1Day Mabamba Birding Safaris

1Day Mabamba Birding Safaris

1Day Birding Tour in Mabamba Wetland for Shoebill
We start our birding trip early morning to Mabamba bay wetland on Lake Victoria located 50 km away from Kampala on the western side. Mabamba is one of Uganda’s Important Bird Area (IBA), and a Ramsar wetland of international importance. It is said to have over 260 bird species in the wetland and nearby environs and would easily offer a birder sighting of over 100 bird species on a given day. There are numerous birding opportunities along the way in the open cultivation areas even before reaching the wetland. We may have opportunities for catching the Blue-headed Coucal, Northern Brown-throated Weaver at Mpigi swamp.
Birding in Mabamba wetland is done in a motorized canoe provided by the locals together with a local site guide, this is more stable but sometimes causes some birds to fly before we reach them. Our main bird for the day is the Shoebill, it is usually seen in the marshes standing for hours as it awaits to fish or in the sky flying away. This interesting looking bird is on the list of Bird-life’s international endangered species. It is on most people’s bucket list as number 1 bird they want to see in the Pearl of Africa.
Other bird species in Mabamba swamp and environs include; the rare Papyrus Gonolek, African Jacana, White-winged Terns, African Purple Swamphen, Purple Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Pied Kingfisher, Malachite Kingfisher, Winding Cisticola, Red-billed Fire-finch, White-faced whistling duck, Long-toed Lapwing, African Pied Wagtail, Saddle billed Stork, Cape wagtail, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Yellow-billed Duck Long-toed plover, African Fish Eagle and African Marsh Harrier etc.

Tour includes
Ground transport
Bottled water
Birding fees
Service of an English-speaking bird guide
All mentioned activities except for the optional ones

Tour excludes
Lunch
Tips
Insurance