Nestled on the fringes of the enchanting Mabira Forest lies Griffin Falls Budget Camp, a hidden gem offering a gateway to the natural wonders of this pristine wilderness. Set against a backdrop of lush greenery, this camp is your perfect retreat into nature’s embrace. A mere 30-minute stroll through the untouched rainforest brings you to the awe-inspiring Griffin Falls, a captivating cascade that will leave you spellbound. For those seeking a more extended adventure, an additional hour of hiking along the trail leads to the tranquil Namusa Hill, where an overnight experience awaits or simply an opportunity to savor an extended hike.
Regardless of your interests, Mabira Forest promises an abundance of activities to delight in. Griffin Falls Camp enjoys a strategic location, just 10 kilometers off the highway connecting Kampala and Jinja, making it easily accessible for nature enthusiasts and adventurers. Beyond its natural allure, what sets Griffin Falls Camp apart is its commitment to sustainable development. Profits generated from the camp are reinvested into projects that foster sustainable growth in the villages surrounding Mabira Forest.
Owned by the Mabira Forest Integrated Community Organisation (MAFICO), a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), Griffin Falls Camp stands as a testament to their mission. MAFICO is dedicated to enhancing the livelihoods and welfare of local communities through environmental conservation and development. By fostering a sense of responsibility and care for the forest among the neighboring communities, MAFICO aims to create a harmonious coexistence between people and nature.
Through the collaborative efforts of MAFICO and its network of 30 Community-Based Organisations, the camp’s proceeds are channeled into various community projects. These initiatives encompass essential aspects such as tree planting, support for HIV/AIDS-positive living groups, water and sanitation programs, and educational endeavors, among others. By staying at Griffin Falls Camp, visitors contribute to these noble causes, leaving a positive impact on the environment and the communities that call this region home.
Mabira Central Forest Reserve offers a treasure trove of activities that cater to a diverse range of interests:
With an extensive network of well-developed trails spanning over 68 kilometers, Mabira’s dense rainforest beckons adventurers. These trails wind through the heart of the forest, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the beauty of this natural wonder. Along the way, you may encounter an array of primate species, including the red-tailed monkey, black and white Colobus monkey, and grey-cheeked Mangabeys.
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, mountain biking is a highly recommended activity in Mabira Forest. With bicycles available for hire, you can navigate the forest’s edge trails while relishing stunning views of the verdant landscape.
Mabira Forest boasts an impressive avian population, with 315 species of birds, including rare gems such as the Nahan’s francolin, Tit Hylia, Yellow and grey long bills, Purple-throated cuckoo shrikes, Illadopsises, and Jameson’s wattle eyes. A remarkable 46% of Uganda’s forest bird species can be spotted in Mabira, making it a birdwatcher’s paradise.
MAFICO places a strong emphasis on environmental education. Griffin Falls Camp is equipped to accommodate learners of all levels, from primary and secondary school students to university and professional researchers. Expert guides are available to facilitate educational experiences and scientific research initiatives.
Travelers with a penchant for camping can bring their tents and set up camp at the campsite within Mabira Forest Reserve. Enjoy the tranquility of the forest while connecting with nature.
Mabira Forest is home to three resident monkey species: Uganda Mangabeys, black and white Colobus monkeys, and red-tailed monkeys. Witness these charismatic primates in their natural habitat, adding to the enchantment of your forest exploration.
Mabira Central Forest Reserve is conveniently located on the main Kampala – Jinja Highway in Mukono District. Just 54 kilometers from Kampala’s city center and 26 kilometers from Jinja Town, this forest is easily accessible year-round. The Eco-Tourism Site is a mere half a kilometer from the road head, accessible via a short dirt road off the Najjembe trading center. Whether you’re arriving by car or any other vehicle, Mabira Forest welcomes you with open arms, ensuring accessibility for all.
Prepare to embark on a captivating journey into Mabira Forest, where Griffin Falls Budget Camp serves as your base for exploration. With a commitment to sustainability and an array of enriching activities, this camp promises a memorable experience that leaves a positive impact on the environment and the local communities. Discover the wonders of Mabira Forest and relish in the harmony of nature and conservation.