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MABAMBA SWAMP,  If there is a place to consider a must-visit for bird watching on Uganda safari then it is Mabamba Swamp, a birder’s paradise in Uganda. Situated West of Entebbe, approximately 1 hour’s drive from Kampala, Mabamba Wetland is a famous birding spot to identify the elusive shoebill storks and other numerous water birds making Uganda entirely a diverse birding safari destination.

Mabamba Wetland is patched along the stunning shores of Lake Victoria, extending up to 2424 hectares. This UNESCO Site is considered the most accessible Uganda birding site, boasting of its tranquility filled with water lilies and abundant bird species.

Bird species in Mabamba Swamp

Mabamba Swamp is a haven to over 300 bird species including 7 of the 12 Lake Victoria biome species. It is one of the Important Birding Areas offering you the possibility to identify nearly 100 different birds in just a day. The various birds to expect to sight in this Ramsar site include the elusive shoebill stork, papyrus gonoleks, yellow-billed ducks, yellow fronted tinkerbird, spur-winged lapwing, tambourine dove, African marsh harrier, African green pigeon, African firefinch, black crake, Eastern grey plantain eater, blue swallow, blue cheeked bee-eater, crowned hornbill, double toothed barbet, great blue turaco, grey parrot, grey crowned crane, little egret, crowned hornbill, black-headed heron, great white egret, great white pelican, saddle-billed stork, shining blue kingfishers, swamp flycatchers, yellow-rumped tinkerbird, yellow-billed kite, Ross’s turaco, red chested cuckoo, pied kingfishers to mention but a few.

What to carry on a birding tour in Mabamba Swamp

Some of the important things to consider packing on a birding tour in Mabamba Swamp include a pair of binoculars, a good camera, a voice recorder, safari clothes, birding book, bottled drinking water, packed snacks, insect repellents, sun hut, insect repellents, and others.

Where to stay around Mabamba Wetland

You can choose from the many accommodation options nearby Mabamba Wetland for an overnight stay on a birding tour. These include Sienna Beach Hotel, UWEC Leisure Gardens, Lake Heights Hotel, and many more.

How to get to Mabamba Swamp

Mabamba Swamp can easily be accessed from Kampala capital city about 1 hours’ drive to Entebbe. From Kampala, drive from Kasubi to Nakawuka where you can connect to Kasanje. At Kasanje Centre, you can get a Boda-boda to Mabamba Wetland.

You can also connect to Mabamba from Masaka road, about 30kms to Buyege. From Entebbe, you will take 10 minutes on a ferry crossing through the Nakiwogo Landing Site to Kasanje landing site.

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