Tourist activities in Bwindi Forest
Nature Walks: For the visitor who has 2 or 3 days in Bwindi, the park has 4 fantastic hiking trails. On all these trails, you have opportunities to see and learn about primates, many species of birds, butterflies, trees and other organisms. Arrange at the reception for a guide. The guide’s company is obligatory and affords you an excellent understanding of nature’s system at work in the park.
Departure times: 9:00 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.
The Munyaga river trail: is an ideal short walk for visitors with limited time. At this point, you will see birds and primates of the forest edge.
The popular waterfall trail: also gives an attractive feature of the forest with a profusion of tree ferns, epiphytic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array crystal clear water falls typifies your impression of a tropical rainforest.
The Rushura trail: This commands expensive views across the western rift valley floor. To the west, Congo’s Parc Nationale des Virungas provides a spectacular backdrop and on clear days Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountains are visible.
The 5.2 km Muzabajiro Loop trail: provides breath taking views of Bwindi Forest, Western Rift Valley and the Virungas. On the way, you witness hundreds of pre-historic tree ferns. The top of this trail is a great place for a picnic lunch.
The River Ivi trail: This is the longest in the park and will occupy you for a full day; it is highly recommended for bird watchers.
Village Tourist Walk in Buhoma:
The village tourist walk will take up to 3 hours, is managed by the local community and the proceeds received here are ploughed into the community to improve on their welfare.
The walk will introduces you to a number of interesting sites such as a typical rural homestead, a visit to the local traditional healer, a banana beer brewing demonstrations site among others.
These are conducted in the evenings; participate in captivating traditional performance presented by Women and Orphan groups. Proceeds from these go directly to improve the welfare of the families around the park.
Trail in your car:
Visitors with their own 4-weel drive vehicles should consider crossing the rugged centre of the park through Ruhija. This transect affords the visitor to see Uganda’s finest vistas of deep undisturbed forests. Watch out for duikers, primates and both forest and grassland bird species. At Ruhija, visitors (especially birders) can take the three-four scenery packed hike to the Mubwindi swamp. Visitors may also walk to the Bamboo zone (the only such area in the park). The Bamboo trail offers 14 vegetation types and is one of the areas of highest diversity in the park. At the top of this trail, you witness panoramic vies encompassing L. Bunyonyi and Mafuga forests.
Bwindi National Park is the Bird watchers haven! It hosts 346 species of birds and contains 90% of all albertine rift endemic, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa: and seven IUCN red data listed species. An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day! Visit Ruhija and Buhoma for this dream. Indicate your interest to the Park management so that appropriate early morning departures can be arranged.
All the tourism activities above can be combined to gorilla tracking depending on the number of days you have. Normally most people book a gorilla safari for 3 days but if you want to add any of the activities above like bird watching, forest walk or Batwa Experience, you are advised to add extra day (s) in Bwindi National Park. Consult your travel Agent for advise about the number of days you need depending on the activities interested.
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