BIRDING ACTIVITIES IN MABAMBA SWAMP – UGANDA SAFARIS NEWS
Uganda is a rich birding destination ranking as number one on the African continent which prompts range of birders to undertake birding safaris in Uganda. Uganda which equals the size of the United Kingdom contains 1,057 species of birds which constitute 50% of African birds and 11% of global birds. No wonder the country is listed as having the two of the top ten birding sites in Africa with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also a gorilla trekking safari destination ranking as number one and Murchison falls National Park also a wildlife safari haven ranking as number nine.
The birding to Mabamba involves birding en route with great deal of species that can be encountered by travelers on this safari in Uganda including; cattle egret, grey crowned crane common bulbul, hammerkop, long – crested eagle and grey plantain eater among others. Mabamba which is 48km from Kampala is a ramsar site that always prompts birders to undertake safari tours to Uganda in search of the rare shoe bill stork.
Mabamba depends on small engine-powered canoes that are used by birders on their birding expeditions. Mabamba is a naturally beautiful place that offers great scenic and unpolluted landscapes overlooking the Entebbe Airport and state house while the extensive swamp marked by narrow channels offers a great deal of eco-encounters on Uganda safaris.
The sights of shoebill stork, kingfishers, weaver birds, a long tailed cormorant, white winged terns which migrate from Europe arriving in August escaping the winter conditions and tend to stretch up to may before going back to Europe. Mabamba stands with about 215 species of birds in its 16,500ha along the shores of Lake Victoria. It constitutes part of Waiga bay in the south east of the bay of Nakiwogo in the west of Entebbe International Airport.
Politically, it is positioned in the districts of Mpigi and Wakiso in Kasanje and Kamengo sub-counties and can be reached from either Kampala or Entebbe depending on the location of Uganda safari tour undertaker. Branch off from Kampala – Entebbe highway at Kisubi to the left heading to Nakawuka after which you will make a left turn at Kasanje driving for more 10km. The route from Kampala involves taking the Masaka road for 30km and then branch off to the left following a road to Buyege driving for more 22km through Kasanje to Mabamba swamp.
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