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BWINDI A SANCTUARY FOR HALF OF WORLDS ENDANGERED MOUNTAIN GORILLAS.

June 30, 2020


 Set in southwest of Uganda, Bwindi is   one of the prime locations in Africa for viewing mountain gorillas. The area contains a handful of good lodges and offers an excellent range of other forest and cultural activities, notably including interaction with the Batwa.

Must Do Adventures in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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Spend extensive time with mountain gorillas in their natural habitat, and Bwindi guarantees a travelers an opportunity to spend roughly 4 hour with these friendly creatures making Bwindi exceptional.

Currently two-family groups being habituated, meaning that they become used to human contact and will not run away from visitors trekking them. Not forgetting that Bwindi is also a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees.

Mountain Bike Rides in Buhoma Area:

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Mountain Biking in Bwindi Forest

Some of The Travellers Riding Bikes in Bwindi forest National park

Ride 4 a Woman is a community support group offering mountain bike rentals and guided bike in and around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Buhoma area of the park.

Village Walk can also be done on a bike with guide. Birding Bike Rides, or the Ivy river trail are all in place.  The average Bike Ride is 3 hours or longer in length with plenty to see along the trail or road.

The guides are all well-trained, some focus on birding, others in culture but all know Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which they all treasure and want to conserve.

The Batwa Forest Experience:

The Batwa are the first people of the forest, they have been here thousands of years before the Bantu People arrived. The Batwa commonly known as pygmies were hunter-gatherers and lived in the forests of Southwest Uganda and beyond. They left a slight ecological trail on the forest and subsisted in harmony with nature.  You can visit the forest (actually outside of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest) with the Batwa People and learn of their old-style ways of hunting and gathering. This Experience with the Batwa takes place in the Buhoma area.

The Hike can be one day or longer hike from the north of Bwindi to the South Nkuringo, there one can stay overnight and proceed the next day down to scenic Lake Mutanda where you paddle across in a wooden dugout and continue to the town of Kisoro.

This is the most popular hike along two trails of Bwindi, there are however other possible trails and nature walks, most from easy to moderate in and near the Forest that can be explored on foot and requiring from an hour to all day long.

Bird watching

The diverse habitats in Uganda’s most ancient forest indicate that Bwindi is a perfect habitat for a diversity of bird species, with about 350 documented different species, and 23 endemics such hornbills and turacos.

The Buhoma Village Walk:

A 3-hour cultural walk through the village presents you an opportunity to learn the ways and culture of the people that live in the Buhoma area on the edge of Bwindi Forest. The Village Walk is conducted by a guide who is friendly and knowledgeable about local culture and customs. Several activities like local crafts such as baskets with the most intricate designs, beer made from Bananas, and a distillery that makes the local Waragi Gin from Bananas, meet a traditional healer and learn of what is congregated in the ancient forest and how it is taken and applied to several disorders .View the growing of local produce, food preparation over charcoal or open fire, visit a school, and meet the Batwa Pygmy community as they perform a dance for you just. It is definitely a cultural learning experience and the cost of the walk supports the local community.

Community Tourism:

Tourists who visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can participate in stimulating cultural encounters such as the Rubuguri village walk, the Nkuringo cultural tourism, the Nkuringo community conservation and Development Foundation, Buhoma community tour and the Buniga forest nature walk where tourists are rewarded with several cultural experiences

Undeniably, Bwindi Impenetrable forest is more than a gorilla tracking destination.


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