Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour – 1 Day Shoebill Birding

1 Day Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour Overview

This 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour is the most popular way to do birding around Kampala and Entebbe especially for the elusive shoebill stork lovers.

The Mabamba Swamp is the best place to view the famous Shoebill in Uganda. It is located west of 40 kilometers west of Entebbe and can be accessed by both road and a boat tour across Lake Victoria.

This 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour will take you to this famous birding spot early morning and in the afternoon visit the Botanical Gardens in Entebbe – another birding area. You will come across a number of other bird species both in Mabamba and at Entebbe Botanical gardens.

Detailed 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour

Here is the full day-by-day of 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour

Day 1: Bird Watching In Mabamba Swamp

Early morning, your 1 Day Mabamba Swamp Birding Tour guide will pick you up from your place of residence or accommodation and drive to Mabamba Swamp in Entebbe.

You will take a canoe (wooden boat) through the swamp accompanied by the guide in the search for the shoebill stork. Other birds found in Mabamba Bay include papyrus gonolek, blue-breasted bee-eater, red-headed love bird, and sun-billed stork.

Later in the afternoon visit the botanical gardens, one of the best places to visit around Entebbe. Key birds found in gardens include; Batwalk, orange weaver, and orange tufted sunbird.

In the evening, you will return to your residence in Entebbe or Kampala and that will mark the end of your Mabamba Swamp Birding tour.

  • Accommodation: None (Day tour)
  • Meal Plan: Lunch

Price per person (USD)

Here is the cost per person depending on the group size.
 1 PAX  2 PAX  4 PAX  6 PAX
500 350 270 250

  • Trip Duration: 1 day.
  • Starting Point: Entebbe, Uganda.

Note: A 30% booking is due upon booking, with the balance cleared 1 month before the trip starts.

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The price of this tour includes the following items
  • Transport in a 4WD vehicle with a pop-up roof.
  • All fuel for the tour.
  • English-speaking Ugandan driver/guide.
  • Park-entrance fees for all National parks
  • All activities described in the itinerary.
  • Drinking water throughout the safari.


The price of this tour does not include the following items
  • International airfares.
  • Entry visa to Uganda.
  • Meals that are not part of your accommodation.
  • Personal insurance (medical/travel)
  • Tips and gratuities to rangers, driver/guide, porter, hotel staff, etc.
  • All expenses of personal nature.(e.g. drinks, laundry, optional activities.)