Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is not a place you dip in for just gorilla trekking. It’s about total immersion and turning around your lifestyle in the purest yet most pristine of surroundings. And the selection of nature walks here are just about that. They go along in helping travelers take stock, reboot and rebuild themselves. Here are brief profiles of the Top 5 trails that are likely to leave you with tears of joy.
Muyanga Waterfall Walk in Bwindi: Highly recommend for lovers of sightseeing tours
This trail is highly recommendable for the kind of traveler who wants to see sights and sounds of the forest without going through hell. It is well developed and offers a gentle hiking experience that even kids love. It starts from Buhoma along the River Ivi-Nkuringo trail. It climaxes at refreshing powerful waterfall that cascades over a 33 meter high slope. At its floor, you will find lots of ponds with crystal clear water where you can have a refreshing swim.
Rushura Hill Walk in Bwindi: Highly recommended for photographic tours in Uganda
If you love photographic tours in Uganda, this stretch of Bwindi jungle walk will leave you at a loss of words. It takes place along a scenic trail that gradually rises to an elevation of 2,500meters above sea level. This doubles your chances of getting a bird’s view that stretches to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a savannah gem beautifully laid out at the heart of the river valley. If it is a clear day, you will catch sight of its sky blue lakes too, Lake George and Lake Edward.
Looking at the snow caped peaks of Mountain Rwenzori from the Rushura trail, you are bound to drool over it. It looks like a creamy vanilla ice cream served in a chocolate flavoured corn-cup. At night, you will see the active craters atop Mountain Nyiragongo light up the sky with its yellow-orange glow. Truly beautiful!
Muzubijiro Loop: Highly recommend for primate lovers
This route stretches over a 6km trail where lots of primates love to rest after a heavy meal. Yes, this also includes mountain gorillas, the kings of Bwindi. The loop is set in an unplugged jungly oasis; where you can make big changes in astonishing surroundings among sky hugging trees, bamboo, and roaring rivers, with green mountains in a distance, and birds flying back and forth.
Our guide will set a leisurely pace to enable you see the diverse bird species from up-close.
Buhoma-Nkuringo: Highly recommendable if you love tough climbing challenges
Hiking this trail is a four hours experience that is as rewarding as climbing a tropical mountain full of endearing sights and sounds inclusive of wild pigs. It starts 1,360m above sea level and gradually rises to 2,607m, offering a hike that effortlessly stretches most of the body’s muscles. Carry with you a spare battery for your camera as you will encounter countless indigenous tree species, several of which are found nowhere else. This includes unique species like Allophylusabyssinicus, Tecleanobilis, Neoboutoniamacrocalyx and Xymalosmonospora. The highlight of this trail which connects villages in the Northern and Southern part of Bwindi is a walk along, Ivi River, a scenic channel whose vapor creates a beautiful misty scene.
The Habinyanja (Railegh) Trail is full of Bwindi’s best kept secrets
Despite offering a long hike that takes 4-6hrs to conquer, this trail attracts over 2,000 nature lovers ever year. It offers outstanding sightings of Bwindi’s best kept secrets. These include the ever pristine Habinyanja swamp, Munyaga River, a rock that nature’s forces have shaped like the map of Africa, a relatively steep ascent that is full of 220 butterfly species inclusive of endemics like Charaxesfournierae, Graphiumgudenusi and Papilioleucotaenia.
Don’t forget to wear good hiking boots with treads as you prepare to overcome its most steep stretches like Habigorogoro–Riyovi Ridge. In the end, your efforts will be rewarded with views of River Buhoma and birds like Black Bee Eaters, Pel’s Fishing Owl and African Black Duck among others.