Monthly Archive August 2016

Birding

Tooro botanical gardens has an exclusive exposition of birds typical of western Uganda and some of the lower montane species typical of Rwenzori Mountains. There are many common species as well as some of the rarer, more threatened and sometimes migratory species. Perhaps what not many people realize is how rich the gardens are in fauna including Reptiles, Insects, Mammals and specifically birds. The recent bird checklist in the gardens indicate over 170 species sighted.

At the northern gate is a unique habitat where a variety of tree and plantain species that have encouraged to keep an under-story of bushes and shrubs. There is abundant food and cover for a verity of resident birds such as Scaly francolin, Luther bush shrike and black faced Rufous warbler. While in the mother garden, sunbirds, warblers like wood, willow and the Reed warbler, can be found feeding on a myriad of small insects to grain energy for their long journey back to the northern hemisphere.

To the south of the visitors Centre adjacent to the Banda is a magnificent fig trees with palms and Albezia surrounding it. This fig tree is an occasional roost of a pair of verreaux’s engle-owel. Also in the vicinity are Bottle brush and tulip trees much favoured by many various sun birds and flycatchers. Others which can be seen are white browed robin chat(cossypha heuglini),MacKinnon’s fiscal (lanius mackinnoni),African paradise flycatcher(Terpsiphone viridis),Great blue turaco(corytheola cristata),Ross’s turaco(musophaga rossae) and Eastern grey plantain eater(crinifer zonorus) and the iconic banbo warblers.

Moving into the gardens valley bottom an area of Elephant grass, palm and bamboo occurs it habitant for various weave’s such as yellowed-backed, brown throated,bagglafecht and vieillot’s black, while chubb’s cisticola,great swamp warbler and ludher’s-bush like can be found.Mannikins,Grey blacked fiscal, brown throated wattle eye(platysteira cyanea),singing cisticola and speckled mouse bird can also be spotted.

Conference Facilities

Tooro Botanical Gardens offers some of the most secluded and peaceful conference facilities in Uganda while still being ideally located in the centre of town.

The conference hall is located at the northern entrance, directly opposite the main reception building.

If you are traveling from Kampala:

upon reaching Fort Portal town turn right at the Mpanga market and follow the road for approximately 1km. At the junction to Mountains of the Moon Hotel, please turn right and follow the road for 300 metres and you will see the entrance to TBG on your right.

If you are traveling from Kasese:

upon reaching Fort Portal continue through the town as if you were travelling to Kampala. At the turning for the Fort Portal-Kampala highway, continue straight on up the hill and follow the road for approximately 1km. At the junction to Mountains of the Moon Hotel, please turn right and follow the road for 300 metres and you will see the entrance to TBG on your right.

The conference hall can accommodate up to 150 people and has flushing toilets and plans for a cafeteria. The ideal location means that meals can be taken from any number of nearby restaurants and we are happy to arrange this in advance for you to ensure timely serving. Refreshments from Fort Portal can also be organized upon request.

To book our conference hall please contact us at admin@tbguganda.org or via phone on 0782 673 188 / 0701 673 188 / 0782 151 067

Fun Activities

The Christmas craft fair

The garden has numerous activities which largely help in relaxing the mind and the physical fitness. These include tree house climbing, nature walks, camping, Hug a tree, spot fishing, boat rides among others.

Community conservation education

Tooro Botanical Gardens set aside a 2 acre garden at its main garden to serve as a practical training Centre for the local community. The center is composed of a food garden, living home pharmacy, fruit trees paved walkways and grass thatched banda in the middle of the center.

Community tree planting

The field lecture at a community restoration site

Tree planting
Some of the members of a community tree nursery group organised by TBG