Nature Walks In Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Talking nature walks in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is one of the ways to explore the beautiful impenetrable ancient forest, Bwindi is not only home to endangered mountain gorillas but also home to 120 mammal species, 13 primates 348 birds species, 220 species of butterflies, over 1000 flowering plants and several species of trees.
Nature walks in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park expose tourists to other wildlife such as bush pigs, bushbucks, duikers, giant forest hogs, buffaloes, forest elephants, and primates like the blue monkeys, olive baboons, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, and l’hoest’s monkey as well as birds such as handsome spurfowl, Kivu ground thrush, blue-headed sunbird, black bee-eater, shelly’s crimsonwing, and regal sunbird among others
There are a lot of well-established trails in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park where you can explore the beautiful national park from. These trails vary from 30 minutes to a whole day walk. Some of the common trails in Bwindi impenetrable forest can be seen below.
Kashasha river trail
The Kashasha river trail takes about 5-6 hours depending on the speed of the group members, this begins from the Buhoma sector of the park and ends in the Nkuringo sector. Kashasha trail offers visitors an up-close experience of natural wonders within the Bwindi impenetrable forest. You will come across different bird species of the park while using this trial such as handsome spurfowl, regal sunbird, Kivu ground thrush among others.
The bamboo trail takes visitors along different vegetation types before reaching the highest end of 2,607 meters above sea level, it takes you about 6 hours to get to the highest point.
River ivy trail
This trail can begin from either Buhoma or Nkuringo sector of the national park depending on your location ascending you and descending you gently through the beautiful areas of the rain forests, the trail is very interesting as you are likely to see a lot of wildlife such as duikers, monkeys, bush pigs and different bird species along with the river ivy with a lot of local people doing about their day to day business or in their gardens.
Muzabajiro loop trail
This trail takes you through Rushura hill via a canopy forest crossing Muzabajiro creek and it takes you 3-4 hours with amazing views as you ascend the forest to Rukubira hill. This trail gives you wonderful views of the Virunga massif volcanoes, Bwindi impenetrable forest and the great rift valley. Muzabajiro loop trail is in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi.
Rushura hill trail
This trail takes you up to Rushura hill which is at an elevation of 1,915 meters above sea level, it’s the most strenuous to hike in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park though very rewarding with spectacular views of the forest canopy, mountains of the moon, western rift valley, lake Edward and Virunga ranges. Hiking this trail takes you about 3 hours.
This trail takes travelers to the dramatic waterfall, the road leading to the waterfall was slashed in the 1970s in order to create a road connecting to Kisoro but it was never completed. This walk is very interesting you cross River Munyaga three times before meeting the waterfalls.
Munyaga river trail
This trail starts in Buhoma sector of the park passes through Bizenga creek and then heads to river Munyaga and then goes till Nkuringo sector along river Ivy. This is one of the best trails for birding in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park so those interested in birding should use the Munyaga river trail in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. This takes about 1 to 2 hours with opportunities of seeing a number of animals and birds as well as beautiful butterflies.
Visitors looking for great nature based experiences and walking safaris in Uganda, can extend their trip to Kibale forest national park for nocturnal walks, Maramagambo forest in Queen Elizabeth national park among others