Places –Activities – Experiences that can easily go together with your Gorilla Trek in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Making your Gorilla Tracking Experience more complete by supplementing Activities and Places in or near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Add on a few extra days to your Gorilla Trek in Uganda and add experience value plus to your Gorilla Safari– Uganda has more to offer than Mountain Gorillas
Visitors often come for one and one purpose to Uganda and that is Gorilla Tracking. They leave and think that they have seen all that Uganda has to offer. Somehow they have missed that Uganda was Lonely Planet’s “’Best Country to visit in 2012 and that National Geographic picked Uganda as one of the “Best Travel Destinations in 2013″ and that there is much more to do and see.
A Gorilla Safari is three days in length – add on two or three days and You can visit Queen Elizabeth Park, the best place for Tree Climbing Lions in Africa, Chimpanzees, more birds than any other park in Africa and you have in 5 days seen that Uganda is more than Mountain Gorillas and just maybe you had spent a few days more in the Emerald Pearl of Africa – Uganda.
Below are some Places – Activities that you can easily add-on to your 3 day Gorilla Safari – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in itself has more activities than you can imagine and you can spend a week at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest alone. Take a look at what you can do besides Gorilla Tracking in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla Tracking Safari Add-Ons inside of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest: Activities besides Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is a UNESCO – World Heritage Site.
Here are many activities that you can add-on to your Mountain Gorilla Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest . Some of the activities can only be done at specific Bwindi Impenetrable Forest location, while others can be done the various locations within the park.
You can hike through the park from Buhoma to Nkuringo – even beyond to Lake Mutanda. Bwindi Impenetrable forest is an excellent birding site and days can be spent here going birding. Cultural visits with the Batwa first people of the forest, village walks, bike rides through Bwindi Forest and nature walks are just a few activities that would extend your stay and you can always go twice gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Other Activities and Places you can add-on to your Gorilla Safari are found below
A most scenic park for Gorilla Tracking, Golden Monkey Tracking, hikes and climbing of dormant and extinct Virunga volcanoes – the Mountains that cook. Stay at nearby Lake Mutanda and enjoy the beauty of the lake while exploring Mgahinga National Park. The beauty of this park is simply awesome. It is a small park with many activities including Golden Monkey Tracking where you track some of the most beautiful monkeys in Africa.Besides the above listed activities there is the Batwa Trail with the original people of the forest – this is a most fascinating Nature Trail where you learn the ancient ways of hunting and gathering of the Batwa People- People who left a small footprint in the forest.
This is one of the ways the ancient ways are kept alive among the Batwa people who no longer are allowed to live in the forest. They can gather some things and the Batwa Trail brings income to the Batwa community – your choosing to go on the Batwa trail directly impacts the Batwa Community. Mgahinga Gorilla – is the perfect add on for your gorilla safari in Uganda.
Lake Bunyonyi is that magical, mystical Lake near Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – it is like a scene from “’Lord of the Rings”’ – the lake is home to 29 emerald islands that you can explore. It is crocodile, hippo and bilharzia free – you can swim here – you take an all day dugout canoe safari and visit some of the islands, you can take a sailboat here, or take a sundowner cruise.
Lake Bunyonyi offers much such nature trails, birding opportunities, village visits and many simply come here to relax after a gorilla trek. Lake Bunyonyi is not to be missed in Uganda and it is the perfect Gorilla Safari add-on for you.
There are lots of affordable places to stay at Lake Bunyonyi – one of the best all around places is Birdnest Resort – fantastic food, great rooms with views, more economical rooms with a side view of the lake. Swimming pool, boats can be found here to use on the lake, most of all great food, very nice rooms, the perfect place to chill out at in Uganda after Gorilla tracking.
Enchanting Lake Mutanda – in the shadows of the Mufumbiro Mountains that Cook – Virunga Volcanoes Lake Mutanda – one of the most stunning scenic lakes in Africa.
Southwest Uganda has been gifted with many scenic wonders – and one of the most well-kept secrets is Lake Mutanda which arguably is one the most beautiful lakes in Africa.
You can come here via Safari Vehicle after gorilla tracking or you choose to hike from Buhoma to Nkuringo in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in one day and the following day hike down to Lake Mutanda and continue your journey via dugout canoe.
There are many things to do and see here at Lake Mutanda like fishing, swimming birding, nature walks, hiking and biking.
Queen Elizabeth Park – is simply a beautiful tapestry put together by nature – all in the shadows of the Rwenzori Mountains of the Moon. The ishasha area in the southern area of Queen Elizabeth Park is just a couple of hours from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Buhoma area – Ishasha is the best place in Africa for Tree-Climbing Lions that are not to be missed while you are in Uganda. We offer a five-day better budget – moderate Gorilla – Chimpanzee Safari and a six-day Luxury Safari that gives you the best of Uganda in 5 days combining Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Queen Elizabeth Park including the tree climbing lions of Ishasha, the chimpanzees of Kyambura Gorge, the wildlife of Queen Elizabeth Park and a boat safari on the famed Kazinga Channel. Five or six affordable days in Uganda seeing the best in a compact safari in the Pearl of Africa.
Kibable Forest – the best place in East Africa to be with Chimpanzees either when go chimpanzee tracking or all day-habituation – the latter starts quite early in the morning and lasts until late afternoon.
Kibale Forest is where the central African jungle meets East Africa in Uganda, its Pearl. There are 13 different primate species found here, over 350 species of birds and 200 species of butterflies, besides there are forest elephants and forest buffaloes found here, leopards and much more.
you can also take a nocturnal forest walk here with the rangers and spotlights and see the creatures of the night.
Kibale Forest is best added on after you have been to Queen Elizabeth Park – drive time to Kampala and or Entebbe is shorter from here – 4 to 5 hours.
Uganda is much more than Mountain Gorillas and being here visiting the Mountain Gorillas gives you the opportunity to do and see more of the Pearl of Africa – Uganda – Enjoy your time here …from Kampala…jon
“The Kingdom of Uganda is a fairy tale. The scenery is different, the climate is different and most of all, the people are different from anything elsewhere to be seen in the whole range of Africa….what message I bring back….concentrate upon Uganda – The Pearl of Africa.” Winston Churchill (My African Journey – 1908)