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mabamba birding tour

1 Day Mabamba birding tour


Mabamba Birding tour, Uganda Shoe bill 1 day tour

Start the Mabamba birding tour with a very early morning pick up from your Hotel or residence in Kampala or Entebbe. At dawn, the drive through Kampala takes the western route through the Busega Swamp towards Mpigi. It is advisable to start early in order to catch the Rare shoe-billed stork or the whale headed stork on the ground. On arrival at the Mabamba swamp, the local guides will transfer into the swamp on dugout canoes as they point out other species of birds.

You would be looking out for sightings of the Hammerkops, purple Swamp hen, African Marsh harrier in the mid-morning currents above the area. Also, the colorful African Pygmy and Malachite Kingfishers. Yellow billed ducks, Purple Herons, Angola swallows and the Blue breasted Kingfishers may be observed. Gliding through the swamp waterways, you finally get to find the Massive Shoe billed stork in the thickets, fishing for the lungfish and amphibians on Lake Victoria.

Later, your guide will bring you to Mpigi in the early afternoon for an early lunch. You may stop along the way to spot the long crested eagles on electric posts and the broad billed rollers on the electric wires by the roadside. The return trip to Kampala or Entebbe ends around 2-3 pm in the early afternoon.


Price per person includes:

  • Vehicle transfers from Kampala to Mabamba swamp and return.
  • Guide services by the local bird-guides.
  • Boat hire at Mabamba swamp.
  • Access to a field-guide book to the birds of Uganda from your guide.
  • Lunch
  • Complimentary, bottled drinking water


A checklist of birds likely to be seen on the Mabamba tour includes:

  • House Sparrow
  • Mosque Swallow
  • Weyn’s Weaver
  • Blue-headed Coucal
  • Fork-tailed Drongo
  • Flappet Lark
  • Stripped Kingfisher
  • Orange Weaver
  • Black-headed weaver
  • Ruppell’s Long-tailed Sterling
  • Yellow Wagtail
  • Grey-headed Kingfisher
  • Yellow Billed Stork
  • Carruther’s Cisticola
  • Ashy Flycatcher
  • Squacco Heron
  • Long-toed Lapwing
  • Violet-backed Sterling