1 Day Mabamba Swamp Excursion

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Excursion

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Excursion


Mabamba Swamp is located on the fringes of Lake Victoria towards western Uganda. The Shoebill is in mainly four countries i.e. Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, and Zambia but it is best seen at Mabamba swamp in Uganda.  You can access the Mabamba wetland from either Kampala or Entebbe by car or by boat Entebbe. The drive to Mabamba from Entebbe or Kampala takes approximately one hour depending on the number of stops birding. You need to leave your hotel really early to beat the traffic and also before the heat from the sun is too much which reduces bird activity. You can access the swamp by boat from Entebbe, once you arrive you leave the speed boat and  join the canoe to access the possible location of the shoebill and can also be spotted in Murchison falls national park and Lake Mburo National park

Touring Mabamba

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Excursion takes you to Mabamba for a shoebill, you will be picked up by our driver guide who will drive you to mabamba swamp and you are encouraged to come along with your packed lunch or snacks.

This one-day birding tour will mostly be in a motorized traditional canoe as we search for the Shoebill through the overgrown papyrus. A site guide from the Mabamba area will join the team to locate the possible different special bird species in this area.

There are numerous water birds including migratory birds from Europe. Some of the bird species to look out for in addition to the famous Shoebill include; Angola Swallow, Swamp Flycatcher, Olive bellied Sunbird, Grey-rumped Swallow, Blue-breasted Bee-eater,  African Jacana, African Fish Eagle, Long-tailed Cormorant, Yellow-billed Duck, Malachite Kingfisher, Glossy Ibis, White-winged Tern, Hamerkop, White-faced Whistling-Duck, Spur-winged Goose, Knob-billed Duck, Little Stint, Great Cormorant, Grey-headed Gull, Spur-winged Lapwing, Black-winged Stilt, Madagascar Bee-eater, Yellow-rumped Tinkerbird, Sooty Chat, Weyns’s weaver, Grosbeak Weaver, Crowned Hornbill, African Pied, Common Squacco Heron, Red-billed fire finch, etc.

After the experience of sighting the most sought birds in Uganda, you will be driven back to your hotel or airport depending on your departure time hence ending your 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Excursion.


  • All activities (Unless labeled as optional)
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Round-trip airport transfer
  • Meals (Lunch and mineral drinking water)
  • Birding fees and a Canoe ride


  • International flights (From/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp. per day)
  • Personal items (Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • The government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees




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