Mabamba swamp wetland bay is a large papyrus marsh land spanning an extensive are through a long narrow bay extending towards Lake Victoria. Mabamba swamp wetland bay is located in the district of Mpigi bordering Wakiso district. It is a protected are with a variety of bird species feed in and nest the swamp. As one of the best marshy bay along the shores of Lake Victoria to the north, it is a famous destination for bird watching.
Elevation: 1130m above sea level, Coordinates: 32? 20?E, 00? 05?N Bird species Recorded: 260 species Size: 16,500acres
Mabamba swamp wetland bay is a spectacular destination for bird watching . Apart from Murchison Falls National Park, Mabamba swamp wetland bay is the only place where the rare Shoebill stork can be spotted. Recently, Mabamba swamp is also a habitat for migrant species such as Blue Swallow with over 100 individuals recorded every year. Mabamba has been surveyed to record over 260 species with an indication of 157 birds spotted in a single door.
These bird species will be spotted on a day trip to Mabamba swamp wetland bay Pallid Harrier a migratory bird of prey of the harrier family, Papyrus Gonolek a species of bird in the Malaconotidae family, White-winged Warbler also called Hispaniolan Highland-tanager, is a species of bird formerly classified in the Parulidae family and the Blue Swallow a small passerine bird in the swallow family. Shoebills will be spotted in pairs or in threes in the marsh at Nakowogo, about 2 km north east of Mabamba swamp.
Other species include Gull-billed Terns, White-winged Black Terns and Whiskered Terns, and residents such as Grey-headed Gulls, Goliath Herons, Spur-winged and Pygmy Geese, Malachite kingfisher, Papyrus Canary, Northern Brown-throated weaver, Carruther’s Cisticola . Mostly the birding experience in Mabamba swamp wetland is not only at the Mabamba swamp wetland bay, but on the way are various birding view points. As birding in the Mabamba marshy channel, an extension following the woodland and savanna trail up to the sand quarry is possible to maximize viewing chances of species apart from the wetland birds.