Budongo Forest Reserve is located in the north-western park of Uganda, approximately 3 hours away from Kampala city through Masindi district on road. Budongo forest reserve sits on an area estimated to be approximately 830 square kilometers but unfortunately only 55% is forest cover with the remaining percentage being grassland forest.
Budongo Forest Reserve has been in existence since 1932. The reserve is situated south of Uganda’s biggest national park, Murchison falls national park. Budongo forest is notably the largest manogany forest in the entire east African region also featuring as an environment for the biggest percentage (over 800) of all chimpanzees in Uganda. The forest also features as a good spot to view other primates like the red tailed monkey and the black and white colobus. At the edges of Murchison falls national park are Busingiro and Kaniyo-pabidi ecotourism sites. These eco-tourism sites are amazing tourist spots that are overlooked by the beautiful mahogany and iron wood trees.
Besides harboring the primates, Budongo Forest Reserve is also a habitat to over twenty-six species of mammals, over 300 species of butterflies and 470 species of trees.