Uganda is a great birding destination in Africa with over 1078 bird species. With many Flamingos in the East African countries, there’s a question whether Uganda has Flamingos as one of the bird species. Yes, Uganda is host to the Lesser Flamingos seen by Uganda birding safari tourists at Lake Munyanyange in the Katwe area of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Lake Munyanyange is a small seasonal shallow crater lake located to the North East of Katwe (Salt Lake area) town. The lake is an important habitat for migratory birds and has one of the largest concentrations of the lesser black-backed gulls, Larus fuscus and other waders. Lake Munyanyange attracts birds that migrate from as far as Kenya and Canada among other countries some of them being the White Browed Robbin Chats, Flamingos, Desert Cisticolas and many more. This makes not only this area but Queen Elizabeth National Park a top birding Uganda safari destination since its home to about 600 bird species.
Best time to see Flamingos in Uganda
These birds are Palearctic migrants arriving to Lake Munyanyange in October and departing in April. Thousands of these birds’ rest at the lake. Because it’s safe for them as at one stage of the year it turns muddy and that makes it difficult for wild animals to wade through the mud and prey on them. During this period, the birds settle in the middle of the lake. Avid birders on Uganda tours can sight the Lesser Flamingos in the Katwe Explosion crater in Queen Elizabeth National Park west of the country. There other several attractions in Queen Elizabeth National Park including the tree climbing that can popularly be seen when you safari Uganda.
The Lesser Flamingo can also be found in other sites like Kasenyi, Bagusa, Maseche, Nshenyi and Nyamunuka which are all saline crater lakes in South-Western Uganda. All these sites are located in and /or near Queen Elizabeth Conservation Area. Munyanyange in particular as the main feeding ground is located outside the protected and adjacent to Katwe Town Council.