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Bufumbo and Wanale Forest reserves
Bufumbo ad Wanale Forest Reserves are found at the ridges, located about 5 kilometres East of Mbale town.
The key attractions at the reserves include the forest walks, primate viewing, bird watching, Khaukha cave exploration, cliff viewing and mountain climbing. There is also a campsite at the Wanale ridge.
The primates found include blue tailed and black and white monkeys. The shy African civet, mammals are also a common feature. Viewing of birds such as the turakos is a common experience.
Mount Elgon National Park
Mount Elgon National Park is found in both Uganda and Kenya. In Uganda, it is found in the districts of Kapchorwa and Mbale. The National Park is a gazetted international ecological conservation area, as a habitat to unique vegetation species. The Park is also home to a number of endangered animal species, including buffalos and cheetahs which traverse the Mount Elgon ranges on both Uganda and Kenya sides. In addition, the Park is also habitat to bird species not found in other parts of Uganda.
Established only in 1993, the Park’s tourism potential is yet to be fully harnessed. In particular, mountain climbing expedition trails are not well developed on the Mbale District side. Better accessibility is offered via Kapkwata and the ‘forest exploration centre’ at Bumasobo in Kapchorwa District.
Besides the wildlife, the caldera found at the most top of the Elgon ranges is a key attraction of the Park. The caldera remained as a depression on top of Mount Elgon after the volcanic activity. The depression is 8 kilometres in diameter and has a circumference of 40 kilometres. Other attractions within the caldera include hot Springs, crater lakes, the swam gorge with heavy population of wild game and scenic peaks rising up to 4321 kilometres above sea level.