Shoebill trekk and nature walk at zziwa wildlife Ranch

Attraction Overview

Shoebill trekk and nature walk at zziwa wildlife Ranch : One of the worlds most sought after birds is the shoebill stork and this wildlife ranch is one of the only places that you are almost always guaranteed to see them. The best sighting has been 11birds in one trip! Within the swamp area where these prehistoric-looking birds are nesting.

An early morning (06:00 am) shoebill trek and canoe ride through the swamp not only gives you the opportunity to find the shoebill, but also to see the beautiful Ugandan sunrise over Lugogo Swamp.

Water birds are plentiful in this swamp and those who love nature or are interested in birding need not miss out on visiting this swamp. Birding here is recommended to be done between 06:00 and 10:00 am approximately 4 hours. Remember to wear closed shoes, long pants, insect repellent and have mineral water with you to energise.

Guided Birding and Nature Walk

The sanctuary contains over 300 bird species! And there are four bird trails within the sanctuary which cover woodlands, swamp and savannah. The bird guides are experts of the area and will excellently guide you to satisfaction. While on this bush bush, also walk, synchronise with natures sounds and smells, also see some of the variety of wild life on the sanctuary. The guide shares his knowledge of the game, vegetation and botany here while you unwind in the quiet of nature. Spend a night in the sanctuary and enjoy the array of feathered friends found here and the best times for bird walking here is 07:00 to 09:00 am and 16:00 to 18:00 pm approximately 2 hours whereas nature walks anytime between 07:30am and 16:30pm.

Here is a list of some of the bird species found at the Zziwa Wildlife ranch,

Abdims stork, Blue spotted dove, Abyssinian Ground Hornbill, Booted eagle, African Black Crake, Broad Billed Roller, African Black –headed Oriole, Bronze Manikini, African Blue Flycatcher, Brown–backed Shrub Robin, African Broad Bill, Brown –crowned Tchagra, African Citril, Brown Parrot, African Crowned Eagle, Brown –throated Wattle –eye, African Darter, Buff spotted– Flufftail, African Fish Eagle, Cardinal woodpecker, African Golden –breasted Bunting, Cattle egret, African Golden Oriole, Chinspot Batis, African Broad Bill, African Goswak, Common Bulbul,African Green Pigeon, Common chat, African Grey, Common Fiscal Shrike, African Grey Hornbill, Common Greeen hawk, African Hawk Eagle, Common House Martin, African Hoopoe, Common Kestrel, African Jacana, Common ringed plover, African Mashed Harrier, Common Waxbill, African morning dove, Coqui Francolin, African Broad Bill, African Open-billed Stork, Crested Francolin, African Paradise Flycatcher, Crowned Hornbill, African Pied Wagtail, Curlew Sandpiper, African Pygmy Kingfisher, Dark-caped Yellow Warbler, African Scop’s Owl, Double-toothed Barber, Augur Buzzard, Dusky Tit, Bare-faced Go-away Bird, Eastern Grey Plantain Eater, Barn Swallow, Egyptian Goose, Barred Warbler, Emerald-spotted Wood Dove, Bat Hawk, Eurasian Hobby, Bateleur, Eurasian Nightjar, Black-and-white Shrike Flycatcher, European Bee-eater, Shoebill Stork, Soot Chat, Sooty Falcon, Speckled Pigeon, Speckled Mouse Bird, Speckled Weaver, Spotted Eagle Owl, Spur-winged Lapwing, Spur-winged Goose, Standard-winged Nightjar, Steppe Eagle, Sulphur-breasted Bush Shrike, Superb Starling, Tambourine Dove, Tawny Eagle, Tawny-flanked Prinia, Thick-billed Honey Guide, Tree Pipit, Variable Sunbird etcetera.

 Night Walk

This adventure introduces night sounds and sensations of the sanctuary, it is an experience for the adventurous, encounter nocturnal animals and tell the story in day light. Recommended time is between 20:00 and 23:00 hours approximately 2½ hours. A flashlight is a must to walk through the dark.

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 TOTAL TRIP COST: Click on link for quotation

Trip includes; 

  • Hotel pick up and transfer 
  • Activities agreed upon
  • Overnight accommodation
  • Meals and bottled mineral water
  • Entrance fees and expert tour guides
  • Professional photography

Trip exclusions;

  • Visa fees, international flights, personal insurance
  • Phone bills, tips, laundry services and other personal expenses
  • Alcoholic drinks and extra activities outside the itinerary

Optional activities: Rhino tracking, Canoe ride


  2. Country health status: There is no disease out break 

The following policies apply to all confirmed bookings made by the client;

  1. Cancellations received within 30 -10 days’ notice to date of departure will incur 25 % charge
  2. Cancellations received within 9-2 days’ notice to date of departure will incur 50% charge
  3. Cancellations received within less than 48 hours to date of departure incur the full charge
  4. No shows without communication over the whole safari period will be charged 100%
  5. Cancellations of bookings in peak seasons (Christmas, new year and Easter) received 60 days to date of departure will incur a cancellation charge of 100%
  6. Cancellations must be advised in writing via email to the reservations or tours manager

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