Lake Bunyoni is one of the jewels of the lovely south-west corner of Uganda. Close by is Mgahinga National Park, where the Virunga Volcanoes straddle Uganda and Rwanda. This region is both beautiful and fascinating. Here you enjoy a more leisured itinerary. Hike through local villages, paddle a traditional canoe and meet the ancient Batwa people of the forest.
Stay at one of the lovely lakeside lodges at Lake Bunyoni, where you can soak up the charms of this exceptionally scenic location. Bunyoni (meaning ‘little birds’) is dotted with little islands which play host to the numerous species of birds.
Mgahinga National Park
Mgahinga Gorilla National Park is one of Uganda’s smallest forest reserves. It is part of the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range. So yes, it is home to mountain gorillas. But they have an unfortunate tendency to range far across the border into the DRC. So gorilla tracking is quite unpredictable here. Thankfully, the park offers lots of other worthwhile activities. This includes hikes up the volcanoes, tracking Golden Monkeys and the Batwa Trail.
The Batwa Trail
The Batwa are the former dwellers in the high mountain forests of south-west Uganda. Their hunter-gatherer lifestyle has been devastatingly impacted by 20th century development and conservation. For millennia, they have co-existed peacefully with the mountain gorillas and other forest inhabitants.
So in an attempt to establish an income and find a new way to remain the ‘keepers of the forest’ the Batwa have introduced the Batwa Trail. Here they explain, demonstrate and share their low-impact culture and heritage with visitors. The Batwa Trail in Mgahinga National Park is both moving and enlightening.