Mabamba Swamp Tour, Shoebill Stork Bird Watching Itinerary
Safari Overview: Mabamba Swamp Tour
1 Day Mabamba Swamp bird watching tour is a day tour excursion for birding in the 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.
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 a long 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 spots to spot the Shoebill stork at any time of the day. In recent years, Mabamba Swamp has become one of the strongholds 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.
Detailed Itinerary: Mabamba Swamp Tour
Your 1 Day bird watching tour to Mabamba wetland starts with pick up using a 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.
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 embark on a bird-watching within the areas before driving back to Kampala. Your safari guide ensures a drop-off at your place of residence.
Meal Plan: Lunch
Your Safari Route: Mabamba Birding Tour
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