Budongo Forest – Uganda
Budongo forest is the biggest, mahogany forest in East Africa which acts as a safe haven to a number of wildlife species included mammal species like lions, leopards, buffaloes and many more, primates like the chimpanzees which are the most dominating primate species in the forest, the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys and many more and forgetting the bird species like the white-spotted fluff tail, black-eared ground thrush, Sabine’s spine tail, Cassin’s spine tail, grey-headed sunbird among other bird species.
Budongo forest is located on your way to Murchison falls national park where tourists can participate in a number of activities like top of the falls hike, game drives in the park among other activities in the park and then head to Budongo forest for an amazing time where a number of activities can be carried out and attractions can be seen with some of the major sites in the forest like Kaniyo Pabidi ecotourism site and Busingiro eco-tourism site where you will see a number of attractions. If you’re interested in taking part in the amazing activities in Budongo forest it is advised you start our activities early morning to see how the forest come to life as you get to see early risers in the forest, birds chirping in the trees among other interesting and engaging attractions that will make your Uganda safaris quite memorable which can be through the participation in a number of activities within the forest.
Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo forest is among the most common activities in the forest that tourists can participate in to have an amazing time as you visit Uganda. The forest is a home to over 1000 chimpanzees with a number of habituated chimpanzee troops which can visit to have the ultimate chimpanzee experience.
Chimpanzee trekking in Uganda, Budongo forest is best done during the months of March to May and from September to November when fruit is readily available hence limiting the movement of the primates from one place to another which will make it easy for tourists to get to the chimpanzee troops and carry out chimpanzee trekking. With chimpanzee trekking, a tourist will spend approximately an hour with the habituated chimpanzee troops observing their behaviour in the wild, how they co-exist with one another, their grooming patterns, their diet and feeding patterns among other interesting facts of the primates when you observe their behaviour.
While in Budongo forest take part I the forest walks where you will have rewarding experiences of the forest from the way it comes to life as you watch the primates like the chimpanzees, the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys swing from the tree branches, you will see a number of bird species like white-spotted fluff tail, black-eared ground thrush, Sabine’s spine tail, Cassin’s spine tail, grey-headed sunbird, the Spot-breasted lapwing among other bird species, you will also get the chance to see exceptional views of River Waiga where you will see a number of animal species like the bushbucks, Uganda kobs quenching their thirst from the river banks among other attractions that will make your trip to Budongo forest quite memorable.
Birding is another rewarding activity that can be carried out in Budongo forest where a tourist will have the opportunity to see over 100 bird species daily when they take part in the activity which is quite an impressive number. Budongo forest is a home to 360 bird species that will ensure you have an amazing birding safari experience in Uganda, some of the birds that can be seen in the forest include; the blue-winged goose, thick-billed raven, Rouget’s rail, banded barbet, Abyssinian catbird, spot breasted pover, spot breasted lapwing among other bird species. During birding in the park, you will come across a number of butterfly species because the park is a home to 290 butterflies and for the botanists they will come across a number of rare plant and tree species which will be seen during your Budongo forest tour.
PICNICS AND PHOTOGRAPHY
For people interested in having an amazing time during their Budongo forest tour they can carry out picnics within the forest among the different picnic spots within the forest like near River Waiga where you will have amazing experiences as you see a number of mammal species quenching their thirst from the river banks bird species like which will give exceptional views for photography making your time in Budongo forest quite memorable.
Other activities that can be carried out in Budongo forest t include primate tracking where you will embark on the trip in the forest to look for a number of primate species in the park especially the different monkey species like the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, baboons, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, vervet monkeys which you will find interesting b observing their behaviour in the wild and how they co-exist with one another in the park, You can also track a number of mammal species within the park with the help of a ranger and a guide within Budongo forest.