Mabira Central forest Reserve – Things to do in Mabira forest
Mabira Central Forest Reserve is one of Uganda’s largest surviving Natural Forests covering an area of 306 sq km.Mabira is a Habitat of 312 species of trees, home of 315 species of Birds, 218 Butterfly Species, 97 Moth Species, 23 Small Mammal Species,
Activities in Mabira central Forest reserve
forest and Nature Walks
with over 68 km of well-developed trail length,mabira’s dense rain forest with developed foot trails and abundant primate population has make the forest a beautiful walking area for adventures, some primates include red tailed monkey, black and white Colobus monkey, grey cheeked Mangabeys.
With mountain bikes available for hire one can ride through the forest edge trails with the beautiful views of the forest, this is a highly recommended activity in Mabira forest. Bird Watching.
Bird Watching. Mabira forest boasts of 315 species of birds including the rare ones like the Nahan’s francolin, Tit Hylia, Yellow and grey long bills, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, Illadopsises, Jameson’s wattle eyes. 46% of Uganda’s forest birds can easily be seen in Mabira than any other forest in Uganda. Mabira forest boasts of 315 species of birds including the rare ones like the Nahan’s francolin, Tit Hylia, Yellow and grey long bills, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, Illadopsises, Jameson’s wattle eyes. 46% of Uganda’s forest birds can easily be seen in Mabira than any other forest in Uganda.
Environmental Education and Research.
Environmental education is a major component of MAFICOs mission. Griffin Falls Camp is appropriate for any level of education. We have programs designed for primary and secondary schools as well as guides capable of assisting with university or professional level scientific research. We can accommodate and educate large groups.
Camping and Picnics.
Travelers who love camping can bring their tents and camp at the campsite available at Mabira forest reserve.
Mabira has 3 resident monkey species, those include Uganda Mangabeys, black and white Colobus monkey and red tailed monkey. Butterfly Identification and general Forest Exploration.
Mabira boosts of 3 Bandas which can accommodate a maximum of 10 Guests at the Eco – Tourism Site near Najjembe Trading Centre. The Bandas are self – catering although some light meals can be prepared for you by the House keeper. There is also a Camping Ground near the Site for do-it-yourself caravans at a modest fee.
Mabira Central Forest Reserve is located on the main Kampala – Jinja Highway in Mukono District. It is 54 km from the City Centre of Kampala and 26 km from Jinja Town. The Eco – Tourism Site is about half a kilometer from the road head along a short dirt road off the Najjembe trading center. The Forest is therefore accessible by all vehicles throughout the year.
Other activities near Mabira central forest Reserve
Sezibwa falls tours
The Sezibwa Falls is one of the royal Buganda heritages located 35km east of Kampala in district of Mukono district. The spectacular waterfalls are believed to have been born by humans many hundred years ago. The falls are one of the most spiritual and cultural centers where many natives flock for blessings, wealth, and fortunes. A traditional healer performs ceremonies for those seeking love, children, a successful business deal or a good harvest.
The Falls are on the Sezibwa River which flows from the wetlands between L. Victoria and L. Kyoga. Sezibwa Falls are about seven meters high and with the sweet hissing sound created by the falling water forms beautiful scenery. This is complemented by the natural vegetation cover and the undulating and steep rocks over which the waters fall. The site has several bird species which present a wonderful opportunity for bird watching.
Activities at Sezibwa Falls
Sezibwa Falls is an excellent and convenient place where one can enjoy and experience the wonders of nature. Below are the activities one can do among the activities a tourist would enjoy include?
Water falls & Nature-guided walks.
The Sezibwa River which flows from wetlands near Lake Victoria upon arrival in Mukono it drops from about 15-20 meters making the rapids look extremely beautiful and worth visiting.
The small green tropical forest along the Sezibwa River and the neighbouring sugar cane plantation has become a great habitat for birds, birds like great blue Turaco, common bull, white browed robin-chat, double tooth barbet, yellow ramped tinker bird and many other bird species can be seen.
Those who enjoy camping safaris can’t miss the great and excellent camping site at the Sezibwa falls, with the falls it brings the best experience for camping
Sezibwa has nice hiking trails around the round which can give hikers some fantastic walking experience around the water falls.
You can also take community walks around Sezibwa falls, interacting with the locals and hearing the tradition and the living ways of people and how they feel about the Buganda heritage.
Through the sugar cane near Sezibwa falls one can ride bicycles through and the experience is fantastic and it’s worth an adventure.