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1 Day Mabamba swamp bird watching tour

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Overview of your 1 day Mabamba swamp bird watching tour

This 1 day Mabamba swamp bird watching tour is a whole 1 day Uganda birding excursion in Mabamba swamp taking you through a search for both the water birds and forest bird species. Spending 1 day on a Uganda birding safari to Mabamba swamp at the shores of Lake Victoria is one of the much rewarding and short birding safaris in Uganda. The area covered by the wetland is a habitat to over 300 bird species including elusive, migratory and water birds and its the closest spot to sight the elusive shoebill stork.

This 1 day excursion starts with a pick up from your lodging facility in either Kampala or Entebbe then drive to mabamba swamp via Nakawuka. Just from the moment your driver guide starts the drive, you will sight several bird species till arrival. Upon arrival, you will go for a birding tour in  mabamba by boat through the wetland marshes lasting about 2-3 hours as you paddle through the wetland with several bird specie sightings especially the papyrus bird species. You will have lunch at Nkima forest lodge and continue to the forest for forest bird specie sightigs then return to Kampala or Entebbe.

Safari highlights of your 1 day Mabamba swamp bird watching tour

Your professional Uganda birding tour guide will pick you up early morning from your lodging facility, brief you about the safari and start the drive to mabamba swamp. You will do bird watching in mabamba by boat for about 3 hours, have lunch and then go to Nkima forest before returning to Kampala or Entebbe.

1 day Mabamba swamp bird watching tour

Birding in the wetland marshes

Details of your 1 day Mabamba swamp bird watching tour

Your safari starts with early morning wake up, breakfast and then meeting and greeting with your professional driver guide. You will start the drive to mabamba via Nakawuka and several bird spotting as soon as you start the drive west of Kampala. When you reach Mabamba, you take a canoe with an experienced paddler and your guide through the narrow channels in search of the beautiful feathered birds. The shoebill is best seen in the morning when its trying to find its prey (mudfish). You will spend about 2-3 hours on the boat then drive to Nkima forest lodge about a 5 minutes drive from the boat area for lunch. You have lunch and rest for about 1 hour then go to Nkima forest in search of the forest bird species. After several sightings of bird species on this 1 day birding safari Uganda, you will be driven back slowly by your knowledgeable birding driver guide to Kampala or Entebbe.

On this short birding safari, anticipate to see bird species like ; Swamp Flycatcher, African Water Rail, African Purple Swamp-hen, Common Moorhen, African Jacana, Lesser Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, White-faced Whistling-duck, Rufous-bellied and Purple Heron, Winding Cisticola, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Goliath Heron, Black Crake, African Marsh Harrier, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, Yellow-billed Duck, Common Waxbill, Blue-headed Cuckoo, Intermediate Egret, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Long-toed Lapwing, Osprey, Red-billed Fire-finch and African Pied Wagtail. Migrant bird species that can be sighted include the Blue Swallow, Gull-billed Tern and White-winged Tern. The Papyrus Gonolek and Papyrus Yellow Warbler are the papyrus restricted species that can be seen.


In a country where bird species can be sighted even in close destinations, take just a single day off your schedule and go bird watching in mabamba where you will see some of the beautiful birds in Uganda.

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