1 Day Mabamba Birding Tour

1 Day Mabamba Birding Tour for Shoebill Bird Watching – Hail Tours

This 1 Day Mabamba Birding Tour itinerary is ideal for birders who are short on time. It will interest you to know that more than 50 bird species will be spotted during this one-day trip. Mabamba Bay swamp is a 2424-hectared area on the shores of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest freshwater Lake.  

1 Day Mabamba Birding TourThe wetland sits in two districts, namely Wakiso and Mpigi and is one of the top Birding Areas in Uganda.

Mabamba sprawls through the narrow and long Bay fringed by Papyrus wetland towards the main body of Lake Victoria and this strategic location makes it the only wetland Area that is in close proximity to the Capital City hence making it a perfect place for birders that are short on time.

Interestingly, this Wetland is home to about 120 species with about 190,000 birds in total. It also supports about 40% of the World’s Blue swallow population and other Globally-threatened species that include the Great Blue Turaco, Papyrus yellow warbler and Papyrus gonolek. In just one day, you will see what you wouldn’t have seen in other places in days.

Detailed Itinerary for the 1 Day Mabamba Birding Tour

Day 1: Birding Safari: Road trip from Kampala to Mabamba Bay Wetland

Start the day early with briefing at the Hotel from your private safari driver, followed by driving to the Wetland. For visitors residing in Kampala, be prepared to drive 35 miles /1.5-hours to the site.

Your bird watching adventure will be undertaken via a canoe ride because it’s the only way many birds calling the wetland home can be spotted. The star of the show at Mabamba Wetland is the globally-threatened “shoebill storks”.

However, there are chances of seeing other globally threatened birds like great blue Turaco, Papyrus yellow warblers and Papyrus canary among others.

This birding tour will also introduce you to the Pied kingfishers, African water Rails, Eurasian Hobby, Black-headed herons, Black-headed herons, black-capped waxbills, Black Crakes, Orange weavers, White-faced whistling ducks, lesser jacana, Yellow white-eye waxbills, Slender-billed weavers, Striped Kingfishers, Common Squacco herons, Cattle egrets, Goliath herons, Tropical Boubou, African marsh harrier, Black-faced Rufous warblers, Brown snake eagles, long-toed plovers, Purple herons, Weyn’s weavers, African jacana, Grassland Pipit, common waxbills, Northern brown-throated weavers, Klass’s Cuckoo, Yellow-rumped tinkerbird, Spur-winged lapwing, Rufous-naped Larks, Violet-backed sterling, Long-crested eagles, Black-headed gonolek and many others.

Lunch will be at Faze 3 restaurant or 2 Friends Restaurant in Entebbe Town, then proceed to the Hotel or Airport for International flight back home (if scheduled for this evening).


Our 1 day Mabamba Bird Watching Tour includes;

  • ·         Private transfer from the Hotel to Mabamba wetland.
  • ·         Canoe ride.
  • ·         Services of a fulltime driver.
  • ·         Bottled water.
  • ·         Lunch in Entebbe.
  • ·         Relevant Government taxes where applicable.

The one day package excludes;

  • ·         Accommodation.
  • ·         Ugandan visa.
  • ·         Insurance.
  • ·         Souvenirs.

What to pack

  • ·         Rainproof backpack.
  • ·         Pair of binoculars.
  • ·         Lightweight rain jacket.
  • ·         A good camera with enough memory space.
  • ·         Bird guidebook.
  • ·         Bottled water.
  • ·         Safari hat.
  • ·         Closed shoes.
  • ·         Short-sleeved shirt.
  • ·         Tripods.
  • ·         Snacks


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