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How To Get To Mabamba Birding Swamp For Shoebill stork


Mabamba birding swamp is located in the shores of Lake Victoria few minutes’ drive rom Entebbe international airport and Entebbe town and it’s mostly known for its rare shoebill stork one of the must look for before you die and one of the most beautiful birds you must see on Ugandan birding trip and it covers the total land area of 2242 hectares

Currently Mabamba swamp is one the most and famous birding areas in Uganda with over 300 species sited and some antelopes and primates.IN 2006 it was introduced as the Ramsar site by IBA and important birding area by IBA while birding in Mabamba swamp is accessed by boat rides and you do your birding watching while siting and standing in boats in organized trails that provides clear views of wetland and viewing birds like shoebill stork and papyrus Gonolek and also the wetlands hosts some migrates species of birds mostly from October and march every year  

There are two known routes of getting of getting to Mabamba swamp from Entebbe or other parts of Kampala capital city of Uganda but  their two  quickest and easiest ways of getting to Mabamba swamp  and that is using speed boat from nakiwogo landing site through like Victoria  and it takes like 20 minutes to Mabamba landing site where you will be iced and taken for the fishing boats to start your trails and also another way is trough nakiwogo landing site and  cross with the government ferry and it for free and crosses from nakiwogo to Kasanje landing site for about 15 minutes or also use speed boat and from their you will drive on marram road For about 20 minutes to Mabamba birding  swamp.

You can visit Mabamba swamp throughout the year and on daily basis because it accessible and you high chances of viewing your dream birds and birding mostly good in the morning and afternoon so it therefore advisable to wake up early morning on your day to visit Mabamba swamp.

While at Mabamba swamp you can also participate in other activities after your birding trip to the swamp like fishing.  Primate watching and antelopes like Sitatunga are seen and as well participate in community visit to the nearby families and homes that’s participate mostly in fishing and small cultivation as the source of income

Mabamba swamp provides to over 300 species like Malachite kingfisher, grey woodpecker, crowned hornbill, grey heron, orange weaver, little egret, great blue turaco, red eyed dove, African pied wagtail, yellow billed tinker bird, woodland kingfisher, yellow fronted tinker bird, hammerkop, hadada ibis, great white pelican, marsh harrier, black headed heron, great cormorant, black winged stilt, long tailed cormorant, goliath heron,  grey crowned crane, brown parrot, African hoope, African jacana ,cattle egret,  common sandpiper,African pigmy goose, African fish eagle, double toothed barbet, black crake, eastern grey plantain eater, speckled mouse bird, wood sandpiper, African green pigeon and many more to be seen on your visit Mabamba swamp.

Facts about shoebill stork

They lay two eggs after the period of 5 years and hatching takes the period of 3months and it is done by both male and female and it’s the mother to penetrate the  shell for the babies to come out  while other birds it’s the babies

They grow both with the babies for 10 years while growing feathers and teaching them how to hunt while growing  the baby’s mother looks for the weaker one and kill it and it  grows one in five years.

An adult shoebill stork can weigh up to 14kg

You can book your one day birding Mabamba swamp or on your classic birding trip to Uganda and include Mabamba swamp while contacting trusted tour operate that will provide you with the best bird guides