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1 Day Mabamba Swamp Shoebill Watching

Shoe bill stock watching in Lake Victoria Mabamba swamp

Mabamba Swamp, located 50km from Kampala, is a prime wetland birding site, best known for its spectacular Shoebill Stork sightings. The swamp, however, has a lot more to offer to the seasoned birder, with more than 300 bird species: Papyrus Gonolek, Swamp Flycatcher, Lesser
Jacana, Purple Swamphen and African Pygmy Goose to Mention but a few. 
The drive to Mabamba Swamp should take about an hour and a half depending on traffic.


An early departure is recommended to avoid Kampala traffic, and will allow you to make the most of your time in the wetland. Most of the time will be spent in a motorised canoe within the swamp/bay area, where an experienced boat crew will guide you through the numerous inlets, helping you identify the bird species within the swamp. If you have a specific bird you are looking for, please inform us in advance.


Have breakfast 6:00am then start on your journey west out of Kampala, towards Mabamba Swamp. The drive should take about an hour and a half, depending on traffic if you are in Entebbe areas our professional guide will meet you at 7:00am and drive 10 /minutes to the landing site where you will board a motorized boat to the swamp in search for the shoebill and other aquatic birds.


10:30-11:00am After shoebill viewing the motorized boat man will bring you back to the landing site to meet your driver guide and proceed to kampala or Entebbe for the hot lunch.



  • Insect repellent

  • Sun screen

  • Plenty of drinking

  • Water/snacks

  • Binoculars

  • Camera equipment

  • Rain coat

  • Other personal affects

Ready for Shoebill Spotting? 

Get in touch with us to start planning your trip! 


Price: Due to the customizable nature of this trip and varying group sizes, all prices are given as quotations in consultation. please contact us with ideas what your safari might include and we'll prepare a quotation just for you!

Price per person includes

  • Transport to and from Kampala/Entebbe

  • Snacks

  • bottled water

  • Entry and guiding fees

  • no other extra cost

Price Excludes

  • International flights from home back to home

  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour

  • Personal items, souvenirs, visas and travel

  • Insurance

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