1 Day Mabamba Swamp Shoebill birding

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Highlights on Mabamba Wetland Ecology

This 1 Day Mabamba Birding excursion is a whole day birding experience. It suits mostly those on a day break and a hide away from the towns of Kampala and Entebbe. The excursion begins and ends in Kampala; giving a whole day amazing encounter with the wetland ecology on the banks of Africa’s largest lake; Lake Victoria.

Mabamba Swamp is found in Kasanje Sub-county in Wakiso District about 50 kilometres southwest of Kampala and north of Entebbe peninsula. The site is the most ideal for spotting the wild species of Shoebill Stork in the whole world. The Birding excursion is done on the canoes in swamp’s water channels.

These hefty marshlands are a home to an ecological unit of birds, animals, bugs, fish, that are not found elsewhere. The Shoebill is part of that ecology and prefers a solitary life in the large marshland. Additionally, there are gazelles specifically adapted to the hovering flora.


What to You may need to carry

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Insect repellent
  • Garden gloves (for gorilla trekking)
  • Sun hut
  • Rain jacket
  • Waterproof hiking shoes
  • Day pack to carry lunch and water
  • Long trouser and long sleeved tops


Where Else to Find Shoebill in Uganda ?

Murchison Falls National Park is another tourist destination in Uganda to see the shoebill. However, Mabamba Wetland is the only tourist site in Uganda where the elusive Shoebill is spotted instantly. The swamp is globally recognised and protected under the Ramsar Convention. In 1971, the Convention on wetlands was signed in Ramsar, Iran as an intergovernmental treaty. This treaty entails the agenda for national action and global coöperation for the protection and wise use of wetlands and their possessions.


For the best experience to our customers, below services are guaranteed:

  • Boat tour across Lake Victoria
  • Birding Permit
  • Full Board Accommodation on tour
  • Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser
  • Professional English Speaking driver guide. Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.
  • Bottled water while on safari.


Day 1: Day of Shoebill birding

Our driver(s) will pick you at 7.00am  from your hotel/ residence in kampala or Entebbe for your 1 day exciting birding Tour expediction in the waterly swamp,

While on a Bird watching tour, you will sail on the calm waters of the swamp.  An engine canoe voyage through papyrus swamp will take you to the unscathed attractiveness of the wetland.

You will have the chance to see the Shoebill and other papyrus specialist birds like the Saddle-billed Stork, the Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana and other swamp specialities also exist there. Mabamba wetland tour makes you acquainted with one of Uganda’s stunning swamps.


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