Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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6 Day Birding Itinerary – leaving from QENP

Day 1: Bird to Bwindi

After breakfast with your packed lunch, bird en-route to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and arriving in the late afternoon. If traveling from Queen Elizabeth National Park, look out for species like Raptors, Bee-eaters, Kingfishers, Barbets, Tinkerbirds, Woodpeckers, Apalises, Honeyguides, Greenbuls, Swallows, Larks, Cisticolas, Pipits, Chats, Shrikes, Starlings, Widowbirds and many more. Dinner and overnight at one of the lodges in Buhoma.

Day 2:  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-Buhoma-Ivi trail

After an early breakfast, we find that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest doesn’t quite live up to its name as we enter it looking out for species like Black Bee-Eater, Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin’s Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler,Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage’s Bush-shrike, Luhder’s Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Petit’s Cuckooshrike, Starlings, Sunbirds, Black-billed Weaver, Brown-capped weaver, among others. Dinner and overnight as before.

Day 3:  Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-Buhoma-Muyaga waterfall trail

Get an early start to look for birds like Bar-tailed Trogon, Black Bee-Eater, White-headed Wood-hoopoe, Tinkerbirds and Barbets, Woodpeckers, African Broadbill, assorted Greenbuls, White-bellied Robin-Chat, Red-throated Alethe, Chapin's Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Black-faced Rufous Warbler, Grauer's Warbler, Short-tailed Warbler , Oberlander’s Ground Thrush ,Mountain Masked Apalis, Bocage's Bush-shrike, Luhder's Bush-shrike, Pink-footed Puffback, Petit's Cuckooshrike, Starlings, Black-billed Weaver, Brown-capped weaver among other birds. Dinner and Overnight as before.

Day 4: Bird as you transfer to Ruhija via the Neck

After breakfast, bird as you transfer to Ruhija looking out for birds like Black Bee-eater, Red-throated Wryneck, Mountain Wagtail, Toro Olive-Greenbul, White-starred Robin, Olive Thrush, Cassin’s-grey Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Chubb’s Cisticola, Banded Prinia, Mountain Masked Apalis, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Grey Cuckoo-shrike, Sharpe’s Starling, Regal Sunbird, Strange Weaver, Dusky Twinspot, Yellow Bishop, Black-throated Seedeater among others. Dinner and overnight at one of the Lodges.

Day 5: Bird Mubwindi Swamp

After breakfast, walk down to the Mubwindi Swamp looking out for species like the Black-billed Turaco, Western Green Tinkerbird, Fine-banded Woodpecker, African Green-Broadbill, Shelly’s Crimsonwing, Mountain Greenbul, Yellow-streaked Greenbul, African Hill Babbler, Mountain Illadopsis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Mountain Yellow Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Collared Apalis, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Doherty’s Bush-shrike, Bar-tailed Trogon, Blue-headed Sunbird, Regal Sunbird and more. Certainly one of the highlights of any birding trips in Uganda, this walk is physically challenging, but taken slowly it is quite manageable. Dinner and overnight as before.

Day 6: Bird to Kisoro

After breakfast, bird to Kisoro via Echuya forest and the remaining stretch of papyrus swamp to look for the Papyrus Yellow Warbler and Papyrus Canary if we are lucky, as well as Carruther's Cisticola, Little Rush Warbler and Fawn-breasted Waxbill among other birds.

Continue with the drive to Kisoro looking out for birds like Handsome Francolin, Olive Pigeon, Western Green Tinkerbird, Archer's Robin-Chat, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Blue Flycatcher, Mountain Masked Apalis, White-browed Crombec, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Batis, Doherty's Bush-shrike, Montane Oriole, White-napped Raven, Dusky Crimsonwing, Black-crowned Waxbill, Black-headed Waxbill among other birds. Dinner and overnight at one of the many accommodations in Kisoro.

4 Day General Itinerary

Day 1 – Travel to Bwindi

Set off early for Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, stopping in Kabale town for lunch. Stay at one of the lodging options in Buhoma, Ruhija or Nkuringo depending on which gorilla group you have arranged to track. Spend the cool Bwindi evening sat around your lodge’s cozy fireplace.

Day 2: Gorilla Tracking

After a briefing from your ranger guide, begin tracking the mountain gorillas through the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. This can take a couple of hours or a whole day depending on the location of the apes. Keep an eye out for forest species such as buffaloes, elephants, black fronted duikers and bushbucks. After a well-earned lunch back at your accommodation, rest your tired legs and enjoy a view of the forested hillside, or take a restorative massage, offered in many of the lodges.

Day 3: Village Walks and Cultural Performances

Discover the communities that live side by side with the gorillas on a village walk – there are various options in Buhoma, Nkuringo, Rubuguri and Nyundo. Activities include meeting traditional healers, visiting authentic homesteads, watching the local blacksmith at work and learning skills such as basket weaving and millet grinding. There are also cultural performances by Kiga and Batwa communities and a group of orphans. These tours benefit the communities and the environment!

Day 4: Waterfall Hike

If staying in Buhoma, take hike through the forest to Munyanga Waterfall. For those staying south of the park, take the 3-4 hour walk from Nkuringo all the way across the impenetrable forest to Buhoma, where your vehicle will meet you with your luggage. From here you can enjoy more cultural activities, or proceed north to Queen Elizabeth National Park.

Stout walking boots or shoes, wet weather gear and warm layers. Water bottle, lunch/snacks.
If you choose to bring a camera, be aware that the dark-haired gorillas in typically dim conditions present challenging subjects!




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Main Tourism Activities

Uganda Wildlife Authority offers various Activities and attractions in the Protected areas and the major ones are Gorilla Tracking, Chimpanzee Tracking, Golden Monkey Tracking, Habituation experiance, Game Drives. Boat Launch Trips, Nature Walks including Birdwatching, Sport Fishing and Mountain climbing