Mpanga Central Forest Reserve is one of the forests in Uganda with established eco-tourism initiatives. The forest features impressive species among which include the Celtis Family Species containing large buttress, Ficus family Species along with Mahogany. The forest is also a habitat to a range of birds including the impressive black and white casqued hornbills along with grey parrot, Weaver birds, cuckoos and owls. Mpanga Forest also shelters counts of primates including the Bush babies, red tailed monkey along with bush babies. There are also impressive butterflies and the famous dragon flies.
Mpanga Eco tourism site offers a range of tourism activities including forest exploration or forest hiking, bird watching, butterfly identification, primate watching and butterfly identification. The forest trails have been specially designed to allow you explore the forest and they include; Baseline Trail, the Butterfly Trail and the Hornbill Trail.
Mpanga ecotourism site is positioned at 37km about 1 – 1.5 hours’ drive south west of Kampala along Masaka Road. From Mpigi town, you drive 6km further before approaching Mpanga Eco tourism site sign post and from the signpost where you branch off from the main road, its 1km to arrive at Mpanga Eco tourism site on a dirt road.
Mpanga Eco tourism site can still be accessed by public transport. You board a taxi from the Kampala Taxi Park normally 14 seater mini bus transferring to Buwama. You alert the conductor or the driver that you will be disembarking at Mpanga Eco tourism site junction. Mpambire is the closest taxi stage where you also have opportunities of seeing the local people crafting drums in a typical traditional style.
Mpanga Eco tourism Campsite
The Mpanga Eco tourism center features an accommodation establishment though with no hot water and electricity. Accommodation is provided in 2 double rooms, 2 twin rooms, 8 bedded dormitory accommodation and provision for camping. Meals and camp fire available though one it is advisable to notice 3 days in advance for proper preparation.