Shoebill Trek

A shoebill stork standing in long grass at the edge of a swamp.

Shoebill Trek & Canoe Ride

The shoebill stork is one of the most sought-after birds to be seen in Uganda. And Ziwa is one of the only places that you are almost always guaranteed to see them. Our record number of sightings was 11 shoebills in one trip! We are very fortunate to have these fantastic prehistoric-looking birds nesting within our swamps here at Ziwa. And of course, our rangers know exactly where to go to get the best chance of seeing them.

This adventure is one for the early birds. You’ll set off on the shoebill trek at 6am. The canoe ride through the swamp at this time gives you the best opportunity to see the shoebill. But not only that, it is a fantastic way to see the beautiful Ugandan sunrise over the Lugogo Swamp.

Water birds are plentiful here, so this is a must for anyone who loves nature or is interested in birding. As this activity starts so early in the morning, you must stay overnight at Ziwa. This is because the gates to the ranch do not open until 07:30.

Shoebill Trek Details


How much time do you need
Approximately 4 hours

Available from
06:00 until 09.00

What you need to bring
Closed shoes, drinking water, long pants, insect repellent, and of course, your camera


Shoebill Trek Prices

Visitors to Uganda (Costs in USD)

ActivityAdultChild (up to 12)
Park Entry*$50$30
Shoebill Trek
(6am-9am)

$25

$15

Foreigners residing in East Africa (Costs in USD)

ActivityAdultChild (up to 12)
Park Entry*$45$25
Shoebill Trek
(6am-9am)

$20

$10

East African Residents (Costs in Ugandan Shillings & USD)

ActivityAdultChild (up to 12)
Park Entry*40,000 UGX10,000 UGX
Shoebill Trek
(6am-9am)

20,000 UGX

5,000 UGX

*Park Entry cost includes Rhino Trekking, whether on foot from the ranch or driving out to see them in the bush.
(When driving to track rhinos, your own vehicle is required, unless prior arrangements have been made with Ziwa.)
Please also note that pets are not allowed at Ziwa.

Two safari-goers riding through Ugandan swamps on a canoe with two rangers.

Canoe through the swamps

You will be briefed by our well-trained rangers before embarking on this adventure through the swamps. Floating peacefully through the swamps whilst the sun rises is an experience like no other. And it’s the perfect way to see the shoebill stork (and other wetland birds) in their natural habitat.

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