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Kigezi Wildlife Reserve

Kigezi Wildlife Reserve : The reserve is located in Rukungiri district western Uganda covering an area of 265kmsq largely spread with vast plain savannah, woodlands and open grasslands. The nature reserve was established in 1952 being one of the oldest protected areas in Uganda. The reserve strategically straddled southwards of Queen Elizabeth National Park. The savannah and open grasslands act as buffer zone to the Rwenzori Park northwards.

Kigezi game reserve is one of the spectacular protected areas in Uganda together with Maramagambo forest. Notably, the reserve is known for accommodating highest concentration of elephants among so many other wildlife species which are recorded here among are; buffaloes, topis, bushbucks, Uganda kobs, waterbucks, giant forest hogs, and variety of birds include Red-faced barbets, the Verreaux’s Eagle Owl, Hammerkop, Marabou storks, the Peregrine Falcon, the Grey-crowned cranes and the Saddle-billed stork among others.

Huge number of elephants at Kigezi reserve are seem roaming the Rwindi plain of Democratic Republic of Congo and the south from Queen Elizabeth National Park particularly during rainy times. It’s a barrier to the Ishasha sector and Maramagambo reserves of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Accessing Kigezi Wildlife Reserve

Kigezi Wildlife Reserve is situated about 318 kilometers’ drive southwest of Uganda, the reserve can be accessed from Kampala via Masaka to Mbarara then to Ntungamo and Rukungiri to the reserve.

When visited the reserve, there are a number of activities which can be done here which include game viewing on a game drive, nature walks and birding activities. But when planning to visit the park should make prior preparation with Uganda Wildlife Authority for a better adventures.

Best Time to visit Kigezi Wildlife Reserve

Kigezi Wildlife reserve can be visited all year around, If you are interested to capturing the Elephants that migrate from Rwindi Plains in DRC to South of Queen Elizabeth National park, you have to visit the Wildlife reserve in the rainy season (October to November and March to April). The best season for viewing other wildlife species is the dry season (June to September and December to February).

Where to stay at Kigezi Wildlife Reserve

There are no accommodation facilities within the Wildlife reserve, but tourists who wish to explore the attractions can get nice and comfortable accommodation facilities within Rukungiri district such as Rondavels Hotel, Savannah Resort Hotel, the Rukungiri Inn and Ishasha River Lodge among others.