Budongo forest is notable the largest mahogany forest in the entire East African region also featuring as an environment for the biggest percentage (over 800) of all chimpanzees in Uganda. The forest also features as a good spot to view other primates like the red tailed monkey and the black and white colobus. At the edges of Murchison falls National Park are Busingiro and Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism sites. These Eco-tourism sites are amazing tourist spots that are overlooked by the beautiful mahogany and iron wood trees.

Budongo Forest

Besides it’s amazing mahogany and iron-wood trees, Budongo forest has a very rich biodiversity of wildlife harboring over 9 species of primates. Being an environment to over 800 chimpanzees, a small percentage of the chimps has been preserved for eco-tourism motives. The preserved percentage comprises of over 80 chimpanzees which gives tourists a perfect chance to view these amazing chimpanzees in their natural location.

Other primate species that are habituated in Budongo forest reserve include the black and white colobus monkeys, red tailed monkeys, Olive baboons, Grey–cheeked Mangabeys and blue monkey. Besides harboring the primates, Budongo forest reserve is also a habitat to over twenty-six species of mammals, over 300 species of butterflies and 470 species of trees.

Budongo forest reserve is located in the North-western part of Uganda, approximately 3 hours away from Kampala City through Masindi District on road. Budongo forest reserve sits on an area estimated to be approximately 830 square kilometers but unfortunately only 55% is forest cover with the remaining percentage being grassland forest. Budongo forest reserve has been in existence since 1932. The reserve is situated south of Uganda biggest national park, Murchison falls National Park.

Map of Budongo Forest Reserve


A lot of awesome activities can be carried out in Budongo Forest game reserve. Some of these activities include: Chimpanzee tracking, Forest walk, Birding, Chimp Habituation Experience and Wildlife safari. Out of these activities, Chimpanzee Tracking and Chimp Habituation Experience are the most common of all. The fact that it’s located right next to Murchison Falls National Park makes it easy to catch up with more activities in Murchison Falls National Park.


Accommodation can be accessible but several kilometers away from Budongo Forest. The most common places of acommodation are: Budongo Eco Lodge, Kabalega Resort, Hotel Victory Bijja and Masindi Hotel. More accommodation can be found in Murchison Falls National Park.

Want to visit Budongo Forest game reserve? Simply book a Uganda Safari with us today and we shall arrange for you a lifetime experience to the spectacular forest reserve that is decorated by mahogany and iron wood trees.