HomePrimates & Wildlife ToursSHOEBILL EXCURSION (Mabamba Wetlands)


Embark on a Shoebill excursion to Mabamba wetlands. A Ramsar site famous for its diverse 200 bird population and constant sightings of the prehistoric shoebill on African continent. Among twitchers, bird nerds, listers and all bird enthusiasts alike. Now, this shoebill excursion tour by a motorized canoe offers an unparalleled opportunity to witness a diverse range of bird species in their natural habitat. All while enjoying a peaceful and serene adventure.

IMG Mabamba Wetlands

Safari Highlights

  • Boat cruise on Lake Victoria
  • Face to face with the Shoebill
  • Water birds
  • Encounter the local fishermen
  • Nakiwogo Landing site

Detailed Itinerary

Pick up and transfer to Nakiwogo landing site and take motorized boat to the Mabamba Wetlands.

We will pick you up from your hotel in Entebbe at 07:00hrs and drive to Nakiwogo landing site where we will take a motorized boat to the wetlands. The boat transfer to the wetlands takes about 35 minutes on the lake. When you get into the wetlands, change onto the small boat which is convenient for maneuvering into the wetlands.

Mabamba Wetlands is a unique and vital ecosystem situated within the Lake Victoria Basin that has diverse range of flora and fauna that hosts the rare and endangered Shoebill, African Fish Eagle, the Papyrus Gonolek, and various species of herons, kingfishers, and among others.

IMG Shoebill Excursion

After the shoebill has been sighted, we will approach the location with caution, maintain minimum silence as we observe the shoebill hunt. shoebill primarily feeds on fish and other aquatic animals. One of the most impressive traits of the shoebill is it hunting technique where it can stay motionless for hours, when it looked onto prey, it uses its massive shoe like bill to stealthily strike at prey and with its sharp curved bill, help it to grip and hold onto its prey before its swallowed as whole in just a matter of seconds.

After your encounter with the prehistoric shoebill, you can go on looking for other birds and later get onto the big boat and then drive back to Nakiwogo where you will connect with the vehicle to transfer back to the lodge.

End of Tour

Included in the Shoebill excursion Tour

  • All transfers to and from your guest house in Entebbe
  • All boat trips on the lake and Wetlands
  • Local guide in the wetlands


  • Anything that’s not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Tips to guides
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