Mpanga Forest birding & Mabamba Swamp for Shoebill – 1 day

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Enjoy a full day of birding in areas not far from Kampala with Mpanga Forest & Mabamba birding for the Shoebill Stork. Perfect for the birder visiting Uganda with limited time. You get to search for forest species during the guided walk in Mpanga forest in the morning and then continue on for an afternoon looking for the Great Shoebill in Mabamba swamp.


  • Mpanga Forest
  • Mabamba Swamp

Day 1: Forest birding in Mpanga Forest and Great shoebill experience.

Mpanga Forest is located a short drive south of Kampala. This is a protected area and peaceful place to enjoy some of the birds found in Uganda’s birding paradise. We start off from Kampala in the early morning for our Mpanga Forest & Mabamba swamp shoebill Stork birding with our guide picking you at the hotel. Birding along the way towards Mpanga Forest where we pass swamps a niche for warblers. At Mpanga Forest a birding guide takes you for a walk to discover what this forest has to offer. Possible highlights can be the several species of the notorious bulbuls from the andropadus family tricky to ID, the forest barbets, Chestnut wattle eyes, weynes weaver, yellow billed hornbils, magpie mannikins, green sunbirds, green headed sunbirds, the Great sparrow hawk plus many more have lunch in the peaceful forest and continue birding towards Mabamba swamp for the Rare Shoebill stork, lesser jacana, marsh harriers, African pygmy-goose, whistling ducks if its the right season the blue swallow, blue breasted bee eater plus many more aquatic birds of Uganda.

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Price: The price depends on number of people and accommodation level. Contact us with your inquiry to get the best price for your safari.
Included: Accommodation, meals, safari car, fuel, guide, park entries, gorilla permits (if applicable) and activities mentioned in the itinerary. Plus water in the car and a couple of fruits along the way.
Excluded: International flights, visas, drinks, tips and personal expenses.
Accommodation: In general accommodation mentioned in the itinerary is good places on budget to mid-range level (with the exception of luxury safaris). The accommodation can be adapted to your price range of budget, mid-range or luxury. Of course a mix is also possible. Take a look here for links to the website’s of the lodges we regularly work with.
Payment options: We accept international bank transfer, card payment through PesaPal (adds 3,5% charge) and cash payment if you are in Uganda.

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Mamaland Safaris owner Tony Byarugaba is a true birder, passionate about birding in Uganda. With his expertise and connections to specialized guides we can arrange an unforgettable birding safari for you in Uganda.

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