Zuula: Budongo Forest and Katonga Game Reserves 

Budongo Forest Reserve 

Budongo Forest forest type is classified as medium altitude semi deciduous moist. Budongo has a high biodiversity with 24 species of small mammals; nine being primates; 465 species of trees and shrubs; 359 species of birds; 289 species of butterflies; and 130 species of moths.

Budongo Forest Reserve was gazetted in 1932. Commercial extraction of timber has been ongoing since 1915 today; some 77% of this forest has been cut at least once. The report by Forest Department (1996a), states that Budongo is in a serious ‘state of degradation’ due to the high levels of illegal pit sawing, hunting and human encroachment.

Size

Covers an area of 793 km² of which only 53% is forest. The remaining 47% is grassland

(Forest Department 1996a) 42 800 hectares.

Getting There

3 hours’ drive northwest of the capital city Kampala on the way to the prominent Murchison Falls National Park.

What to do

Forest walks (Day and Night), bird watching, Environmental Education (Study Tours), camping, sightseeing.

 

Katonga Game Reserve 

The reserve protects a network of forest-fringed wetlands along the Katonga River and can best be explored by foot and canoe. It is home to over forty (40) species of mammals and over one hundred (150) species of birds many of which are specific to wetland habitats.

Commonly sighted in the wetland reserve are bohor reedbuck, bushbuck, waterbuck, warthog, as well as elephant, river otters and colobus monkeys. Also found in this habitat is the shy Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope with webbed hooves.

Size

It measures approximately 211 square kilometres (81 sq. mi)

Getting There

It is located along the banks of the river, approximately 200 kilometres (120 mi), by road, and west of Uganda’s capital city Kampala.

What to do

Forest walks (Day and Night), bird watching, Environmental Education (Study Tours), camping, sightseeing.

ACTIVITIES

Chimp tracking 

Chimpanzee tracking is a very fascinating experience. Prepare today and set out to Uganda’s natural jungles as you spend a number of hours tracking these impressive creatures.

You will be allowed to spend some time as you observe them swing from one tree to another, feed, play about or progress speedily on the ground right in front of you.

Where to do it from

From the Kibale Forest National Park to Budongo ForestMgahinga Gorilla National ParkBwindi Impenetrable, Ngamba Island Chimpanzee sanctuary and Kyambura Gorge; your trip shall be an enormous encounter of these primates.

When to do it

The best time to track chimpanzees is usually during the dry seasons, though some visitors may prefer an adventurous experience during the rainy seasons.

The rainy season is usually between March to May and October to mid-December. Dry seasons are usually from mid-December to February and June to August.

Who to contact:

list of potential tour operators is available for you to choose from. They’ll take you to get the best experience ever in your adventurous life.

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