Which is the Largest Equatorial Forest in Uganda? Mabira forest is a dense equatorial rainforest situated in the districts of Buikwe, lying between Jinja and Lugazi. The forest covers an area of about 120 square kilometers. this captivating forest is situated 20 km away from Jinja and about 54km from Kampala the capital city of Uganda and the largest town in Uganda. Mabira forest is home to about 311 different tree species with the forest centre consisting of vast ancient tree species which are over 70 years old. The outer part of the forest consists of trees that are about 25 years old, a result of illegal logging and clearings for communities living outside the forest as well as the development of the industrial sectors. Before Mabira forest became isolated in the late 18oo, the forest is believed to have extended without any interruption to central Africa

Which is the Largest Equatorial Forest in Uganda?

Mabira forest is also home to over 219 colorful bufferfly species, 300 birds and over 97 moths. Among the birds include Great blue turaco, black-billed turaco, Ross’s turaco, bare-faced go-away- bird, eastern plantain-eater, red-chested cuckoo among others.

Attractions in the Largest Equatorial Forest in Uganda: Mabira Forest


The forest boasts over 300 bird species, and its diverse ecosystems provide a home for both forest and woodland birds among this bird species includes yellow-billed duck, Eurasian moorhen, white-spotted flufftail, buff-spotted flifftail, Gray crowned- crane, three-banded  plover, wattled lapwing, common sandpiper, green sandpiper, Gray-hooded gull, white-winged tern, African openbill, African wolly-necked stork, marabou stork, yellow-billed stork abdim’s stork, African darter, long-tailed cormorant, great cormorant, great white pelican, hamerkop, shoebill, black-crowned night heron,  black heron, little egret, striated heron, western cattle egret, yellow-billed egret, greater egret, squacco heron, Gray heron, purple heron, black-headed heron, glossy ibis, African sacred ibis, hadada ibis, African harrier-hawk, palm-nut vulture, banded snake-eagle, bat hawk, hooded vulture, lizard buzzard,  Cassin’s hawk-eagle, African goshawk, little sparrowhawk, African fish-eagle, African wood-owl, pearl-spotted owlet, spotted eagle- owl, green woodhoopoe, crowned hornbill ,African Grey Parrot, striking Nahan’s Francolin,  Blue-throated Roller, African emerald cuckoo, dideric cuckoo, dusky long- tailed cuckoo, black-bellied bustard, rock pigeon, speckled pigeon, lemon dove, mourning collared-dove, red-eyed dove, ring-necked dove, laughing dove, tambourine dove, African green-pigeon, fiery-necked nightjar, swamp nightjar, freckles nightjar, mottled spinetail, Sabine’s spinetail, Cassin’s spinetrail, scarce swift, common swift, little swift, African palm swift, white-rump swift, latham francolin, crested francolin,  scaly spurfowl,  Nahan’s partridge, helmeted guineafowl, western crested guineafowl, white-faced whistling duck, Egyptian goose among others.

Which is the Largest Equatorial Forest in Uganda?
Bird viewing in Mabira forest


The forest is home to several species of monkey, including the red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkey, and grey-cheeked mangabey. Tracking these captivating primates is mostly done in the morning when the monkeys are still active, making it the best time for primate tracking in Mabira forest. Occasionally leopards are also spotted in the forest but on a lucky visit.


Mabira forest is a captivating forest of the equatorial type with astonishing greenery cover. The thick forest is home to over 312 tree species with over 50 indigenous tree species including Marula, Acacia Manguim, Celtis Africana, and Afro carpus falcatus among others.

Amazing things to do in the largest Equatorial Forest in Uganda.

Tracking monkeys

Tracking monkeys in Mabira Forest is an exciting and rewarding experience for nature lovers and wildlife enthusiasts. The forest is home to several species of monkey, including the red-tailed monkeys, black-and-white colobus monkey, and grey-cheeked mangabey. Tracking these captivating primates is mostly done in the morning when the monkeys are still active, making it the best time for primate tracking in the Mabira forest. During the tracking, you will also get a chance to meet up with other creatures that dwell in the forest such as birds and wildlife. Once these fascinating monkeys are found, you will have an opportunity to observe their behavior and interactions in their natural habitat.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking in the forest is one of the most remarkable activities offered in Mabira forest. This fascinating forest has a well-maintained trail covering approximately 68 kilometers, where this captivating activity takes place. Visitors planning to take part in this thrilling activity, can either opt to come with their bike or rent one at Griffin falls camp which is located just outside the forestry at the National Forestry Department facility. during a mountain biking safari in Mabira forest, you’ll have a chance to encounter with different creatures that dwell in the forest such as monkeys, birds, and animals and a clear view of the magnificent lush greenery.

Hiking Namussa hill

This is one of the best activities in Mabira forest, visitors visiting the Mabira forest will also get ample opportunity to hike the most popular hill- Namussa hill located in the forest. This offers a thrilling experience to visitors as it offers them an opportunity to the astonishing views of the Nile River as well as the entire Mabira forest. This fascinating activity can be conducted for visitors staying in mabira forest lodge or Griffin fall camp.

Guided Nature walks and hiking

Nature walks and hiking is one of the amazing opportunities offered to many visitors on an Uganda safari in Mabira Forest Reserve. Nature walks and the hike offers visitors an opportunity to explore the hidden gems of the forest as well as connecting to nature. It’s an activity that involves on-foot walking through the jungles of the forest. Nature walks here offer visitors a chance to immerse themselves in the lush greenery and diverse flora and fauna. Guided nature walks are available, providing insights into the forest’s ecology, medicinal plants, and wildlife.

Zip lining

Zip lining is one of the main activities offered to visitors on a Uganda safari in Mabira Forest Reserve. the forest is home to Uganda’s first canopy zip line tour, offering an exhilarating way to experience the beauty of the forest from above. Zip lining through the forest canopy provides an exciting adventure for thrilling lovers. During the zip lining, you will be offered with breathtaking views of the forest and surroundings as well as the opportunity to spot wildlife and birds along the way


Picnics in the forest are also very thrilling activities to participate in while on a Uganda safari in Mabira forest. The natural setting of the forest brings out the true and realest definition of the forest in terms of picnics. Mabira forest has a magnificently prepared area for pictures which provides clear views of the stunning flowering tree species. During your picnic safari in the forest, you may also come to meet with some of the species that dwell in the forest such as monkeys, birds and even animals among others.

Canopy walks experience

Mabira Forest offers an exciting canopy walk experience, allowing visitors to explore the forest from a perspective high above the forest floor. The canopy walk offers a series of suspended walkways and networks that are elevated above the forest floor, allowing visitors to walk among the treetops. These walkways are constructed using a sturdy material and are designed to provide a safe and secure experience. while on your canopy walk, you will be offered nice and astonishing views of the forest canopy and surrounding landscape.  You will immerse yourself in the breathtaking beauty of lush greenery, towering trees, and glimpses of wildlife as you walk along the suspended walkway as well as have an opportunity to spot some of the forest wildlife species such as birds, mammals, reptiles, humans among others,

Accommodation safari around Mabira Forest

Visitors planning to go for a Uganda safari in Mabira Forest shouldn’t worry about where to stay. There are various accommodation facilities for visitors planning for a safari in the forest both within and near the forest such as Mabira Forest Reserve, Griffin Falls Camp, Jinja Nile Resort, River Side Hotel Jinja, Tusubira Village, Dorabo Tourist Hotel, Jinja Cal Suites, Nile Hotel Jinja among others

This concludes the Largest Equatorial Forest in Uganda.

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