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Bugoma Forest Reserve

Bugoma Forest Reserve gazetted in 1932 is located in Hoima District in Western Uganda and covers an area of 401km2.  It is found on top of an escarpment east of Lake Albert on the edge of the Western Rift Valley.

The vegetation of Bugoma Forest Reserve can be classified as medium altitude semi-deciduous forest and about half of the forested part of the reserve is occupied  by Iron wood (Cynometra alexandri). The forest is drained by four small rivers  namely Sonso, Waisoke, Wake and Bubwa which flow into Lake Albert.

The forest is endowed with a high biodiversity with 24 species of mammals , 465 species of trees, 359 species of birds , 289 species of butterfly and 130 species of moths.( Forest Department 1996a). The mammals include   Monkeys, Chimpanzees, Buffaloes, Uganda Kobs and at times Elephants. Lake Albert and River Nkusi are also the major attractions. There are also Eco-tourism sites at Busingiro and Kaniyo Pabidi.

There is a challenge of keeping the  encroachers who  have been evicted by the National Forestry Authority off the forest.

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