Mabamba Wetland is one of the popular Uganda birding safari sites with great bird sights including the most sought after Shoebill Stork. At 48km from Kampala, the Mabamba Wetland is an International Ramsar site and besides the Shoebill, it also offers likely sights of bird species like grey crowned crane, cattle egret, common bulbul, long – crested eagle, hammerkop and grey plantain eater among others which present a diverse and exciting experience for birders on birding safaris in Uganda.
Birding in Mabamba is carried out on small engine-powered canoes run by experienced local guides that have deep knowledge of the special places where the rare shoebill stork can be sighted. The natural and tranquil environment of Mabamba is an extension of Lake Victoria and its magical waterways are themselves fascinating to explore especially for ecotourism enthusiasts while on safari in Uganda.
An estimate of 215 bird species thrive in Mabamba Swamp stretching to 16,500ha including the migrant species from Europe such as White winged terns that tend to come in the month of August escaping the winter conditions. Mabamba Wetland covers a section of Waiga bay to the west of Entebbe International Airport – the main gateway for travelers to and from Uganda including those on adventure vacation safaris in Uganda Africa.
The wetland is in the political boundaries of Kamengo and Kasanje sub-counties in the Wakiso and Mpigi Districts and it is accessed from both Entebbe and Kampala. From Kampala, one follows Masaka road 30km before branching to Buyege proceeding 22km to and eventually Mabamba. From Entebbe, one branches off from Entebbe road at Kisubi driving to Nakawuka, Kasanje and eventually Mabamba.
The destination Uganda is an internationally recognized birding destination with a total of 1,057 bird species comprising 50% of the continent’s bird species and 11% of the global bird species. Other famous birding destinations in the country include among others; Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also popular for Uganda gorilla safaris, Queen Elizabeth, Murchison Falls and Semuliki National Parks.