Chimpanzee in Budongo forest

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo central forest reserve

Kaniyo Pabidi ecotourism sites
Busingiro ecotourism sites
Bird watching in Budongo forest
Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest
Best time for Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest
Accommodation in Budongo Forest

Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo central forest reserve


Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest is the major activity done while in Budongo central Forest Reserve which located in south east of Uganda in Masindi district. Budongo forest is the largest survival natural forest in Uganda which sits atop the Albertine Rift, part of the Great Rift Valley, and is located within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Park. The reserve was gazetted in 1932 with an area of about 825 square km, of which 430 square km is continuous forest tropical rain forest managed by the National Forestry Authority (NFA)
This forest is drained by 4 tinny rivers which are Waisoke, Sonso, Bubwa, plus Wake that empty into the Lake Albert. The Budongo has 5 major forest types which include: swamp-forest, mixed, Cynometra-mixed, colonizing plus the Cynometra. The greater part of this forest reserve is sheltered by tropical high-forest communities. The Mid altitude semi-deciduous Cynometra-celtis forest occupies close to half of the total site whereas the Combretum savanna is extensive within the drier regions.
Trekking Chimpanzee in Budongo forest is approximately 4 hours drive from Kampala city, the forest consist of two major ecotourism sites: Kaniyo Pabidi and Busingiro ecotourism sites.

Kaniyo Pabidi ecotourism sites

The Kaniyo Pabidi ecotourism sites is a well developed and extensive trail system with a length of 115 km which offers you excellent chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest, and is dominated by Mahogany and Iron-wood trees which can grow up to 80 meters. The 115 kilometer trail expanse is a remote chunk of the Budongo forest which is en route to Murchison Falls National Park. Its isolation once in a while offers a safe haven for the Lions, Leopards as well as Buffaloes. Early in the morning is the ideal time to set out touring because then you will have an opportunity to find a number of the forest inhabitants licking salt by the forest glade?

Busingiro ecotourism sites

Busingiro is home to the Royal Mile, one of the top bird-watching tracks in the country. The forest is also a good place to see other primates including black-and-white Colobus and red-tailed monkey. Some of the best bird viewing is found in the area known as the Royal Mile, which is part of Budongo Forest Reserve and butterflies are abundant.

Bird watching in Budongo forest

Budongo central forest is among the most ideal places in Uganda to have a guided bird watching safari with over 360 species of birds are recorded in the total area, including the rare Puval’s Illadopsis which is endemic to the region. Others include the Chocolate-backed Kingfisher, Chestnut Crowned Eremomera, Dusky long-tailed Cuckoo, Yellow-browned Camaroptera, Black-headed Paradise Flycatcher, Slender-billed Greenbuls, Lemon-bellied Crombec, Forest Robin, White-spotted Fluff tail, Yellow and Grey Long bill, Little Green Sunbird, Western Black-headed Oriole, African Emerald Cuckoo, Yellow-manted Weaver, Crested Malimbe and Cassin’s Hawk Eagle among others. In addition there are 290 butterfly species, 130 Moths species and 465 tree species.
Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest

Chimpanzee tracking in Budongo forest

Chimpanzee tracking is the number one priority here with many primate species are easily encountered. It is also the natural habitat of more than 600 chimpanzees, of which a small community has been habituated for eco-tourism purposes. This family consists of 80 individuals, allowing visitors the unique opportunity to view these amazing apes in their natural environment. Other primates that can be observed are the Black-and-White Colobus Monkeys, Olive Baboons, Red-tailed Monkeys, Blue Monkeys and Grey-cheeked Mangabey can be seen. Nocturnal creatures include potto and several galago species.

Best time for Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest

Budongo forest offers an extremely rich biodiversity in all year round. However, it is at its best in the Dry season (November to February), and in the middle of the year when the Wet season rains temporarily lighten (June and July). The drier tracks at these times make chimpanzee trekking and birding that much easier. Starting in October up to January, the time when the fruits are shorter in supply, the chimps move a lot covering a wider area so the success of seeing them drops to about 50% rate.

Accommodation in Budongo Forest

Fortunately there is a diversity of Accommodation facilities available from where you can base to enjoy Uganda tours; Chimpanzee trekking as well as the exciting forest walks.
Masindi hotel is a luxury / upmarket hotel in Masindi town close to Budongo Forest Reserve in a serene outskirt of Masindi town along the road heading to Budongo and Murchison falls national park.
Budongo Eco Lodge is a mid range/ standard accommodation in the Kaniyo Pabidi forest accessed through the Kichumbayobo gate in the south of Murchison Falls National Park.

  • New Court View Hotel – Midrange
  • Eco-Cabins at Budongo Eco Lodge
  • Dormitory rooms at Budongo Eco Lodge
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