The thrill of hiking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
We started off the hike on a high note. The hill was very steep; I had to bend and make use of my hands to slope down.
I held onto the tea tress as my support system until l finished the first part.
You should have witnessed the drama of my friends landing on their stomachs. Thank God no one was hurt.
This was just the beginning for us as the Conservation Media Camp Members.
Our guide of the day, Michael Otti, led the way to the forest as he cleared a path for us at the same time.
Behind us was a ranger from the Uganda Wildlife Authority who carried his AK47 gun in case of an emergency.
For a minute, all l could hear were the birds, the wind and as we went further, the water falls.
The beauty and thickness of the forest was amazing
It was so refreshing not hearing the sound of the cars in traffic jam and the commotion of the city.
This is the kind of fresh start everyone needs when this whole pandemic of Covid-19 ends.
The hike was not so easy as we climbed and scrambled along muddy and at times stony paths.
For 8 hours we made it through thick and thin as some of our friends made jokes that kept us going since we were exhausted.
We still had a few hills to make it back to our home for the night.
The hike was fulfilling for me and l would most definitely go back without thinking twice.
For Ugandans the hike costs UGX 30,000 only.
Our host for the three days was Ihamba Residence. It sits on top of a hill overlooking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
For all those that believe in love at first sight, this is the place to be.
It will serve you with unending views of the forest from each side that you won’t help it but thank God for his creations.
The residence is also surrounded by flowers, different herbal trees and tea plantations on its slopes.
About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Located in South-Western Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a listed World heritage and a home of half the world’s Mountain Gorillas.
The Park is one of the oldest tropical forests in the country with an extremely rich biodiversity and very old, and rare tree species.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest sits on 321 square kilometers of land near the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park.
It is believed that there are over 200 species of trees in the forest, 104 species of ferns and species of Guineo Congolian Flora including two endangered species the Brown Mahogany and Brazzeia Longipedicellata.
The park is also home to 10 primates including the Golden monkeys, Black and White colobus monkeys, Chimpanzees, Golden monkeys and many more.
Others are over 348 bird species, 310 species of butterflies,52 reptiles and 120 mammals including bush elephants,27 species of frogs, Chameleons, and many others.