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Mabamba Swamp Shoe Bill Birding Tour

Situated in the Western  part of Entebbe, Mabamba Swamp  is a birding spot especially well known for the Shoe bill bird species.  

Mabamba Swamp

Mabamba Swamp stretches through a long narrow bay that is fringed with papyrus as you draw closer to Lake Victoria in Mpigi district which is normally encountered by Bird watchers.

Bird watching is best done in the morning when the birds stalk their main prey, the mudfish or frogs and may be spotted all day long. They may stand absolutely still for long periods awaiting the movements of their prey and then suddenly strike with a marvelous speed.



How to access Mabamba Swamp

Mabamba Swamp can be best accessed by boat tour or a canoe across Lake Victoria giving you an opportunity to see many of the birds that you may otherwise miss. Sometimes even the shoebill may elude you in the canoe.

The Swamp can also be accessed by road.

The shortest access route to the Swamp, of about 60 minutes is via Entebbe town and drive to Nakiwogo landing site then cross by the ferry to Buwaya landing. Thereafter drive for at least twenty minutes on a dirt road to Mabamba Bay Swamp for Bird watching Tour.

1 Day Bird watching in Mabamba Swamp

The History of the Shoe bill Stork, It was considered a bad omen by fishermen who mostly populate the neighboring water body and the wetland itself.

Other birds in Mabamba Swamp include;

African Jacana, Purple Heron, Black Kite, African Fish Eagle, Pied & Malachite Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Duck, White-faced Whistling Duck, Cattle Egret, Long-toed Lapwing, Spur-winged Lapwing, Papyrus Gonolek, Hammerkop, Black-winged Stilt, and Common & Wood Sandpiper among others

Wooden motorized boats are used to ride through the waterways to access different areas of the swamps while looking for the Shoe-bill, other water birds and also enjoy the panorama of the wetland outlay.

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