Kigezi Wildlife Game Reserve is situated within the Rukungiri district, western Uganda close to the Maramagambo forest. It is an ideal place for travellers planning a Uganda trip to explore the wonders of Maramagambo forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park Uganda. It was established into a Game Reserve in 1952 and currently stretches for over 265 square kilometres. Kigezi game reserve is characterized by different habitats that include open grasslands, woodlands, and savannah. Kigezi was established as a buffer zone to the Rwenzori Mountains National Park to the North and also as a sanctuary to protect the numerous elephants that often move East from the Rwindi Plain within the Democratic Republic of Congo and south from the Queen Elizabeth National Park by the beginning of the rainy season. Therefore, it is undeniable that it acts as a barrier among the Ishasha Sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park, Maramagambo Forest and heavily occupied areas to the South.
Kigezi Game Reserve supported large numbers of game including lions, leopards, elephants, buffaloes, and giant forest hogs. Antelopes such as Uganda Kobs, bushbucks, waterbucks and Topis occur in the reserve. In addition, the reserve has chimpanzees, baboons, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys within the riverine forest.
Kigezi Wildlife Reserve is a Uganda bird watching safari paradise to a wide range of bird species. However, there are no accommodation facilities within this destination thus tourists planning a Uganda safari tour to this site have to spend overnights within Queen Elizabeth National Park or even Rukungiri district.
The safari activities that are conducted within the Wildlife Reserve include game viewing nature walks and birding watching among others.
There is no safari accommodation within the Wildlife reserve, but tourists who wish to have a Uganda trip to this attraction can get nice and comfortable accommodation facilities within Rukungiri districts such as Rondavels Hotel, Savannah Resort Hotel, the Rukungiri Inn and Ishasha River Lodge among others
From Kampala, Kigezi Wildlife Reserve is approximately 318 kilometres approximately 5 hours’ drive south-west of Uganda, in Rukungiri district. The most commonly used route is Kampala-Masaka-Mbarara-Ntungamo-Rukungiri then finally to the Wildlife Reserve.