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This 1 day birding mabamba shoebill tours and shoebill stork birding safari takes you to Mabamba Island the mabamba swamp location 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.

The Shoebill is known to occur in mainly four countries like 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.

With 1 day birding mabamba, you need to leave your hotel early to beat the traffic. This 1-day 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 to see other bird species in the community; 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 and much more.

After the experience of sighting the birds of Uganda, you will have your way back to your hotel. You will be able to stop at various points for more species missed on the way.


  • Ground transport
  • Bottled water
  • Packed Lunch
  • 2 Boat Trips on Searching
  • Birding fees
  • Service of an English-speaking bird guide
  • All mentioned activities except for the optional ones


Lunch, Tips to porters and driver/ guide, Insurance

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