Kashoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve features among Uganda most stunning forest reserves that are worth exploring as it comes with incredible forest species. The 35 kilometers forest reserve is located in Bushenyi district, south of Lake Gorge and the Kazinga channel. The 433square kilometers forest reserve features several species of mammals including different primates such as chimpanzees, red tailed monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, red colobus monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, blue monkeys, L’Hoests monkeys and many more. Kashoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve offers refuge to most spectacular Crater Lakes like the Twin Lake of Kamweru and Kyeema, transparent Lake Kamunzuku and others. Interestingly, the forest is visited by tourists compared to other areas like the Kyambura and Kalinzu Forest Reserve that makes it a true authentic safari destination that Uganda offers to the world travelers.
Location of Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve
This forest reserve lies next to the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park and it is surrounded by Kanyambogo to the north, Kyamuhanga Tea Estate and Ngangaro parishes in the south, Maramangambo and Kalinzu Forest Reserves to the southeastern part, Rwanjere in the eastern part, Queen Elizabeth National Park and the Kyambura Wildlife Reserve in the west part. If you are thinking of exploring Uganda in depth including this forest in your itinerary planning for a wildlife safari is a great addition to your experience.
What to see in Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve
This spectacular forest reserve offers refuge to most of the mammal species most of which are commonly sighted in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The notable wildlife species for you to catch a glimpse at include antelope families like Uganda Kobs, bush duikers, topis, Oribis, bush bucks and many others. The other mammals include forest elephants, giant forest hogs, forest buffaloes, leopards, bush pigs, lions, warthogs and others. Over 308 distinct bird species also thrive within the forest most which include those that are endemic to the Albertine rift mountains and the common species like the white collared olive back, the afep pigeon, the black bee eater, dusky long tailed cuckoo, collard grey parrot, blue throated sunbird, white napped pigeon, blue headed sunbird, the blue throated roller, cinnamon breasted bee eater and many more. For bird enthusiasts, Kasyoha-Kitomi forest reserve is truly birders haven and the best spot for you get thrilled with variety of distinct birdlife. Besides, the forest also offers refuge to most of the reptiles and butterflies and others.
For nature lovers, the notable activities include forest walks that take visitors through a 3 hours’ forest trail, birding, canoeing, swimming in the Crater Lakes, Camping, explore the legendary close by cave, primate adventures, fishing, boat cruise, nature walks or hiking, sightseeing at the twin Lakes, the Kazinga channel, Queen Elizabeth National Park and Lake George as well as Conservation Education and many more. For visitors who are searching for the best areas to chill out with nature then Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve should be a must to include in your travel plan.
Where to stay in Kasyoha-Kitomi Forest Reserve
For visitor stay, the forest reserve features incredible accommodation facilities like Nyanzibiri Eco-community Camp at Magambo Parish headquarters best for camping and provides visitors with the most spectacular views of the twin Lakes. However, you are reminded to come along with your camping gear. Given the nature of the roads, a 4wheel drive cars are the best for you to navigate through the remotest routes to this forest reserve. You can perfectly visit the forest during the dry season when most of the trails and routes are less muddy and slippery.
In conclusion, the Kasyoha-Kitomi forest reserve features among the very few most stunning destinations that offer visitors with incredible species of wildlife ranging from antelope families, birds, Lakes, mammals to primates and many more.