Things to do Other than Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park is also very ideal for all travelers looking to adventure in different activities not Gorilla trekking in the thick forest vegetation habitat. The Other Safari activities travelers can carry out in the Park include the following.
Bwindi Forest National Park is a habitat for a variety of birds hence referred to as a bird-watchers’ paradise with 347 bird species of which ten of twenty six are threatened and 5 are endangered in Uganda. The National Park has 24 of the total 25 Albertine Rift endemic bird species of which some have partial distributions in other places in their range like Shelley’s Crimson-wing, African Green Broadbill and Chapin’s Flycatcher. On the main trail of the Buhoma Waterfall Trail , the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija is where birding occurs.
Gorilla Habituation Experience at Rushaga
Other than Gorilla Trekking, travelers can transfer to the Bwindi National Park at the Rushaga Sector for Gorilla habituation experience as this offers them an opportunity to spend more time in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas. The habituation experience takes about 4 hours with researchers as you learn more about the rare species of Mountain Gorillas. This costs US $1500 per person interested in knowing the Mountain Gorillas in depth in the Rushaga Sector of Bwindi. There are two Gorilla Groups available for this adventure.
Hiking and Nature Walks
Hiking/nature walks take place in Buhoma and this includes six main nature trails.
Muyanga Waterfall Walk; here you depart from Buhoma along River Ivi-Nkuringo trail then get to the climax of a sensational sight at the falls swooping 33 meters.
Muzubijiro Loop; this is a 6km walk which involves moving around a hill where you will encounter primates , birds and have a clear view of the Virungas.
Rushura Hill Walk; here you can view Lakes George and Edward, the Rwenzori Mountains, the conical peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes and a forest shared by two countries.
The Ivi River Walk; this involves moving along Mukempunu – meaning “a place of pigs” and here wild pigs are often allocated.
The Buhoma-Nkuringo Walk; this takes3-4hrs crossing through the park joining two villages offering clear views of the misty hillsides while ascending towards Nkuringo. This walk can be completed as part of the Ivi River Walk.
The Habinyanja (Railegh) Trail takes 4-6hrs.While overlooking the Buhoma river, cross the Munyaga river and take a steep ascent of the Riyovi and Habigorogoro Ridge. When taking this trail, you will find the legendry “African Corner” that was once a rock piece resembling the map of Africa. With this steep ascent hikers can enjoy the gentle slope towards Habinyanja swamp. Birds like the Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Black Duck and Black Bee Eaters can be sighted.
Community Walks at Bwindi Forest National Park are a very exciting safari activity carried out and this requires transferring with a skilled park ranger guide to the local Batwa people to learn about their lives since the ancient days. These will perform you their art through Music, Dance and Drama as well as daily activities an experience very exceptional to all that take part in it. After your adventure, you can by some local souvenir to take with your back home.