Bugungu wildlife Reserve Uganda – Murchison Falls National Park
Bugungu Wildlife Reserve Uganda – is situated between Bulisa and Masindi district. This small magnificent Wildlife Reserve covers an area of 501 square kilometers/193 square miles and shelters a number of wildlife reserves Bugungu Wildlife Reserve is a large, medium-altitude semi-deciduous forest.
History of Bugungu wildlife reserve.
Gazzeted in 1968, Bugungu Wildlife reserve is a tinny wildlife reserve that shelters and protects the savannah grassland and temporary/seasonal wetland at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment to the western side of the enormous Murchison Falls National park-the oldest and largest protected Area in Uganda. Bugungu is part of the enormous Murchison Falls Conservation Area that is made up of the Murchison Falls National park-the oldest and largest National park in the whole of Uganda, the Karuma Wildlife Reserve and the Bugungu Wildlife reserve all found within North-western Uganda. Bugungu Wildlife Reserve is situated between Bulisa and Masindi district.
Wildlife of Bugungu wildlife reserve.
This small magnificent Wildlife Reserve covers an area of 501 square kilometers/193 square miles and shelters a number of wildlife reserves. Some of the common wildlife species that can be encountered in this Wildlife reserve include Hippos, more than 600 Uganda Kobs, a large number of Leopards and Lions, over 1200 Oribis, herds of Buffaloes, the warthogs, waterbucks, the Elephants, the warthogs, reedbucks, the bushbucks, the Sitatunga, primates such as the Olive baboons, the Vervet monkeys, the, the Patas monkeys and black and white Colobus monkeys.
Birds of Bugungu wildlife reserve.
there are about 240 species of birds that call Bugungu Wildlife reserve home and they include the elusive shoebill stork, Black-headed Batis, Dark chanting Goshawk, the White-browed Sparrow Weaver, Black-bellied Bustards, the Black-billed barbets, the Eastern grey Plantain-eater, the Speckle-breasted woodpecker, the Yellow-throated greenbul, the Black-billed barbets, the Black-billed wood dove, the Double-toothed barbet, the saddle-billed stork, the Giant Kingfisher, the Swamp Flycatcher, the Black-headed Gonolek, and the Abyssinian among others.The most interesting tourist activities you should expect to participate in when you visit Bugungu Wildlife Reserve include nature walks, game drives through the well maintained game tracks, bird watching, camping and picnics, nature walks, visit to the local communities that surround the Wildlife Reserve and sigh seeing among others.
The best time to visit Bugungu Wildlife Reserve
Bugungu wildlife reserve is best accessible during dry season in the months of late June to mid-September and December to February. The rainy season from late February to May and mid-October to November is always avoided because the poor roads leading to the Wildlife Reserve tend to be muddy and slippery. This is one of the main reasons why tourists are advised to use 4WD vehicles that can maneuver through the slippery roads.
Where to stay in Bugungu wildlife reserve.?
There are no accommodation facilities in Bugungu wildlife reserve but there is a basic campsite where travelers can come with their tent and camp there.
Accommodation from Murchison falls
There are many accommodation facilities in Murchison falls national park this include Murchison River lodge, twiga safari lodge, bakers lodge Nile safari lodge, tree house, Kabalega wilderness.
How to get to Bugungu wildlife reserve.
From Kampala via Masindi.
The 210 km from the Kampala the main capital of Uganda takes you through the open savannah grassland of Nakasongola district where Uganda’s only white rhinos are been protected to Masindi from where you will drive through royal mile in Budongo forest before hitting Bisso town which is near the escarpment overlooking lake albert before sloping to the wildlife reserve.
From Murchison falls.
The 51km road from Murchison falls takes you through Bulisa which is 35kms before continuing for 15 kms to the wildlife reserve on Bulisa- Hoima Road.
From kibale forest national park.
The 305 km road from kibale forest national crosses through the towns of kyenjojo, kagadi, Hoima before sloping to the Lake Albert escarpment on Hoima Bulisa road.