BIRding in budongo forest
Budongo forest is located in the North-Western part of Uganda atop of Albertine rift covering about 435sq.km in the south-west of the oldest and largest national park (Murchison falls national park) approximately 3-4 hours’ drive from Kampala Uganda’s capital city and also known for plenty of East African Mahogany trees.
Budongo forest is a famous birder’s paradise harboring over 370 bird species endemic to only authentic Budongo forest, bird watching is mostly done at the royal mile situated within Busingiro ecotourism site.
Budongo forest is positioned in prominent pointed escarpments of Lake Albert rewarding Uganda with a wonderful birding destination and characterized by semi-deciduous flourishing forest.
Uganda ranked Budongo forest second after semiliki national park in Western Uganda, the main reason is that Budongo forest have two unique bird species that cannot be seen anywhere else in East Africa that is idallopsis puvell’s and yellow-footed flycatcher.
Budongo forest bird species cannot be seen in other destinations in Uganda include zoothers camarorensis ,ceratogymna fistulation, Batis ituriensis,and Neafrapus Cassini alongside other bird species like little green sunbird, pita neihenow, panoptical woodhouse, grey-headed sunbird, brown twin spot crowned eagle, African pied wagtail, Black kite,white-spotted flufftail, white thighed hornbill and fork-tailed drongo,crested wood pecker ,yellow long bill,Bituri batis ,guinea long forest biome, yellow –spotted barbet,chestnut-capped flycatcher,cassin’s honeyguide,cassin;s hawk-eagle,pitta reichenowi,little green sunbird, slender –billed greenbul ,forest robin, the speckle tinker bird among others.
Budongo forest receives water from three small rivers within the forest, which include the Bubwa river, son so river, and Waisoke. These rivers have favored the survival of different bird species staying in this magnificent forest.
How to reach Budongo forest
Budongo forest can be reached by both air or road transport means. Air transport, one can fly by booking a domestic flight like Aero link which operates as a chartered flights scheduled from Kajjansi airfield and Entebbe international airport to Pakuba airstrip in Murchison falls national park takes about an hour and then connected to Budongo forest by road, road transport takes about 3-4 hours’ drive from Kampala to Masindi.