Many tourists ask if Is it safe to visit Bwindi Impenetrable for Forest guided walks? A quite interesting adventure experience is encountered by walking through the thickest and impenetrable Bwindi Impenetrable national park which is surrounded by several magnificence habitats, offering sparking view stretches as you enjoy different attractions in waterfalls, streams of rivers, trails, and different species of trees and unique plants.
Yes it is safe to visit the park for guided walks. Forests guided walks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park are among the safest activity since they are done under strict guidelines. Visitors can take short time on these forest walks on longer depending on their levels of physical fitness and the time they have budgeted to stay in the jungle. In all sections of the Bwindi Forest, Africa adventure vacations organize forest walks for visitors to explore the forest.
For visitors willing to do forests walks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park are hereby informed that the park is extremely safe for forest guided walks. Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park lies in the southwestern part of Uganda at the border with the democratic republic of Congo. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park harbors half of the Mountain Gorillas remaining in the world and this has made this park popular and the best destination to do gorilla trekking safaris alongside other attractions in East Africa if not in the whole world. Bwindi Park is one of the oldest national parks in Uganda and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Forest guided nature walks in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park can be done in all the sectors of the park which include Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, and Rushaga. Forest walks in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park commence with the critical briefing in the morning to ensure safety and can begin at every park headquarters. Further, the briefing enhances the marvelous experience that the visitors can get from the forest jungle of Bwindi.
Forest guided walks in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park are done following designated trails and visitors can spend 1 to 9 hours traversing the forests as they enjoy the serenity of the jungle and see different primate species such as monkeys, unique bird species, ancient tree species, rivers, and waterfalls. Visitors are requested to come along with tools such as hiking shoes, a camera, binoculars, rainwear, and a packed lunch to have a successful journey in the jungle.
The different trails used in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park for nature guided forest walks include;
The Ivy River forest walks Trail: this trail begins at Bwindi park office of Nkuringo, then follow a murram road downhill as you enjoy clear views of the forests and you can follow this for about 7 kilometers before you reach Ivy River which is on your right-hand side. This trail mostly favors visitors staying at the Buhoma sector since it’s near this fantastic trail. Visitors staying at the Nkuringo park office would need to walk for about two hours to walk to arrive at Ivy River. Visitors can as well walk through the jungle Ivy River to get to Buhoma and the whole walk journeys take between 6 to seven hours.
Another trail is the Kashasha River trail that starts from Nkuringo Park headquarters just before you reach the steep slope via the local community land to access the Bwindi Park buffer zone. Kashasha river trail passes via the junction of the two rivers that meet inside the jungle and proceeding to twenty minutes will lead you to the famous route of the Ivy River trail within the forest which is about 1 hour and 30minutes from Buhoma. 4 to 5 hours are enough for visitors to walk to Buhoma from Nkuringo through Kashasha River Trail. There are some inclining steps when walking to Nkuringo while using the Kashasha River Trail.
As earlier said the park has got 4 sectors and visitors can as well do the forest guided walks in both Nkuringo and Rushaga sectors using different trails above. However, to enjoy the guided forest walks in Bwindi Forest, You will need to pay a park entrance fee and then the forest walk costs to have a wonderful forest walk experience.
Forest guided walks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are best done during the dry periods or months of the years which fall from June to August and early august, these months presents the best time for Forest walks because they receive little/lesser rainfall as compared to other months. However, the weather in Bwindi can change anytime any day and this is what makes the park visited throughout the year for forest walks alongside other activities such as gorilla trekking.
The rain season is also good in a way that the park becomes green and you encounter the flooded rivers and during the rainy season, it’s when birds are commonly seen due to the increasing presence of food.
At Africa adventure vacations, we advise you to book your safari to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park as early as possible to be able to get accommodation facility since most of the lodges and hotels may not have space for your accommodation, especially during the peak season. Here we organize for you the entire trip including accommodation, transportation, and inclusive of all activities you would like to participate in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Just contact us.
Usually, trips to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park commences after you have landed at the Entebbe international airport on that day or the day after. Traveling on the same day will depend on the time you land at Entebbe. From here, you can drive to southwestern Uganda where Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park is located.
You can get to Bwindi forest national park by use of the road or air transport. While using road transport, you will spend between 8 to 9 hours longer to access the park but you can have a wonderful stopover at Kayabwe equator for photography and process for another stopover at Igongo or Mbarara for lunch as you continue to view other wonderful stopovers with rolling hills and stunning landscapes. Visitors can as well fly from Entebbe international airport /Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro airstrip and then to Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park. Alternatively, it has been proven that visitors flying to Kigali International airport can access Bwindi impenetrable national park faster via Cyanika or Katuna border than when using Entebbe international airport. You will spend only 4 to 5 hours to reach Bwindi as you use Kigali International Airport.
An East African visa that will enable you entry into Kenya, Uganda, and Rwanda is recommended at it costs 100 United States dollars and you can get it on arrival at the airport. This helps full as it is cost-effective compared to when buying single visas for reach country. On a single visa, you will need United States dollars 50 to get a Ugandan visa and only United States dollars to get the Rwandan visa. Come and enjoy the safe forest walks offering great adventure for you.
The Bwindi impenetrable national park has numerous accommodation facilities where you can stay and enjoy your forest walks in the wild. The accommodation facilities encompass the hotels t and lodges that range from low or budget to luxurious lodges or hotels. All the 4 sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park are served by several lodges and hotel facilities and as Africa adventure vacations we help you choose the best accommodation facility during your vacation depending on your budget and interests.
It is good that you stay in the sector where you prefer to do your guided forest walks so as you have easy accessibility to the park office. If you decide to stay in the Rushaga sector of queen Elizabeth National park then you can stay at different lodges such as Rushaga gorilla Havens Lodge, Four gorilla lodge, in the Nkuringo sector visitors can stay at lodges such as clouds mountain gorilla lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi gorilla lodge and several lodges in Buhoma that include Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, gorilla forest camp among others. There are other lodges in the Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and these include Bakiga lodge, Trekkers tavern lodge, and Lake Bunyonyi Lodge in Kabale Town. Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is one of the national parks with the best and modern lodging facilities providing a comfortable stay. However, at Africa adventure vacations we recommend our visitors to book these accommodation facilities in advance since there tends to be no availability, especially during peak season. The safety of our clients is our priority when booking for them the accommodation facility in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
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