Kalinzu forest Uganda
Kalinzu forest avails visitors with endless options to enjoy guided nature walks along the rugged valleys and ridges of the Albertine rift escarpment. From the jungle forest trails, magnificent views open up over the back drop of Rwenzori Mountain ranges, the Kazinga Channel, Lake Edward and Congo’s Virunga national park.
This forest reserve is situated in the western district of Bushenyi, perched amidst the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Maramagambo forest. It is approximately 75 kilometers from the Mweya park headquarters, taking about 1 and half hours’ drive to reach the forest reserve and only 10 kms from Ishasha gate, Queen Elizabeth national park’s southern sector.
Kalinzu Forest plays host to up to 414 tree species, shrubs and in this forest reserve, one can find over 379 bird species offering amazing adventure experience for birding enthusiasts and a better destination for birding tours in Uganda.
Tour the “old man of the hills”. Kalinzu is a forest of mysteries and rich with legendary stories. Get to know about the folk lore and local functions of the forest from a site guide.
The forest is home to six distinguished species of primates thriving here, including the Vervet Monkeys, Blue Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, red-tailed monkey and famous Chimpanzees. The reserve has over 220 Chimpanzees and up to 70 chimpanzees have been habituated and open for tracking by visitors any time of the year.
The forest reserve is also home to a myriad of bird species including the Great Blue Turaco, Cuckoos and Sunbirds, Black and White Cascket. Other mammal species in Kalinzu forest reserve include baboon, L’hoest guenon, blue and red duiker, waterbuck, bushbuck, giant forest hog, buffaloes and forest elephants.
Chimpanzees here have been carefully habituated by Japanese researchers to allow visitors allow encounter man’s closest relatives in their natural habitats during epic primate safaris in Uganda.