Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve

Kalinzu Forest Reserve is located in the district of Bushenyi in the West of Uganda with a diverse flora and fauna. The forest features 414 tree species along with shrubs among which include; Parinari Ficus, Stroboia, and Prunus Africana among other tree species.

The Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve shelters 378 bird species among which include; Sunbirds, Cuckoos, Black and White Caskets and Great Blue Turaco. A range of six (6) species of primates exist in Kalinzu including; Chimpanzees, Black and White colobus Monkeys, Vervet Monkeys and Blue Monkeys. The Primate Census conducted in 2001 in the forest put the total figure at 240 species of chimpanzees where two groups have been habituated for chimpanzee trekking safaris in Uganda.

Kalinzu forest also shelters other wildlife including 262 species of butterfly and 97 species of moths. The views of the forest canopy, the savannahs of Queen Elizabeth and the towering Rwenzori Mountains not forgetting the Bunyaruguru crater field derive impressive memories.

Kalinzu forest being close to Queen Elizabeth NP at times receives visiting savanna dwelling Species like leopards, duiker and wild pigs.

Kalinzu Forest Reserve offers a range of tourist activities ranging chimpanzee trekking, forest / nature walks, bird watching, education and research.


Kalinzu is located in Bushenyi district to the south west of Uganda 375km from Kampala about 6 hours’ drive from Kampala. The reserve can be visited en route to or from Queen Elizabeth National Park.


Accommodation in Kalinzu Forest Reserve is conducted on self-camping arrangement at the forest campsite at Nkombe. Uganda safari undertakers are required to carry own camping equipment. There is also accommodation in Ishaka / Bushenyi towns or the safari lodges surrounding Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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