Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Nature walking safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park is Located in south-western Uganda, in between the vast plain lands and mountain forests, Across the other side is the virunga ranges of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo and the other side is the vast plain lands of Queen Elizabeth national park.
Bwindi Park covers 331km of land and forest and is known for its exceptional biodiversity, with more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. Different types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species, including the mountain gorilla.
With people still looking around for some mammals Bwindi uganda nature walking safaris has got over 120 species of endangered mammals, 27 species of frogs, chameleons and gekos, 346 bird species of which 8 are only in the impenetrable forest and nowhere else in east Africa. Along the nature waking safaris you can see all these.
With about half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, Bwindi and the Mgahinga gorilla national park harbors them. 9 groups of mountain gorillas have been habituated for gorilla trekking or nature walks viewing with only 8 persons per day per family.
Nature walking safari between Buhoma and Nkuringo
You can choose to do this nature walk either way that you like or according to your itinerary. The 14km nature walking safari across Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Nkuringo in the south to Buhoma in the north through Ivy River for 3 hours or Kashasha hiking trails for 6 hours is the most rewarding hiking adventure excursion.
Depending on your hiking or the gorilla walking skills the walking adventure offers two trails going in either direction between Buhoma in the north of Bwindi and Nkuringo in the south of Bwindi.
After breakfast around 7am, head out to UWA headquarters for payments and briefing about the forest and all that you should avoid and do on your walk. Throughout the briefing you will be assign two Uganda wildlife guards and a guide to escort you through the forest.
For all payments will be done under UWA and depending on the nationality’s foreign national tourists will pay $30 dollars per person, foreign residents with local work permits pay $15 dollars east Africa residents pay 10,000 Uganda shilling equivalent to about $3 dollars.
Set with your camera to capture a few moments along the road, you will set off at around 8am. Depending on the walk that you chose to take. Through the River Ivy it takes about 3 hours of walking and more when stopping to take pictures and some resting.
Across the forest you can take some rest and east your packed lunch their as you continue walking for a few kilometers to the waiting area of Nteeko where your guide with cars will be waiting for you to drive you to the lodge for a good rest.
What to carry for the nature walking safari.
Pack and wear as lightly as you can. Walking can sometimes be hectic and tiresome because you do not know what is ahead. Although porters will be carrying your main pack from camp to camp and all you will be carrying is your daypack, they are still human and will be walking along with you.
Stick to the colors of nature while dressing up. Dressing in greens, browns and greys so that you don’t scare off the game but camouflage with the wild that you are in.
Light Trousers that zip off at the knee to become shorts are very useful, light walking shoes, rain coats, as well as hurts.
Trekking poles can be useful for balancing on uneven ground, a headlamp is invaluable for moving around camp at night, Camera, and a microfiber towel is very lightweight and dries very quickly.
The most important one is eco-friendly sunscreen, the same goes for insect repellant because that sharp or unusual scents will frighten off the wild animals off.
Nature walking safari is the way to experience Africa the way our ancient ancestors did: time slows down, the world appears brighter and you will remember smells, textures, the little details and soaring feelings that had been long forgotten.