Bird Watching in Mgahinga
Mgahinga has lots of beautiful trails where you can wander around as you discover a checklist of over 180 species. 12 of these are among the 24 species endemic to the Albertine Rift mountains. This includes Rwenzori nightjar, Archer's robin-chat, Rwenzori turaco, Dusky crimsonwing and Rwenzori batis among others.
If you have limited time but wish to see as many species as possible, concentrate on the Gorge Trail between Gahinga and Sabinyo. Here, you will be charmed the beauty and songs of African olive pigeon, Cape Robin chat, Moorland chat, Speckled Mousebird, Scarlet-tufted malachite sunbird, Olive woodpecker, Moorland chat, Alpine swift, Kivu ground thrush and Africcan paradise flycatcher among other species.
Mgahinga prides in having 39 of the 88 species of Afro-tropical highlands biome that occur in Uganda. The guides who will accompany you go above and beyond for all the hikers. If you have weak knees, they will give you a push whenever you need it. You won't feel rushed to go quick, which is good as some stretches of the climb are a little nerve wracking.
Best time to go birdwatching here
Birdwatching in Mgahinga is great year-round. However, if you wish to register maximum sightings, opt for the breeding months from April to mid-May and from October to November. On the other hand, migratory birds can best be seen from November to April.
No matter the time of year of your visit, carry warm clothing and rain gear. Being a tropical park, Mgahinga experiences sudden rains.