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Maramagambo Forest

Maramagambo Forest

Located 376km from Kampala, this forest in Bushenyi District lies in the southern part of Queen Elizabeth National Park (QENP), western Uganda.

The vegetation of the forest includes tropical forest, medium altitude moist and semi-deciduous forest.

Mammals including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkey, giant forest hog, potto, bush baby, baboons, pygmy antelope, yellow-backed duiker, giant elephant shrew and L’Hotse’s monkey can be spotted in the forest.

Bird species including Dark capped yellow wabler, fawn breasted waxbill, black headed batis, sulphur breasted bush shrike, bat hawk, red tailed bristle bill African green pigeon and Ross’s turaco.

Mabira Forest

Located in Buikwe District 54 km on the Kampala-Jinja Highway and about 20 km from Jinja, Mabira forest is one of the last remaining rain forest and biggest in Central Uganda. The forest that covers a total area of about 300sq km has been a protected forest since 1932. It is a home of many endangered species of trees and primates

Tourist activities in the forest include; bird watching, Study Tours, nature walks, camping

Mabira Forest
Echuya Forest Reserve

Echuya Forest Reserve

Echuya Forest Reserve is located in South western Uganda in the districts of Kisoro and Kabale. The forest range runs between Lake Bunyonyi and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park and acts as the water catchment area for the wildlife and people living around the forest. It is home to over 150 species of birds eighteen of which are endemic to the reserve, including the globally threatened Gravers Swamp Warbler and 124 species of plants.

Kalinzu Forest Reserve

Kalinzu forest is in Busheyi District, 10 kilometres west of Ishaka Town on the main Mbarara – Kasese Highway. Pitched on top of an escarpment on the eastern edge of the Great Albertine Rift Valley and the forest reserve is 147 Sq.Km adjacent to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Maramagambo Forest.

Kalinzu Forest lies at an average altitude of 1,400 m above sea level it covers 399 km2

Wildlife in the forest include 378 species of Birds such as the Black and White Casqued hornbill, Cuckoos and Sun birds. It enjoys six different species of primates including Chimpanzees and blue Monkeys.

The Forest is also famous for variety of species of trees and shrubs including the ficus, Prunus African, the Strobia and parinari.

Kalinzu Forest Reserve
Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve

Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve

Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve is located in Western Uganda, South of Lake George and Kazinga channel in the Albertine Rift eco-region and it covers an area of 392 Km2. The forest borders Kanyambogo to the North, Kalinzu / Maramagambo Forest Reserves to the South-east, Kyamuhanga Tea Estate/Bitoma and Ndangaro parishes to the South, Rwanjere to the East and Kyambura Wildlife Reserve and Queen Elizabeth National Park to the west.

It is home to over 308 species different bird species and a water catchment area for Lake George which has many species of fish.

Other attractions of the forest include; crater lakes such as Kamunzuku, Kamweru and Kyema

Primates found in the forest include; Chimpanzees, Baboons, Red Tailed Monkeys, Black & White Colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys and Blue Monkeys.

Bugoma Forest Reserve

Bugoma Forest Reserve gazetted in 1932 is located in Hoima District in Western Uganda and covers an area of 401km2.  It is found on top of an escarpment east of Lake Albert on the edge of the Western Rift Valley.

The vegetation of Bugoma Forest Reserve can be classified as medium altitude semi-deciduous forest and about half of the forested part of the reserve is occupied by Iron wood. The forest is drained by four small rivers namely Wake, Sonso, Bubwa and Waisoke which flow into Lake Albert.

Bugoma forest is endowed with a high biodiversity with 465 tree species, 24 species of mammals, 359 species of birds, 289 species of butterfly and 130 species of moths. The mammals in the forest include   Chimpanzee, Monkeys, Buffaloes, Uganda Kobs.

Bugoma Forest Reserve
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Lutoboka and Bunjazi Forest Reserves

Found in Ssese Islands, these forests are described as medium altitude moist forests. They form a belt along the Lake and the lower ridges with a gentle slope from the lake Shore to the center.

A trail of repute here is the one that stretches from Lutoboka landing site up to the Fort where explorer Henry Morton Stanley pitched camp on his way to the legendary snowcapped Mountains of the Moon.

Lutoboka Forest Reserve is 378 Ha while Bunjazi Forest Reserve is 80 Ha and is a natural habitat for rare and endemic Monkeys, birds and butterflies.

Mpanga Forest Reserve

Mpanga Forest is located near Mpigi Town 37 km from Kampala City on the Kampala Masaka Highway. It has been protected since 1953 as a scientific research site. The forest occupies an area of 45 sq km.

The forest is recorded to have over 500 tree and shrub species. Some trees in the forest are estimated to be over 100 years. It has over 200 bird species including wildlife such as Red tailed monkeys, Bushbuck, flying squirrels and several species of butterflies.

Mpanga Forest Reserve