Predators and Prey co-exist in the Batcave of Maramagambo forest. Snakes live with bats, a rare sight in any ecosystem. Nevertheless, the forest is ideal for hikes, nature walks that extend from 90 minutes to half a day. During this moment, visitors can explore the scenic beauty of Crater lakes.
Located in Bushenyi, Uganda, Maramagambo is in the southern part of the medley of wonders-Queen Elizabeth National Park. The tree canopy trails through this amazing forest offer our visitors a unique experience greater than our imaginations.
A visit to the forest without sighting a Bat cave is not an experience enough! The Bat cave is where a Dutch woman contracted the Marburg virus found in the bats. Following the incident, the cave was closed until the American Centre for Disease Control invested in a viewing platform.
The Maramagambo has a cultural perspective from the natives of the area.They believe the name was derived from a legend of young people who wandered off in the forest, and never returned after a number of days. It is believed that when they came back, they were worn out and could hardly speak, hence the name Maramagambo which is literally translated as end of words.
Another cultural encounter is brought to life by the historic cave at Nyanzi Ibiri community. This place is believed to have been a sacrificial and cleansing ground for misfortunes which was also used as a hideout during the dictatorial regime of past Ugandan Presidents. The area has a perfectly preserved Bunyaruguru hut, filled with valued local artifacts that were once the tools of everyday life.
The forest which is bordered by two crater lakes: Kyadanduka and Nyamasingiri is a habitat for primates such as Chimpanzees, Black and white Colobus Monkeys, L’Hoest’s monkeys, Baboons, Red-tailed monkeys, Blue monkeys and Vervets. Other mammals include the Pygmy antelopes, Pottos and Bushbabies. This area is home to uncommon species of birds like the Forest Flycatcher, Rwenzori Turaco and White -Naped Pigeons.
The closest route to Maramagambo is the Kampala to Mbarara and Bushenyi. Meanwhile, Charter flights can be privately arranged from Entebbe International Airport.