2 Nights, 3 Days Shoebill birding Safari
The Shoebill Safari will take you to unique birding spots that have been carefully chosen for
your shot trip. However, a lot is to be encountered due to high populations of bird species
within those areas. The only existing family member of the shoebill stork and believed to have
never undergone evolution will be part of our mission, with 80% chance of viewing this
fascinating bird. Other bird species to look out for are African purple Swamp hen, Goliath
Heron, African Jacana, the great white egret, blue headed coucal, Papyrus Gonolek, southern
ground hornbill, Batelour, Ruppels long tailed starlings and so many other species.
Mammal species like Zebras, Elands, Giraffes, Impalas, Warthogs, Waterbucks, Buffalos and
many more will as well be encountered.
The 3 days to Mabamba swamp and Lake Mburo National Park are worth more days in other
areas of attractions for one to be able to equalize the various unique species spotted in the
above chosen sites.
Day 1-Entebbe to Kampala and optional birding
Pick up from Entebbe International Airport to your hotel. The drive may take 45 minutes or
more depending on traffic. On arrival, some may choose to rest from the long flight, while
others go birding in and around Kampala.
Mid range-Hotel Protea
Day 2 -Mabamba Wetland and transfer to Lake Mburo National Park.
After an early breakfast, the driver guide will drive off to Mabamba Swamp which is roughly
51km west of Kampala and stop en route at Mpigi Swamp for some chance birds (rarities). Keep
your eyes open for the Papyrus Gonolek, Northern Brown-throated Weaver, Blue-headed
Coucal, Yellow backed weaver and other swamp specialties.
On arrival at the swamp, you are to board a canoe for the birding activity, paddled by our local
site guides. Look for the Shoebill both in the sky and down on the marsh. This most famous and
bizarre avian creature is the only representative in its family. Prepare to be mesmerized by
watching the bird as it preens, showing off its grinning, wooden clog-like bill. You may also have
marvelous views of it as it soars on broad wings.
Also watch for the; Swamp Flycatcher, African Purple Swamphen, African Water Rail, Common
Moorhen, Lesser Jacana, African Jacana, African Pygmy Goose, White-faced Whistling-duck,
Squacco, Rufous-bellied and Purple Heron, Blue-breasted Bee-eater, Winding Cisticola, Goliath
Heron, Black Crake, African Marsh Harrier, Hamerkop, Malachite and Pied Kingfishers, Common
Waxbill, Yellow-billed Duck, Blue-headed Cuckoo, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Intermediate Egret,
Osprey, Long-toed Lapwing, African Pied Wagtail, and Red-billed Fire-finch.
Later in the day, transfer to Lake Mburo National Park. The park contains an extensive area of
wetlands. The bird population is rich, including the most sought after birds of Uganda, Green-
backed Woodpecker, African Finfoot, Brown-chested Plover, Southern Ground-hornbill, Spot-
flanked, Red-faced and Black-collared Barbets; White-winged Warbler, Papyrus Yellow Warbler,
Carruthers Cisticola, Papyrus Gonolek, Yellow-billed Oxpecker and Northern Brown-throated
Mid range- Rwakobo rock lodge
Budget-Mantana tented Camp
Day 3: Birding safari in Lake Mburo National Park.
After an early breakfast, you go on birding and game drive following numerous tracks in Lake
Mburo National Park. You have chances of viewing mammals such as Zebras, Topi, Elephant,
Eland, Impala, Buffalo, Water Buck, etc. Birds you have chances of viewing include; Black-
headed Oriole, White-backed Scrub Robin, Bateleur, Ruppel’s Long-tailed Starling, Common
Bulbul, Brown Parrot, Ruppel’s Griffon Vulture, Grey Hornbill, White-browed Coucal, Lesser
Masked Weaver, Water Thick-knee, Wood Hoopoe, Verreux’s Eagle Owl, Woodland Kingfisher,
Yellow-billed Oxpecker, Little Bee-eater, Chinspot, Tawny Eagle, Senegal Lapwing, Plain-backed
Pipit, Greater Honeyguide, Sooty Chat, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Red-faced Crombec, Brown-tailed,
Bronze-tailed Starlings, Northern Brubru, Grey Kestrel, Coqui Francolin, Broad-billed Roller,
Grassland Pipit, and Golden-breasted Bunting.
The birding excursion may take us 4-5 hours and head back to Entebbe via Kampala for your