This one is for the nature nerds, tracking down the shoebill stork in its natural habitat, is like witnessing a scene from a prehistoric era. This mysterious bird has been alive since the dinosaurs and there are only a few of them left in the world. If you are within Kampala or Entebbe, you can book a birding guide to take you to Mabamba Swamp, the best place to track down the Shoebill Stork, among a variety of other endemic bird species. You need to get to the swamp by daybreak, which often means setting off from Kampala in the early morning and an hours drive out of the city. Your birding guide will organize a canoe to stealthy take you through the marshy swamp lands, as you search for signs of the wide beak tall stature of the stork. It’s not always guaranteed that you will get to track them down, but the sights and sounds of the various other birdlife in the magical light of dawn is a worthy experience of its own.
Although this isn’t actually in Kampala, it is a short trip from town, and absolutely worth it!