Other activities in Kalinzu Forest Reserve
Nature Walks: Guided Nature walks in Kalinzu forest are truly memorable. You get lost in a completely new world of dense forests, beautiful scenery, waterfalls, singing birds and primate calls. One can walk up to Kishunja Hill Viewpoint and see the forest from the top as well as the Rwenzori ranges of Mountains and Queen Elizabeth National Park. You can be led outside the forest to spot beautiful plantations. Your Guide will share information about the forest, its ancient myths and its creatures. The forest has four main trails for nature walks i.e. The valley trail, the waterfall trails, the river trail and the Palm trail
The valley trail takes you to see spectacular valleys and forest canopies. It takes 4 hours to complete this trail and by this time, you would have encountered many of the creatures and primates living in the forest. The waterfall trail takes between 4 to 6 hours. The key attraction here is the Kilyantama waterfall. The trail passes though areas with high elevation which offer great views of the forest. The River trail is the best for those who are interested in chimpanzees. Moreover, visitors will also encounter the River Kajojo were elephants used to take their shower from. Completing the river trail takes about an hour. The palm trial on the other hands takes you for two hours of hiking through flat terrain with opportunities to see interesting tree species including the flame tree whose leaves are believed to raise female sex drive, the Dragon tree and the Raphia Palms for making traditional mats.
Wildlife viewing: Next to Queen Elizabeth National Park and the wonderful Maramagambo reserve is the Kalinzu Central Reserve. Many species in the reserve, such as leopards, wild pigs and antelopes, move to eat in the trees. The agreement can be created to go to the forest area which connects Queen Elizabeth National Park where you have a great opportunity to view some of the large animal’s species and even big cats and also it’s a great opportunity for the visitors to spot other primate species such as baboons, blue monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and many others.
Birdwatching: Kalinzu Forest is a birders paradise. It is one of the best places for birding in Uganda. The species include the Black and White Casket, Cuckoos, Great Blue Turaco and Sunbirds. As you view the birds, expect to also encounter other forest creatures, primates, plants and amazing scenery. Birdwatching is best done in the morning hours.
Identifying Butterflies: With the help of a Guide, you can go out to the forest in the morning or evening and identify the over 200 species of butterflies in Kalinzu forest.
Camping: A camping site has been set up in the middle of the forest where visitors can live close to nature and enjoy the beautiful African night while listening to amazing sounds of night animals.