Had you prepared to do gorilla tracking in Bwindi National Park Uganda and your dream was put on hold by the corona virus pandemic. No worries let’s take a virtual road ride to Bwindi while seated on your home sofa. Thanks to Google for bringing the world closer to you. Mere click and you go places in a flash. Lets Explore Virtual map of Bwindi Forest
Begin the Bwindi Forest Africa Holiday
Let’s get on board with our baggage to drive passed the swampy country side of Uganda to the western area. The drive is a beat bumpy as you try to doge and maneuver potholes giving you a typical Africa massage. Head passed jagged series of rock and undulating hills that form a network of highlands.
Feel the chilling weather and drop in temperature as you draw closer to ever cold Bwindi forest. Of course it time to check in.
Draw the imagination of the second day as you rise to get ready and pack your gorilla tracking gears. Wear your tracking boots, garden gloves, long sleeved shirt and do not forget insect repellant. Move to the ranger station for an imaginary briefing as you go through the rules of gorilla tracking. In the company of those in your seating room, start trekking to find the mountain gorillas.
As you sink into the belly of Bwindi forest, you may meet other primates like the enchanting vervet monkeys, black and while colobus, red tailed monkeys, olive baboons and variety of birds you can imagine. The tree trunks are huge with large tap roots sagged in muddy ground.
Adrenaline may try to rise as you draw closer to the mountain gorillas. Imagine a dark full body fur covered giant moving in a knuckle style and hutting with its mouth pulled upfront. Watch the happy family grabbing and each chewing the softest stem they can get hold of. The drama in the forest never leaves you the same.
Bwindi is one of the still surviving prehistoric natural forests has old trees with huge trunks that are covered with creeping plants and less under growth. Some of the stems are covered in algae while other stems have been scratched by forest inhabitants.
The forest is inhabited by numerous primates that feed and dwell in its environs. Some of them include the majestic mountain gorillas, olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, grey cheeked mangabey, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, bush babies, l’hoest to mention but a few.
Rivers and ponds
Bwindi is a water catchment area for this region and so several rivers meander in it. Streams and swamps also form part of this incredible pristine forest. It’s no surprise that the ground is always mushy as little sun rays are allowed to penetrate the ground. The dew that drops from large leaves is like cherry on icing as it contributes to the wetness of the ground.
Bwindi has several scenic water falls that form incredible views. The falls are fed by fast running water from the rivers that finds its way down the cliffs.
Bwindi forest is a haven for several birds and one of the top birding destinations in Africa. About 23 of the 25 albertine endemics are believed to live in Bwindi forest but the best birding center is the Ruhijah gorilla tracking area.