One Day Mabira Forest Birding

Mabira forest is the biggest intact forest nearest to Kampala city. For a birding experience in Mabira forest, we leave Kampala early morning with preferably packed lunch where possible or choose to have a hot meal at the Mabira forest lodge. Mabira forest is home to over 300 bird species and on a good weather day, one is able to sight about 50 bird species. The forest is surrounded by cultivation both at subsistence level and commercial; Sugarcane and tea plantations.

On arrival we shall take one of the community trails in the forest that offers great birding opportunities. There are resident bird guides who you can choose to contact from the Eco tourism center to help in case you are interested in specific bird species. 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,  etc.


Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person $206 $138 $120 $104 $95 $89

Tour includes

  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water
  • Lunch
  • Birding fees
  • Service of an English-speaking bird guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes

  • Tips
  • Insurance