Buhoma Village Tourist walk; A recent introduction is a three-hour stroll through Buhoma and its margins to see the customs and practices of the Bakiga and Batwa people. The tour take sin varied activities such as farming, brewing local beer, dispensing traditional medicines and concludes with dancing displays by members of the Batwa community.
Hit the Trail in your car; Visitors with their own 4 -wheel drive transport should consider crossing the rugged centre of the park through Ruhija. This transect affords the visitor with Uganda's finest vistas of deep undisturbed forests. Watch out for duikers, primates and both forest and grassland bird species. In Ruhija, visitors can take the three-hour scenery packed hike to the Mubwindi swamp. You may also walk to the Bamboo zone (the only such area in the park).
The Bamboo Trail; The Bamboo trail offers 14 vegetation types and is one of the areas of highest diversity in the park. At the top of this trail, you witness panoramic views encompassing L. Bunyonyi and Mafuga forest.
Cultural Performance; In the evenings, participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women's groups. Proceeds from these go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park.
ACCOMMODATION IN BWINDI
There are a number of choices to cater for the up market as well as the budget tourist accommodation;
UP MARKET ACCOMMODATION
Gorilla Forest Camp: This is a modern tented camp with flash toilets and solar power. It is owned by Sanctuary lodges, this fabulous tented camp is easily the luxurious option at Bwindi. The secluded self contained walk-in-twin tents are protected beneath a thatch roof extending over a private deck, while meals and drinks are served in an originally decorated-sided common area. A good variety of monkeys regularly pass through the ground.
Volcanoes Bwindi Camp Bwindi Lodge overlooks the primeval Bwindi forest, home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Amidst the many noises of forest life, it is the perfect place to experience the magic of this impenetrable forest. The tented camp that was there previously has been replaced by a newly built stunning eco-lodge comprising eight Bandas.
Gorilla Resort is the newest luxury camp to appear out of the forest at Buhoma. The camp is composed of a main lodge building with lounge, restaurant, bar, and a suspended deck that features a campfire overlooking the rain forest.
Mantana Camp: This classic site tented camp adjoins a small patch of the forest rustling with birdlife. The self contained tents all have solar lighting, an eco-friendly toilet and a private veranda.
BUDGET AND CAMPING
Located within the boundary of the forest is this mid-range lodge operated by Wild Frontiers Uganda. Lake Kitandara Camp; Located just outside the park gate at Buhoma. The camp has recently been upgraded in 2006 with each tent supplied with piped hot water, has a flushing toilet, a hand washing and bath tap, bath room mirror, towel rack and solar power. The dining and reception has also been refurbished.
Kampala to Kabale is a distance of 4140 km on bitumen surface and takes 6-7 hours. An additional 120 km from Kabale to Buhoma Park Headquarters via Kanungu and Kanyantoroogo on murram surface take 3-4 hours and my require a 4WD vehicle. Kabale-Ruhija-Buhoma is 95 Km and takes about 3-4 hours. This road is not frequently used by the public. A $WD vehicle is recommended.
The re is also a bus from Kampala to Butogota. Taxis for hire are available for about $15 form Butogota to Buhoma Park Headquarters.
SIZE: 331 sq km
LOCATION: Southwest. The closes large town is Kabale.
WHEN TO VISIT:
Any time, though conditions are more challenging during the rainy season.
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