Top things to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda

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Top things to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda

Top things to do after gorilla trekking in Uganda

Though mountain gorilla trekking is considered to be the highlight of any visit to Uganda, the country offers more than just gorilla trekking in Bwindi and Mgahinga forest.

Bwindi impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park are located at least 450 kilometers south west of the main capital Kampala and we highly recommend adding other activities in or around the forest after gorilla trekking or for other extra days.

In the Bwindi forest after gorilla trekking clients can do nature walks, Water fall walks, go birding and in Mgahinga gorilla national park clients can go golden monkey trekking, birding and Batwa experience on extra days after gorilla trekking experience.

Bwindi Forest

1-Forest birding

Bwindi impenetrable national park is a home to over 20 Albertine Rift endemics and this makes it a top destination for birding in Uganda and some of the bird species include Handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Willard’s Sooty Boubou, Stripe-breasted Tit , Grauer’s Broadbill, Red-throated Alethe, Dwarf Honeyguide, Black-faced Apalis, Rwenzori Apalis , Grauer’s Swamp Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Neumann’s Warbler, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Rwenzori Batis, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Stuhlmann’s Sunbird , Strange Weaver , Dusky Crimson-wing, Shelley’s Crimson-wing, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Blue-headed Sunbird , Yellow-crested Helmet Shrike.

2-Forest and Nature walks

Bwindi is one of Africa’s finest rainforest with several rivers crossing through hence forming beautiful water falls during your nature walk you will have chance of visiting some of these waterfalls and also see other wildlife like duikers, monkeys and sometimes you will hear the chimpanzees and see elephant foot prints.

3-Batwa and village walks

The original occupants of Bwindi were the pygmy’s and after the park was gazetted the Batwa were relocated in the nearby villages and you can visit them alongside community projects like hospitals, women groups and schools after gorilla trekking.

Mgahinga Forest

Mgahinga will need extra days as it does offer a lot of activities but they can be difficult to do immediately after gorilla trekking and the following activities can be done on extra days in Mgahinga gorilla national park.

1-Golden monkey trekking

Golden monkeys are one of the rare and restricted monkey species found in the Virunga Mountains with this distinct golden color makes them one of the finest monkeys to look at in Mgahinga forest and this can be added perfectly to your safari after gorilla trekking experience.

2-Forest birding in Mgahinga

Sitting around the Albertine rift Mgahinga is one of the best places to see birds and some of the most recognized species is the Rwenzori Turaco and the critically endangered Shelley’s crimson wing.

3-Batwa experience

The last remaining strong hold for the indigenous pygmy’s in Uganda is Mgahinga and the park still allows the Batwa to take clients inside the forest to show them the way they used to live in the park before they were relocated in the villages nearby.

4-Canoeing and boat cruise on Lake Mutanda and Lake Mulehe

Lake Mutanda and Lake Mulehe are two of Uganda’s volcanic lakes sitting perfectly below the Virunga mountains providing some of Africa’s finest views and after gorilla trekking clients can do canoeing or a boat cruise on the Lake.


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