5 Things to Do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on Your Honeymoon
We took some time to select the top 5 things to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on your honeymoon. Reviving up marital bliss after a tiresome wedding by taking a honeymoon safari to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest gives you enough quality time with less disturbance. Both of you need those happy moments apart from the past tiresome wedding or engagement preparations environment.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has various gorilla families and meeting them adds a deeper feeling to your love. The park is renowned for hosting almost half the total number of mountain gorillas in the world at the moment about 18 gorilla families are residents of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park all living in different areas.
You need to go to Bwindi forest to book a gorilla trekking permit from the Ruhija area, Buhoma area, Nkuringo area, and Rushaga area according to Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Provision for an exclusive gorilla trekking experience is available where you can close off a gorilla family and buy off all other gorilla permits for that family for the day. A maximum of 8 people are allowed to be with the mountain gorillas per trek per day.
You can take part in a romantic nature walk in a Bwindi forest taking time off to watch birds, butterflies, waterfalls, huge trees covered with thick layers of lichens,
If you are a keen birder, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the ideal place to spend your honeymoon sleeping amongst sweet hymns from thousands of birds. At your own pace, you can get the chance to spot birds like African Green Broadbill, Rwenzori Batis, Red-faced Woodland, Western Green Shelley’s Crimsonwing, Tinkerbird, Collared Apalis and so much more.
Highlights of what you can do on your honeymoon in Bwindi Impenetrable National park
- Gorilla Trekking
- Other Primate Walk
- Nature Walk
- Community Visit
Details Of What To Do On Honeymoon In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla Trekking On Honeymoon
Gorilla trekking tops the list of activities you can do during your honeymoon in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi forest is one of the rescue forests that resisted the arid conditions of the ice age period, therefore, harboring a wide range of wildlife. Its vegetation cover has lived for over 30000 years as a mixture of tangles.
Mountain gorillas in the entire world survive in only three countries that is Uganda, Rwanda, and D.R. Congo but Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park has the biggest number. As a couple gorilla trekking gets so electrifying as it’s a reminder of the family ahead of your marriage.
Helping each other with preparing gorilla trekking gears to use is romantic. Booking the gorilla trekking permits and succeeding in acquiring them is another bonus. After a wedding or engagement, sealing the happiness of your love with an encounter with the mountain gorillas is a lifetime memory.
On the day of gorilla trekking, you gather at the ranger station for briefing and your ranger guide later leads the way into the forest. The nature of topography of the Bwindi forest is a deeply fissured landscape of steep slopes, slippery valleys, and high draughty ridges. You need each other’s hand to get up of getting done these highlands.
When you finally locate the mountain gorillas as a couple, trust me you feel a slight tickle within you. Their families are adorable to watch as each individual gorilla is busy for the good cause of the family. Females may be babysitting, silverback taking a 360 look at the family, and juveniles are the life of the party.
Take as many photos as you wish and watch out for all the fun of your meeting with the mountain gorilla family.
Other Primate Watching During Honeymoon In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi forest is gifted with over 10 primate species apart from the mountain gorillas. The existing over 300 natural tree species create a comfortable home for these primates since the majority are vegetarian and Bwindi Forest is a rich provider.
Some of the primates you may get to see include blue monkeys, chimpanzees though wild and rarely seen, olive baboons, L’Hoest’s, red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus, grey-cheeked mangabey and so many others.
Bwindi forest is truly a primate haven worth adding to your honeymoon destinations. Taking one of the forest walks in Bwindi as a couple takes you to the Primate kingdom.
Birding on Honeymoon In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Lover Birds is a true feeling you get from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park birding safari. Bwindi forest is Africa’s prime birding destination with the Ruhija area being the most exciting. As keen birders on honeymoon, you can book a trip to Mubwindi Swamp in Ruhija. This undisturbed section of Bwindi Forest can be hiked for three hours giving you chance to spot both grassland and forest bird species.
Taking the River Ivi trail in Bwindi Forest is phenomenal for birders. This trail is an old road within the forest that connects the Buhoma sector to Nkuringo in the south.
Some of the birds you may get to see include Mountain Masked and chestnut-throated Apalises, African Hill Babbler, Archer’s Robin-chat, Red-throated Alethe, Rwenzori Batis, and strange Weaver.
Having a photo collection of the things you love to do even on your honeymoon makes your experience more exciting.
