2 Day Birding Safari in Mabamba

This 2 day safari takes you birding in Entebbe and in Mabamba wetland in Uganda. Black-headed_lapwingThe Mabamba wetland are renowned for hosting the rare shoebill stork and is famous to be blessed with a variety of bird species. Mabamba is also the only place rated as the best in Africa or in the world where the elusive shoebill can be easily spotted at any time of the day. Apart from the rare shoebill, there are many other bird species to see on this adventure!

Tour summary

  • Day 1: Birding in Entebbe’s UWEC and the Botanical Gardens
  • Day 2: Birding in Mabamba Shoebill & Search for Shoebill Storks

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Birding in Entebbe’s UWEC & Botanical Gardens

You will be welcomed by our representative who will transfer you to your respective accommodation in Entebbe. Depending on your time of arrival, you might spend the afternoon at UWEC, which is home to captive animals and has over 170 species of birds. These include; 7 species of weavers like the rare Northern Masked Weaver and Orange Weaver, Kingfishers, Sunbirds etc. Dinner and o/n at Sophie’s Motel or Lindsay Cottages.

Hartlaub's TuracoEnjoy a delicious breakfast and after continue to Entebbe botanical Gardens. You will have good hours of birding on the best trails around Kampala, with over 150 species of birds. You will look out for the Bare faced-go away bird, Great Blue and Ross’s Turacos, Red Chested, Klaas’s and Diederik Cuckoo, Great Reed Warbler, Fain Tailed Widow bird, Striped, Malachite, Giant, Woodland and Pygmy Kingfishers, Black Bishop, Grey Woodpecker, Olive, Olive bellied, Red chested, superb, Copper etc. Sunbirds and many more. A picnic Lunch in the gardens, relax while birding and later in the evening return to your hotel for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 2: Mabamba Island & the Search for Shoebills

Early in the morning, transfer to Mabamba swamp, 50kms west of Kampala. Look out for different birds on our way to the swamp like; the Papyrus Gonolek, White Shouldered Tit, Red Cap, White Winged Warbler, Western Banded Snake Eagle, White Spotted Fluftail and Weyns Weaver. This Swamp is one of the best places to spot the exceptional Shoebill Stork. But also many other species can be found here, like the Allen’s and Purple Gallinule, Grey herons, Jacanas, Ruffaus  Bellied Heron, Squaco, Purple and Goliath Heron, the Globally threatened Pallid Harrier and Blue Swallow a migrant species, a variety of egrets, ducks etc. The best way to enjoy the rich bird life is by canoe and you might even have the luck to encounter the elusive Sitatunga Antelope, adapted to swampy habitats. Later in the afternoon drive back to the Hotel birding enroute for dinner and o/n stay.

End of Safari

Tour inclusions

  • Photography and touring,
  • Full board accommodation,
  • Full time English speaking professional driver/guide,
  • All tour activities as detailed in the itinerary,
  • Bottled water while on safari,
  • Transport

Tour Exclusions

  • Kampala hotel fees( the eve of the safari and the night after the safari),
  • Tips,
  • Laundry services,
  • Beverages/ drinks,
  • International flights,
  • Visas,
  • Items of a personal nature,
  • Optional activities and any other extras not detailed in the above itinerary
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