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Mabamba Swamp - a Ramsar Important Bird Area is located on the edge of Lake Victoria, about 57km from Kampala and an hour’s drive from Entebbe. The name derives from emamba - the local name for a species of lungfish.

This wetland consists of 16,500 hectares of papyrus beds, small channels and lagoons - a bird watchers' dream destination. Mabamba is home to 260 bird species, including the massive shoebill – Uganda’s most sought-after bird!

There was a time when the local community used to view shoebills and other fishing birds as competition for the fish resource, but today many local people have been trained as tour guides who now strive to preserve both the birds and the swamp.

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