Mabira Forest Attractions
Like a coin, the Mabira forest has two sides. There is a side that passengers may see through the vehicle windows; here you usually see the many trees along the Kampala-Jinja highway. Behind this highway, however, is another side, which is a whole different world of its own. There is flora and fauna which bringing forth the largest surviving tropical rainforest that has come to be called Mabira Forest. It has existed for 84 years now ever since 1932 and sits on about 306 square kilometers.
Activities Done in Mabira Forest
What can you do if you find yourself left alone in this vast green beauty known as Mabira Forest? There is too much that one can do because of the many activities and attractions which are as infinite as the forest itself. The many safari attractions are the different sights and the sweet sounds. Then the self engaging activities are both adrenaline rising including Zip-lining as well as soul-soothing.
- Butterfly Identification
Butterfly identification in this Rain-forest is another beautiful activity to engage yourself in with over 218 butterfly species. There is about the 97 moth species and over 23 mammal species to find in the forest. Your tour guide will lead you to the different walking trails which will give you high chances for sighting a variety of these butterflies.
- Forest hikes/Nature walk
Taking a hike through the Mabira forest will bring you to a variety of trees in this forest with vast uses especially for the local population that collects medicines from them. The forest has over 312 tree species some of which include the Warbughia, Mililia Excelsa, Cordia Millenii, and the Ugandans is.
These are a treasure for medical researchers because of the components contained in these age-old trees such as the Ugandans is which has medicinal properties known to cure almost 40 ailments!
- Mangabey tracking in Mabira forest
The most popular primate tracked in the forest is the Mangabey, a grey-cheeked primate that is unique to Uganda and also known as the Lophocebus Uganda. It is a tree dweller and seeing it will usually depend on the time, season and availability of food. This activity can only be done in the Mabira forest in the whole of Uganda and this particular mangabey is endemic to Uganda.
- Birding in Mabira forest
Uganda is a bird-watching paradise but Mabira Forest is a birder’s haven compressed on about 306 square kilometers of land and waters. It has over 315 bird species which include the Blue-Headed Crested Mornarc, the Black-Bellied Seed Cracker, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle to mention but a few.
The many birds found in this forest will be your chirping alarm clock after a night at the camp and will cheerfully sing their welcome as you tread their habitat on a nature walk. Speaking of nature walks in Mabira forest, the forest has an about 68-kilometers well-maintained walk trails for you to take a forest walkthrough.
While you may need a walking stick to put bushes out of the way on a mountain gorilla trekking venture in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the walking trail in this evergreen Mabira forest is just clear enough to let you relish the trees, the sunlight sifting through the canopy and catching the prized sight of the Mangabey without any disturbance from the overgrowth.
- Zip-line in Mabira
The Canopy Super Skyway or Zip Lines should not miss on your bucket list when you go to the Mabira forest. These are 250-meter Zip-line is found at the Griffin Falls camp and enable you to view the forest, the Mangabeys, red-tailed monkeys and the rapids from heights above, under the guidance of professional Sky guides.
The Zip-line activities take 4 hours, starting at 8 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm. For those who are scared of high heights, this is an epinephrine spilling activity, for others, it is a fun adventure that ends sooner than it should.
Within the beautiful interior of the Mabira forest is Griffin Falls Camp which is about a 10-minutes walk through the rainforest. It is spacious to allow you to set camp, have a picnic and enjoy Uganda’s cultural music dance and drama after a day of activity in the rain forest. Do you feel like going mountain biking but got no bike? The camp rents mountain bikes for you to go for a biking tour activity through the rainforest and beyond.
The second side of the Mabira forest is a thrill, a life to be lived not a feature to look past through a car window. Dive into this adventure with long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, rain jacket it being a rainforest, some insect repellant and get the adventure of a lifetime in a day.