Mabamba & Makanaga Wetlands

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Mabamba Wetland is an Important Bird Areas in Uganda as well a wetland of International importance attracting globally threatened species such as the Iconic Shoebill, Intra-African migrant Blue Swallow as well as the Papyrus Gonolek. Its location on the shores of the Lake Victoria makes it one of the areas closest to Entebbe International Airport and the capital Kampala where one can see the majestic Shoebill.

Mabamba Wetland is also home to many other bird species making a count of 300 and over. The experience on the canoe will give you good viewing and photographic opportunities of the polyandrous African Jacanas trotting on the water lilies, Cormorants swimming in the water and plenty of waders.

Other birds species like: the Common Squacco Heron, Rufous-bellied Heron, Swamp Flycatcher, Red-chested Sunbird and others. The canoe ride also provides chances of seeing other wildlife like Sitatunga, a shy antelope dwelling in the wetlands as well as the Spot-necked Otters, Monitor Lizards and occasionally the Nile Crocodile.

The Wetland supports lucrative fishing activities and during the boat ride, you have chances of seeing some of the fish species from the Lake Victoria. Makanaga Wetlands is another popular site with good chances of seeing the bizarre Shoebill.

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