Uganda is a land gifted by God and Ugandan citizens are never wrong when they brag about the abundance of life displayed in nature. Tourists who have been on Safaris and tours to Uganda are witnesses to the beauty showcased by so many areas in the boundaries of Uganda. One of the many gorgeous things gifted to this country are its rain forests and the largest of these is found along the highway leading to the source of the Nile.
Mabira forest is
situated 60km east of Kampala by road; a travel time of about an hour on
road depending on the flow of traffic. Travelers can get a taxi from
the Kampala city bus park or they can hire private transportation from
one of the car hire
companies. They will have to drive through part of Wakiso district,
Mukono district until they arrive at Mabira which is found in Buikwe
district. When you reach Buikwe, you will realize that highway is well
guarded by a thick community of trees.
Mabira has since 1932 been
considered as a National Forest Reserve so as to protect some of the
unique flora and fauna therein, for even Uganda’s future Safari
guests to enjoy. Despite some unfortunate deforestation and logging
campaigns that have been carried out in the forest, Mabira has continued
to hold its biodiversity and is still rich in plant, tree and fern
Observing the forest from the highway is a beautiful
experience, but trotting deep into the fine paths sheltered by an
evergreen canopy tells an incredibly different story. The nature walk
through the forest makes your tour and safari in Uganda to feel like a fairytale. The forest’s interior is well oxygenated; the kind of fresh air that would wake someone from a comma.
Mabira has a number of fauna species including butterflies, medium and
small-sized mammals like the gymnastically agile red tailed monkeys and
bushbucks; and bird species like Nahan’s Francolin, the Black Hornbill
and the blue Turaco.
Mabira forest (a name that originates from
“Ekibira” meaning forest in Luganda); is quite popular for its species
of trees which serve as curative herbs. These attract congregations from
all over Uganda and many parts of Africa as they seek a cure for their
illnesses. Among these tree herb species the most commonly sought after
is the citroposis which is called “Mukuza Nume” in Luganda and is
believed to boost the sexual potency of men.
Being a catchment area
for a number of streams, swamps and lakes; the weather in Mabira forest
is calm and ideal for having a bush lunch or a picnic on one of the
afternoons of your Uganda Safari and Tour.
A visit to Mabira Forest is not only highly recreational but it enables
travelers to learn a great deal and to see some of the things that make
Uganda a gifted destination.
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