Nyundo Community Eco-Trails Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Nyundo community walk trails can be carried out in the magnificent Bwindi impenetrable forest national park a home to more than half of mountain gorillas surviving in the world in southwestern Uganda. The park is not only home to mountain gorillas but also other 13 primates, 348 species of birds 23 of which are endemic to the area, 120 mammal species, 400 tree species, and the forest used to be a home of the Batwa group of people who used to live in the forest before it was made a national park.
The Nyundo community eco trails lead you to a man-made forest planted by Nyundo community after experiencing environmental change causing a change in rainfall patterns, the disappearance of mist, soil erosion and so much more, the community decided to plant some trees and protect the land which led to the rainfall and mist returning.
Nyundo community trails also give you stunning views of the rolling hills, rivers, and waterfalls. The trail leads to the king’s waterfalls also known as King Bakyara’s waterfall trail where only kings used to go and bathe many years ago, the area around the waterfall has beautiful views and on top of that you can take a visit to cattle farms see how milking is done, beekeeping farms, banana plantation farms and also see how local beer is made out of bananas.
Another interesting thing about this trail is that you can learn how basket weaving is done, learn millet bread preparation, making some handmade crafts and also learn how local yogurt is made. You can also get entertainment from the local people with their dances and drama.
Tree planting has made rainfall stabilize and hence local people have started planting crops again, the trails were developed by the local people to create sustainable alternatives to agriculture, poaching, and logging providing both income and an incentive to conserve the forest.
Apart from Nyundo community trails, there are also other trails you can use while in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and some of these can be seen below.
Buniga forest trail
The Buniga forest trail is run by the indigenous Batwa community and USAID organization to help the Batwa community earn a living from tourism, the Batwa people used to live inside Bwindi impenetrable forest national park until 1991 when it was declared a national park until in 1991 when it was gazetted as a national park and a UNESCO world heritage site. This trail gives tourists an insight into the culture of the forest people with a Batwa guide demonstrating how they used to live and survive in the forest. You will also get entertainment from traditional local Batwa dancers.
Suma waterfall walk
The panoramic Suma waterfalls are situated in a village called Suma, this is a community walk through villages surrounding Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. You can also pass through one of the biggest villages in the area with over 500 people and see a man who is famous for having 16 wives in the same house, this trail is 6kms from Nkuringo and takes you about 5-6 hours to traverse. The waterfalls are surrounded by different tree species that act as homes to different bird species such as the violet-backed starling, northern double collared sunbird, and the great blue eared starling. This walk can be done best in the morning.
Ivy river trail
The Ivy River trail offers some of the most beautiful views on Bwindi impenetrable forest national park ascending and descending on the beautiful rolling hills. It’s a 14km trail taking you about 6 hours and is also used by the local people most especially during the market days from Nkuringo to Nteko village. On this trail, you find a lot of birds, butterflies, primates, and mammals such as bush pigs, and duikers.