Katonga Wildlife Reserve

Katonga Wildlife Reserve is situated in western Uganda, along the banks of River Katonga. It protects a network of forest-fringed wetlands along the Katonga River. Best explored by foot and by canoe, it is home to more than forty species of mammals and one hundred and fifty species of birds; many of them specific to wetland habitats.

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Katonga wildlife reserve was established in 1998. The reserve measures approximately 211 square kilometers. The visit rewards visitors the view of unique plant species and animals in the reserve.

Gone are the days when the visitors had to travel all the way to Kidepo and Lake Mburo National Parks to sight the beautiful herds of zebras. Through her veterinary Unit, Uganda Wildlife Authority has completed the first phase of restocking Katonga Wildlife Reserve which is part of the Kibale Conservation Area in Western Uganda with zebras and impalas. Commonly sighted in the wetland reserve are elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, colobus monkeys and river otters. Also found in this habitat is the shy Sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope with webbed hooves.

Impalas are the beautiful antelopes from which Uganda's capital derives its name Kampala. The wildlife translocated to Katonga was captured from the ranches around Lake Mburo National Park in July 2013.

Katonga Wildlife Reserve is now a popular tourist attraction with a total of 68 impalas and 11 zebras which are enjoying the abundant pastures and water points.

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