The 1 Day Mabamba Bird Watching Tour Uganda takes one most recommendable birding site in Uganda; Mabamba wetland which sits on the shores of Lake Victoria, covering about 2424 hectares of papyrus, ferns, water lilies among others grasses in the shallow waters.  The wetlands are habitat to variety of water endemic birds and the Uganda safari is featured on a dugout canoe, over 260 species recorded come along the annual migrants from Europe and other parts of the world. The Mabamba Swamp is a perfect for birding adventure, but also the most intriguing habitant for the iconic shoe bills being the most seen bird to many birding enthusiasts.

Highlights for 1 Day Mabamba Birding Safari Uganda

Bird watching safari on Mabamba bay

Short route with ferry crossing on Lake Victoria

 An experience English speaking birding guide

Boat trip while birding in Mabamba swamp bay

 Airport transport

Detailed Itinerary

Your 1 Day Mabamba Bird watching will start with the heavy breakfast at your hotel and our driver guide will pick you up and takes you through a short briefing about your birding tour –as you drive to Mabamba birding site.

Upon your arrival, you will board a canoe boat to sail you around the wetland with great chances of viewing plenty of rare water bird species as well as fishermen who mostly populate the neighboring water body and wetland itself.  Shoe bills being the main spotted bird here by the bird lovers.

Other birds to watch include; Purple heron, African jacana, Black Kite, African fish eagle, Pied and malachite, Kingfisher, Yellow –billed duck, White-faced whistling duck, Cattle egret, Long-toed lapwing, Spur-winged lapwing, Papyrus gonolek, Hammerkop, Black –winged stilt, Common and wood sandpiper many more. Birding along Mabamba wet land is best done on wooden motorized boats which is used to ride through the waterways to access different areas of the swamps while searching for the shoebill and other water birds while enjoying the spectacular of the wetland outlay.

1 Day Mabamba Bird Watching Tour Uganda
1 Day Mabamba Bird Watching Tour Uganda

The shortest access route to the swamp takes about 60 minutes via Entebbe town. Therefore, a drive to Nakiwogo landing site made and then cross by the ferry to Buwaya landing. After, you will take a drive for at least twenty minutes on a dirt road to Mabamba swamp bay for birding adventure.

What to carry with on 1 Day Mabamba Birding Tour Uganda

Comfortable shoes to walk in

Warm and light clothes as the swamp bay gets pretty cold

Camera for filming and photography

Insect repellent

Sunscreen to protect you from direct sunlight

Tour Includes;

Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Kampala or Entebbe

Boat rides in the morning and after looking for the shoebill

English speaking driver with an –on sight bird guide and boat captain

Packed lunch with bottled water or soda

Driver allowances

Private 4×4 WD safari vehicle

Tour Excludes;


Ugandan Visa

Luxury drinks


Gratitude to the local porter

Personal Insurance

Personal shopping bills and cigarettes

Extra items not mentioned above

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