A beautiful compact forest which has been protected as a scientific research site since 1953 and is criss crossed with an extensive network of paths from which visitors can view the prolific bird life that make this forest their home. The average height and size of trees in Mpanga is very large with impressive trees throughout.
Mpanga forest is easily accessed from Kampala and well worth a stop on a visit en-route to the west of Uganda. Experience the silence of a noisy forest, witness-floating paths of butterflies and enjoy the peace and solitude of a beautiful forest setting just one hours drive from the capital.
The drum making industry is concentrated at Mpambire village near Mpanga, the home of the Royal Drum makers.
The five main tree species suitable for this traditional craft are found in the forest and at the visitor reception you can learn about the drum trees, which since time immemorial have been used in Africa for communicating and calling people to festive occasion.