How to spot the Shoebill and why Uganda is the best destination to do it

How to spot the Shoebill and why Uganda is the best destination to do it

Shoebill: Murchison Falls

The Shoebill is one of Africa’s favourite bird species and lives in the freshwater swamps of central and East tropical Africa from South Sudan to eastern parts of Congo, Rwanda, Uganda, western Tanzania and northern Zambia. This prehistoric looking bird is numerous in several wetlands in Uganda, making it the best destination for Shoebill spotting. Murchison Falls National Park’s section of the Nile towards the delta is one of the hot spots and an early morning or evening boat safari down to the delta offers a high chance to spot this iconic bird.

Shoebill: Semiliki National Park and Lake Albert

Beautiful Semuliki National Park in Western Uganda encompasses the eastern extension of the Ituri Forest of the DRC and its savannah stretches to Semuliki Game Reserve. The park is one of Uganda’s prime birding hot spots and is known as the Birder’s Haven. Its diverse habitat is home to over 430 bird species, some of which are hard to find anywhere else in East Africa.  Take a boat trip from Semuliki game reserve for the chance to search for numerous bird species, including the graceful and elusive Shoebill, on the shores of Lake Albert.