Buniga Forest Walk

The Buniga Forest Walk is one of the best community based adventures you can enjoy while on a gorilla safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park! Located in Nkuringo near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, this 1.5 km trail explores Buniga Forest, with its lush tree ferns and giant lobelia.

The Walk is guided by the local Batwa – an indigenous group of people who formerly lived a nomadic life in the gorilla forests of the Great Lakes region of Africa. While on the nature walk through the forest, tourists benefit from the Batwa’s extensive forest knowledge and survival skills, passed from one generation to the next.

The Buniga Forest Walk is arranged by the Nkuringo Community Conservation and Development Foundation (NCCDF) and the walk starts and finishes at the NCCDF offices in Nkuringo. The Walk includes a 1 km walk through the Buniga Forest fragment, followed by a visit to the Sanuriiro settlement, 5 km distance,
to allow you to meet the Batwa both then and now.

The Walk

The 1 km trail is an easy to moderate hike with frequent stops to experience the forest from the perspective of the Batwa. You’ll learn how the forest sustained the ‘First People,’ providing them with food, medicine, clothing, shelter, crafts and tools, tradition and folklore.

Fact Sheet

Location:
Nkuringo,
SW of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Kanungu, UGANDA.
Timezones:
EAT (GMT +3)
Currency:
Uganda Shillings, UGX
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Buniga Forest

Within the Forest you will encounter many indigenous plant species with special importance to the Batwa people. Keep your eyes open for the giant lobelias and tree ferns.
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Sanuriiro Batwa Settlement

The transition to a new existence outside the forest has not been easy for the Batwa. Many exist as landless squatters while more fortunate communities live in new, purpose-built villages.

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