The Ultimate Experiential Hiking Adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Hitting the Trail – Hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
A walking-nature walk safari through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an experience in one of the oldest Forests in Africa
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an ancient Rainforest that survived the Platonic shift of the earth that shaped the surrounding countryside.
It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the best places in Uganda for an adventurous day-hike.
The Hiking Trail can be extended to two days and on day 2 your Hike continues from Nkuringo in the southern area of Bwindi to Lake Mutanda with a dugout canoe ride across the Lake and ends in Kisoro.
Bwindi Impenetrable Rainforest – offers much more than gorilla tracking – there is birding, waterfall hikes, mountain biking all in the ancient primeval forest –
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for good reasons that are beyond Gorilla Tracking. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not only home to over half of the remaining Mountain Gorillas it is home to an incredible Rainforest the length of which you can hike through, encounter birds, primates, plants and trees that you have never seen before and in some cases people on the way to or from Market.
Hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an experience that relatively few are aware of,and even fewer go on the Hike. Those that do have no regrets.
You can start at either end of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (actually you can begin or end in the town of Kisoro and it becomes a two-day venture which includes a canoe trip on Lake Mutanda) Nkuringo or Buhoma – and take your guided and escorted hike through the penetrable Impenetrable Forest.
You will need to have a backpack-2-liters of water-packed lunch – good hiking shoes such as lightweight boots, long trousers such as jeans, long-sleeved shirt, rain-jacket, hat, sunglasses, binoculars and camera with extra batteries.
When you hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest keep in mind that there are elevation differences and in the case of the Buhoma to Nkuringo hike the last section involves a steep climb…nevertheless, most do not see it as a problem but as a challenge of their endurance and enjoy the incredible views.
We have had clients who have prepared themselves physically before going gorilla tracking and taking the Walking Safari through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
What will you see on your walking Safari through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest? Bwindi Rainforest is home to over 350 species of birds many of them endemic to the region-your hike through the forest will allow you to spot many a bird, there are over 300 kinds of butterflies and you surely see some of them up close and you will have an opportunity for some great photos.
There are 10 species of primates in the park including chimpanzees, L Hoests Monkey, Red Tailed and Blue Monkey, Black & White Colobus Monkeys and Baboons to name a few. You will definitely encounter primates on your trek through the ancient Rainforest. There are 10 species of primates in the park including chimpanzees, L Hoests Monkey, Red Tailed and Blue Monkey, Black & White Colobus Monkeys and Baboons to name a few. You will definitely encounter primates on your trek through the ancient Rainforest.
You will see some primates along the way since Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not only home to Gorillas, Primates, Birds and butterflies but to 120 mammal species including Forest Elephants, Duikers, Bush Pigs, the giant Forest Hog, cat species and much more. You might also see some colorful chameleons along the way.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the key pearls in the Pearl of Africa and a walking safari through it unfolds as a tapestry of sounds, sights, smells as you have never experienced before. You will see some primates along the way since Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is not only home to Gorillas, Primates, Birds and butterflies but to 120 mammal species including Forest Elephants, Duikers, Bush Pigs, the giant Forest Hog, cat species and much more. You might also see some colorful lizards along the way – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the key pearls in the Pearl of Africa and a walking safari through it unfolds as a tapestry of sounds, sights, smells as you have never experienced before.
You can also go on two gorilla Treks – one in the Buhoma and another in Nkuringo or Rushaga. You can also participate in an all-day Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari where you are with the gorillas for four hours. You can also go on two gorilla Treks – one in the Buhoma and another in Nkuringo or Rushaga. You can also take part in an all-day Gorilla Habituation Experience Safari where you are with the gorillas for four hours.
Hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
The Kashasha River Trail begins at the Nkuringo National Parks office before proceeding down a steep slope through community land to reach the park buffer zone. The route passes the junction of two rivers inside the forest where after a further 20-minute ascent the trail meets the alternative route the Ivy River trail inside the forest 90 minutes from Buhoma.
The trek to the Buhoma Park HQ on the Kashasha River Trail is 5 hours between Nkuringo and Buhoma or 6 to 7 hours between Buhoma and Nkuringo. The Kashasha River trail involves some steep inclines not least when hiking from Buhoma to Nkuringo.
The trail offers visitors a close-up experience of the natural wonders within a rain forest environment. Birds are prolific in Bwindi and your guide will point these out to you during your walk.
The Ivy River Hiking Trail also starts also from the Nkuringo Park office, where we follow a murram road downhill with views over the forest for some 7 kms to the Ivy river on our right. The Ivy River Trail within the forest is often walked by visitors that stay at Buhoma as a nature walk from the park H.Q. From the Nkuringo office to the Ivy River it takes 2 and 1/2 hours walking. From the Ivy river to Buhoma walking through the forest takes 4 hours. Total journey time 6 1/2 hours.
This Ivy river route ascends and descends gently through beautiful areas of the rain forest with several viewpoints from the murram road from/to Nkuringo over looking lush, mist shrouded valleys. The trail is also an important footpath for local people traveling to and from Nkuringo particularly on market days to Nteko village on the southern boundary of the park. Monkeys, duikers, bush pigs and some of Bwindi’s world-renowned bird species plus many butterflies can be observed.
Hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an activity that will only compliment your visit to a gorilla group family. Some do a gorilla trek prior to the walking Safari and then another one the day after they have completed their walking safari through the Forest.
A Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Walking Safari becomes one of the highlights of your time in Uganda, incredible views, incredible sights, incredible plants and trees, incredible primates, birds, mammals, and butterflies …After the one day hike, the Trail continues the following day with a hike down to Lake Mutanda and dugout canoe ride across the lake on to Kisoro. Include Hiking through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Contact us to add the Bwindi Hike to your Safari Itinerary.