Katonga Wildlife Reserve

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Katonga wildlife reserve is located at the banks of Katonga River in south western part of Uganda in Ibanda and Kamwengye districts. It’s named after Katonga River, which flows from Lake Victoria to Lake George. Its 211square kms in size, it’s a home to about 150 bird species and 40 mammals which live in the wetlands mixed savannah, papyrus swamp and rain forest with acacia woodlands.

Bird species:
Rare shoebill, Stone Partridge, Black-headed Plover, White-bellied Go-away Bird, Jackson’s Hornbill, Hemp Rich’s Hornbill, handsome Silver bird, Grey-headed ,Pygmy Batises, Bristle-crowned , Superb Starlings, Eastern Violet-backed Sunbird, White-headed Buffalo , Weaver, Purple Grenadier , Straw-tailed Whydah, African Grey-Fly-catcher, Yellow-necked Spur fowl and Crested Bustard

Animal species:
Elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, colobus monkeys, river otter, sitatunga, Uganda kob, olive baboons, Warthog and Bushbuck

Activities:
Day hikes,
Overnight hikes
Canoe trips
Bird watching
Game viewing
Guided walks through Kisharara, kyeibale trail and the Sitatunga trail

Access:
Katonga game reserve is 200kms 3 hours drive from Kampala, branching off from the Fort Portal Road. Buses connect Kampala to Kabagole, a short canoe ride and walk from the entrance gate.