About Budongo Forest

The Budongo Forest reserve can be one of the highlights of your trip to Uganda and is located on the escarpment northeast of the stunning Lake Albert. Get yourself fully immersed in this medium altitude damp semi-deciduous verdant forest that covers 42,800 hectares, with patches of Savanna as well as woodland. The ever-popular Budongo Forest is credited with hosting two ecotourism sites: Kaniyo Pabidi and Busingiro. Kaniyo Pabidi is en route to Murchison Falls and offers excellent Chimpanzee trekking. Busingiro is home to the Royal Mile, one of the top bird-watching tracks in the country. Many primate species are easily encountered. Aside from chimpanzees, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, black and white colobus, and olive baboon can be seen. Nocturnal creatures include Potto and several galago species. Also of interest are the high number of birds and butterflies recorded. Herds of buffalo and elephants also visit the park from the neighboring savannah reserve, Murchison Falls. This pristine forest reserve has an incredible number (465 in total) of plant species recorded. Most notable are the impressive giant mahogany trees up to 60m high. Occupying the place of pride amongst the other exotic flora and fauna are the spiky Fagara trees, parasitic strangler figs, and ironwood trees. The sturdy ironwood tree is regularly used by chimpanzees for communication by drumming on their trunks.

Must See

  • Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site
  • Busingiro Ecotourism site
  • Kaniyo Pabidi Ecotourism site
  • Kyambura Gorge
  • Chimp tracked in Kibale 
  • The butterfly and millipedes 
  • 600-year old mahogany
  • A camera with a Tele-lens

How to reach

It takes 3 hours to reach there. Take a pioneer bus, it would cost 800 UGX.


  • Wear spikes, this place is best for trekking.
  • Wear comfortable shoes since you need to walk a lot.
  • Carry drinking water as it is not available.
  • Carry a camera, you can take a lot of pictures here.
  • A few tips: bring binoculars so you can see the chimps better.
  • Be sure to have good shoes and socks that you can tuck your pants into - always better to avoid getting bitten by the ants! 
  • Don't forget insect repellent
  • If you have long hair, a hat or bandana is recommended so that you don't get your hair tangled in the thorny vines.
  • Gloves can also be helpful should you need to work your way through thorny vines.

Visit Time

Sunday: Open 24 Hours

Monday: Open 24 Hours

Tuesday: Open 24 Hours

Wednesday: Open 24 Hours

Thursday: Open 24 Hours

Friday: Open 24 Hours

Saturday: Open 24 Hours

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Entrance Fee


90,000 UGX

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Time you can spend

3 hours


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