Nature Walk on Honeymoon in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Love is a natural feeling so taking off some time to walk amidst nature is refreshing. A number of other walks apart from gorilla trekking trails are available especially in the Buhoma sector the busiest Bwindi forest section. Taking some of these tails leads to the spectacular point of the park like waterfalls, offering breathtaking views, spotting various birds and primates, beautiful butterflies, unique trees, and many others.
These walks start in the morning at about 0900hrs or afternoon at 1400hours. Some of these nature walk tails include:
Muzabajiro Loop with a hike to Rububira hill where you get the incredible view of Bwindi forest, Virunga Volcanoes, and the rift valley.
The waterfall trail goes through the forest, bypassing tree ferns, and orchids as sparkling waterfalls come into view.
Munyanga River trail leads you to the forest periphery with a super view of birds and troupes of monkeys.
Community Visits on Honeymoon in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Buhoma community walk and cultural performances can be arranged upon request. This three-hour walk is one of the ways the community is included in the conservation program of the mountain gorillas.
You get to learn how the locals enjoy their family life and what they do for a living. Some of what you may get to do include visiting the traditional healer, banana beer brewery, and upon request watching a traditional dance group.
Nkuringo Community walks in case you did gorilla trekking in the south, you can do this too. You can visit the traditional healer, blacksmith, rural homestead, banana beer brewer
It feels special to do different things during special occasions like a honeymoon. These are memories that last with you forever.
How To Get To Bwindi Forest National park For a Honeymoon
Several routes take you to Bwindi Impenetrable National park and on the road, you need to start early to beat jams in the city so as to take your time on the upcountry roads without panicking.
Queen Elizabeth National Park to Kihihi to Buhoma
If you have a safari in Queen Elizabeth National Park but have to proceed for gorilla trekking, this is the ideal route. Bwindi forest is about 160 km from Mweya and 64 km from Ishasha sector all in Queen Elizabeth National Park. En route chances of spotting tree climbing lions are high.
Kampala to Kabale to Rujija to Buhoma
This unfinished road goes through Kabale to Rujiha and Buhoma for about 95 km.
Kampala to Ntungamo to Rukungiri to Kihihi to Buhoma
For approximately 8 hours from Kampala excluding stops the road takes you to Rukungiri for about 390 km. From Rukungiri continue on a murram road to Buhoma for 82 km.
Kampala to Kabale to Kanungu to Buhoma
Depart Kampala city or Entebbe on a tarmac road for about 414 km. the road continues with a curving marram road for about 150 km through Kanungu and Kanyantorogo.
Kampala to Kabale to Nkuringo
From Kabale, Nkuringo is about 250 km lasting about 4 hours on a winding murram road
Enjoy a stopover in Kisoro which is 80 km from Nkuringo gorilla trekking area. From Kisoro a road is about 35km so anyone can overnight here and do gorilla trekking the next day. Before briefing, you have to drive approximately 1 hour and a half.
Scheduled Flights or Charter flights to Kisoro or Kihihi Airstrip
Daily domestic flights depart Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip to Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrip. You may opt to use flights and book a transfer vehicle
Private charter flight arrangements can be made in advance from Entebbe or Kajjansi. Transfer vehicle to the lodge in Bwindi is necessary because the flights do not land in Bwindi. All these arrangements require advance booking.
Best Time To Book Honeymoon In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Although gorilla trekking is an all-year-round adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The peak seasons are more population in and around the park. June to September and December are more populated with tourists in Bwindi.
The shoulder seasons that is March to May and November have fewer tourists and provide more privacy even within the lodges. This period gives you time to yourselves and a more intimate atmosphere to enjoy as newlyweds with less interference.
What to Pack For Honeymoon In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Warm wear as the temperatures of Bwindi Forest drops as low as 7 degrees centigrade sometimes. The mornings and nights are extremely cold. You may also be interested in what to pack for gorilla trekking.
Tracking boots that can withstand slippery slopes when you hike to find mountain gorillas.
Garden gloves to wear and keep your palms warm also help you catch a tighter grip on the entangled vegetation when you slide.
Energy treats to give you more reason to carry on to locate the mountain gorillas.
A camera to capture every moment of your experience with the family of mountain gorillas.
Light waterproof bag to protect your gear from getting lost in the jungle or wet when it rains.
A poncho or raincoat in case it rains without warning.
Insect repellant to protect your skin from stinging insects
For more information about the 5 things to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park on your honeymoon and how to book all services without hassle, please contact Encounter Africa Safaris by email or phone and one of our dedicated safari consultants will assist you accordingly. Encounter Africa Safaris is one of the leading tour operators in East Africa as evidenced by reviews on trip advisor.