Forests are one of the unique attractions that make Uganda very attractive. Some of them are near Kampala like Mabira forest and are best option for a weekend gateway for you. They are best place to go for nature walks, biking, and bird watching among others. It is possible to have a picnic in Uganda forests. Forests in the pearl of Africa are more than a destinations but a paradise you can’t miss to explore while on a Uganda safari.
If you’re interested in sighting the forest wildlife and bird species, Rabongo and Kaniyo Pabidi forest are the best option. Both of these two forest are positioned in the biggest and oldest national park in Uganda Murchison falls. And are both found south of Paraa safari Lodge.
Kaniyo Pabidi forest extends approximately 8km within the center of kichumbayobo gate. The visit to this forest give you a golden chance to meet face to face the fascinating chimpanzees and other riveting primate species which call the forest home. Kaniyo Pabidi forest has multiple attractions that you spot once you have a stopover to this forest while on a Uganda safari.
It is one of the few forests in world that still protect the unique Mahogany and ironwood trees. Chimpanzees tracking is done from the Kaniyo Pabidi forest site. At the moment it is under the Jane Goodall institute. It hosts multiple bird species like the yellow footed flycatcher, white thighed hornbill, chocolate backed kingfisher, Ituri batis, Puvel’s Illaposis among others, some of these bird species are only found in Kaniyo Pabidi in whole of East Africa. Travelers enjoy taking nature walks within this forest, though Rabongo forest presents the finest experiences the best.
Rabongo forest is ringed by savannah plains and sits as an island covering only 4 square kilometers dominated by tropical riverine forest with a vast land of incredible savannah grasslands. It is found in the south eastern direction of Murchison falls national park. It is just one and half hour drive from the Paraa safari lodge. Rabongo forest can be explored on both foot and vehicle. It also grants travelers a golden opportunity to venture into the forest and search for impressive occasional Chimpanzees.
Barring the chimpanzees, other primate species can be sighted like the olive baboons, Red colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, grey cheeked mangabeys, Vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, patas monkeys among others. Besides the primates, the forest host other wildlife like the forest elephants, bush bucks, warthogs, duikers among others.
When it comes to birds, Rabongo is the best destination to visit. It hosts the breathtaking endangered bird species. Besides the birds, this forest has other several attractions worth exploring. Some of which include the stunning butterfly species, unique trees and plant species and some are medicinal significance.
Some of the remarkable activities that are worth trying within these two forests include chimpanzee tracking, relaxation, nature walks, bird watching, camping among others.
Rather than having a long safari, choose to visit these two interesting forests for picnics and camp that will bring you close to nature. Grab for yourself a chance and camp around the shores of river Wairingo. It will reward you with spectacular views of the river and the surrounding areas.
A visit to Kaniyo Pabidi and Rabongo forests is the best decision you can make while on a safari in Uganda. Are you interested in chimpanzee tracking? Look no further, these two forests are one of a few destinations that offer memorable chimpanzee safaris in Uganda.