The Mabira Forest Reserve is a rain forest area covering about 300 square kilometers (120 sq mi) (30,000 hectares (74,000 acres)) in Uganda, located in Buikwe District, between Lugazi and Jinja. It has been protected as Mabira Forest Reserve since 1932. It is home for many endangered species like the primate Lophocebus ugandae.
The forest is one of the few major forests that form a ring of protection for Lake Victoria and big water catchment for Lake Kyoga and River Nile through Musamya and the Sezibwa rivers. The forest is the only block of medium altitude moist semi-deciduous forest in Uganda’s protected areas systems and Uganda.Mabira is an Important Bird Area (IBA) containing 30% (over 300 species) of total birds found in Uganda.
Endangered species include; Cassin’s Hawk-eagle, White-spotted Flufftail, Afep Pigeon, Grey Parrot, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Black-shouldered Nightjar, Sabine’s Spinetail, Cassin’s Spinetail, Blue-throated Roller, African Dwarf-kingfisher, White-bellied mabira forest birdsKingfisher, Forest Woodhoopoe, African Pied Hornbill, Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill, Speckled Tinkerbird, Yellow-throated Tinkerbird, Yellow-spotted Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Yellow-billed Barbet, Green-breasted Pitta, African Shrike-flycatcher, Jameson’s and Chestnut Wattle-eyes, the Forest Robin, Fire-crested Alethe, Red-capped Robin-Chat, the Speckle-breasted, Yellow-crested, Brown-eared, Grey and the Buff-spotted Woodpeckers, Cassin’s Honeyguide, Red-tailed Bristlebil, Little Greenbul, Honeyguide Greenbul, Sooty Boubou, Grey-green Bush-shrike, just to mention but a few.
A huge and beautiful forest with an extensive visitors trail network. There are 10 forest trails catering for people of all time schedules and abilities. Both guided and unguided trails are available. If you are not rushing to the west of Uganda or needing to get to Kampala in a hurry then Mabira Forest is a pleasant backwater and stop over to consider.
Mabira Forest straggles the main Jinja to Kampala highway; it is 54 km from Kampala and 20 km from Jinja. The forest center is on the edge of Najjembe village approximately 500m north of the main road. Coming from Kampala it is signposted to your left just before you reach the roadside market at Najjembe. A short walk or drive down this marrum road will bring you to the forest center where parking is available and the Visitors center.
Foreign Resident: Ushs20,000-, Non Resident: Ushs17,000-, Ugandan citizen Ushs5,000-
Children are half price and the under 6’s free.