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1 Day Mabamba Swamp Tour, Mabamba Shoebill Stock Birding Safari – Excursion

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Tour - Mabamba Shoebill Stock Birding Safari Trip

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Tour (Mabamba Shoebill Stock Birding Safari)  – SAFARI OVERVIEW

Our 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Tour (Mabamba Shoebill Stock Birding Safari) is a whole one-day Mabamba Swamp birdwatching excursion to see the Shoebill Stock in Uganda.

Mabamba Bay Swamp is the most reliable and convenient place to catch a rare glimpse of the highly sought-after Shoebill Stork in its natural habitat. This prehistoric-looking bird is very high on most world birders’ wish list, and for good reason. It is just so different, with huge, yellow, human-like eyes and that massive bill that looks like a shoe − it is the largest bill among all living bird species.

Mabamba Swamp is an Important Bird Area and a Ramsar − listed wetland of international importance on the northern shore of Lake Victoria, the world’s largest freshwater lake.

This 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Tour (Mabamba Shoebill Stock Birding Safari) will be done from a canoe paddled by an expert local bird guide. The canoe ride along the narrow channels of the swamp will also give us chances to sight other fantastic birds of Mabamba including the Papyrus Gonolek, Africa Pygmy goose, lesser jacana, Gull-bellied tern, Blue-breasted bee-eater, Carruthers cisticola, White-winged Warbler, Vieillot’s weaver and Palm-nut Vulture plus more as the checklist of birds reach 300 species. The swamp-dwelling Sitatunga antelope is also present. The day excursion commences and ends in Kampala.

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1 Day Mabamba Swamp Tour (Mabamba Shoebill Stock Birding Safari) – DETAILED SAFARI ITINERARY

After breakfast, we’ll embark on a 50km (about 1 hour) drive from Kampala to Mabamba Swamp. We’ll make an early start from Kampala (at around 6:00 a.m.) to get there before many other visitors arrive. On reaching the swamp, we’ll embark on a canoe ride in the company of a local guide with expertise in paddling through the narrow water channels surrounded by dense swamp vegetation.

The magical species of this location is the Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex). This prehistoric-looking bird is very high on most world birders’ wish list, and for good reason. It is just so different, with huge, yellow, human-like eyes and that massive bill that looks like a shoe (thus, the name).

This huge, bulbous bill, which is straw-coloured with erratic greyish markings, is 5 inches wide, and about 12 inches long. It is complete with a terrifyingly sharp hook, meant to capture lungfish, snakes, Nile monitor lizards, and baby crocodiles.

Besides the shoebill, we’ll also see an excellent selection of other fantastic birds including- Africa Pygmy goose, Papyrus gonolek, Lesser jacana, Gull-bellied tern, Blue swallow, Blue-breasted bee-eater, Carruthers cisticola, White-winged Warbler, Golden-backed weaver, Slender-billed Weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Vieillot’s weaver, Orange weaver, Black-headed Weaver, Clarke’s weaver, Grosbeak Weaver, Weyn’s Weaver, Pallid Harrier, Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Grey herons, Swamp flycatcher, and Palm-nut vulture.

The swamp-dwelling Sitatunga antelope may be explored during the swamp tour. You will retreat from the experience and drive back to Kampala to mark the end of the excursion.

The highlight of the day: – Canoe ride in Mabamba Swamp in search of the incredible Shoebill.

Meal Plan: – Breakfast & Lunch

Drive Distance & Time: – Approx. 50km or 1 hour

 Activities & services of the day include:-

  • Transfer from Kampala to Mabamba Swamp
  • Birding in Mabamba Bay Swamp

Optional activities you can choose to do on this day include:-

  • Community tour
  • Birding in Entebbe Botanic Gardens
  • Visit Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary
  • Visit Uganda Wildlife Education Centre for the Chimpanzee up-close encounter
  • Entebbe city tour
  • Fishing on Lake Victoria
  • Sundowner boat cruise on Lake Victoria

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Tour (Mabamba Shoebill Stock Birding Safari)

SAFARI ITINERARY

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Tour (Mabamba Shoebill Stock Birding Safari) − SAFARI INCLUSIONS

  • Transportation in 4X4 Safari vehicle
  • Full time English professional safari driver guide
  • Canoe ride fees
  • Wi-Fi Internet on board the safari vehicle
  • Bottled water

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Tour (Mabamba Shoebill Stock Birding Safari) − SAFARI EXCLUSIONS

  • International & domestic flight fees
  • Visa fees
  • Laundry services
  • Items of personal nature
  • Gratuities and tips
  • Other beverages/ drinks
  • Other extras not mentioned in the itinerary above

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