Mabamba Island

Mabamba Island

This swampy area is located at the edge of Lake Victoria and is only an hour’s drive from the City Center. A birding adventure is done with a 3-person wooden boat canoe. You can expect to see; Shoebill Stork, Pied Kingfishers, Blue-breasted Bee eaters, African and Lesser Jacannas and African Pygmy Goose.

Although bird watching can be done all year round, the weather can be a limiting factor for some birders. The best time for bird watching would be the dry season in most of the parks between January to February and June to August. The trails are dry and not slippery thus trekking can be easy. You will also have enough time for bird-watching. However, some would say the most ideal time is between late May to September, when there’s less rain and the food is abundant. From November to April, migratory birds can be found in the parks. Birding is best done early in the morning and it’s easy to spot many bird species at that time. The parks tend to be crowded in the high season with many visitors coming in between June to September.

Apart from the many birding species found in Uganda, the country offers many other adventurous activities including; mountain gorilla trekking, chimpanzee trekking, mountain climbing, cultural exploration, cycling, white water rafting, bungee jumping and many more.