Nature Walk And Hiking In Kibale National Park
Kibale National Park is a National park in Western Uganda, that protects the moist evergreen rainforest. The park is an exciting tourist destination, it is more loved because of being home to Chimpanzees than any destination in Uganda. It offers adventurous safaris to keep the visitor excited and entertained these services include chimpanzee trekking, birdwatching, community walks, cultural encounters, nature walk, and hiking which take place in the thick forest of the park. Nature walks and hiking are guided walks through the forest for Kibale where one can get to feel the presence of natural air and learn about different flora and fauna species, during these nature walks one can get to learn about different primates which can be spotted. The park is home to 13 primates species including Olive monkeys, Grey checked Mangabeys, Vervet monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, and also Chimpanzees.
Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary, the wetland is located in the Magombe swamp which is situated outside the park about 6km to 12km depending on your fitness from Sebitoli or Kanyanchu information center southern part of Kibale national park. The area is surrounded by the locals including the Bakiga and the Batoro from Runyarakitara-speaking tribes in Uganda. Bigodi wetland is run by the community surrounding the park whereby people in the community are trained as guides for the wetland, therefore the wetland is responsible for supporting eco-tourism enterprises to ensure that the local community surrounding the park benefits from tourism.
The wetland is home of butterflies for visitors who like them, Bigodi wetland sanctuary is known to have over 138 bird species which include the great blue turaco, black-capped apalis, weavers, cuckoos, hornbills, bee-eaters, African pitta among others. Primate species such as blue monkeys, red colobus monkeys Vervet monkeys, and mammals include mongoose, bushbucks, and warthogs. A maximum of 6 travelers is allowed to do these nature walks and they are scheduled for the morning, afternoon, and evening therefore early bookings are highly recommended. Nature walks and hiking are very interesting and some travelers can even request for extended walks which can take 2-6 days. Visitors who want to visit the Bigodi wetland are given a guide from the community project and the wetland walk takes 2-4 hours; depending on your fitness you can decide to walk trails through the swamp and the visitors will be able to see the beautiful grasslands, trees, palms, plants and also different bird species, primates, mammals and many more, they will be able to see the communities around the wetland their ways of living. For hiking and nature walks. The park also offers night walks however you need to have very powerful light to seek the nocturnal creatures such as Potto, Bushbaby, night jar, cricket, and serval cat. The nature walks start at 7.30 pm and they take one and a half hours or two hours.
Nature walks to the top of the world. This is a 3-hour walk experience introducing you to a whole new and real rural experience, you can visit the vast tea plantation, and villages near the park to interact with the local residents and learn about their daily activities
Amabere cave and Crater lake hikes, Amabere are a few unique attractions worth exploring. This is a rich cultural and historical heritage site waiting for you to explore and experience it on a safari in Kibale National park. you need to wear light clothes, hiking boots, tour trousers, a good camera or smartphone, you can also put some money aside for tipping the tour guide out of appreciation. Nature walk and hiking can cost 30USD for foreign non-residents, 15 USD for foreign residents and 10,000 UGX for EAC. Preparing for a hike or walk will make it a lot more rewarding for you, Jewel Safaris can help you in creating an itinerary that not only includes gorilla trekking but also nature walks and hiking.