Buniga Forest is found at Nkuringo on the SW edge of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
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Buniga Forest Walk:
While Nkuringo is best known for mountain gorilla tracking and grandstand views of the Bwindi hills and Virunga volcanoes, other, hidden treasures await discovery in the depths of Buniga.
Throughout the 1 km long trail in Buniga Forest, you’ll learn how the forest sustained the Batwa providing them with food, medicine, clothing, shelter, crafts, tools, tradition and folklore.
Enter the forest with a Mutwa guide to learn the secrets of the Batwa’s traditional forest culture, and also, found out how they live today in the nearby Sanuriiro settlement.
The Trail and Settlement Visit:
The guided walk follows an easy to moderate hike on a new and well-developed trail. Allow at least three hours for the walk and the visit to Sanuriiro Batwa settlement.
The walk starts and finishes at the NCCDF office in Nkuringo. However, you will need your own transport to visit the Sanuriiro Batwa settlement, 5 km distant.
Mountain Gorilla Tracking:
The Nkuringo, Kahungye, Shongi, and Mishaya habituated groups of mountain gorillas can be tracked from this area of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Book your gorilla tracking permits directly with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, but add the Buniga Forest Walk to your travel itinerary!
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Buniga Forest is home to many endemic trees and flowers. You’ll find giant lobelias and tree ferns nestled into the slopes near the trail.
While on the Buniga Forest Walk, keep your eye out for primates and endemic birds as well as signs of more elusive creatures, like a chimpanzee nest or two.