What to Do After Your Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

What to Do After Your Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview

Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of the four national parks with the endangered gorilla species which still exists in the whole world and the park is believed to have half the number of gorillas of those that still exists. The national park has four sectors of Rushanga, Buhoma, Ruhija and Nkuringo with each inhabiting several gorilla families. However; gorilla habituation is only done in the southern part of this park between Rushanga and Nkuringo sectors. It is a process where a group of wild gorillas is trained to get used to human sight and this takes about 2 to 3 years completing he habituation process.

Gorilla habituation

In the southern part of Bwindi impenetrable forest is where gorilla habituation takes place. There are two semi gorilla habituated families open for your experience. You will get a chance to spend about 4 hours with the gorillas. More to that, you will view them as they about their daily lives. They usually feed and interact with each other under the watchful gaze of the mighty silverback.

Activities

Those who have shared such a beautiful and amazing experience of spending 4 hours with the gorillas in their habitant, taking photos and researching about them agree that this experience is magical. This is one of the most famous activities. However, there is quite a number of activities that one can do after trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

After the most exciting part of forging your way through the thick forest of Bwindi and spending time with all the gorilla families, there are other activities that can be operated by our guide as Pamoja Tours and Travel Company operates in in this region

Batwa tribal experience

There is Batwa cultural experience tour where Batwa guides take your around giving you an opportunity to learn about all the traditional lives of the Batwa people, the traditional forest life they live and this is where you get a chance to interact with them about how they survived in their once a home, Bwindi forest. You will also hear and experience different Batwa traditions like dance, Stone Age including making fire with stones. Notably, Bwindi impenetrable forest was once a home for the Batwa people before the forest was gazette to make it a national park. You will get a chance to hear their stories.

Local community visits

We will also conduct local visits through local villages where you will get a chance to enjoy different cultures of the Bakiga and Batwa pygmy people living on the sides of the forest. You will be able to go through Kisoro villages and find the local markets, interact with different people and enjoy the local entertainment of cultural dances and drama of the Bafumbira and Bakiga and taste their cooking too.

Birding experience in Bwindi impenetrable national forest

Bwindi forest is a home of over 350bird species with one of its sector Nkuringo as the main birding area; here a trekker gets to mix his/ her gorilla trek with bird watching experience after the trek. Nkuringo is in Nombe forest 5km from Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge.

Nature walks in Bwindi impenetrable forest.

After all those experiences with the tribes and the birding, a tourist can opt to take natural walks in the forest. One usually follows a designated trail giving you more opportunities to learn more about tree species in the forest and other wild species in the forest. In Nkuringo, you will see falls plummeting 33 meters along river ivi-Nkuringo. All these walks are under a guide with knowledge about the flora and fauna of this forest.

Wildlife viewing

Besides mountain gorillas, there are other wildlife animals in Bwindi national park where a tourist can engage in viewing them other than going back to their lodges. Bwindi impenetrable national park has a number of animals like elephants, duikers, cheetah, lions, leopards, buffaloes, golden cats, civet, clawless otter etc. besides these animals.

Monkeys and chimpanzee tracking

Bwindi national park is a sanctuary for monkeys and chimpanzees which are available for tracking. There are about 11 primate species of monkeys in Bwindi. Some of them are blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys and other primates like baboons and chimpanzees.

Best time to go trekking in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

January, February, June and August are the driest months of the year in Uganda. Usually, temperatures are mild with beautiful sunny skies and clear days. This is the best for gorilla trekking and wildlife viewing.

However; these months are very busy and hotels are usually at full capacity. This still applies to the gorilla permits therefore one should book his/her permit early enough before setting off.

Recommendation

If you book your adventure with Pamoja Tours and Travel Company, you won’t regret. Our team of people has been able to acquire knowledge, experience and relationships. These are essential to help you plan a trip that matches your description, budget and dreams.

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