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Mabamba swamp presents the best excursion for day tour to Entebbe city, this is major entry point of the country having Uganda is the  international airport Entebbe. Mabamba Shoebill Bird Watching is a popular activity in Uganda. Mabamba swamp is one of the most important birding sites in Uganda, famous place to see the critically endangered shoe bill stock. The wet land is tucked along the shores of Lake Victoria, near Entebbe town, covering an area space of approximately 25 square Kilometers, seeing the shoebills you a major highlight for birders that come to Uganda as a destination. The shoe bill with is prehistoric look exits many birders many of which would actually love to see the birds physically rather than drawings in the books.

There are over 300 birds present on the marshy swampy area, it is an angelic moment to meet most of these while beginning or ending your Uganda wildlife safari, the shoe bill is characterized by its long show shaped beak this serves purposefully to pick lung fish that is their favorite food. It is one of the reasons they can be easily seen here as the swamp is rich with lung fish, there birds have been identified to be critically endangered as the wild numbers are getting lesser each day.

Tour Highlight

  • Birding at Mabamba Swamp
  • Boat Cruise on Motorized Wooden Boat.

Mabamba Shoebill Bird Watching

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Mabamba

Upon arrival you will be welcomed by a Salt Holidays company representative who will transfer you to the shores of Lake Victoria for the day’s activity, time taken depends on whether you are in Kampala- or Entebbe the shoe bill tracking is done early in the morning to have the best possible views, you will be briefed by a professional guide who will then show you to the wooden motorized boat, the activity is done for 2-3 hours enroute expect to meet  number of birds for example the African fish eagles, sunbirds, papyrus gonolex, African green pigeons, black crowned night, martial eagles, yellow breasted sunbirds, pink backed pelicans to mention a few.

We will return for a hot lunch and an afternoon relaxation around Entebbe and transfer to the lodge for resting, optional activity the reptile village, visits the Entebbe botanical gardens.

The Mabamba Shoebill Bird Watching includes;

  • All ground transportation.
  • Meals and drinks as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • English speaking guide.
  • Water on board for overland areas.


  • Visas and air tickets.
  • Meals and drinks non mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Gratuities.
  • All extra services and activities non mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Items of personal nature.
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