EXPLORE THE KASYOHA-KITOMI FOREST RESERVE
Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve is one of the most spectacular Forest reserves in Uganda worth visiting for extraordinary Forest species. This Forest Reserve is situated at 35 kilometers from Bushenyi Town, South of Lake George and the Kazinga Channel covering a geographical area of over 433 square kilometers.
This fascinating Forest Reserve is a haven to numerous mammal species such as several primate species like Chimpanzees (although they are not yet habituated), blue monkeys, Red-tailed monkeys, Olive baboons, Vervet monkeys, Black and white Colobus monkeys, Red Colobus monkeys and L’Hoest’s monkeys among others. This magnificent Forest Reserve also homes several breathtaking Crater Lakes such as the Twin Lakes of Kamweru and Kyema, other Lakes include the temporary/transparent Lake Kamunzuku among others. It even receives fewer tourists than its surrounding areas (Kyambura gorge and Kalinzu forest reserve) which makes it an authentic safari destination in Uganda.
The fact that Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve is near to the spectacular Queen Elizabeth National Park, and is bordered by Kanyambogo to the North, Kyamuhanga Tea estate and Ndangaro Parishes to the South, Maramagambo and Kalinzu Forest Reserves to the South-eastern side, Rwanjere to the Eastern side, Queen Elizabeth National park and the Kyambura Wildlife Reserve to the West. There are several mammal species within the Forest Reserve that are common within Queen Elizabeth National park. Some of the wildlife species include Antelopes such as Bushbucks, Uganda Kobs, Bush duikers, Topis and Oribis among others. Other mammal species include Bush pigs, Forest Elephants, Giant Forest hogs, Forest Buffaloes, leopards, warthogs and the occasional Lions among others.
There are more than 308 bird species within this spectacular Forest Reserve including some of the species endemic to the Albertine Rift Mountains and some of the common bird species include the Coland grey parrot, the white-collared olive-back, the Afep pigeon, the Black bee-eater, the Dusky long-tailed Cuckoo, the Blue-throated sunbird, the White-napped pigeon, Blue-headed sunbird, the Cinnamon-breasted bee-eater and the Blue-throated roller among others. With all these exceptional bird species, Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve is a true bird watcher’s Paradise and place to be. Several reptile species and butterfly species among others call this Reserve home.
Tourists who visit this Reserve can participate in activities such as Forest walks on the popular 3 hour forest trail staring from Magambo Camp to the magnificent Lake Kamunzuku, canoeing, bird watching, swimming in the Crater Lakes, Camping, visit to the legendary close by cave, fishing, Primate watching, boat rides, nature walks/hiking using the waterfall trail, sightseeing of the Twins Lakes, the Kazinga Channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake George and Conservation Education among others. Tourists looking for relaxation and chilling with nature have to visit this Forest reserve.
This Forest Reserve has everything including accommodation that includes Camping-such as Nyanzibiri Eco-community Camp within Magambo Parish Headquarters that offers picturesque views of the spectacular Twin Lakes but tourists are advised to visit with their own camping equipments. Due to the poor state of the roads, tourists are advised to use 4WD vehicles and the best time to visit is the dry season when the trails and roads are less muddy and slippery.
In conclusion, the Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve is one of the best safari destinations with exceptional wildlife species such as Bushbucks, Uganda Kobs, Bush duikers, Topis and Oribis among others. Other mammal species include Bush pigs, Forest Elephants, Giant Forest hogs, Forest Buffaloes and leopards among others. There are also several bird species such as the white-collared olive-back, the Afep pigeon, the Black bee-eater, the Dusky long-tailed Cuckoo, the Blue-throated sunbird, the White-napped pigeon, Blue-headed sunbird and the Cinnamon-breasted bee-eater among others.