuckoo, bar-tailed trogon, dusky tit, Abyssinian (Kivu) ground thrush, white-bellied robin-chat, equatorial akalat, grey-chested illadopsis, red-throated alethe, white-bellied crested flycatcher, white-eyed slaty flycatcher, the enigmatic Chapin’s flycatcher, white-browed crombec, Neumann’s warbler, black-faced prinia, handsome francolin, Jameson’s anti pecker, black-faced rufous warbler, northern double-collared sunbird, Wilcock’s honeyguide, black bee-eater, black-billed weaver, magpie manikin and newly described Willard’s sooty boubou.
Murchison Falls is Uganda’s largest and largest national park, named after the mighty waterfall of the same name – formed as the mighty Nile River is forced through a 7-metre gap in the rocks. The park is home to about 450 bird species, and birding can be done on a game drive, via a boat trip (on the Nile) or a nature walk. Habitat types include forest, swamp, riverine woodland, palm savannah and acacia-dotted plains.
The riverine thickets hold white-crested turaco, double-toothed barbet, red-throated bee-eater, Heuglin’s francolin, brown babbler, silver bird, buff-bellied warbler, black-headed batis, and bare-breasted firefinch. Puvel’s illadopsis can also found near the chimp researchers’ camp. There is plenty of open palm Savannah, which is an excellent haunt for Abyssinian ground-hornbill, Senegal lapwing, Shelley’s rufous sparrow and the strange-looking priapic. The Nile delta is of course home to the near-mythical shoebill stork. Night drives can produce a plethora of species such as pennant-winged and standard-winged nightjar and greyish eagle-owl.
Queen Elizabeth National Park is a birdwatcher’s haven, with about 600 bird species across a variety of habitats – from sprawling savannah to dense forest, lakes and wetlands.
Moving from Ishasha to Mweya you will do well keeping an eye out for African crake, blue-throated roller, flappet lark, sooty chat, black-and-white shrike-flycatcher, northern black flycatcher, black-headed gonolek, mous tached grass warbler, red-chested sunbird, and slender-billed weaver. And along the banks of the Kasinga channel, you can expect grey crowned-crane, hamer kop, African jacana, flocks of African skimmer, gull-billed tern, as well as grey-headed and lesser black-backed gulls.
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is home to about 180 bird species, including some of the spectacular Albertine Rift endemics. It is located in the southern part of Uganda, bordering Rwanda and DR Congo and comprises dense highland forest on the slopes of 3 extinct volcanoes.
Mgahinga offers excellent bird viewing opportunities along the gorge trail, bamboo trail and farm/community trail. The bird species to look out for include Kivu ground thrush, handsome francolin, dusky crimson wing, red-throated alethe, blue-headed causal, Rwenzori nightjar, Rwenzori batis, Archer’s robin chat, black-headed waxbill, western green tinker bird and stripe-breasted tit.
Semuliki National Park, in the Albertine Rift Valley of western Uganda, has about 440 species in its riverine, forest and grasslands avian habitats.
It hosts Guinea-Congo biome species in its lowland forest. The species to look out for include the Congo serpent-eagle, long-tailed hawk, African piculet, Maxwell’s black weaver, blue-billed malimbe, yellow-throated nicator, black dwarf hornbill, Nkulengu rail, piping hornbill, yellow-throated cuckoo, dwarf honeyguide, orange weaver, white-crested hornbill, red-billed dwarf hornbill, black-watt led hornbill, lyre-tailed honeyguide, capuchin babbler and swamp palm bulbul.
Kibale Forest is a prime birding safaris tour spot with about 375 bird species, including six Albertine Rift endemics. It is an excellent birding spot with habitats ranging from wet and dry tropical forest to woodland and savannah. The number one sought-after bird in the Kibale Forest is the green-breasted pitta. This “mega” has recently become available, though finding it still takes a good measure of luck.
IThe Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary within the park is a great haunt for specials such as speckled tinker bird, speckle-breasted woodpecker, white-spotted fluff tail, snowy-crowned robin-chat, Boscage’s bush shrike, and western nectar. Nearby patches of papyrus support the shy and cautious white-winged swamp-warbler.