1 Day Mabamba Birding Tour

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Bird Watching Tour Uganda

The Ultimate Shoebill Bird Watching tour in Uganda – Mabamba swamp birdwatching

Safari Overview: 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Bird Watching Tour

1 Day Mabamba Swamp bird watching tour is a day tour excursion for birding in Mabamba wetland on the shores of Lake Victoria (Mabamba swamp birdwatching). This is a birding safari in Uganda in search of the shoebill stork which is one of the elusive bird species in Africa.

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Shoebill – Mabamba swamp birdwatching

Mabamba wetland is one of the Important Bird Areas and a Ramsar listed wetland of Important  since 2006.

Mabamba wetland is an extensive marsh stretching through along narrow bay, fringed with papyrus towards the western main body of Lake Victoria. 

Mabamba bay has grown into one of the most interesting and spectacular birding areas in Uganda.

This is the closest point in Uganda where any birder can spot a Shoebill stork after Murchison Falls National Park.

In Africa it is rated as one of the best spot to spot the Shoebill stork at any time of the day. 

In the recent years, Mabamba Swamp has become one of the strong holds for the migrant Blue Swallow with over 100 birds recorded each year.

Over 260 bird species have been recorded in the boundaries of Mabamba Swamp with at least 157 bird species recorded in a day.

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Detailed Itinerary: 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Bird Watching Tour

Your 1 Day bird watching tour to Mabamba wetland starts with pick up using  safari vehicle by your Uganda tour guide. You then take the drive to Mabamba Swamp where you meet a local tour guide who will go along with you on the paddle canoe to the wetland.

Shoebill birds of Uganda

Shoebill birds of Uganda

Your local guide will help you identify where to spot birds and move in the swamp marsh.

Some of the bird species that you should expect include the four globally threatened bird species which are the Pallied Harrier, White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek and the Blue Swallow.

Other bird species include the popular shoebill stork that feeds primarily on lungfish mostly spotted in pairs.

Other bird species include the Gull-billed Terns, Whiskered Terns, White-winged Black Terns which are migrants and the Grey-headed Gulls that are residents.

The Malachite Kingfisher, Spur-winged and papyrus Geese, Goliath Herons, Papyrus Canary, Carruther’s Cisticola, Northern Brown-throated Weaver and many more bird species can be spotted at Mabamba Swamp. 

After the excursion you have lunch then after embark on bird watching within the areas before driving back to Kampala. Your safari guide ensures a drop off to your place of residence.

Meal Plan: Lunch

Your Safari Route: 1 Day Mabamba Birding tour Uganda

Safari Inclusions 

  • Tour guide
  • Safari vehicle
  • Bird watching fees

Safari exclusions

  • Tips
  • Any other personal expenses
  • Personal purchases

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