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Mabamba Swamp is one of the best places to be in Uganda, spot the highly sought-after shoebill in its natural habitat. Birdwatching is mostly via canoe, where you’ll navigate waterways comprising lily pads and papyrus swamp. Among the species in the region, other notable birds include the papyrus yellow warbler, pallid harrier and blue swallow.

While the swamp is 12km as the crow flies, it's a 40km (one hour) drive from Entebbe, To get here catch a minibus taxi to Kasanje, then a boda-boda to the Mabamba jetty.

Guides can be arranged from UWEC in Entebbe and you can also request from more information at Great Wolf Hotel reception.

Although one can reach Mabamba by road we highly recommend the boat tour across Lake Victoria. Reaching Mabamba by boat, rather then by car, gives you an opportunity to see many of the birds that you may otherwise miss. Sometimes even the shoebill may elude you in the canoes only to be seen as you approach, or leave, by the bigger boat.