Mabamba bay is found in Mpigi district few km from Kampala and has grown into one of the most interesting and spectacular site for birding in Uganda. Apart from Murchison Falls National Park, Mabamba bay is the only place and site where the elusive Shoebill can easily be spotted. Recently, Mabamba has become one of the strong holds for the migrant Blue Swallow with over 100 individuals recorded every year. Mabamba has been surveyed in recent years and now boosts of over 260 species with one day’s record of 157 species.
Recent visits also confirmed presence of flocks of other species especially migrants such as Gull-billed Terns, White-winged Black Terns and Whiskered Terns, and residents such as Grey-headed Gulls. Other interesting species found in the marsh include good numbers of Goliath, Herons, Spur-winged and Pygmy Geese, and a number of migratory waders. Five Lake Biome species have also been recorded here.
The overwhelming birding experience in Mabamba in not only at the Swamp, but along the way, there are other birding spots with a variety of habitats. After birding in the labyrinth of channels in the marsh, one can choose to follow a woodland and savanna trail up to the sand mining quarry to maximize on chances of other species apart from the wetland birds.
In the morning after breakfast you head to Mabamba bay that’s Mpigi district passing through Mpanga rain forest and branch at kasanje board the boat to take you to the actual swamp where you can see the birds and take photos this activity can take 2-3 hours from this place you continue to the Ugandan Equator where you shall have lunch, rest as you admiring Uganda there is an interesting activity which will be performed for you while taking photos and after that you can shop