Birding in uganda, take 1 day safari to mabamba wetland birding.

Tour Description


Mabamba Swamp is Uganda’s important Birding Area (IBA) and a habitat to up to 260 bird species. This bird sanctuary is the nearest spot to view the endangered Shoebill Stork. Mabamba swamp is a bay on Lake Victoria which can be conveniently accessed by a 45 minute speed boat from Entebbe.

After reaching this swamp sanctuary, visitors are taken on a traditional dug-out canoe to the center of the wetland with an experienced site guide to spot the popular shoebill stork and many species of birds including papyrus yellow warbler, pallid harrier, papyrus gonoleck, flycatchers, kites, weavers, and blue swallow.


Detailed Itenary

Mabamba wetland birding tour itinerary.

Morning pick up from your Kampala / Entebbe place of residence and head for this birding sanctuary on the shores of Lake Victoria.

Mabamba is a popular birding site for the famous Shoebill stork and the wetland avails huge chances of viewing this bird species than anywhere else in the world.

The interior of the swamp is only accessible by a traditional canoe, sailing through the marshy waters as you search for the critically endangered bird species.

The swamp is not only home to Shoe bill storks but also a biological unit of several other birds, bugs, fish, which are not found anywhere in Uganda.

The trip on a dugout canoe, under guidance of experienced swamp guide navigates to the most unexploited sections of the swamp, where visitors gets chances of seeing and photographing shoebill storks as well as other bird species, such as the Saddle-billed Stork, Malachite Kingfisher, African Jacana and several other migratory species.

The journey to Mabamba wetland offers epic opportunities to get acquainted to one of Uganda’s most stunning and virgin eco-site, and an important haven for birding safaris in Uganda.

After this birding excursion in the afternoon, return with a canoe and be driven back to your hotel or Entebbe airport for a departure flight.

End of 1 day Mabamba wetland birding tour.


Price inclusions.

  • Site guide fees
  • Dug out Canoe fares
  • Nature walks / hikes
  • All meals and accommodation
  • 4WD vehicle with / without pop up roof
  • All ground transfers
  • Drinking water & Wi-Fi internet in the vehicle.


  • International flight fares.
  • Visa fees.
  • Activities / experiences not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Alcoholic drinks / wines, soft drinks other than those provided in the vehicle and hotels.
  • Any service mentioned as optional.
  • Laundry and any service of personal nature.


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