Bugungu wildlife reserve: Adjoins that forms the great Murchison Falls Conservation Area, Bugungu is located at the base of the rift valley escarpment that overlooks Murchison from the west. It’s a buffer that protects Murchison Falls National Park westwards and stand to be a unique a quite places awaiting on your travel adorations while in Uganda.
Bugungu wildlife reserve was gazetted in 1968, it covers an area of 473 kilometers squared, it seats in the arrays of the rift valley escarpment protecting the savannahs and it’s habitants and as well a place of seasonal wetlands. Its features are closely similar to that of southern sector of Murchison Falls National Park of savannah and thickets.
The reserve prides in various Wildlife and stature as one perfect places to rush for a rewarding game drives; on record one can find a list of these animals which are Reed bucks, leopards, buffalos, hippopotamus, warthogs, bush bucks, water bucks, Sitatunga antelopes, dik-dik, over 600 Ugandan Kobs, about 1200 Oribis plus primates like the black and white colobus monkeys, Olive baboons, L’Hoest monkey, vervet monkeys, patas monkeys and many more.
For birders opting for a special birding sessions, can take this as the a birders destination endowed with various birds over 240 species recorded both residential and migratory birds some of the birds to be seen here are; saddle billed stork, Abyssinian ground hornbill, the rare shoebill, dark chanting Goshawk, white browed sparrow Weaver, black billed bustard, black headed Gonolek, yellow throated greenbul, black headed batis, black billed wood dove, black billed barbet, swamp fly catcher, eastern grey plantain eaters, double toothed barbet, giant Kingfishers and the speckle breasted wood pecker to mention a few.
When opting for an adventure here, there is quite a number of activities that one can engage among which include guided nature walks and encounter the wilderness in the walking trails. Tourists can as well take on community visits around the reserve for cultural entertainment and can also procure a handmade souvenir from the local people, the reverse holds picnic points which are romantic for packed launch.
For a more wilderness experience, tourists can add visiting Murchison falls national park to their itinerary and encounter some of the Wildlife you would not see at Queen Elizabeth national park and also see the world’s strongest waterfalls and many more things to be seen.
Where to stay at Bugungu wildlife reserve?
Through Bungungu is another gate to Murchison Falls National Park when from Bulisa, a tour to Bugungu wildlife reserve one can have their accommodation within the many spread lodges in Murchison Falls National park. Sambiya Rest Camp Lodge, Paara lodge, Bwana tembo safari camp, shoebill campsite, Boomu women’s camp and many more.
When is the best time to visit Bungungu?
All year around the reserve can be visited, however, considering the dry season which runs in the month of June to September and December to January where the temperatures are very high, the vegetation is not thick and wildlife can easily be seen. When opting to visit the reserve for the rest of the months then i.e. in the wet season, then will require to have a 4WD vehicles as roads become very stubborn to pass through.
Bugungu Wildlife reserve can be accessed through though Bulisa or Masindi districts.