Bugungu Wildlife Reserve Uganda

Welcome to Bugungu Wildlife Reserve

Did you know that while on the safari to Murchison Falls National Park, you can also get the chance to visit other beautiful Protected Areas within the popular Murchison Falls Conservation Area, especially Bugungu Wildlife Reserve (MFCA)? Yes it is absolutely possible during Uganda safaris.

Extending for approximately 473 square kilometers (182 square miles), Bugungu Wildlife Reserve is small Protected Area that protects a seasonal wetland and grassland at the base of the magnificent Rift Valley Escarpment to the western side of the vast Murchison falls National Park. Established into a Wildlife Reserve in 1968, it is one of the oldest Reserves in the country and currently sits between Masindi and Buliisa Districts, thus making it one of the must-visit sites while on a safari from or to the Murchison Falls National Park.

A number of wildlife species call the Wildlife Reserve home and these include antelopes such as over 1200 Oribis, Dik-dik, bushbucks, over 600 Uganda Kobs, elands, Topis, Sitatunga, waterbucks, Reedbucks, primates such as Olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys and vervet monkeys as well as Warthogs, Oryx, Lions, Leopards, Hippos, Buffaloes, and Giraffes among others.

Additionally, there are over 250 species of birds recorded within the Wildlife Reserve but the common ones include the Saddle billed storks, Shoebill storks, Double-toothed barbets, Giant Kingfishers, Black-headed Batis, Abyssinian ground hornbills, black-headed Gonolek, Black-bellied Bustards, Dark Chanting Goshawk, Black-bellied Barbets, Swamp flycatcher, white-browed sparrow weavers, Speckle-breasted woodpecker, Eastern grey Plantain-eater, Yellow-throated greenbul and black-billed wood doves among others.

Activities You Can Enjoy Within Bugungu Wildlife Reserve

Some of the exhilarating tourist activities any enthusiastic tourist should expect to relish after visiting the small Bugungu Wildlife Reserve include game viewing through some of the well-maintained game tracks, bird watching, nature walks/hiking, picnics and camping as well as community visit to the villages surrounding the Wildlife Reserve.

Perfect Time to Visit the Wildlife Reserve

If you ask about what the perfect time is to visit Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, I would say anytime of the year because this destination is an all year round site thus you can choose to visit at whatever time you wish to. However, most tourists prefer visiting in the dry season (mid June to September and December to early March) because it offers higher chances to spot the animals that usually converge at water points due to limited access to water.

Besides Bugungu Wildlife Reserve, tourists have the chance to visit Ajai, Pian Upe, Bokora Corridor, Kigezi Mountain, Toro-Semliki, Kabwoya, Katonga, Karuma and Matheniko Wildlife Reserves during Uganda safaris. These offers wildlife species such as giraffes, Hippos, buffaloes, elephants, leopards, lions, antelopes (Uganda Kobs, Topis, bushbucks, waterbucks and elands), warthogs and many others that most tourists always think are only found within the 10 National Parks in the country.

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