Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is certainly a top travel destination and admittedly considered by every visitor to the country. However, seeing mountain gorillas in the green jungle forest is the main park tourist activity for tourists across the world. The trip Highlights of every visitor to Bwindi forest is the trek into the forest to see the endangered mountain gorillas. Apart from gorilla trekking, there are other exciting adventures that you can engage in while in Bwindi. These include nature walk, hikes to the waterfalls, Batwa cultural tour, community retreat and more. You will also see other see amazing sites that include Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda and the overall beauty of the rain forest. The morning trek into the forest to see gorillas proves the breathtaking beauty of wild habitats, vegetation and above all the importance of sustainable tourism.
Plan Your Safari to Bwindi
Things to do in Bwindi Forest National Park
Gorilla Trekking-Little did I know that Bwindi Forest is home to half of the living mountain gorilla that it shares with Mgahinga National Park another gorilla trekking destination in Uganda. Whoever tracks gorillas in Bwindi forest gets enough time to hike and trek through the hilly lush forested vegetaions but spends only hour with the mountain gorillas after meeting them. Searching for the gorillas is one of the most memorable and leisurely moments just after sunrise that everyone should experience. Surprisingly various forest habitants keep your smiles on to where the gorillas are.
Forest Nature Walk- On a free day or the afternoon after gorilla trekking, this is another fantastic forest experience that opens doors of different primate species, birds and other habitants. It’s always 3-4 hours in company of armed park rangers and guides. If you love nature make sure you add it on your gorilla safari tour itinerary.
Community Tour-This is really pleasant to do in the afternoon hours and get a chance to experience the life style and nature of the local people around the forest. You may choose to visit homesteads, hospitals and schools and be part of the local people’s lives for a few hours.
Batwa cultural trail/Tour-I don’t think you can explore all great tour adventures in Bwindi impenetrable forest and leave without seeing the Batwa people who are quite their ancestral home for the conservation of mountain gorillas. Their traditional grass thatched homes, forest lifestyle and exciting cultural dance is now the true historical tradition of real African locals.
Accommodation in Bwindi Forest
Though Bwindi forest has various accommodation facilities not all of them are right for your gorilla trekking safari. What always brings a difference is the price and gorilla permit location. Therefore stay in a lodge or campsite in the right sector for your trek. Taking you back Bwindi forest National park has four sectors-Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo etc.
Best time to Track Gorillas
There isn’t a perfect time of tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable forest since the experience of meeting up with gorillas is same today and tomorrow. However, most travelers find it fun to explore the park during the dry months of the year. January, February, March, June, July, August, September, October, December
What to wear for Gorilla Trekking
When tracking gorillas, you required to wear have long sleeved trousers/shirts/blouse, comfortable walking shoes, insect repellant, gloves, huts, warm jacketa, rain court. Please ensure that you tack in your trousers in your hiking boots to avoid insects such as safari ants entering your trousers. Jeans and Kachi trousers can do this better.