Encounter the beauty of Echuya forest in south western Uganda – Uganda safari news
The Uganda safari destination of Echuya Forest is located in the south west of Uganda along the road to Kisoro from Kabale in the shadows of the Virunga Mountains one of the unique features that Uganda is gifted to have shared that in turn prompts various travellers to undertake safari tours to Uganda.
The Echuya Forest is one of the mature tropical forests in Uganda thus it contains great counts of bio-diversity dome of which is rare on other areas. Its position in the famous Kigezi highlands makes it a high altitude forest with remarkable species of high altitude dwelling species. Considered to have a population of 152 species of birds with 18 of these being listed as endemic to the Albertune rift valley such as the endangered Grauer’s Swamp-warbler which is among the highly sought after birds by birders on birding safaris and tours in Uganda, Echuya forest is a rich birding destination.
Stretching to cover 3,400ha filled with remarkable flora and fauna, Echuya Forest is greatly covered by the mature Hagenia abyssinica and Macaranga kilimandscharia to over 80% of its land surface while the remaining is occupied by Yushania alpina – mountain bamboo. The Bamboo is also common in the hilly forested landscapes of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where gorilla trekking in Uganda is carried out.
Within Echuya forest, there lies Muchuya swamp perched on a more raised altitude which makes it unique and besides that it contains 30 – 50 counts of endangered Grauer’s swamp warbler which makes it to be listed among the Uganda’s 30 Important Bird Areas by the prestigious Birdlife International.
The forest is also a habitat for the Batwa Pygmies, the forest people and one of the last groups of short surviving people on earth and though they were evicted, they live close to the forest margins and thus can be encountered by travellers in safaris in Uganda.
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