1 Day Shoebill Birding Tour In Mabamba Swamp

This 1 day shoebill birding tour will take you to Mabamba wetland for the best chance to see shoebills as well as other rare bird species.
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A Haven For The shoebill Meet The Ancient-looking Shoebill

The shoebill is perhaps the most intriguing of all of Uganda's birds. With its prehistoric and ancient appearance, the shoebill is best observed in Uganda - particularly in Mabamba Swamp at the edges of Lake Victoria.
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This 1 day shoebill birding tour will take you to Mabamba wetland for the best chance to see shoebills as well as other rare bird species.

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Shoebill Birding Tour In Mabamba

Quick Overview

This 1 day shoebill birding tour will take you to Mabamba wetland for the best chance to see shoebills as well as other rare bird species.

Sometimes you will hear Mabamba referred to as the shoebill sanctuary. This is because it is the easiest place where you can spot many shoebill storks as they enjoy their natural habitat.

The Mabamba bay is a unique and extensive marsh that stretches along the narrow bay – fringed with papyrus towards the main water body that is Lake Victoria. It is located west of Entebbe International Airport and lies between Busi Island and Buwaya village on the mainland.

Avid birders and non-birders alike, all enjoy the rare sighting of the shoebill. Being in a place which is habitat to many more birds, A trip for the shoebill definitely includes many extra and unexpected special items.


Destinations: Mabamba Wetland Sanctuary, Entebbe

Activities: Shoebill birding, canoeing, birding

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Transfer, Visit Mabamba Swamp and back

In the morning, your driver will pick you up from your hotel or place of accommodation for a drive to Mabamba. The drive will take about an hour via the Nakawuka - Kasanje road.

You will then join the local (on ground) expert in a traditional canoe and traverse the wetland in search for this rarest of birds. You will be able to see various shoebill storks. Some will be actively hunting the fishes of the swamp - which is a sight to behold. Others will be spotted standing still or walking at a very slow pace - which looks quite meditative.

Mabamba Swamp is so much more. You don't just see the shoebill and call it a day. There are other rare African bird species such as the Malachite Kingfisher, Swamp Flycatchers, African Purple Swamphen, African Water Rail, Common Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, White-faced whistling duck, Squacco Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, African Jacana, and Saddle-billed Stork, among others.

After leaving Mabamba, your driver will take you back to your hotel or residence.

Meal plan: -, Lunch

Packing Recommendation

Here are some general safari packing recommendations to consider. Your agreed itinerary will have recommendations based on your trip and schedule.

  • Lightweight rain poncho
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Sturdy hiking shoes
  • Waterproof trousers
  • gardening-type gloves
  • Sunscreen
  • Wide brim hat
  • Insect repellent
  • Camera with extra batteries and cards
  • Your regular medication
  • Phone/gadget chargers

Visas for Uganda or Rwanda

Both Rwanda and Uganda have simple to use online visa self-service portals where you can apply and get your visa in a few days. Here are the full articles to guide you about visas.

Best time to visit Uganda or Rwanda

For most people, it is more pleasant and enjoyable to visit Uganda or Rwanda during the dry season months (June to September and December to February). The general climate is warm and sunny all year round, and you can visit at any time of the year.

If you don't enjoy crowds, the shoulder seasons are ideal since the tourist numbers are lower and the attractions are more intimate to explore.

Safety. Is its safe to visit?

Both Uganda and Rwanda are very safe countries to visit and live in. They are some of Africa's most visited countries and hailed for the friendly locals and warm welcoming smiles.

If you have any safety concerns or specifics your are worried about, simply reach out to us and we'll do everything to help you.

Why Choose Exclusive African Safaris

We are a full service Destination Management Company started and operating in Uganda since 2008. In more than 15 years, we have served guests from all parts of the world and helped them to enjoy wonderful experiences of the wild places, cultures and people in Uganda and Rwanda.

Choosing Exclusive African Safaris, is choosing to go with a trusted company whose wide network, experienced guides and staff will make sure that your safari experience is all that you wanted - and more.

Customizing your safari experience

All our safari packages can be customized and personalized to fit your budget, preferences and schedule. You can start the process through an already existing safari which is speaking to you - but not quite fully, and we shall tailor that trip to your wishes.

You can also directly reach out for us and request for a custom safari, and we shall work closely with you, start from scratch and build a safari that is 100% you.

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1 Day Shoebill Birding Tour In Mabamba Swamp

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