mabira forestMabira forest is a mature tropical rain forest that lies along Jinja road with great biodiversity concentration that is usually encountered on Uganda safaris and tours. Stretching to 30,600ha in the districts of Buikwe and Jinja with an altitudinal level of 1,070 – 1,340m above sea level, Mabira rain forest is one of the closest Uganda safari destinations to Kampala which is the country’s capital.
The Mabira Rain forest is 60km from Kampala and has got verdant bio-diversity concentration thus offering a perfect escape for both domestic and international travellers on safari tours in Uganda. The forest gets about 62% of the forest reserves’ visiting tourists in Uganda and the trend is increasing. It is also a great water catchment for Lake Victoria and Lake Kyoga and River through River Sezibwa and Musamya. Mabira is a unique forest of its size, richness and quality in central Uganda.
Mabira has got 315 bird species with 74 of the 144 Guinea-Congo biome species that occur in Uganda including; Nahan’s Francolin which is listed as endangered, White-spotted fluff tail, Cassin’s Hawk eagle, Afep Pigeon, Dusky long-tailed Cucko, grey parrot, Speckled Tinker bird, Fire-crested Alethe, Red-Capped Robin-chat, honey guide greenbul, green breasted pitta, Jameson’s and chestnut wattle-eyes, yellow crested, spackle-breasted brown eared, buff-spotted and grey wood peckers, Cassin’s honey guide, sooty boubou and grey-green bush shrike among others which inspire birders to plan safaris to Uganda.
Besides birds, Mabira forest has other nine (9) species that are restricted in range to the forest including the newly discovered Mangabey species Lophocebusalbigena johnstoni and short tailed fruit bat. This combine to make Mabira forest a must visit place for travellers to encounter while on Uganda safaris.
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