There is always demand for a nature get-away that isn't far from Kampala and I wish I had discovered Mpanga Forest before living in Uganda for a couple of years to take better advantage of this little-known escape from the city. Mpanga Forest is great for a day trip or a cheap option for spending the night away from the city; after our first visit a couple of years ago, I always keep it in mind as a place to escape life's hustle.
Butterflies, hornbills, and red-tailed monkeys are the main attractions at Mpanga Forest, and there are plenty to appreciate. I saw each one from the porch of the simple bamboo cabin, where we spent the night at the beginning of this year. The cabin is 40,000 shillings/night (just over $10) and provides the right atmosphere for rest and reflection. Sitting on that porch surrounded by the forest, I felt places within myself opening, places I hadn't listened to in quite some time.
Here are some photos I have taken during a few different trips to Mpanga Forest.