Mabamba Shoebill Stork
For those looking for the elusive shoebill stork, Makanaga Bay is one of the highly recommended place to visit while in Uganda for your gorilla and wildlife safari. Known to very few people, Makanaga provides an opportunity to spot shoebills in a less spoilt environment. Our Makanaga shoebill trips are the best in as far as seeing the shoebill is concerned. Makanaga bay located on the shores of lake Victoria is occupied by a swamp offering viewing opportunities for not only the shoebill but other birds such as Yello-billed Duck, Spur-winged Goose, White-faced Whistling Duck, Little and Black-winged Stilt, Wood and Common Sandpiper, Long-tailed & Great Cormorants, Spur-winged Lapwing, , Common Squacco Heron, thousands of Black-winged Terns, Little & Great Egret and Gull-billed Terns. The African Jacana is seen on floating water lilies while foraging. Malachite & Pied Kingfishers. Compared to other spots such as Lake Mburo, Mabamba and others, Birders claim that Makanaga tend to produce better results in as far as shoebill seeing is concerned.
Best time for Makanaga shoebill trip
Makanaga can be visited all through and can be accessed from Kampala or Entebbe. From Entebbe, one can take a ferry that crosses daily from Nakiwongo land site and then drives on a murum road up to mpigi. From Mpigi, you join the Kampala-Masaka Main road and drive for about 15 minutes to Kamego. At Kamengo trading center, you turn on your right and drive up to 30 minutes. At Makanaga, you will then hire a canoe that will take you to the side where shoebills are common. On many occasions, you will site more than two shoebills on your Makanaga shoebill trip.