ZIKA FORESTEntebbe Uganda
Zika Forest is situated along Entebbe road and its 25km away from Kampala city; It positions itself among the main attractions with in the area .The forest covers 62 acres next to swamp of Waiya Bay an inlet of Lake Victoria, easily accessible and combines several eco system. The forest is also not far away […]
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Zika Forest is situated along Entebbe road and its 25km away from Kampala city; It positions itself among the main attractions with in the area .The forest covers 62 acres next to swamp of Waiya Bay an inlet of Lake Victoria, easily accessible and combines several eco system. The forest is also not far away from the Airport hence can easily be visited especially by foreign tourists; this is where the Zika Virus came from which spread in the world with fear.
The Zika Forest has numerous bio-diversity of swamps that is full of crocodiles, grasslands as well as forest types which spreads to Lake Victoria. To add on this there are also 140 types of woody plants, 35 saturnalia, 60 moth types, leopards, snakes, mosquitoes, monkeys that are found in the Zika Forest which any tourist would visit while while on a Safari to Uganda.
Apart from other forests, the Zika Forest is also one of the many smallest forests in Uganda and has got exclusive mature trees and best for bird watching .Many of the birders have also said that bird watching is a great experience in this forest .This forest has got its own Virus Research Institute; Zika Forest has got one of the highest research tower with in the country and its 40m high of steel researchers tower that was repositioned from Mpanga Forest years ago. The tower is also a good spot for the tourists who aim at getting a good view of the different animals in the forest as well as the birds. It has also got a good nature slot and this makes it one of the main places on the list you should visit in case you are planning on a safari to the Pearl of Africa.
Far from its nature, wildlife and history, this forest has got an educational advantage most especially to students studying classification as well as the Uganda virus research institute that researches the insects that carry diseases. It is also part of the places for birders and many other tourists. The United States President Jimmy carter was to the forest on the birding safari, apart from the variety birds that are found here you can see some leopards, butterflies, snakes and the red failures monkeys.
Zika forest is also under human attack, deforestation, as well as the human who clear the forest for houses and gardens; it also has been a problem as many species are endangered as this reduces on the number of species in the area. Also the land has been occupied by the people around these areas which has let to the destruction of the floral and fauna.
In conclusion I would recommend tourist to go to the zika forest because it is just located on the main road and many tourist heading to the airport can pass by and see the beauty of the nature as well as the different species explained above; It is really a good experience especially for the birders and researchers as well.
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