207 sq km
Central, 200km west of Kampala.
Katonga is three hours from Kampala, branching from the Fort Portal or Mbarara Road. Buses connect Kampala to Kabagole, a short canoe ride and walk from the entrance gate.
WHAT TO DO:
Day hikes, overnight hikes and canoe trips can be arranged.
WHEN TO VISIT:
Any time of year.
WHERE TO STAY:
The campsite, or a budget hotel in Kabagole.
Katonga is a recent addition to Uganda’s list of protected wildlife areas. Only recently developed for tourism, the reserve protects a network of forest-fringed wetlands along the Katonga River.
The reserve protects a network of forest fringed wetlands(along the Katonga River) and is best explored by foot and by canoe. Home to over 40 species of mammal and over 150 species of birds(many specific to wetland habitats) it is an ornithologist’s haven. Commonly sighted are elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, Colobus monkeys and river otter, as well as the shy Sitatunga, semi-aquatic antelope with web hooves. Viewing this game from a canoe, whilst they come to the water’s edge to drink is a thrilling and memorable experience.