Mabamba swamp is one of the areas that have been mentioned as to where to get the best chances to sight the elusive Shoebill stork. The stork is endemic to Uganda, South Sudan, Zambia but in Uganda, Mabamba wetlands have proven to be the best area. It is located 16 km west of Entebbe and one accesses the place using a car then use a canoe to paddle through the papyrus reeds. After the papyrus, are flat grassy wetlands where a number of Shoebill storks can be spotted regularly. The Shoebill stork is easily seen in the morning as it stalks its main prey; fish and frogs. It stands tall while scanning the area for a meal. On sighting, it moves swiftly by fishing out the prey instantaneously. The swamp is a great bird haven as this is in an area where the Victoria Lake drains its waters.
Since the exercise is more successful in the morning, the driver guide will pick you from your hotel and head out to the swamp. On arrival, get onto a boat and have a guided bird search with the guide.
The Shoebill is one of the most sought after birds in the swamp but there are other birds in here. Just to mention a few; White-faced Whistling duck, spur-winged goose, great cormorant, Grey-headed Gull, Grosbeak weaver, sooty chat, Madagascar bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, black-windged stilt, Winding Cisticola, Blue-breasted bee-eater, papyrus Gonolek, Knob-billed Duck, Grey-headed Gull, Angola Swallow and so many more.
After the canoe ride, bird your way back to Entebbe or Kampala, depending on your next stop.
Meal Plan: Lunch
The 1 day Mabamba swamp tour includes
- Ground transportation by 4 WD van and all fuel expenses
- Canoe in the swamp
- Bottled water while on the trip
- English speaking guide
- Specified meals in your meal plan
The 1 day Mabamba swamp tour excludes
- Tips to porters or the driver
- Personal travel insurance