We believe that the best way to see Uganda is on foot; especially where there are hardly any roads and the nature barely touched.
Nkuringo is a perfect example of this and we have designed some hikes which are led by our expert guides who are well conversant with the area’s flora and fauna and culture.
It is possible to get a taste of this area with some shorter treks of approximately 2 hours or delve a little deeper with treks of up to a week.
A short walk from Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge. You stroll through Nkuringo village and take some small foot paths to the top of the world. Beautiful views overlooking the surrounding mountains, valleys and ridges. A great way to stretch your legs after gorilla tracking. Beautiful in the afternoon when the sun is setting.
A buffer zone is a transition zone between Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the cultivated areas where the people live. Nowadays a lot of tea is grown in the buffer zone because gorillas do not like tea, therefore they go back into the forest instead of eating whatever they can find in the farmers gardens. This walk is great for birding and learning about the rural farming communities
This project is run by USAID and the local Batwa community. The Batwa tribe had to leave Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1991 when it was declared a UNESCO world Heritage site for the gorillas only. As the Batwa had been living in the forest as nomads surviving on the flora and fauna around them, moving out and suddenly living in communities with a completely different way of life has proven to be a huge challenge. However, some are managing really well and use their rich heritage to promote their previous life in the forest to earn a living.
This walk is truly an experience. Not challenging at all but rather informative and exciting, it is an eye opener to see how the Batwa managed to survive in the forest.
It is also a community walk across villages. The waterfall is found in a village called Suma. It’s a 6 kms walk from Nkuringo. When going to the waterfalls you pass one of the biggest villages in the area; with more than 500 people. The village has a man famous for having 16 wives. The waterfall is surrounded by different species of trees that are home to plenty of endemic bird species, for example, Northern Double Collared Sun Bird, the Violet Backed Starling and the Great Blue Eared Starling. This activity can be done any time but the best time is in the morning hours.
The pocket forest was part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is still quite impenetrable. It was cut off from the forest as people needed more land to live on and cultivate. It takes around 2 hours to get there, 2 hours on the edge of the forest and 2 hours to walk back. The walk takes you through beautiful little farming villages. Nombe Pocket Forest is exceptional for birding.
There are 2 routes through Bwindi Impenetrable forest which take you from Nkuringo in the South to Buhoma in the North. These trails serve to purposes, 1) Trekking through thick primary rainforest with fantastic primates, birding and spectacular scenery, 2) As means of getting from the North to south of Bwindi or vice versa to continue your safari.
This Ivy River route ascends and descends gently through beautiful areas of the rain forest with several viewpoints from the marram road to Nkuringo overlooking lush mist shrouded valleys. The trail is also an important footpath for local people travelling to and from Nkuringo particularly on market days to Nteko village on the southern boundary of the park. Monkeys, duikers, bush pigs and some of Bwindi’s world renowned bird and butterfly species can be sighted.
Slightly more challenging than the Ivy River Trail the Kashasha River Trail offers visitors an up close experience of the natural wonders within a rain forest environment. Birds are prolific in Bwindi and your guide will point these out to you during your walk.
Upon arrival in Buhoma you may opt to proceed to Queen Elizabeth National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park entrance and ranger guide fees required.
These 2 walks can also be done in reverse order from Buhoma to Nkuringo
When you arrive in Kisoro, have your first cup of coffee at Gorilla Junction and go for a coffee tour. Our walking safari guide will not only show you the coffee plantation but will take you through the whole process from the plant to the actual cup of coffee. You will certainly appreciate each cup more after you have seen all the hard work that goes into it.
After, we transfer to Lake Mutanda for a 2.5 hours canoe tour. Just sit back whilst the local fisher man paddle you across this amazingly beautiful lake in traditional dug out canoes. Admire the Islands and surrounding volcanoes that skirt the edge of the lake.
The last part of the hike takes you through communities, past farmers. You won’t here the sound of vehicles or heavy machinery, just the hum and energy of village life. A truly special experience.