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1 day mabamba swamp shoebill bird watching

1 day mabamba swamp shoebill bird watching

1 day mabamba swamp shoebill bird watching, Mabamba Swamp Bay is located northwest of Entebbe Peninsula on the edge of Lake Victoria, it has an area coverage of 64 sq mi making it the largest wetland on the shore of Lake Victoria. The swamps boasts being one of the 33 important birding Areas in Uganda and it was listed a wetland of international importance by Ramsar in 2006. The swamp’s Papyrus, ferns, water lilies and other grasses in the shallow waters are home to the rare Shoebill Stork which are a rare sight to many birding enthusiasts making the swamp the best place to spot them, over 260 recorded  water endemics birds are also residents including annual migrants from Europe and other parts of the world some other birds include Blue swallow, Papyrus gonolek, cattle egret, long-toed lapwing, common and wood sandpiper, black-winged stilt, Black kite, Malachite Kingfisher, African jacana, Purple heron, African fish eagle among other species. At Mabamba Swamp your guaranteed best possibilities of seeing a shoebill

Day 1: Transfer from Kampala/Entebbe to Mabamba Bay

On 1 day mabamba swamp shoebill bird watching, depending on your location, African Safari representative will pick you up with your packed lunch have a short introduction and briefing about the safari then start you 1-hour drive to Mabamba Bay and if we stop for bird watching along the way the hours may get longer. Along the way you will spot various bird species in Bushlands, fields, Marshes and gardens.

On reaching the bay, our boat man and site guide will be waiting, get on wooden boats/ Canoes and start your search for the shoebill as top priority while exploring the water channels. Searching for this bird is best in the morning because it is active looking for lungfish, it stands stationary for some good time waiting for the fish to cross and when it does it catches it with its large powerful beak in the style of a shoe.  You will ride through waterways to access various area of the swamp looking fort the Shoebill. On spotting it you will get rewarding sighting of this bird since we approach slowly closely while it is busy preoccupied with catching fish. After perfectly viewing it, you will keep around to spot various other wetland species and waterways.

After the long day of searching and watching birds in Mabamba, you head back and meet your guide driver and transfer either to Entebbe or Kampala

What to pack on 1 day mabamba swamp shoebill bird watching 

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Warm and light clothes as the bay weather changes
  • Camera for filming and photography
  • Insect repellents
  • Sunscreen

Price Includes

  • Bird watching
  • All activities included in the itinerary
  • On Board Meal
  • Transportation in a 4×4 WD Vehicle
  • English Specking driver guide
  • Bottled water
  • Boat rides
  • Pick up and drop off

Price Excludes

  • International Flights
  • Visas
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and Gratuity
  • Laundry
  • Any thing not included on the Itinerary
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