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Shoebill Safaris

Shoebill Safaris

Shoebill Safaris

(20 Reviews)
Office In:
Uganda Uganda
5-10 employees (Founded in 2006)
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Tour Types:
Customizable private tours and fixed group tours
Kenya KE
Rwanda RW
Tanzania TZ
Uganda UG
Shoebill Safaris

Shoebill Safaris

Shoebill Safaris is a tour operator based in the heart of Uganda, Entebbe - East Africa. We offer budget, mid-range and luxurious tour packages, individual tours and group tours throughout Uganda and the neighboring countries like Kenya, Rwanda and Tanzania. We have over 13 years experience Shoebill Safaris organizing Gorilla and Chimpanzee Tracking, game viewing and birding in Uganda and Rwanda. Our major mission is to exceed the traveler's expectation during their safari with us in Uganda.


A well organised operation who responded to queries quickly.

It was a great way to spend a half day in Entebbe. Shoebill safaris were quick to respond to any questions about the trip. We all had a great time and saw lots of different birds amongst amazing scenery.

Private guided Tour to Shoebill in its natural habitat

We booked a fully guided tour including pick-up and drop-off at our guesthouse in Entebbe. The boat trip to the swamp was adventurous and exciting. After transferring to a smaller and more agile boat, we started our search for the Shoebill. We were the first who arrived at the location and had the best look at the Shoebill. Time after time more boats arrived.
We got enough time to observe the Shoebill, to take pictures or to ask questions. The experienced guides could answer all of our questions. On our way back we enjoyed seeing more bird species and we got surprised with a Rolex-Breakfast. Amazing and delicious!
This trip is definetly to recommend if you are interested in seeing a wildlife Shoebill in its natural habitat.

Magnificent Trip to Mabamba to see the elusive Shoebill

I went on a day-long birding trip with Shoebill Safaris to Mabamba swamps and Entebbe to spot the elusive Shoebill.

The trip was only for the day, but it will last very long in my memory. Being able to see the prehistoric Shoebill stood deadly still amongst the papyrus was truly magnificent- Shoebill safaris are definitely deserved of their name!

Firstly, Allen was very pleasant and easy to talk to and always responded to my messages swiftly (sometimes within minutes of me sending a message!). Shoebill Safaris were very flexible, initially I wanted to book the trip for a few days after my first inquiry, and Allen was very quick to organise everything. But then, due to an unexpected event I had to postpone the trip by a fortnight, which was equally easy to do with Shoebill.

Spending time at the swamps was so magical- you really feel like you're transported into a completely different Uganda. But I saw much more than just the shoebill, as I was able to see a plethora of other bird species in and around the swamps.

Then afterwards, to make the most of a trip to Entebbe, I was taken to the botanical gardens, where I saw yet even more bird species and got to enjoy the company of the vervet and colobus monkeys!

They set me up with a very knowledgeable guide Gerald who was exceptionally friendly and helpful. He even came to my accommodation the night before the trip just to make sure he knew exactly where it was (because it is not a well-known hotel) so that he could arrive on time in the morning without delay.

For a complete beginner, I definitely had a successful birding trip, which was principally due to Gerald's vast and impressive knowledge of the local avifauna. He was very apt at identifying all the birds we saw, even when he wasn't the one using the binoculars!!

Throughout the trip, Gerald made sure that I was comfortable and went out of his way to ensure that I made the most of my experience: whether organising lunch at a local restaurant so that I could enjoy the traditional food and fresh tilapia of Lake Victoria, buying fruits beforehand so that I didn't go hungry, or organising an extra walk around the swamps to try and spot some more birds - I really felt looked after.

Overall, I had such a tremendous and wonderful trip to Mabamba and Entebbe, and I have Shoebill Safaris to thank. Although there were some companies that were offering the experience at a slightly cheaper price (by about $10 or so), I still decided to go with Shoebill because of the warm customer service I received which was continued throughout the rest of my trip.

If you want to have a memorable experience with a knowledgeable and hospitable company- you don't need to look any further!!

Richard is accommodating, knowledgeable and good company

This is the 2nd time we have travelled with Richard, Covid rather delayed our trip, but we made it, and even extended to 3 weeks. Our guide and founder of the business Richard is the most knowledgeable guide we have met. He was helpful and supportive all the way along. We travelled from Entebbe to Kidepo and on to Murchison and then back down on the West side to Entebbe. Some times it takes a long to time to get anywhere (in a good way) as there are many stops, because Richard has so much he wants to show and share with you. Richard and Allen organised events throughout our trip which worked so well, village experiences (fascinating) waterfall hikes (go to Sippi Falls if you can) and Murchison Falls. The rhino tracking will say in our minds forever, meeting Luna and her baby was a beautiful experience. We stayed in a good range of accommodation - thank you for arranging the 2nd night at Murchison River Lodge Richard. Overall we saw a great variety of game and over 200 species of birds, we would definitely use Shoebill again for a 3rd trip to Uganda.

Excellent planning and wonderful experience

Everything beyond expectations!
Affordable price. Great lodges and wonderful gamedrives

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