River Kafu is one of the treasured water bodies that can be explored by tourists who visit Uganda for safaris extending for a length of 180 kilometers and lies within the western side of the country flowing through several districts that include Masindi, Kibaale, Luwero, Hoima, Nakasongola, Kyankwanzi and Nakaseke Districts.
It is said to start from a swamp that is around 12 kilometers (7.5 miles) to the Northeast of Kitoma Village (with coordinates of Latitude:1.1500; Longitude:31.0820) within Kibaale District, western Uganda and drains eastwards before changing its course to the Northwards to pour its waters in the popular Victoria Nile (lying with Latitude:1.1500; Longitude:31.0820) as you will discover during a trip to the Northern side of Uganda.
River Kafu is around 8 kilometers north of Masindi Port within Masindi District and the wetland which the River emerges from is also crossed or drained by River Nkusi much as it is noted to rise from a different location flowing past the swamp and later pouring its waters into Lake Albert with the western border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. While at its source, this River rises at an elevation of around 1100 meters (3608 feet) above sea level whereas at its mouth, it stands an elevation of around 1040 meters (3412 feet) above sea level.
This magnificent River has two main tributaries that include Rivers Mayanja and Lugogo that drain through vast permanent Swamps before finally pouring their water into River Kafu. The dominant vegetation around the River is thick bush thickets and papyrus swamps.
Wildlife and Bird Species around River Kafu
The Basin of River Kafu is a home to a wide range of wildlife species including the rare leopards, bush duikers, bushbucks, Bohor reedbucks, sitatunga, Defassa waterbucks, elands, bush pigs, Oribis and many others. You should not miss to encounter all these animals during your safari in Uganda. Birds species such as the Hadada ibis, Marabou storks, grey crowned cranes, Shoebill storks (rare) and the red-faced barbets can be spotted at the Banks of the River or within the surrounding papyrus swamps.
Accommodation Facilities around River Kafu
Mayanja River Lodge (featuring four private luxury Safari Tents with ensuite bathrooms, restaurant and bar) found within the basin of River Kafu (near Ngoma) is one of the beautiful places to spend nights and offers tourists with the opportunities of seeing the elusive sitatunga or several aquatic bird species.
In conclusion, River Kafu is one of the magnificent attractions whose natural beauty and features cannot be missed during a safari in Uganda. Besides its length, surrounding vegetation and general beauty, it is also a haven to some wildlife species including bush duikers, bush-bucks, Bohor reed-bucks, sitatunga, Defassa water bucks, elands, bush pigs, Oribis and many others.