Lutembe Bay Wetland is one of the most breathtaking destinations a tourist can visit while on a bird safari in Uganda. This less known wetland hosts mostly aquatic bird species and is one of the thirty three Important Birds Areas in Uganda. It was added in the list of Wetlands of International Importance in 2006.
This site is a Ramsar site and protected in a Shallow Bay that is situated on the Northern banks of Lake Victoria-the third largest freshwater body in the whole World and the largest in the African Continent. This small Important Bird Ares is situated in Mpigi district and covers an area of only 800 hectares/8 square kilometers making it one of the smallest yet rich with biodiversity. This site is one of the total 33 Important Bird Areas in Uganda and is a home to over 70% of the global population of the white-winged black terns, large population of the grey0headed gulls, the gull-billed terns and the black-headed gulls.
The biggest reason why you need to explore this wetland is that it is a migration stop-over for several migratory bird species from a number of countries in Africa and across (there are some birds that migrate from Europe, the Scandinavian countries and across Russia ). This Bay is a home to over 280 bird including over 26 species of Palearctic migrants-both aquatic and non-aquatic species, but the notable palearctic birds include the Hottentot Teal, the Caspian Tern, hundreds of the Palearctic ducks such as the garganey (Anas querquedula), several species of the Temminck’s Stint, the Broad-billed Sandpiper, the Great Knot, the white-winged terns, the Grey-headed gulls, the broad-billed sandpiper in addition to the flamingos among others.
Besides the Palearctic migrant species of birds, Lutembe Bay is a haven to over 8 of the globally threatened species of birds that include the Madagascar squacco, the Papyrus gonolek, the yellow warbler, the rare shoebill stork, the African Skimmer and the Saddle billed stork among others. Other species of birds to expect in this destination are the Tawny Pipit, Cape Wagtail, the Yellow-fronted Canaries, the cattle egrets, the African Green Pigeon, the Scaly Francolin, the Yellow-browed Camaroptera, the Whiskered Tern, the Hammerkops, the White-browed Scrub-robins, the Africa Wattled Lapwing, the Black-headed Gonolek, the Purple Starling, the Speckle-breasted Woodpecker, the Pin-tailed Whydah, the Blue-breasted Bee-eater, the Brown-backed Scrub-robins, the House Sparrow, the Yellow-throated Longclaw, the Collared Pratincole, the Lead-coloured Flycatcher, the Black-crowned Waxbill, the Brown Twinspot, the Splendid Sterling, the Brown-backed Scrub-robins, the gull-billed terns, the Helmeted Guinea fowl, Black Kite, the Grosbeak Weaver, the Fawn-breasted Waxbill, the African Green Pigeon, the long-toed Plover, Grey-backed Fiscal, the Plain-backed Pipit, the grey-headed gulls, the Black-necked Weaver, the Wire-tailed Swallow, the Little Ringed Plover, the Brimstone Wood-dove, the White-headed Saw-wing, Sooty Chat, the Senegal Lapwing, the Holub’s Golden Weaver, the Blue-spotted Wood-dove, the Whiskered Tern, the Africa-Pygmy Kingfisher, the black-headed gulls, the Barn Swallow, the Tree Pipit, the Common Waxbill, the Broad-billed Roller, the Grey herons, the Tropical Boubou and the Marico Sunbird, to mention but a few.
Besides the birds, this wetland is a home to over 100 butterfly species including 3 exceptional species not found anywhere in Uganda, and they include the Cacyreus virilis, the Acraea Pharsalus and the Belenois solilucis, hence making this spot a perfect place to be for nature lovers-mostly tourists interested in butterflies.
There are also some mammals within Lutembe Bat and they include Sitatungas, the African clawless Otters, the African spot-necked otters, the shrews and Rodents among others.
Therefore, Lutembe Bay wetland is a nature paradise that boasts of over 280 species of birds including over 26 palearctic bird species and several globally threatened birds, over 100 species of butterflies and several mammals that include the African clawless Otter, the African spot-necked Otter, shrews and several rodents among others. The fact that it is even not very far from Kampala City, it must not miss on your bucket list.