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Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park is majorly known for gorilla trekking but if you have much more time after your gorilla trek going for community walks through the local villages in Bwindi is another great activity to do during your visit to Bwindi, this will give you an opportunity to visit and learn more about the history, daily life, and various cultural encounters. Bwindi Impenetrable forest was once an ancestral home for the Batwa pygmies who were evicted from the forest to the local communities to ease the conservation and protection of the endangered mountain gorillas, these can be found in all the local communities around the 4 sectors of Bwindi Rushija and Buhoma in the north and Rushaga and Nkruingo in the south visiting the Batwa you will have a chance to enjoy their traditional cultural dances, storytelling and back cloth making including the traditional way of lighting the fire during the stone age period.
Gorilla Trekking is one of the main tourist activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, however, there are other various activities apart from community walks through the local villages in Bwindi other things to do and these include;
Batwa Cultural Experience
On Batwa cultural experience tour you will be guided by one of the Batwa guides giving you an opportunity to learn about the traditional forest life of the Batwa in Bwindi Forest which is historically the home of the Batwa, you will also enjoy the traditional dances of the Batwa and Stone Age including making traditional fire among others.
The Nature walk is done in Bwindi forest it is a very exciting activity to do apart from gorilla habituation which gives you an opportunity to learn more about tree species as well other wildlife species in the forest. In Nkuringo you will visit the River Ivi-Nkuringo trail where you will also have a sight of the falls plummeting 33 meters.
Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is one the best birding spots in Uganda home to an impressive 350 species and the main birding area in Nkuringo is the pocket forest known as Nombe is located some 5km and Buniga forest 300meters from Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge. We recommend you carry your birding book in case you have limited safari time and you will identify some birds that visit the gardens of your Lodge.
Where to stay during your community walks through the local villages in Bwindi
Lodges include Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge and Lake Mutanda Lodge. You can as well stay in Rushaga sector lodge options here include Rushaga Gorilla Havens Lodge, Rushaga Camp, Icumbi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge and Gorilla Valley Lodge among others.
What is the best time to do community walks through the local villages in Bwindi
The best time to do community walks through the local villages in Bwindi is during the drier months of January, February, June to early September, this is makes it easier to travel to the park and gives a clear view of mountain gorillas given the vegetation cover is not too much high grown
How to get to Bwindi for community walks through the local villages in Bwindi
By Road; Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors can be accessed through the main high-way road from Entebbe/Kampala which approximately 8-9 hours drive. You will pass through Kabale town and proceed to Nkuringo and Rushaga from where you will start the gorilla habituation trek. The Park can also be accessed from Kigali, Rwanda which is approximately 4-5 hours drive.
By Air; You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kampala’s Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip to access Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors in the southern part of Bwindi. Scheduled and chartered flights are available and operated by domestic airline operators of Aero link and Fly Uganda. You will need to plan with your tour operator for a transfer from the airstrip to your Lodge you are booked for your stay.
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