Activities offered in Kalinzu Forest
Activities offered in Kalinzu Forest: Kalinzu forest in Uganda is one of the natural forest reserves in the country and it is located in the southwestern part of Uganda in the Bushenyi district. The forest is close to Maramagambo forest and Queen Elizabeth national park in Uganda.
Kalinzu forest in Uganda lies at an altitude of about 1400metres above the sea level and shelters abundant wildlife species including six primate species such as the chimpanzees, baboons, blue monkeys, vervet monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, l’Hoest monkeys, red tailed monkeys, bush babies, potto, galagos, over 379 bird species such as the great blue Turaco, sun birds, 261 butterfly species, 98 moths, 414 tree species, flowers, reptiles and some animals like elephants, giant forest hogs, warthogs, leopards, wild pigs, buffaloes, waterbucks among others which move from Queen Elizabeth national park to the forest.
Activities Offered in Kalinzu forest in Uganda.
When visiting Queen Elizabeth national park, it’s best you do chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest as you are certain to see habituated chimpanzees in the forest unlike in Kyambura gorge. Chimpanzee trekking is an adventurous activity that involves visitors moving in the forest in search of the habituated chimpanzee families. The forest is a home of over 300 chimpanzees and the second best chimpanzee trekking destination in Uganda after Kibale forest national park.
Trekking chimpanzees in Kalinzu forest in Uganda is done in two phrases that is in the morning at around 8:00am and in the afternoon at around 3:00pm and trekking starts with a briefing about your expectations, rules and regulations at the park headquarters. After the briefing you will be grouped into 8 people to trek each habituated chimpanzee family and grouping is done depending on physical fitness and age. After grouping, each group will be allocated with a park guide who will be leading the group and also sharing information about chimpanzees during trekking.
Chimpanzee trekking in Kalinzu forest in Uganda takes about 3 to 4 hours or even more depending on where the chimpanzees are situated because they like to move deep into the forest in search of food especially during the dry season. During trekking you will also view other primates like the red tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, bird species and once the chimpanzees have been found, you will spend one hour with them in their natural habitat as you learn more about their lifestyle, behaviors, habitats, taking plenty of photos and recording the moments which gives you breathtaking and incredible experiences.
Kalinzu forest in Uganda is a home to over 378 bird species. This makes it a birding haven for bird lovers. Bird watching in this forest is best done in the morning and evening following birding trails in the forest and a bird guide who will help you to spot various bird species. During birding you will view some animals like the warthogs, baboons, monkeys, giant forest hog, elephants among others and you can look out for bird species like the great blue Turaco, sun birds, black and white casket and many others.
Kalinzu forest in Uganda is blessed with abundant wildlife species especially due to the fact that it’s close proximity to Queen Elizabeth national park and Maramagambo forest. During wildlife viewing in Kalinzu forest, you will go to a viewing area in the forest where you will be able to view wild animals like leopards, wild pigs, giant forest hogs, warthogs, buffaloes, waterbucks, bushbucks among others which come from the national park in search of shelter and food. You will also view some primates like the chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoest monkeys, red tailed monkeys, olive baboons among others.
Guided nature walk
This is a breathtaking and incredible activity in that visitors move on foot with in the forest as they explore beautiful scenery, waterfalls, wildlife, butterflies, breath fresh air among others. Kalinzu forest in Uganda has various trails that are used for guided nature walks in the forest and some of these trails include; the waterfall trail which takes you about 4 to 6 hours and you will pass through high altitude areas and Kilyantama waterfall. The valley trail which passes through forest canopies, valleys takes about 4 hours to complete it and rewards you with great views of the animals, primates, birds, river trail, and palm trail among others. The trails offer beautiful views of the animals, birds, primates, scenery among others.
During the nature walk you can also hike up to Kishunja hill viewpoint where you will be able to view the forest canopy, Rwenzori mountain peaks and some wild animals such as elephants, leopards, warthogs, wild pigs among others.
Kalinzu forest in Uganda has a camping site in the middle of the forest where visitors can sleep as they enjoy nature, views of the animals at a close range; listen to sweat sounds of nocturnal primates, birds among others which give you unforgettable memories.
Best Time to visit Kalinzu forest in Uganda.
Kalinzu forest in Uganda can be visited throughout the year; although the best period is during the dry season in the months of June to September and December to February. During the dry season there is less rainfall in the forest therefore there will be short shrubs for clear viewing of the animals and primates, chimpanzee trekking trails in the forest will be passable.
Though there is heavy rainfall in the forest during the wet season, visitors who visit will enjoy bird watching in that there will be various, colorful and migratory bird species in the forest due to plenty of food for bird species.
How to get to Kalinzu forest in Uganda.
Kalinzu forest in Uganda can best be accessed by road about 375 kilometers from Kampala city. When going to Kalinzu forest you will drive from Kampala via Masaka, Mbarara and Bushenyi and then to the forest headquarters which takes about 5 hours’ drive.
Visitors can also access Kalinzu forest in Uganda from Queen Elizabeth national park. Due to the fact that the forest is near the park, it takes about one and a half hours drive to reach Kalinzu headquarters.