Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is famous for its growing population of Mountain Gorillas, half of the total population of mountain gorillas in the whole world inhabit Bwindi, besides Gorilla Trekking, the park has many activities one can encounter like hiking, birding, nature walks, cultural experiences, cycling, Batwa community visits among others.
Bwindi is home to about 10 primate species namely mountain gorillas, black and white Colobus, blue monkey, vervet monkey, olive baboon, L’Hoest’s monkey, red-tailed monkey, spectacled lesser galago among others, about 120 mammal species inhabit Bwindi namely sitatunga, light-backed duiker, black-fronted duiker, common warthog, bush pig, domestic cats, golden cats, Caruthers’s mountain squirrel, Boehm’s bush squirrel, Rwenzori sun squirrel, red-legged sun squirrel among others, the Park has become arguably one of the premier birding destination in East Africa as well with a host of Albertine Rift Endemic and special species that can be seen, bird species found in Bwindi include red-chested cuckoo, black cuckoo, dusky long-tailed cuckoo, levaillant’s cuckoos, olive long tailed cuckoo, blue malkoha, Cassin’s honey guide, Elliot’s woodpecker, golden crowned woodpecker, yellow-spotted barbet, cardinal woodpecker, yellow-spotted barbet, yellow-rumped tinker bird, grey throated barbet, speckled tinker bird, yellow billed barbet, bar tailed trogon, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, malachite Kingfisher, gray headed kingfisher, Rameron pigeon, bronze-naped pigeon, blue-spotted wood-dove, tambourine dove, speckled mouse bird, marabou, African rail, white-headed wood heap, black and white-casqued, crowned hornbill, handsome francolin, scary francolin, African goshawk, Augur buzzard, common buzzard, African harrier hawk, lesser striped swallow, Mackinnon’s shrike, bronze sunbird among others.
This amazing trail is a home to a huge variety bird species, the wetland is an important provider for roofing and weaving materials. It takes 3 to 4 hours from Nkuringo to Buhoma and 4 to 5 hours from Buhoma to Nkuringo route and the most challenging trail which involves steep inclines with the most scenic terrain. On this trail you will be able to see a variety of primate species, bird species, butterflies, reptiles among others.
This trailis the valley below Buhoma Park Headquarters to Munyanga River, The best trail that birder will be able to see a variety of bird species and the shortest and the easiest trail amongst all trails in Bwindi, it takes 1 to 2 hours to trek this trail.
This is the most scenic trail; on this trail you will be able to see different fauna along the way like primates, beautiful butterflies, an array of bird species and inhabitants. Hikers can start from Buhoma to Nkuringo depending on the visitor’s choice.
Mubwindi Swamp Trail is a birders paradise, visitors who want to hike on this trail must contact Uganda Wildlife Authority to connect them with well trained guides – simply because this trail is surrounded by many Mountain Gorilla Families in the Ruhija Sector of Bwindi, and if you are lucky you might encounter mountain gorillas on their daily feeding routine.
This loop is an exciting trail providing breathtaking views of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Virunga Mountains and the western Rift Valley. This trail is good for hiking through the canopy forest in the vicinity of Ruhubira Hill. You will breathe fresh air from the surrounding vegetation and also view the park’s beautiful terrain when you reach the summit of Ruhubira Hill.
This trail was created in 1970 and the main aim was to connect the Rushaga community to Kisoro Town. Waterfalls trail takes about 5 hours to complete and this trail leads you to spectacular waterfalls. The trail is located in the Buhoma sector. This waterfall trail will take you through to see lush trees, orchids, tree ferns, waterfalls, numerous bird species, and many primates in the area.
This trail takes a 4 to 5 hours hike over the Buhoma River through the Habigorogo and Riyovi ridge. Along this trail is the legendry “African Corner” named after a rock piece portraying a map of Africa. Hikers on this trail might see many bird species like the common buzzard, African wood owl, Fraser’s eagle owl, Mackinnon’s shrike bronze sunbird among others.