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Mabamba Bay Shoebill Birding Day Tour

Mabamba Bay Shoebill Birding Day Tour

Mabamba is the best place to spot the rare Shoebill Stork. This wetland is an extensive marsh stretching through a long narrow bay, stuffed with papyrus towards the western main body of Lake Victoria in Mpigi District that has become a Shoebill Birding Day Tour attraction in the passing years. This Uganda Excursion is perfect for Birding enthusiast looking to extend their Uganda safari excitement.

Mabamba Bay has the status of a protected area – a ramzar site and is a habitat to birds that are globally categorized as endangered among the Lake Victoria Basin species. The climate here is similar to other areas of the northern shorelines of Lake Victoria with a rainfall ratio of 1200 – 1500mm,an average minimum temperature of 17°C and a maximum of 26°C.

Mabamba bay has grown into a fascinating site for Shoebill Birding Day Tour in Uganda besides Murchison Falls National Park.its a great location to catch sight of the elusive shoe bill stork any time of day with a high rating of best in Africa or perhaps the whole world. This site has also become a remarkable habitat for the migrant Blue Swallow with over 100 individuals recorded every year. The survey carried out in recent years has revealed boosts in numbers to over 260 species with a day’s record of 157 species.

The shoebill stork is more easily seen in the morning as they stalk their main prey, the mudfish or frogs, but may be spotted any other time of the day. They tend to stand absolutely still for long periods awaiting the movements of their prey and then suddenly strike with an incredible swiftness.

The Shoebill Birding Day Tour

You’re picked up from your overnight hotel after breakfast to drive to Mabamba bay wetland an Important Bird Area (IBA) to search for papyrus endemic birds like the rare shoe bill stork, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Papyrus Gonolek, Goliath Heron, Squacco heron, Lesser Jacana, Spur-winged Goose, and several immigrant birds. Spend the day traversing the swamp on a dug-out canoe with a brief lunch break and continue for the rest of the day.

Besides the Shoebill Birding search, learn about the Mabamba bay wetland’s usefulness to the local people, in the fisheries industry, as a source of raw material for local crafts, water for domestic and livestock purposes, and as building materials among others.

Complete your Shoebill Birding search between 12:00pm – 4:00pm depending on the the time you started the activity, to be returned to your overnight Hotel/residence. 

2023 prices per person depending on group numbers


2pax 3pax 4pax 5pax 6pax 7pax
$159 $115 $105 $95 $85 $75

The Day Tour Inclusions

  • Ground transfers by a 4Wheel drive Safari vehicle
  • En-route lunch
  • Dug-out canoe
  • Entrance fees
  • Driver guide allowance.


Local and international flights, Personal Travel insurance, Visa Fees, soda/alcoholic drinks, cigarettes, tips, souvenirs and any other items of personal nature.

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