3 days mabamba birding and lake mburo national park

Mabamba birding site is Located on the northern shores of Lake Victoria, west of Entebbe in Mpigi district is Mabamba wetland. The wetland is a perfect destination for the elusive shoebill in Uganda. You can access this wetland easily by ferry from Nakiwogo Entebbe to Kasenje and get a little adventure of your own as you cruise on the waters of Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Mabamba is an extension of marsh consisting of papyrus and other swamp vegetation which covers an area of 2424 hectares with a record and you can also spot the Sitatunga antelope which is a swamp lover antelope like in any other swamps in Uganda.

While Lake Mburo national park located on the Masaka-Mbarara highway is home to 68 mammal species, 350 bird species which is popular for its Zebra population and one of the only places in Uganda where the Impala can be found, Mabamba about 260 bird species spotted in the wetlands. The animal list includes buffaloes, warthogs, waterbucks, lions, while birds include red-faces bracket, African finfoot, African scops owl etc. which can be spotted in the park. Lastly but not least, Lake Mburo national park is part of a 50km long wetland system limited by a swamp and the wetland habitat covers 20% of the park’s surface.

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Mabamba birding

highlights

  • Hotel pick-ups and airport transfers
  • 4WD vehicle plus English speaking driver / guide
  • Ferry crossing and launch cruise along Lake Mburo
  • Birding Mabamba wetlands
  • Game drive and horseback safari
  • Stopover at the equator
  • Two nights’ accommodation and meals

Detailed itinerary

Day 1 : Mabamba birding wetland and travel to Lake Mburo national park

Wake up early, have breakfast around 6am, pick up by the driver with your packed lunch in order to be in time for 7am ferry crossing from Nakiwogo to Mabamba wetland. Assessing the wetlands via water gives you an added advantage to a wonderful view which you would miss out if travelled by land. Transfer from Kasenje to Mabamba wetlands about 20mins drive for your birding experience. Birding is done on motorized canoes which you sail on through the papyrus wetland to see various birds like the shoebill which is popular in this area.

This will take about 1-3hrs. You will then drive via Masaka Mbarara highway to Lake Mburo and have lunch stop. You may reach in the late afternoon and check in your safari lodge. Get some time to relax as you wait for your evening game drive where you may spot the diverse wildlife in the park like the waterbucks, zebras, lions etc. come back for dinner and an overnight stay at your selected safari. Travel time; 2-3hrs Meal plan; lunch and dinner

Day 2 : launch cruise and horseback safari

After breakfast in the morning, you will go for your launch cruise on Lake Mburo where you may see hippos, crocodiles and birds around the lake area. Come back, relax and have your lunch. In the afternoon you will on one of the most exciting activity which is the horseback safari. It’s an exciting way to see wildlife like the elands, Topi, bushbucks’ etc. Going through the rolling hills of the park which gives you a panoramic view of the park. Dinner and overnight stay. Meal plan; breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 3 : travel back to Kampala and stop at the Uganda Equator

Wake up, pack up your staff ensuring you’re ready to leave the park after breakfast. Drive through the park to check out and if lucky you may spot some zebras and antelope on your way out. Drive to the equator where you will have a stop for some photos, buy souvenirs, and also have an experience of being into hemispheres at the sometime. You will also have same lessons about the gravitation forces around it. Have your lunch and continue with your journey to Kampala where you will reach in the late afternoon.
Travel time; about 4hrs Accommodation types; Mihingo lodge, Mpogo lodge, Mantana tented camp etc. these range from luxury, mid-range and budget.

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes to walk in
  • Warm clothes for the night as this part of the country gets pretty cold>/li>
  • Torch is essential for safety purposes
  • A good insect repellant to keep those persistent insects away
  • A good zooming Camera for photos

Package for mabamba birding and Lake Mburo Excludes :

  • Airport transfers pick up and drop off to your destination
  • Meals per itinerary
  • Pure Bottled drinking water
  • Private Safari Vehicle
  • Services of an English speaking guide
  • Accommodation in self - contained rooms / cottages for 2 night
  • Park access fees
  • All activities indicated in the itinerary

Package for mabamba birding and Lake Mburo Excludes :

  • Airfares
  • Uganda Visas
  • Luxury drinks
  • Laundry
  • Tips to local guide
  • Telephone fees
  • Porter fees when tracking
  • Personal insurance and shopping
  • Any other item not mentioned above