Bwindi forest is known for being home to the amazing mountain gorillas which usually casts a shadow on the other magnificent attractions in this impenetrable forest and the activities surrounding it. Bwindi being the biggest habitat of the endangered mountain gorilla is a protected and habituated area, with limited access to it to prevent the encroachment to it, with that in mind, this keeps natural and flourishingly vibrant.
Bwindi forest is endowed in the best way possible, making it a mystery and a fascination to those who decide to venture into it to experience the magnitude of its charm and diversity. Apart from the Gorilla experience, one can experience Bwindi in a whole new light with the diversified activities that work hand in hand with the community and conservation to protect the gorilla habitat and promote community sustainability. The different tourist activities around and within Bwindi are:
Hike the Rushaga waterfall
The hike to this astonishing waterfall is more of a walk with a few climbing, during this hike, it is educative when you get to see the amazing very tall mahogany trees which are over a hundred years old, the different plants and forest monkeys, the tantalizing forest sounds which are both strange and sensational at the same time, the dark well-hidden caves which lead to the telling of the stories about the indigenous Batwa people. Finally, you will hear the sound of the waterfalls, these surprisingly beautiful waterfalls are hidden away in a gorgeous very tall and big cave of rocks, this spectacular view and its coolness as the waterfalls from the high rocks is worth the hike and will most definitely take your breath away, it is a gem hidden in the depth of the impenetrable forest.
Community-women dances and crafts
The community is one important part of the Bwindi forest and to prevent the community from exploiting the forest, activities are created to help the community in earning an income for their social and economic sustainability, these activities include :
Crafts and weaving (for sale to Tourists)
The making of crafts and weaving helps produce products for sale to the tourists which helps the local community earn a living, especially women, also, when tourists visit the local community, they get a chance to interact with the women who usually teach them who to weave, grind sorghum and tell them stories about their ways of living which is always eye-opening, solely interactive and fun :
Local dances in Bwindi the forest
The community women have a community group that organizes dances and entertainment for guests and the guests are free to join, the dance is usually delightful, and energetic and is viewed as a way of bonding appreciation amongst people.
Finally, the Bwindi forest is the hub of many different activities, because of its natural diversity and uniqueness which makes it a prime destination in Uganda.