Hiking trails in bwindi impenetrable national park

Hiking trails in bwindi impenetrable national park

Bwindi impenetrable national park is a very fascinating tourist destination famous for mountain gorilla trekking, Bwindi impenetrable national park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site located in south west region of Uganda covering an area of 331 square kilometers.

Bwindi impenetrable national park is a destination filled with many attractions which make it a top tourist destination in the world, the park is a habitant to the largest population of mountain gorillas which are habituated are offer an amazing mountain gorilla trekking experience. Other attractions in the park include

  • 310 species of beautiful butterflies
  • 10 species of primates including chimpanzees, L’Hoests, Red tailed and Blue monkey, Black and white colobus monkey, Olive baboons
  • 350 bird species which include short tailed warbler, Bar tailed trogon, Kivu ground thrust, dusky crimson wing, Grauer’s rush warbler Yellow eyed black fly catcher, White tailed blue monarch, Rusty faced woodland warbler and many more
  • Mammals that is forest elephants, bush pig, Duikers, giant forest hog, cats
  • Beautiful vegetation cover which make the park to be ranked as one of the oldest and most ecological rich tropical rainforest filled with ferns, flowering plants and a variety of tree and shrub species

Bwindi impenetrable national park has been named as one of the CNN’s top 23 places with best hiking trails because the park offers the best hiking experience through its numerous hiking trails which lead you to different attractions and areas in the park. These trails include

Munyanga River trail

Munyaga river trail is ranked as the most remarkable hiking trails used for trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park and also the easiest trail in the forest, this trail is ideal both bird and primate watching. Munyanga river trail is a 2 hour’s trail to hike starting at the ending point of buhoma road via Bizinge creek which joins to the bank of fascinating river Munyaga, this trail is circular in nature rotating taking you back to the starting pointy while trekking on it. While hiking on Munyanga river trail you get to spot the scenic view of river munyaga and its small magnificent waterfall, green vegetation including tree ferns, epithetic, orchids, many bird species and primates like mountain gorillas, chimpanzees and many colorful butterflies.

Waterfall Trails

Waterfall trail is an astonishing trail of approximately 3-4 hours of completion leading to a magnificent waterfall, this trail is found and hiked in Rushaga region of Bwindi impenetrable national park. This trail was first established in 1970 and it was intended to create a route connecting to Kisoro town which was successful, while on this trail it takes you through river munyaga three times crossing in the thick forests to three adjoin waterfalls. On waterfall trail you get to enjoy the green vegetation in the park, bird species and waterfalls.

 Rusizi River trail

Rusizi river trail is the best trail for bird watching, this trail navigates through the rugged centre of the park that is why you need a 4X4 car to cross. As you hike on this trail you get enjoy spectacular views of duikers, primates and many bird species, to complete this trail it takes 3 hours to Mubwindi swamp.

Rushura trail

Rushura trail is an exciting trail navigating through thick forest trees and offering stunning views of the western rift valley floor, this trail is a 3 hours’ time for completion leading to the highest point of Rushura hill at an altitude of 6,289 feet. Hiking on Rushura trail takes through terraced field, forest to the top of the mountain as you enjoy spectacular views of Bwindi impenetrable national park, Lake Rwanda, peaks of Rwenzori Mountains and Virunga volcanoes.

Muzabajiro trail

Muzabajiro loop trail is a fantastic trail offering beautiful spectacular views of Bwindi impenetrable national park, western rift valley and Virunga Mountains. Muzabajiro loop trail is a moderate trail to hike taking crossing through Muzabajiro loop trail through canopy forest leading Ruhubira hill, as you hike on this amazing trail you get to enjoy breathtaking views and fresh air of the park.

Bamboo trail

Bamboo trail is one of the trails in Bwindi impenetrable national park situated on the highest points of the park at an elevation of 2,607 meters above the sea at Rwamunyo forest, hiking on this trail is an activity of 6 hours taking you through various vegetation zone found in the park and they include bamboo forest, alpine vegetation to afro montane leading to Rwamunyonyi peak. On this trail you get to spot scenic views of Lake Bunyonyi well known for habiting variety bird species, when descending on this trail you get to visit Mubwindi swamp where endemic and localized African green broad bill is spotted.

Kashasha River trail

Kashasha river trail is an amazing trail of 5-6 hours to complete beginning from buhoma sector to Nkuringo sector, this trail stands at the altitude of 600 meters above the sea level. This trail navigates through steep terrain via community land to the park’s buffer zone, this trail crosses at the junction of 2 rivers amidst the forest. On this trail you also hike to the park’s headquarters in buhoma sector which takes 5 hours to reach the park.

River Ivi trail

River Ivi trail is a breathtaking trail running through the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable national park, this trail is a moderate trail to hike taking roughly 6 hours to complete it. River Ivi is hiked either from Nkuringo or buhoma sector depending on where you stayed in the park, this trail is known for being the nest trail for bird watching as it runs across river Ivi which is flocked by both water and forest bird species. Also on this trail you get to see monkeys, bush pigs and encounter local who frequently use this route to go to markets and their gardens.

 Habinyanja trail

Habinyanja trail is a 4-6 hours hiking trail, this trail crosses over river Munyanga leading to steep slopes of Habigorogoro and Riyovi ridges. While at the top of these ridges you get to spot Buhoma River, as you ascend on this trail it leads you to Habinyanja swamp where you get to see a variety of bird species. This trail is best for bird enthusiastic tourists as you get to spot African black duck, black bee eaters and Pel’s fishing owl and many more.

 Where to stay in Bwindi impenetrable national

As you prepare for your safari in Bwindi impenetrable national park accommodation can be got from facilities like buhoma lodge, Lake Kitandara Bwindi camp, silverback lodge, CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp, mahogany spring’s camp, Bwindi guest house, Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Friends Lodge, Jungle View Lodge and many more. Getting accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park depends on which sector of the park you stay in.

Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a very accessible tourist destination which can be reached by both road and air means of transport, Bwindi impenetrable national park is situated 530 kilometers from Kampala and by road it can you can use the following route

  • Kampala-Kibale-Kanungu-Buhoma a 6-7 hours’ drive
  • Kampala-Kabale-Nkuringo a 7-9 hours ‘drive
  • Kampala-Ntungamo-Rukungiri-Kihihi-Buhoma route a six hours’ drive

By air

By air transport domestic chartered flights are offered from Entebbe international port or kajjansi airstrip to kayonza and kihihi airstrip which are situated in northern sector, Nyakabande airstrip in Kisoro in the southern region of the park.

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