Kalinzu forest in Uganda
Kalinzu Central Forest Reserve is found in southwestern Uganda in the district of Bushenyi. The forest reserve is close to Maramagambo forest and Queen Elizabeth National Park. Kalinzu forest reserve has abundant wildlife. Over 379 species of birds exist in the forest. There are six species of primates which include chimpanzees, baboons, blue monkeys, red tailed monkeys, l’hoest monkeys, Vervet monkeys, black and white Colobus monkeys. The forest also has night creatures like bush babies, Pottos and Galagos. Those interested in butterflies can expect to spot over 261 species. The forest reserve has 414 species of trees, 98 of moths, flowers and reptiles. The close proximity to two major wildlife conservation areas as earlier noted helps draw large mammals like Lions, wild pigs, antelopes, leopards and buffaloes to the forest from time to time.
Chimpanzees are the key attraction on Kalinzu Forest. Chimps are currently only found in 21 African countries (from 25). Researchers and conservationists believe that in 10 years’ time, Chimpanzees will become extinct in 10 more countries. Visit Kalinzu forest reserve during your Uganda safaris and take part in chimpanzee trekking.