1 day birding mabamba swamp tour – The Shoebill Birding Safaris

This 1 day birding mabamba swamp tour and shoebill stork birding safari takes you to Mabamba Island to see the shoebills. The Mabamba swamp or Mabamba wetland is located on the fringes of Lake Victoria towards western Uganda. just outside of Kampala city about 1 hr & 20 minutes drive. You can access Mabamba wetland from either Kampala or Entebbe.

1 day birding mabamba swamp tourThe Shoebill is known to occur in mainly four countries i.e. Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan and Zambia. Mabamba swamp is one of the best places to sight the famous and rare Shoebill in Uganda and Mabamba swamp is an arm of lake Victoria connecting the main fishing village.

You need to leave your hotel really early to beat the traffic. This one birding tour is on a motorized traditional canoe as you search  for the Shoebill wading through the overgrown papyrus. A site guide from Mabamba area will join the team to advise on the possible location of the different special bird species in this area.

You also have lots of opportunities for other bird species in the community and at the swamp. There are numerous water birds including migratory birds from Europe in the winter. Some of the bird species to look out for in addition to the Shoebill include; Angola Swallow, Swamp Flycatcher, Olive bellied Sunbird, Grey-rumped Swallow, Blue breasted Bee-eater,  African Jacana, African Fish Eagle, Long tailed Cormorant, Yellow billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Glossy Ibis, White-winged Tern, Hamerkop, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Spur-winged Goose, Knob-billed Duck, Little Stint, Great Cormorant, Grey-headed Gull, Spur-winged Lapwing, Black-winged Stilt, Madagascar Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Sooty Chat, Wayne’s weaver, Grosbeak weaver, Crowned Hornbill, African Pied Hornbill, Common Squacco Heron, Red-billed firefinch

After the experience of sighting the most sought after bird in Uganda, you will bird your way back to your hotel stopping at various points of interests for more species you could have missed on your way to Mabamba swamp.

Prices of a 1 day birding mabamba swamp tour

Number of people 1 2 3 4 5 6
Price per person $220 pp $117 pp $94 pp $79 pp $65 pp $56 pp

Book NowThis 1 day birding mabamba swamp Tour includes

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

It excludes; Lunch, Tips to porters and driver/ guide, Insurance

What to bring for your 1 day birding mabamba swamp tour

  • Sun hut
  • Sunscreen
  • Snacks

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