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Mpanga Forest: For the Love of Nature

One attraction with peculiar and unmerited beauty. The epitome of ultimate natures beautiful selection. The joy of visiting Mpanga forest is indescribable.  Not only the best for forest walks but Mpanga forest is the meeting pint for the rare species of birds.  In fact if you are an enthusiastic birder, find a new notepad/ book and get new bird species at Manga.

Stretching on a relatively vast piece of land area of over 45 sq. km, Mpanga forest is located near the small Mpigi district’s town distanced from Kampala city by about 37 kilometers along the Masaka road, is found the undeniably natural beauty that encompasses all you have always looked for. The natural enchanting beauty here makes this district one awesome rationale to wonderfully and happily visit the countryside of the capital. The Mpanga forest reserve shields a broad cover of medium elevation tropical rainforest, remnant feature of vegetation that once stretched over much of the northern Lake Victoria hinterland but has largely been cleared over the past century because of Mans influence. Too bad!

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Mpanga forest reserve is an extra ordinarily site that was gazetted in 1950s. It has several trail networks that were prior used by researchers and now open f for public use now that the researchers are done and no longer there. It has a network of foot paths formerly mad and used by researchers before they were opened to public. In relation to other several safari sites in the pearl of Africa Uganda, Mpanga Forest has a less varied fauna but there is still quite to encounter and its accessibility and proximity to Kampala provide more than enough justification to visit it on Your next safari.

The common mammal is the red tailed monkey, though bush buck, flying squirrels and bush pig also exist. Over 180 bird species have been identified at Mpanga Forest reserve that will blend up your bird watching safari at this forest. The birds identified here include: black and white casqued hornbill, Blue-breasted king fisher, African pied horn bill, great blue turaco and African grey parrot. Uganda’s endemics also exist including; spotted greenbul, blue kingfisher, Uganda woodland warbler, Frazer’s ant-thrush, , green crombec, grey – green bush shrike, pink footed puff back and Weyn’s weaver and several 0thers.

Butterflies are also among the offers on safari.  With the establishment of an ecotourism site in 1999, forest walks and accommodation are arranged. The walks on this Uganda eco-safari run through 3 km Base line trail that head to the west through the forest crossing two streams before it emerges at Nakyetema swamp, where sitatunga and shoe bill are resident though hardly seen,  5 km Hornbill loop covering more undulating terrain and involves crossing several streams along minor footpaths, passing a striking tree root arch along the way,  I km Butterfly trail for 1 hour trek for seeing monkeys and common forest birds as well as myriad of butterflies.

More to forest walks, guided visits can also be arranged to two important Kiganda shrines that is Nakibinge shrine dedicated to the 16th century king, the Kibuuka shrine near Mpigi dedicated to the god of war who originated from Ssese Islands. At the extreme of the jungle, a hill with flat top in the south of the main road is ideal for hiking while on this safari.

After the thorough reading of this write up, is your travel urge still at negative or you are loosened and imagining you doing bird watching or nature walks at Mpanga forest reserve. Let’s do the most of the cherished activities in the pearl of Africa and have the best of the visit the most virgin attractions in Uganda too. Feed your souls and eyes today and tell a story of your travel life to the next generations. Book with us at Jewel safaris a safari and have the thrills while in this forest reserve.


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