The Royal Mile offers impressive guided bird walk but it is 14km from Busingiro thus may not be viable for a day trip may be if you have a private vehicle or opt to stay at Nyabyeya Forestry College. The range birds thrive along this mile including the localized ones. These include; the African dwarf, blue breasted and chocolate-backed Kingfishers. Other localized species include; Nahan’s Francolin, white thighed fly catcher, Cassin’s hawk eagle, yellow billed barbet, black-capped apalis, lemon-billed crombec, forest fly catcher, Jameson’s wattle eye and yellow-footed fly catcher. The mile also contains some monkeys, giant forest squirrels, and the chequered elephant shrew. Equally in this forest patch, there is a large church built by polish refugees who were settled in the area during World War II. In fact most of the forest paths in this area are a legacy of these people.
The alternative to Royal Mile is walking along the main road past Busingiro. Though not on par with Royal Mile, the birding here is still excellent and it is still easier to locate birds than it is in the forest proper. Among the species to look for on the road and around the campsite are brown crowned eromomela, Ituri batis, Chestnut-capped flycatcher, Cassin’s and Sabine’s Spinetails, and grey and yellow long bills. The chocolate –backed Kingfisher common in the area, is the most easily located by call. A small pool by the side of the road is about 1km back towards Masindi is a reliable place to see the shinning blue King fisher and black necked weaver. Besides birds, at least three primate species can be spotted.
Fourteen years ago, Budongo was totally undeveloped for tourism and the only habituated chimpanzees in the forest were those being studied by researchers. In 1992, the Budongo Forest Ecotourism was founded with the aim of conserving Budongo and the nearby Kaniyo Pabidi Forest through the development of tourist projects that are of direct benefit to local communities. Two sites were created using foreign funding. The Busingiro Tourist Site is situated within the Budongo Forest proper and is reached by following the Bulisa route towards Murchison falls. The other site lies within Kaniyo Pabidi Forest and is where Chimpanzee trekking is carried out. Though Chimpanzee trekking used to be carried out at Busingiro, the site apparently offers only offers general forest walks.
Busingiro Tourism Site lies right alongside the Bulisa road 43km west of Masindi and is clearly signposted. The 2km turn off to Nyabyeya Forestry College is about 10km closer to Masindi and is also sign posted. The drive from Masindi takes approximately one hour in a private vehicle. Using Public transport, any minibus taxi or bus heading from Masindi to Butiaba or Wanseko can drop you at the camp.