Mpanga Forest Reserve is located along River Mpanga in Kamwenge district, Western Uganda. The reserve lies 18 kilometers (11 miles), by road, southwest of Kamwenge town and is 300 kilometers (190 miles), by road, west of Kampala city.
Mpanga Forest Reserve is a Natural Forest with unique Tree Species and various Flora and fauna. Among the many Tree Species are the Celtis Family Species with large buttress roots, the Ficus Family and Mahogany. The Forest also boasts of a number of Primates especially the Red – Tailed Monkeys.
Birding: There is an array of birdlife including the Ross’ Turaco, Weaverbirds, the Grey Parrot, Owls, Hornbills and Cuckoos.
The Forest is also home to a variety of Butterflies and Moths.
Activities in the Forest
Forest walks and forest Exploration,
Bird Watching and Identification,
Primate watching and Butterfly Identification.
The Forest has well developed trails with four main routings namely: The Baseline Trail, The Hornbill Trail, The Butterfly Trail, and The Family Trail each with unique features and experiences.
There is basic Accommodation at the Visitor Reception Centre at Mpanga under the management of the National Forestry Authority. One Tourist Banda, a Self – Contained Duplex, and a Double Room on the main Office Block can accommodate 12 visitors at once. There is also a Tent for hire at a modest fee. There are self – catering facilities although light meals can be ordered from the House Caretaker.
For reservations contact
Sector Manager on Tel: 256-41-0772574530
Forest Reserve is easily accessible through the main Kampala – Masaka Highway. The Eco – Tourism Site is approximately 1 km from the road head using a well – surfaced dirt road. The access therefore is on a Tarmac road and a good dirt road passable throughout the year.
Local Guides who are quite knowledgeable about the Forest Bio – Diversity are available on site.