You can spice your gorilla safari in Uganda with a nature walk across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, South Western Uganda. Though Bwindi is more renowned for gorilla watching, taking a nature walk offers something more interesting on a gorilla experience in this famed park. You have a lot of choices to choose from for a nature walk in Bwindi and these include;
- The Batwa Experience – a nature walk through the Batwa Community, guided by a local guide (a mutwa). The guide will teach you a lot about how the Batwa (former forest dwellers) lived (within trees), showing interesting caves and trees whre they lived as well as activities that they were engaged in. The hike ends with a visit to the Batwa Community where the former forest habitants will entertain you on an interaction tour where you can also participate!
- Muyanga walk – hike through the forest to the Munyaga Waterfalls, a scenic waterfall in Bwindi impenetrable Forest. A local guide will escort you through the forest, teaching you about the different flora nd fauna in the forest as well as their importance.
- Lake Mutanda Nature Walk – walk from Buhoma, to Nkuringo ending at the beautiful lake Mutanda
- The Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail takes three to four hours, and crosses right through the park, connecting the two villages and offering impressive views of the misty hillsides as you ascend the hills towards Nkuringo. You can leave our luggage with your driver, who will meet you at the other side. This trail can also be completed as part of the Ivi River Walk.
- Rushura Hill Walk passes through one forest shared by two countries. On a clear day you can view Lakes Edward and George and the Rwenzori Mountains as well as the conical peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes.
- Muzubijiro Loop is a 6km walk around a hill, where you will encounter primates and birds and enjoy a view of the Virungas.
- The Ivi River Walk is 14km and takes around seven hours. The trail passes a place known as Mukempunu – meaning “a place of pigs” – where wild pigs can often be found.
- The Habinyanja (Railegh) Trail takes 4-6hrs. After crossing the Munyaga River, it takes in a fairly steep ascent of the Habigorogoro and Riyovi Ridge overlooking Buhoma River. Found along this trail is the legendry “African Corner” named after a rock piece depicting a map of Africa. Following the steep ascent, keen hikers can enkoy a more relaxed gentle slope to the mighty Habinyanja swamp. Birders on this trail should watch out for the Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Black Duck and Black Bee Eaters, among others.