Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve – A Jungle for Chimps Trekking & Nature Walks
Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve is one of the chimpanzee trekking destinations in Uganda. The forest is found in South-western Uganda in Bushenyi district not far from Queen Elizabeth National Park and Maramagambo Forest. The forest is a home to many primate species like chimpanzees and many mroe.
Covering 399 square kilometres, Kalinzu Forest Reserve is at an altitude of about 1400 meters. It is known for its 414 species of trees and shrubs such Prunus African Ficus and Parinari among the many. The reserve has got six different primate species like chimpanzees, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest guenon, vervet monkeys and baboons among others. The forest as well harbours 378 bird species like the sun birds, white and black casket, cuckoos plus the Great Blue Turaco, it also hosts 97 moths species, reptiles, 262 butterflies and flowers.
Because Kalinzu Forest is near Queen Elizabeth National Park, it offers a refuge to Savannah grassland animal species like the lion, leopard, wild pigs and Duiker, the giant forest hog, water-buck, buffaloes, elephants and many more.
Chimpanzee Trekking in Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve
The Forest is home to Chimpanzees, meaning chimpanzee Trekking is the most common activity. Being a neighbour to Queen Elizabeth National Park, Chimpanzee tracking in the reserve is always a supplementary activity to wildlife safaris like game drives and boat cruise on Kazinga Channel. A Chimp safari in Kalinzu is doable before or after a visit to the park.
Nature Walk Trails
For tourists visiting Queen Elizabeth Park, Kalinzu is the best alternative to Chimpanzee Trekking in Kyambura Gorge with possibilities of spotting chimps being high. Japanese researchers have habituated Chimpanzees in this forest for around 2 decades.
And for those interested in birding, this jungle is ab amazing base for seeing numerous bird species. Visitors are at liberty to have full day in the forest and also enjoy some delicious picnic lunch. For full enjoyment, ensure to carry long trousers, strong hiking boots, long-sleeved shirts, a light Rain Jacket, a hat and drinking water.
Other tourist detsinations in Uganda where chimpanzees are found include Kibale Forest and Kyambura Gorge in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Others are Budongo forest, Ngamba Island in Lake Victoria and at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre (UWEC) Entebbe.