1 Day Mabamba Swamp Shoebill Tours

Mabamba Shoebill Tours
A Shoebill in Mabamba Bay Wetland

Mabamba Shoebill Tours are done along the water ridges of Mabamba Swamp on the outskirts of Lake VictoriaWhile in Uganda, and you love birding safaris, spare time and take a 1 day Shoebill Trip to Mabamba Bay Wetland in Wakiso district. The Shoebill stork and a variety of several bird species characterise the wetland.

Full Itinerary for the Mabamba Shoebill Tours 

Speedway Safaris guide will pick from the hotel in Kampala or Entebbe area for a Mabamba Birding Tours.

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.

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.

Mabamba Shoebill Tours
A Canoe Cruise during a Birding Excursion in Mabamba Swamp

The marshland is a newly discovered home for the most wanted bird the shoe bill that you look out for in the skies and down on the swamp. The White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, yellow-backed weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Blue-headed Coucal and other swamp specialities are some of the bird species at the bay. In the afternoon, drive back to the Hotel in Kampala or Entebbe for a rest.

The Wetland was designated as a Ramsar Site as a wetland of international importance in 2006. the wetland because it is home to rare and globally threatened bird species like the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), the Blue Swallow (Hirundo atrocaerulea) and Papyrus Yellow Warbler, the Sitatunga plus other birds of global preservation concern.

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.

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Some Bird Species one may see while visiting Mabamba Swamp

  • Shoebill Stork 
  • Long Tailed Cormorant 
  • African Fish Eagle 
  • African Jacana 
  • Marsch Sand Piper
  • Yellow Billed Duck 
  • Common Sand Piper
  • Wood sand Piper
  • Purple Heron
  • Common Moorhen
  • Common Squacco Heron
  • Black Headed Heron
  • White Winged Black tern
  • Northern Brown Throated Weaver bird
  • Black Headed Weaver bird
  • Grey Headed Kingfisher
  • Yellow Backed Weaver bird
  • Vieilliots Black Weave bird
  • Pied kingfisher
  • Malachite Kingfisher
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Carruther’s Cisticola
  • Winding Cisticola
  • Swamp Fly Catcher
  • Blue Breasted Bee-eater
  • Long Toed lapwing
  • African Marsh harrier
  • Papyrus Gonolek