Things to Do
There are lots of things to do in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. The most popular are gorilla trekking, nature walks, bird watching and hiking adventures.
Top Things to Do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Did you know gorilla watching is the focus for most safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable forest? Gorilla tracking is a very captivating activity; it involves walking in the wilderness in search of these great apes. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer – but we should not let it distract from Bwindi’s broader biodiversity, a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160 to 2,607m.
Visitors have an option of tracking gorillas twice or once and also take on the full day gorilla habituation program. No matter what your choice could be, the rangers will give you just that provided you have the right gorilla trekking permit. Connect with nature in the best way and get a chance to stair in the eyes of the sliver back gorilla during your gorilla safari in Uganda.
Gorilla tracking experience is beyond every ones imagination and it’s something you can write a story about and even narrate it all to your grand children someday. The one hour duration with gorillas in observation and photography truly impact lives as you see and experience what you have always seen on TV. The forest trek its is awesome giving you a chance to explore the detailed beauty of the thick hilly forested vegetation. What a beautiful wild forest jungle Bwindi is in Africa and the only place I can recommend for all kinds of gorilla safaris in Africa.
Please note that gorilla tracking is the main attraction; permits must pre-booked at the UWA office in Kampala. Other guided forest walks are available: one popular trail leads to a pretty waterfall, others focus on birding and monkey-viewing.
Cultural Tours in Bwindi
Who knows when your gorilla tracking expedition will end, no one since treks last between 2-6 hours. You can actually take a culture tour around the nearby park homesteads in the afternoon after your gorilla safari experience and spend time with locals exploring their daily life around the gorilla trekking destination. If you love giving support to others in need, don’t forget to carry along what you will give them to remember your visit to Africa. It may be clothes, pens, books few dollars and much more in that convexity. Just like other tour activities, still you will move around in company of a guide to ensure your safety and comfort. However, you can use the same time and visit different art and carft shops for souvenir choices.
Forest Nature Walk
Heading out for a forest walk into the forest is not only done during the mountain gorilla search, you can also revisit the forest after the trek and see other forest interesting features. Sometimes it helps you to go another way and experience a wide range of forest habitants including monkeys, birds, waterfalls, butterflies etc.Still during this tour activity, you will need a park guide to take you around and ensure your safety all through.Bwindi is blessed with beautiful flora and fauna nice for relaxing forest nature walk and rewarding primate viewing experience. Birders and nature lovers, make it a point to try this out if you have a free afternoon at your lodge after gorilla tracking.
Cycling in Bwindi
Get a chance to stretch your legs and also see other beautiful forest habitants and attractions by riding a bicycle for a woman in Bwindi forest. The ride can be brief just around the villages but you can also go to the forest deep down the waterfalls and enjoy nature at its best. A social talk session is always conducted by women leaders and later the beneficial women in the program.
Batwa forest Trail
This mainly for adventurous and cultural fans. You can spend a day in company of the forest people who sacrificed their ancestral home for mountain gorilla conservation. I think its another cultural party in the forest with forest friends-the Pygmies. Although these people no longer live in the middle of the forest but still their way of life and lifestyle is magical. Preparing fire with sticks, hunting, making local herbs for survival and the ultimate dance and drama is a definition of ancient living in the present. Truly memories of these amazing people are unforgettable. During this activity, you free to sit back and enjoy the Batwa culture or engage in different activities.