Nature walks in Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda
Nature walks in Bwindi Forest, Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest, Chimpanzee Tracking in Bwindi Forest, Bird Watching in Bwindi Forest, Wildlife Safari in Bwindi, Game Viewing and Scenery Viewing. The park has developed nature trails that can be taken by tourists and each of these can enable a tourist to have a glimpse at many of the bird species, primates, beautiful butterflies and the tree species at your disposal while in the park. These nature walk trails enable a tourist to indulge almost all his or her sensory organs while in the park because mother nature here keeps giving you more than what you imagined, from the sweet smell of fresh air to birds singing and echoing away, primate sounds, the touch of the various plant species. All this comes at a cost of only 30$. Nature walks can be done at any time of the day although it is advisable to start a little bit early especially if you are going for strenuous walks that require a lot of time to complete. Some of the nature trails where all this happens are;
The Munyanga river trail – Nature walks: This is an easy trail that takes you just about 20-30 minutes to complete it. It begins at the end of the Buhoma road outside the Bwindi forest then leading you to Buzenga creek, from here it takes to the banks of the munyanga river and then brings you back to the park office of Buhoma. While on this walk watch out for various species of butterflies and birds and the sounds of the rushing waters of river Munyanga.
The Rushura trail – Nature walks: This is a classic nature walk as it takes to the top of Rushura hill which is the highest elevation in the Buhoma sector at 1915 meters. This walk requires a bit of courage and stamina but it’s very manageable and truly rewarding as you spend about 3 hours of uninterrupted contact with mother nature. While at the peak of the Rushura hill, please look out for the Virunga volcanoes, lakes Edward and George and mountain Rwenzori all can be seen from this one spot especially on a clear day. This will surely leave you amazed at mother nature.
The Muzabajirro loop trail – Nature walks: This trail leads you to Muzabajiro creek when you enter the forest then it leads to a climb of the Rukubira hill passing via the dense canopies of the Bwindi forest, it further takes you the 1992 bushfire site. This area is now a bit open only covered by vines and trunks of dead trees. While here, you will be treated to a breathtaking view of the Virunga volcanoes, the vast expanse of Bwindi forest canopies and the rift valley escarpment.
The guest house trail – Nature walks: This is carried out in Ruhija sector, it begins from the institute of tropical forest conservation guest house then takes you into the forest, it ascends a small hill in Ruhija and this gives a great view of the entire forest canopy. This trail lasts an hour and it can easily be done.
Bamboo trail – Nature walks: This trail leads to Rwamunyonyi hill which is the highest elevation of the park at 2607meters in Ruhija sector. This trail begins along Kabale- Ruhija road and then it takes you through the magnificent view of the bamboo forest zone, this continues further to the hill summit of Rwamunyonyi and while here you will have an almost 360 degrees’ view of the Bwindi forest, you will also be able to glance at mafuga forest reserve and also the jaw-dropping Bunyonyi lake in the distance. This walk is a bit stretching but highly rewarding in terms of experience. It lasts about 6 hours to complete about 12 km.
River Ivi trail – Nature walks: This one takes you through the forest canopies of Bwindi giving you spectacular scenes of the valleys. It also connects you with the footpaths that are used by the local residents while going to and from the market center in Nteko on market days you will see them moving with their merchandise. Finally, the trail brings you to river Ivi which borders the park at its southern end. The trail is good for those interested in sighting duikers, monkeys, and chimps. It gives you 6 contact hours with nature and can be moderately strenuous.
Waterfall trail – Nature walks: This trail begins on the road to Kisoro then you will turn left after about 2 km to a path that will lead to cross Munyanga river 3 times as you also ascend through the forest and as you do so, you will be treated to a series of waterfalls 3 of them with one of them plunging 33m below. This trail takes you back to the forest and reconnects with the road trail just 1.5 km to the park office. This trail is famous for a variety of bird species and monkeys. It is rated moderate with 3 hours of contact with nature.
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest Park; Gorilla tracking is done in any of the four sectors of Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. Families in Ruhija include; Orozogo family, Bitukura family and Kyaguliro family. In Buhoma there is Habibanja family, Rushegura family, Mubare family and Katwe family. In Rushaga there is Nshongi family, Bweza family, Kahugye family, Busigye family, Mishaya family and Bikiyingi family. Read More
Cultural visits in Bwindi Forest Park; These visits are aimed at creating a thrilling encounter between the tourists and the local communities in order to appreciate the culture and way of life of people living on the peripherals of this park and also develop an understanding of the challenges existing between the locals and the park. Some of the cultural encounters that can be undertaken by tourists include; the Batwa cultural experience. Read More
The Bwindi impenetrable national park has various attractions and these include mountain gorillas, other mammals like chimpanzees, monkeys and bush elephants, tree species, butterflies species, bird species, and the Batwa people.
Mountain gorillas; Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Scientifically termed as Gorilla beringei beringei, mountain gorillas are typically gentle and amazingly shy and calm animals that have thick and long fur and this enables them to live in cooler temperature climatic zones, each gorilla can be identified basing on its nose print which is unique to each individual Read More
Cultural Encounters; On the hinges of Bwindi impenetrable national park, are two tribes of people and these include the Bakiga and the Batwa. Bakiga people; On the peripherals of this park, are communities of bantu people called the bakiga. According to the 2014 population census, there are 2,390,446 bakiga in western Uganda which represents. Read More
Chimpanzee in Bwindi; These are close relatives of humans with a 99% matching DNA to that of humans, there are two species of chimpanzees, Common chimpanzee species and the Bonobo species, Bwindi impenetrable national park has the common chimpanzee species with an estimated population of 350 chimpanzees Read More
Black and white colobus monkeys; These monkeys have a black color with a strip of white color on the side of their body, limbs and around their face and also at their tail ending, these strips are called mantle, these monkeys live in groups of 5-15 members led by a male, their weight ranges between 4-14 kg, they have a body length of up to 75 cm or 30 inches Read More
Bird species in Bwindi; Bwindi impenetrable national park habituates about 348 bird species making it one of the biggest birding site in Uganda. The birds found here include the African green Broadbill The African green broadbill has a body length of 13.6-15.6cm and weighs between 29-32.5g. this bird has a short tail and a green broadbill. Read More
Gorilla Trekking Safari in Uganda & Chimps 10 days; This Uganda Safari is the highlight of Uganda Safaris & Tours. It features Gorilla trekking, wildlife game drives, chimps trekking, boat cruises and beautiful scenery viewing….. Read More