Mabira Forest

Mabira Forest Tour

Mabira Forest is like a coin because it has two sides! One side is where a passer-by can see trees along the Kampala-Jinja highway through their car window but behind this stretch of trees along the highway, there is a second side of the forest and this side is a different world of its own. It is where flora and fauna co-exist to bring forth Uganda`s largest surviving tropical rainforest called Mabira forest which was gazetted in 1932 and covers an area of 306 square kilometres.

Mabira forest botany attractions
Mabira forest attractions

Attractions in Mabira Forest

Imagine you woke up and found yourself in such a vast green beauty, what you would do? What do you do when you find yourself placed in this vast green beauty? There are lots of interesting things you can do here because the attractions and activities in Mabira forest are as infinite as the forest itself. The Africa safari activities, sights and sounds of the forest are adrenaline rising and soul soothing.

Forest Hikes & Nature walk

Mabira forest features over 312 species of trees most of them with vast importance to the local population who collect medicines from the forest. Hiking in the forest will allow visitors to experience the views of these tall and important trees such as Cordia Millenii, Warbughia, Ugandanesis and Mililia Exclesa. These and many other trees in this forest are treasures for medical researchers because of the components which they contain especially the Ugandan oasis which is said to have medicinal properties which cure over 40 illnesses. You have much time on your Africa safari in Uganda; try to do a nature walk in the forest to experience the unmatched rest in the soothing environment while you walk under the cover of the forest canopies.

Butterfly Identification

Mabira Forested is crowded with various species of butterflies. Identifying about 218 species of butterflies that are found in Mabira forest will keep you engrossed. You will also have the opportunity to see and learn about 97 species of moth that are found in the forest.

Birding in Mabira

Uganda is a paradise for birders with over 1000 species of birds but Mabira forest is a birding haven on its 306 square kilometres. Mabira forest is a home for at least 315 species of birds and some of these species include; Black Bellied Seed Cracker, Blue Headed Crested Mornarc, African Dwarf Kingfisher, Cassin Hawk Eagle, White-bellied Kingfisher, Black and White Casqued Hornbill, African Pied Hornbill, Forest robin, Speckled Tinker bird and Blue-throated Roller among others.

The best time to visit Mabira forest on your Uganda birding safari is early in the morning and in the evening when the birds the birds are out of rest and are more active looking for food. Enjoy the thrilling sounds of birds while you walk on the birding trails in the forest on your Uganda birding safari.

Mangabey Tracking

Mangabeys are the most popular primate that can be tracked in Mabira Forest. The Grey cheeked also known as Lophocebus Ugandae is a unique Mangabey to Uganda and tracking this primate is only done here in Mabira Forest. Grey checked Mangabey is an endemic primate to Uganda and it is a tree dweller.

However seeing this primate is not easy, it depends on the time, season and availability of food. Please book with us your tour to Uganda and if you’re interested in tracking the grey cheeked Mangabeys, our tour planner will advise you on the best timing to visit Uganda and sight this primate in Mabira forest.

Games and Zip lining in Mabira forest
Mabira Forest zipline tour and birding safari

Zip Lining in Mabira Forest

Zip lining in Uganda also known as the Canopy Super Skyway is one of the most exciting activities for leisure tours in Uganda and it is such an exciting experience that should not miss on your bucket list when you visit the forests. The zip-line in Mabira Forest is built 250 meters away from the ground at the Griffin Falls Camp and allows very clear views of the forest, the red-tailed monkeys and the water fall rapids from the heights above under the guidance of professional and experienced Sky guides.

Zip-lining in the forest has two daily schedules and each schedule runs for 4 hours; one in the morning from 8 am to 1 pm and the other from 2 pm to 6 pm. Four hours sounds like a lot of time but Zip-lining is fun for adventurers and it ends sooner than it should. For those who are scared on heights, this is an adrenaline spilling activity. Please book with us your safari holiday to Uganda and we shall include for you a visit.

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