Budongo Forest is about 3 hrs drive north west of Kampala en route to murchison falls national park.It is the largest Mahogany forest in East Africa and home of the largest population of chimpanzees in Uganda. The main tourist sites are Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site, Busingiro Ecotourism site and Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site: Lies within the boundaries of Murchison Falls National Parks composed of Mahogany trees and Iron wood. The 115 km area is an isolated block from Budongo forest. Its remoteness ocassionally provides a sanctuary for the Lion, Leopard and Buffalo.Early morning is the best time for touring as you will meet forest creatures licking salt in the forest glades. The River Waiga provides for refreshment of the species of the forest.
Activities: Birding ; the best placeto do guided bird walk is along the Royal mile which runs between Nyabyeya Forestry college and the reaserch station. Chimpanzee Tracking is the top priority . From october to January, when fruits are more scarce, chimps roam more widely,the success rate drops to 50%. Accommodation is available. Chimpanzee trekking and forest walks.
Busingiro Ecotourism Site: Tropical forest and grassland.
Activities: Birding and chimpanzee trekking.. Birding is mainly done at Royal Mile located 14 kms from the Busingiro eco-Tourism site. For the birders it is imperative to visit the ‘Royal Mile’ some 14 kms from the Busingiro Eco-tourism site. Forest entry fees must be payed. You will also find a guide at the entrance. Busingiro is one of the Uganda Travel destinations.
The best time for tracking primates is July to September with 90% successrate of seeing Chimps. Feb to May, 70 % and November to January drops to 50% because of the scarcity of food in this season.
Busingiro Accommodation: Nyabyabya Forestry Collge Guest House African Village Guest Farm. (45 minutes drive from the Forest.) 9 self contained modern bandas with running water.