Sighting the shoebill stork at the Mabamba Bay wetland in Entebbe
The Mabamba Bay Wetland found west of Entebbe, across Lake Victoria is a great spot for bird watching safaris in Uganda mainly because it is home to rare bird species like the Shoebill, Papyrus Yellow Warbler, Blue Swallow among others.
The wetland is protected under the Ramsar Convention, an intergovernmental treaty signed in 1971 in Iran for the protection of wetlands.
Birding tours in Uganda often times include visiting the Mabamba wetland and the birding excursion is done on the canoes through small channels of marsh-filled water and lagoons.
The birds are best seen during morning hours though they can be spotted at any time throughout the day.
Uganda birding safaris are very popular due to the vast numbers of bird species that can be spotted in any single tour.
The shoebill can be spotted at any time either at Mabamba Bay Wetland or Murchison Falls National Park.
The wetland is a habitat for around 300 bird species recorded including the Pallid Harrier, Papyrus Gonolek, White-winged Warbler and the Blue Swallow.
Other bird species at Mabamba include; Goliath Herons, Spur-winged White-winged Warbler, Gull-billed Terns, Whiskered Terns, Grey-headed Gulls, Papyrus Gonolek, yellow-backed weaver, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, White-winged Black Terns, Pygmy Geese, Malachite kingfisher, Papyrus Canary, Northern Brown-throated weaver, Carruther’s Cisticola, Blue-headed Coucal among many others.
While on a birding tour to Mabamba Bay area, you can also visit the woodland and savanna trail up to the sand mining quarry where other species of birds are likely to be found.
Booking a bird watching safari in Uganda with a reputable tour company in Uganda is ideal for any birding enthusiasts looking to make the most of their safari in Uganda without any worry along the way.
The local communities around Mabamba Bay Wetland have been trained as tour guides and now work to preserve the wetland