The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is an ancient rain forest that stretches across a series of steep ridges in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range. This park was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its ecological uniqueness and natural beauty, and it is home to roughly half of the world’s total mountain gorilla population. The park is located in southern Uganda, on the rift valley’s edge. It is one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forest, dating back more than 25,000 years and home to nearly 400 plant species. More famously, the park protects 440 mountain gorillas, or half of the population, including habituated groups that can be tracked.
The area is also home to 120 mammals, including primates such as baboons and chimps, as well as elephants and antelopes. This forest is home to approximately 350 bird species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. Buhoma and Nkuringo, both nearby towns, have an impressive range of very luxury lodges, pastoral bandas, and budget campsites. There are also numerous restaurants, craft stalls, and markets. On an authentic coffee tour to Bwindi Park, savour the deep scent and flavour of the finest Ugandan coffee. The coffee tour acts as a complementary on any safari itinerary to this park.
Coffee was discovered in the wild in 9th century in Ethiopia and took centuries to spread. Herbalists in Yemen began using it as a stomach upset remedy in the 12th century. It arrived in the 16th century in the United Kingdom, the 17th century in America, and Uganda in 1900.
The English were more culturally connected to tea, and the Empire needed ways to fund itself, so they introduced Ugandans to tea drinking, whereas coffee was solely for making money. Coffee shops began to appear in Kampala in the early twenty-first century, and the “new” drink gradually conquered the middle class. Every town worth its name now has a coffee shop, or even a coffee plantation tour, but none has a better coffee tour than Bwindi region! You arrived at the right time and in the right place.
If you want to refine your Uganda Gorilla tracking Safari itinerary with any other complements, then coffee tours in Bwindi should be on your bucket list. This will take you to the local farms in the region of Kisoro in Western Uganda. Village tours in and around Bwindi Impenetrable National Park provide an opportunity to learn about Robusta coffee farming in Uganda. Spend the day with small-scale farmers in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park area.
The coffee tours in Bwindi will teach you how to dig, weed, and harvest organic coffee in a real farming setting. You will participate and learn about the entire process, from seedlings to drink/cup. You will have the opportunity to pick, pound, roast, grind, and drink coffee. Farmers’ skills and knowledge will bring a new appreciation to your coffee drinking habits. You only take the coffee-making experience here.
After getting your hands dirty in any of the coffee processes, be it planting, pruning, weeding, harvesting or even pounding to making yourself a cup of coffee, you will also have an option of supporting the local farmers by buying some take home coffee packages. The funds will help to improve on the livelihoods of the communities around the Bwindi area.
Driving from Kampala to Bwindi is approximately 500 kilometers long and takes up to 8 hours. Drones, cars, and tour buses are commonly used. The journey is also determined by the trailhead you choose, such as Kampala – Ruhija, Kampala – Ntungamo – Rukungir – Kihihi – Buhoma/Nyondo, or Kampala – Kabale – Kisoro – Rushanga/Nkuringo.
Flights are usually organized on a daily basis at Entebbe International Airport, and the flight from Entebbe to a nearby airfields takes about an hour to Kihihi town, which connects to the Bwindi area. Tourists who are already in Kampala can fly from Kajansi Airstrip as it is also closer to Entebbe International Airport.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the best places in the world to see endangered mountain gorillas. As a tourist, you must purchase a gorilla permit in advance in order to meet with the gorillas. In Uganda, the minimum age for tracking gorillas is 15 years old. Gorilla trekking is mostly done in four main regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Ruhija, Buhoma, Nkuringo, and Rushaga.
Buhoma is the most well-known sector of Bwindi Forest, and it was the first to be established for gorilla trekking under the Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s ancient rain forest is home to over 350 bird species, including 23 Albertine rift endemics. The blue headed sunbird, red headed blue bill, white tailed blue fly catchers, African Emerald cuckoo, shinning African blue, are among the bird species.
Tourists on a gorilla trek have the opportunity to see these various bird species as they sing in the rain forest and search for gorillas. They are entertained by the sweet sounds and melodies of the birds, which make the park tour so memorable. Because Bwindi provides habitat for many bird species, it has been recommended for bird watching and is the top destination for bird watching. Tourists can see the broad-billed bird species, which is only found in Uganda’s Bwindi National Park.
Hiking and Nature Walks:
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has six main hiking trails in the Buhoma region of Bwindi where you can hike through the impenetrable forest and see many primate species, beautiful butterflies, various tree species, and clear views of some bird species singing in the air. As you walk through the trails, you will be led by a tour guide who will lead you through and help you understand the nature of the national park.
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