Although it is still unknown to many visitors, Mount Otzi Forest Reserve in Uganda is undeniably one of the most spectacular places you could ever wish to visit. It is located on an escarpment overlooking the confluence of the River Achwa and the White Nile as it flows into South Sudan within the West Nile region, and it encompasses an area of 188 square kilometres. The Butyrospermum wooded savannah, dotted with undifferentiated semi-deciduous thicket and combretum savannah, dominates roughly half of this Forest Reserve. Due to the sparse population density surrounding the Forest Reserve, as well as the rugged terrains that severely limit cultivation, it is mostly intact except for some lightly encroached areas, particularly at lower elevations.
Mount Otzi Forest Reserve also provides habitat for over 168 bird species, including 14 of Uganda's 22 Sudan-guinea Savannah Biome species. Apart from Kidepo Valley National Park, the Falco Alopex has only been recorded in this Forest Reserve in the entire country, making it one of the richest avifauna areas in Northern Uganda, with mostly open habitats and savannah woodland species.
Other notable bird species in the Forest Reserve that should be seen during Uganda safaris include the purple glossy starling, the white chestnut turaco, the black-bellied firefinch, the bronze-tailed glossy starlings, and the blue-tailed glossy starlings.
The dry seasons, from June to August and December to February, are the best times to visit Uganda. The season for wildlife viewing has arrived. Walks with primates in the forest are an important part of any safari in Uganda. Rainforests have a naturally wet habitat, and it is impossible to avoid rain completely. However, after heavy rain, the skies frequently clear to reveal bright sunshine.
Birding and hiking are among the most popular outdoor activities to enjoy while visiting Mount Otzi Forest Reserve in Uganda. For the intrepid at heart, there are fantastic hiking trails that lead to lush forested areas, ideal for getting back in touch with nature. Birding enthusiasts will love Mount Otzi, with over 168 bird species waiting to be spotted. Twitchers are encouraged to bring along their binoculars to spot the likes of the purple glossy starling and the white chestnut turaco.
There is no accommodation within Mount Otzi Forest Reserve.