Shoe Bill Stork at Mabamba Swamp : Mabamba swamp is among the most rewarding attractions that you should not miss out on visiting during your Uganda wildlife safari experience that will make your experience quite memorable. Located in the west of Entebbe on the northern shore of Lake Victoria covering 2424 hectares that are characterized with marshes of papyrus, water lilies and a number of different vegetation that you will get to observe a number of attractions including the shoe bill stork at Mabamba Swamp. The Mabamba swamps are a Ramsar site and important bird area IBA that is home to 300 bird species that you will get to observe as you participate in the activities at the swamp.
The swamp is home to 7 of the 12 Lake Victoria biome. For travellers interested in visiting the swamps, you can either access the swamps from Kampala City or Entebbe city via Nakiwogo landing site which will take you about 10 minutes by ferry crossing to Kasanje landing site and after landing at the site, you will get to drive from there to Entebbe for about 20 minutes and during the drive you will have the most rewarding experience, passing through the cultivations and open fields that will lead you to a number of rewarding safari experience watching a number of attractions along the way from the that will make your experience quite memorable.
The shoe bill stork at Mabamba Swamp
The name Mabamba comes from the Luganda word mamba which translates to lung fish which is the common food for the shoe bill stork. For travellers interested in shoe bill tracking, the swamps will give you the most rewarding experience given the fact that you will get to see the endangered species in large numbers as compared to other areas where you can watch them. While tracking the shoebill at the swamps, you will get to take boat ride along the waters of the swamps in search of the species once you get to them you will get to observe their rewarding safari experience among the different facts that will make your activity quite memorable.
Interesting about the shoe bill you will get to watch the bill or beak of a shoe bill which looks like a shoe which is one of the most eye catching features of the features that make the activity quite memorable. Interesting about the bill of the shoe bill stork is the fact it can decapitate a six-foot lung fish making it quite strong. While participating in the activity is the fact that you will have the chance to observe the behaviour of the species that is the dominant bird in the nest can be seen chasing away its siblings by poking the other birds in the nest. It should be noted that once the birds are born when the weaker bird in the nest after will chase away the bird species which nest so as when the mother is able to visit the nest they will get to the nest they will get their mother’s full time attention as they enjoy the time with the species. the shoe bill stork can be seen standing motionless in the water for hours, you will get to watch them and also take different pictures of the species and the surrounding areas in the swamp to make your activity quite memorable.
Aside from tracking the shoe bill stork tracking at Mabamba swamp, there are a number of other activities that you can participate in while at the Mabamba swamp among which include;
Sport fishing can be carried out at the Mabamba swamp which will give you the chance to catch a number of fish which will give you the opportunity to watch a number of rewarding fish species like; Lung fish, Nile tilapia and lung fish and many other bird species for a memorable experience, while fishing in the swamps which will also give you relaxing views of the sunset.
You can also engage with the locale fishermen by interacting with them and if you’re interested you can go with them on their fishing expedition to understand the importance of the swamps to them which have generated income for them which has improved their standards of living and in a way they have enabled to meet their daily needs.
For travellers that are interested in nature and all its beauty, they can participate in butterfly watching at the Mabamba swamp which will give you the chance to watch over 100 butterfly species during your butterfly expedition and among the species that you will get to watch include; Acraea Consanquine, Acraea aganice, Achaea aurivilli, Bicyclus sebetus, Abisaraneavei and many other rewarding butterfly species.