Mabamba Bay Swamp in Uganda – Wetland birding spot in Uganda
Mabamba bay swamp in Uganda – Mabamba Bay on the shores of Lake Victoria in Uganda is one of the best wetland bird watching sites for the Endangered Shoebill Stork which is Uganda’s most bird list by bird watchers as well as nature lovers. Mabamba Swamp Bay is located on the shores west of Entebbe on the northern side of Lake Victoria, with thick marshes of papyrus, water lilies, and other wetland grasses.
The wetland hosts over 300 bird species that include many globally threatened species, 7 of Uganda’s 12 Lake Victoria biome restricted species, and plenty of wetland species. The wetland as well hosts Palearctic migrants every year from October to March. Mabamba Swamp Bay is a Ramseur site and an Important Bird Area.
Mabamba Bay wetland can be accessed by water and roads. From Kampala City or Entebbe town, but the easiest route is through Nakiwogo landing site in Entebbe where you take a motorized boat to the island and then meet the wetland guide to search for the elusive shoebill
If you drive, from Kampala you take a rough Kawuku – Nakawuka road and turn at Kasanje and the drive is approximately two hours from Kampala the capital city, then you will meet the wetland guide to search for the endangered shoebill stork.
How to get to Mabamba Swamp in Uganda
One can hire a speed boat from Entebbe and a 45 minutes boat trip can take you to the entrance of the swamp where you can meet the motorized canoe boat to take you deep in the swamp in search of the Shoebill stork.
You can also drive from Entebbe town or Kampala city to the Mabamba Swamp Bay through Kasanje trading center, this trip will take you 1 hour and 30 minutes to the Swamp where you will meet the local canoe boat and start your search for the special bird.
Best time to visit Mabamba Swamp in Uganda
This Mabamba Swamp in Uganda is visited all year round but dry months are much preferred as the water levels are low and it gives much better feeding places and the grass is short. This is in June –September, and Dec- Feb.
What to pack for the Mabamba Swamp Bay tour
Being an open canoe boat used, visiting the Swamp you are required to carry sunscreen, rain jacket, hut, drinking water, rain protective camera cover in case of rain, spear batteries. Contact Great Adventure Safaris about your Mabamba Swamp Bay tour to search for the Shoebill stork in Mabamba Swamp in Uganda.