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Mabamba Swamp

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The Shoebill in Mabamba Swamp

Shoebill stork, Mabamba Swamp, Uganda

Up close and personal with a shoebill!

Travel by boat and dug-out canoe to explore the swamp and see Shoebill Storks.

West of Entebbe is one of the best and most convenient places in Uganda to see the elusive Shoebill. They are best seen in the morning, but are resident throughout the day. They stalk through the reedy shallows hunting their main prey, mudfish and frogs; like herons they stand motionless for long periods waiting to spy movement, then strike with astonishing speed.

Although you can reach Mabamba by road it’s better to travel across part of Lake Victoria by boat which will give you an opportunity to see many other bird species that you would otherwise miss. Sometimes even the shoebill may elude you only to be seen as you approach, or leave, by the bigger boat.

This trip can be organised on any day and takes approximately 4 or 5 hours. We can collect you from any hotel in Entebbe.

Shoebill birds in the Mabamba Swamp, Uganda


Shoebill Itinerary

•    Leave from Entebbe harbour or pick-up at your hotel.
•    Board the boat, which is equipped with lifejackets.
•    Boat ride across the lake with beautiful view of Entebbe, local fishermen and lots of birds, especially as we approach the swamps.
•    At Mabamba or Bussi disembark the bigger boat and enter the smaller canoes for the Mabamba Swamps. The canoes will take a maximum of 3 persons plus guide.
•    Paddle into the papyrus reads and continue across the grassy swamp.
•    This is typically where shoebills are seen.
•    After about two hours return to the bigger boat for the journey back to Entebbe.

Included in the price

Transport to Entebbe harbour
Boat shuttle across Lake Victoria
Transfer into smaller canoes

Please note that although the chances are excellent, we cannot guarantee that the shoebills will be there.

Hippo, Mabamba Swamp, Uganda

Hippo in the lily pond