Katonga Wildlife Reserve

Katonga Wildlife Reserve2018-12-18T13:56:08+00:00

This reserve can best be explored on foot and by use of canoes. It supports 40 mammal species and 150 bird species.

  • Size: 207 sq km
  • Location: Ibanda and Kamwenge in western Uganda

Activities

  • Nature walk
  • Birding
  • Canoe trip

This reserve can best be explored on foot and by use of canoes. It supports 40 mammal species and 150 bird species.

There are canoe trips which follow a narrow channel through the swamp and give visitors opportunities to see various water and papyrus associated birds, the Sitatunga and the river otters. The wetlands canoe trail is a two kilometer ride through the reed and papyrus swamp guided by a local boat operator allowing the best opportunities to spot kingfishers and storks like Yellow-billed storks and the magnificent Shoebill.

There are three guided half day walking trails which can be arranged by the park staff.

The Kisharara trails takes you through main habitats within the park comprising of grassland, Savanna and swamp fringes and is a good trail for seeing Sitatungas, birds and monkeys.

The kyeibale trail takes you through an area with tall rock formations as well as forested valleys and caves. The Sitatunga trail takes you through a mixture of grassland and wetland habitats offering more chances of seeing the rare Sitatunga for which it is named

Most visible are Elephants, Waterbuck, Reedbuck, Colobus monkeys and River otter.

This is one of the best places in Africa to look for the elusive sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope with webbed hooves that forages almost exclusively in swamps.

Katonga is 4 hours drive from Kampala. The most direct route is to use the Kampala-Mubende-Fort Portal Road. From Mubende proceed to Kyegegwa.

January-Febraury and July-August are the driest months, but rain is possible due to unavoidable season changes.