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About Forest Walks, Hiking Price & Trails in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has become the number one destination for trekking the endangered mountain gorillas in the world, the park boasts with half population of these great apes with the other half found in the Virunga range volcanoes straddling across Uganda, Rwanda and Democratic Republic of Congo.

There are about 1004 mountain gorillas left in the world, these endangered primate species were almost extinct but the numbers have slowly increased in the recent years due to conservation efforts set up by the three countries though their numbers can’t increase rapidly because of their low birth rate of females being fertile only 1-2 days in a month and give birth to four- six off springs in a whole life time.

Forest walks in Bwindi

Though gorilla trekking is the most commonly done activity in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park but there are also a lot of other activities that tourists can engage in before or after trekking mountain gorillas like forest walks.

Different trails have been set up in the park so you can choose according to your interest because each trail leads to its own unique destination. Some of the trails include; Manyanga waterfall trail, Rushura hill walk, Muzibijiro loop, the iviriver walk, Buhoma-Nkuringo trail and Habinyanja trail among the rest.

Forest walks in Bwindi will unveilvisitors to a lot of other primates apart from mountain gorillas like blue tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, velvet monkeys, red tailed monkey, olive baboon, giant forest hogs and other wild life like duikers, bush pigs, bush bucks and occasionally elephants. You will also be able to come across various tree species during your forest walks you will spot trees as tall as 60 meters high and over 200 years old.

The forest walks in Bwindi will also give bird enthusiasts to spot some species of birds from the 351 species of birds recorded. Some of the common birds include; giant kingfisher, crowned hornbill, African green pigeon, African broadbill, blue headed sunbird, handsome francolin, olive breasted greenbul, yellow streaked greenbul, regal sunbird, Ruwenzori apalis, black faced rufous warbler, black billed turaco, cinnamon chested bee eater and purple breasted sunbird. Apart from birds tourists will also be able to see different flowering plants and lots of butterfly species.

Gorilla trekking

Mountain gorilla trekking is the most commonly  done tourists activity in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park apart from forest walks. There are about 15 habituated mountain gorilla families that tourists can trek on Bwindi national park, trekking can only be done by people under the age of fifteen years old and permits cost $600 per person per trekking.

Gorilla habituation

Gorilla habituation can only be done in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in the whole world, this is the process a making mountain gorillas accustomed to human presence by joining researchers and rangers who visit the gorilla family daily, gorilla habituation is more fun as you get to spend four hours in the presence of mountain gorillas unlike gorilla trekking where you spend only an hour with mountain gorilla. The cost for gorilla habituation is $1500 per person per trekking.

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