Kampala-Jinja Road, Mabira forest, Uganda
Mabira forest Reviews
Mabira reserve forest for flora, bird watching, and butterflies Feb 13, 2010
A rainforest covering 300 square kilometers on the way from Kampala to Jinja should be one of the best one day spot for any tourists visiting Kampala. Mabira forest project was established with the support of European Union has been protected as Mabira forest reserve since 1932. Located 54 kilometers from Kampala on Kampala Jinja highway, the forest is easily accessed by public transport. Though agricultural encroaching damaged a large area of the forest, it is the largest block of moist semi-deciduous forest remaining in the central region of Uganda.
The land of reserve forest is composed of artificial landscapes (2%), Savanna (8%), and forest (78%). Being a park for birdwatchers, the forest is an abode for 312 species of trees, 315 species of birds, 30 species of mammals and over 200 species of butterflies. Trees include fruiting trees, flowering trees, and shrubs. Some of the most sighted birds in the forest are Nathan’s francolin, Cassin’s hawk eagle, Green tailed bristle bill, Grey long bill, Leaf love, Paradise flycatcher, Sooty boubou, and Purple-throated cuckoo shrike and Hornbill. Among animals you may find endangered primates, a new species of Grey-cheeked Mangabey, leopards, antelopes, and snakes. You may spot elephants and buffaloes. It is said that once the forest was a heaven for elephants and wild buffaloes but human encroachment troubled their existence.
Due to the beauty of forest, its bio-diversity and its location, the reserve forest is one of the most visited eco-tourism spots in Uganda. Heavy footfall to the forest attracted investment in the form of Rainforest Lodge. Self-contained cottages offered by Rainforest Lodge to its customers are perfect stay in this beautiful jungle. For honeymooners, it is the best nature’s gift in Central Uganda.
Well planned visitors’ trail network and wide range of flora are major attractions to the reserve forest. Visitors interested to enjoy overnight stay have options of tents at campsite, African Banda accommodations, or Rainforest lodge. Accommodation in tents is economical though not much comfortable. Banda accommodation may cost you more than tents but not much comfort even in Banda. Rainforest lodge offers very comfortable accommodation at a rate near to $200 per night. Very much near to nature, accommodation in Rainforest lodge earns my vote. Tourists can obtain service from National Forest Authority of Uganda (NFA).
Tourist attractions: Nature walk (there are more than 10 visitors’ tails suitable for all time), bird watching, and camping. There is also a water falls deep in the forest known as Griffin Falls.
A last comment on the site: "Any nature lover would love visiting this reserve forest. I have visited this place already four times and planning another trip in next month."
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