Forest in Uganda are both planted and natural forests and they occupy 24% of the total land area of Uganda.

Uganda is known as the pearl of Africa and this came after she was named by Sir Winston Churchill. This came as a result of him witnessing and seeing different attractions that you can only find in Uganda while in Africa. Among others, there is a unique and diverse culture, water bodies like Lake Victoria which is the third freshwater body in the world and the largest in East Africa, the source of river Nile in Jinja the starting point of the longest river in the world and different and unique wild animals including the big primates like the gorillas.

Uganda, therefore, has different forests that are naturally grown and these are spread all over the country. They are normally tropical rain forests which are both gazetted as forest national parks or forest reserves. They harbor primates like Chimpanzees, colobus monkeys, mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and many more others. Also, forest birds can be spotted and these make the best birding spots in Uganda with birds like green breasted Pitta, the great blue turacos, tree creepers, African Emerald Cuckoo, double toothed and many more.

Forests that offer best experiences while on a Uganda safari include;

Budongo forest reserve. Covering an area of 817 Square kilometers, it is known to host over 1064 tree species and was gazetted as a forest reserve in 1990 but now it is under the management of Murchison falls conservation area.

Budongo forest


This forest covers the district of Masindi and its neighbor Murchison falls national park. This forest is majorly comprised of mahogany trees and it’s known to host Chimpanzees. The reserve is also known to have 280 species of butterfly, over 360 bird species and 24 mammal species that are small in size.

Mabira forest. This is a rain forest and covers an area of 300 square kilometers. The forest is located in the Buikwe district on the Jinja-Kampala. There is a lot to do while in this forest such as birding, nature walks, zip-lining and many more. This reserve was gazetted in 1932 and now home of different endangered species like the primates and over 300 bird species.

mabira forest

Kibale forest. Located in western Uganda and part of Kibale National Park, this is a natural forest with hardwood trees such as mahogany that are believed to have over 100 years. This forest was gazetted in 1932 as a forest reserve and in 1993 established as a national park.

kibale forest national park

This forest harbors different wildlife including 13 mammal species, big animals like the forest elephants, and over 375 bird species. There is a lot you can do while visiting this forest such as chimpanzee tracking, bird watching, nature walks, cultural tours in Isunga Community and Bigodi Village.


Kalinzu forest reserve. This forest is located in Rubirizi district in western Uganda and very essential in the ecological system of Uganda. The forest comprises over 400 tree species, more than 250 bird species and over 6 different primates including chimpanzees, red-tailed monkeys, olive baboons and much more.

Bugoma forest. Situated in Hoima, western Uganda and covers an area of 400 square kilometres. In the 1930s, it was gazetted and in 2003, it came under the management of the National Forest Authority. The forest has over 25 bird species, 23 mammal species, 260 species of trees and much more.

There are other forests in Uganda and these include Matiri forest reserve in Kyenjojo District, Echuya, Mafuga, Buhungiro, Itwara, Ibamba and many others. These forests provide true natural experience while on your Uganda safari.

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