Only recently developed for tourism, the reserve protects a network of forest-fringed wetlands along the Katonga River. Best explored on foot and by canoe, Katonga supports some 40 mammal and at least 150 bird species, many specific to wetland habitats. Most visible are elephant, waterbuck, reedbuck, colobus monkeys and river otter. This is one of the best places in Africa to look for the elusive sitatunga, a semi-aquatic antelope with webbed hooves that forages almost exclusively in swamps.
Size: 211 sq km.
Location: Central, 200km west of Kampala.
How to get there: Katonga if three hours drive from Kampala, branching from the Fort Portal or Mbarara Road. Buses also connect Kampala to Kabagole, a short canoe ride and walk from the entrance gate.
Activities: Day hike, overnight hikes and canoe trips can be arranged.
When to visit: Any time of the year.
Where to stay: The campsite at the reserve, or a budget hotel in Kabagole. Tourist facilities are being improved.