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Things That Make Bwindi A Destination Beyond Mountain Gorillas
Prominent as Africa’s oldest rainforest, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda is characterized by rising ridges and valleys that act as home to the famous mountain gorillas that everyone overseas yearns to see. Mountain gorilla in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers tourists chance to enjoy Africa’s most interesting safari activity Uganda gorilla trekking safaris Uganda/ Uganda gorilla trek safaris or gorilla tours Uganda. Tourists normally both short gorilla safaris Uganda and long gorilla safaris Uganda more so alongside their wildlife safaris Uganda/ Uganda wildlife safaris. However, Bwindi Impenetrable forest goes beyond being just a Uganda gorilla safari experience. There is so much else to see, do and experience.
Gorilla trekking Uganda tours
Mountain gorillas are undoubtedly the highlight of a most Africa safaris/ Africa tours to Uganda. It is very hard for a traveler on a Uganda safari/ Uganda tour to leave out a gorilla trekking Uganda safari in their itinerary. At an elevation ranging from 1160 to 2600 meters above sea level Bwindi Impenetrable Park forest is blessed with half of the world’s remaining mountain Gorillas. Spending one hour with these gentle apes is worth every penny paid to see them. Mountain gorillas are a must-see, well worth including on your bucket list.
Uganda’s birding safari haven
Everyone is unknowingly a birder in life. There is a way we enjoy looking at birds flying in the sky, looking at them building their nests in the tree and, many more. Bird enthusiasts enjoy their Uganda birding safaris/Uganda bird watching safaris more in Bwindi Forest since it gives them chance to see 350 species, including 23 Albertine endemic species around the waterfall trail and in the Mubwindi swamp land from where Bwindi derives her name situated in the Ruhija sector. With these numbers, Bwindi National Park is ranked as one of Africa’s leading birding watching safari destinations in Uganda and Africa at large.
Take a walk through this impenetrable rain forest characterized with a misty covering to catch a glimpse of some of the birds in the forest including the northern double collared sunbird, or the globally threatened species, the shelly’s crimson wing, Chapin’s flycatcher and African green broadbill. This bird is one of the most sought after species in this part of the country. Uganda’s national bird; the grey crowned crane is a common sighting too in this area of the forest!
Nature walks/Forest walk along Bwindi’s waterfall trail
Are you interested in Uganda adventure safaris/ Uganda adventure vacation safaris? This trail is a perfect way to experience the depth of the famous impenetrable forest. This trail starts its way from Buhoma just at the north gate. Once you take this Munyaga river trail, be sure that it will get you to Bwindi’s beautiful pristine waterfalls. As part of your adventure, you will enjoy a truly remarkable Uganda safari tour adventure as you listen to the sounds of the forest and as well as walking through the gentle cover of morning mist. Along the way, you will see plenty of flora and fauna, black and white colobus monkeys, lots of colourful butterflies, orchids, blue monkeys, tree ferns, and epiphytic ferns. If one waterfall isn’t enough for you, there is another trail in Rushaga at the south gate that boasts another amazing forest experience.
Encounter the famous Ankole long-horned cows
During your road trip on your visit Uganda to any of the 4 gates to Bwindi; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga & Nkuringo, you will not miss out on seeing these native Ankole long-horned cows in southwestern part of Uganda. These cows carry a pair of unmistakable cream-white horns, large at the base and these massive horns curve elegantly above the head forming a sharp-pointed ending which can grow up to eight feet.
Expect to encounter warm & friendly local people
Besides enjoying Uganda’s beautiful scenery on your tour Uganda/ safari in Uganda, along the way, you will too witness the traditional way of life of the local people. They are very hard-working people, always toiling the fields, celebrating harvests, or planting lots of plantains that is locally known as ‘matooke’. You will sight children with wide smiles shouting out to you, “Mzungu, Mzungu”. Don’t feel bad, it’s their own way of expressing how happy they are to see you and Mzungu is any white person from abroad.
View the spectacular Virunga Volcanoes
Volcanoes dominate the beautiful landscape, towering over the beautiful scenery, with Muhavura at 4127m. Mount Gahinga is over 3474m and Sabyinyo at 3669m. These volcanoes are the ‘islands in the sky’ of Uganda.
Visit Lake Bunyonyi
Uganda’s magical lake; Bunyonyi is a lava dammed lake with a stunning stretch of water with 29 little islands dispersed throughout, overlooked by the volcanoes. It is one of the safest lakes in Africa for activities such as swimming and canoeing. While here, take a boat ride to “akampene” the punishment island where until 1940s unmarried pregnant girls were dropped and left to die helplessly or starve to death or drown trying to swim ashore. Getting pregnant before marriage was at that time was against cultural norms. They were often saved by poor men who could not afford the bride price.
You can spend an afternoon canoeing or bird watching; here you can see lots of small little birds. This lake is a place of many little birds’ and its where it derived its name Bunyonyi.