The Shoebill Stork Balaeniceps Rex is one of Africa’s most Sought after bird. The prehistoric dinosaur-looking bird is named after its large bill that looks like a shoe, with a hook at the end of its beak. This large bird usually stands up to 4.5 metres in height and with a wingspan of 8 meters is surely s sight to behold. Its solitary in nature and can be usually seen in its swampy habitat, standing patiently searching for lung fish. The birs is listed as Vulnerable as theyre less than 5000 adults left in the world. This is due to environment degradation and encroachment of the swamps by humans interested in farming. Getting to see this amazing species in the wild is one of the Must-not miss birding activity we run in Uganda.
Wake up early enough to prepare and enjoy your breakfast at a hotel or area of residence and after, get a warm welcome from your driver guide and then embark on a one and half hours’ drive to Mabamba Bay Wetland for your bird watching experience. Arrive early enough and set off for your birding adventure by boat along Mabamba swamp.
While here, expect to spot out the shoebill storks in the papyrus and other bird species including the pied kingfishers, papyrus gonoleks, malachite kingfishers, purple heron, long-toed lapwing, spur-winged lapwing, African jacana, wood sandpiper, African pygmy goose, blue breasted bee-eater to mention but a few.
This experience may take you about three hours or a full day and after, you will be taken back to your hotel or area of residence.