Katonga is the closest national park to Kampala and perhaps the least developed in Uganda.
Although it is a mixture of savannah, papyrus swamp and rainforest, it remains well known as a forested wetland, famous for its population of rare sitatunga.
Before 1998, Katonga was completely undeveloped for tourism and even today it remains off the usual tour path.
This is despite the development of an eco-tourism project and canoe trail through the very heart of Katonga’s swamps.
With over 40 species of mammal and 200 birds, there are great opportunities to see elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, otters, black-and-white colobus monkeys, baboon and water buffalo. And of course the elusive sitatunga.
Canoe trips and guided walks are the principal activities in Katonga and these are enjoyed all year round.