Mabira Forest is the biggest rain forest found in central in Uganda and is has attracted many safaris to Uganda as tourists come to study more about the forest. Mabira forest is located between jinja and lugazi in Buikwe District. From 1932 up to date the forest has been protected as a forest reserve and it covers around 300 square kilometres. From Kampala Mabira forest is about 54km and 20km from jinja. There is a signpost to direct tourists on Uganda safari just before Najjemba market.
Sometime ago the government of Uganda wanted to sell part of mabira forest about 70 square kilometers to Mheta group for purposes of sugar plantation so as to provide employment opportunities to the people. However the local people, Kabaka of Buganda and the environmentalists disagreed with the decision and Kabaka offered land for sugar plantation. The decision was later suspended which has therefore led to the up to date existence of Mabira forest hence attracting more safaris to Uganda.
Mabira forest has very many different species that tourists on Uganda safaris watch as they visit the forest. The forest has 312 tree species that tourists get to know as they are in the forest, 40 species of mammals like monkeys, mangabeys and others, 315 species of birds like Yellow-crested, African Dwarf-kingfisher, Afep Pigeon and others, 97 species of moths, 218 species of butterflies. These unique species in the forest give tourists a unique experience while on their safaris in Uganda.
Mabira forest has 10 forest trails like the gangu Ridge trail, cycling routes and others that enable tourists on Uganda safaris visit the forest at any time they want. There are both guided and unguided walks in the forest and therefore the tourists are given the opportunity to choose what is comfortable for them therefore getting a good time while on their safaris in Uganda.
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