The site is located in Masindi District, Western Uganda 41 kms west of Masindi on the Butiaba Road. It is found in Budongo Mahogany Forest. This place was used by King Kabalega as his ‘Busingiro’ (relaxation place). It is about 3 to 4 hours drive from Kampala City.
Purpose of the site
The Busingiro Ecotourist Site is part of the Budongo Forest Ecotourism Project established in 1992 by the Uganda Forest Department with the aims of conserving the forest by working closely with the forest edge communities. The project provides local employment; encourages sustainable income generation from the forest for local communities; and runs a Conservation Education Programme. Busingiro.
The site is found in Budongo Forest, the largest Mahogany forest in East Africa, where trees grow up to 80 meters. Some parts of the forest are covered by and grassland.
The site is a habitat for several primate species including chimpanzees, baboons, monkeys. small mammals, reptiles, birds, butterflies .It has various tree species including mahogany, fig trees, iron wood and stranglers. The site has the Royal Mile which is a stretch of one mile with a collection of all tree species found in Budongo Forest Reserve.
The visitors can engage in the following activities:
- Bird Watching,
- Forest Walks, Research,
- Primate Identification.
- Primate Research Station on the site of an old Sawmill at Sonso
- Nature walks
- Walk the Royal Mile.
- Primate tracking
- Walk to Little Kasenene Hill