Zuula: Katonga Wildlife Reservation

Katonga Wildlife Reserve is a national park in western Uganda, along the banks of River Katonga. The wildlife reserve was established in 1998. The reserve is a recent addition to Uganda’s list of protected wildlife areas. It protects a network of forest-fringed wetlands along the Katonga River. It is best explored by foot and by canoe. It is home to over forty (40) species of mammals and over one hundred and fifty (150) species of birds; many of them specific to wetland habitats.

Commonly sighted in the wetland reserve are elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, colobus monkeys and river otters. Also found in this habitat is the shy Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope with webbed hooves. Viewing this game from a canoe, whilst they come to the water’s edge to drink is a thrilling and memorable experience.

In the districts of Ibanda and Kamwenge in western Uganda, along the banks of the Katonga River. Approximately 211sq km. 200km, by road from Kampala, accessible by public transport. Bird watching and game viewing of the variety of animals including the Sitatunga. January-Febraury and July-August are the driest months, but rain is possible due to unpredictable seasonal changes.

 

 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.

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

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

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

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