Muzabajiro trail in Bwindi
Bwindi is a famous area for gorilla trekking in the southwestern part of Uganda. Bwindi covers a total area of 331 sq. km and was gazetted in 1991 to protect wild animals as well as the vegetation. The national park is home to endangered mountain gorillas, 10 primates, 350 birds, 120 mammals, and 51 reptile species. Most of these park attractions are seen during park activities such as gorilla trekking, birding, and nature walks
Bwindi offers some of the best hiking trails to different areas of the park and Buhoma sector is said to be one of the regions nature walks can be best enjoyed. Muzabajiro trail in Buhoma sector has got the best nature walk activities offering great views of so many attractions within the park. Hiking Muzabajiro trail in Bwindi is led by a professional ranger guide who leads you inside the jungle to see different attractions while protecting you from dangerous wild animals.
Muzabajiro trail in Bwindi is one of the moderate trails to try if you need to explore Bwindi national park on foot. The trail is located in Buhoma region of Bwindi and it takes a traveler 3-4 hours to complete it. The trail takes you up to Rukubira hill on your way, there are chances of meeting different animals, birds, plants, and some of Virunga volcanoes.
Tourists going through Muzabajiro trail in Bwindi have a chance of meeting animals such as duikers, elephants, buffaloes, duikers, red-tailed monkeys, chimpanzees, blue monkeys, olive baboons, bushbucks, and birds such as mountain oriole, African jacana, black bee-eater, great blue turaco, black billed turaco, regal sunbird, European honey buzzard, eurasin hobby, black crake, grey crowned crane, common cuckoo, black swift, klass cuckoo, and Africa grey parrot among others.
Things to pack
Travelers that are interested in exploring more of Bwindi park via Muzabajiro trail in Bwindi should pack waterproof hiking shoes, long cotton stocks, gardening gloves, a pair of gaiters, long-sleeved clothes, long-sleeved shirts, sunscreen, a hat, a rain jacket, light backpack, insect repellents, a camera, a pair of binoculars, drinking water bottle and energy giving snacks among others.
The best time of the year to hike through Muzabajiro loop trail is during the dry seasons of June to September and December to February. This is because the trail is dry, the vegetation is short and thin with great views of the wild animals and the roads connecting to the park are passable. Travelers can however go through the Muzabajiro loop trail in the rainy season but the trekking trails are muddy and slippery, and the vegetation is tall with unclear views of the park animals.
Getting to Buhoma area
Travelers can get to Buhoma area of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park within a single day by using air transport or road transport to the park. Travelers can access Buhoma region of Bwindi in 1 hour and 45 minutes by flying from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip to Buhoma airstrip which is found in the region.
Travelers can use road transport to access Muzabajiro trail in Bwindi from Kampala or Kisoro town. The sector can be accessed in 9-10 hours from Kampala by going through Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, and Kanungu where they connect to the sector, and travelers from Kigali can cross Uganda using Cyanika border to access Buhoma region of Bwindi gorilla park.
Travelers who would love to explore Bwindi using Muzabajiro trail are advised to book accommodation facilities in Buhoma sector because that is where it is located. Accommodation in Buhoma ranges from budget to mid-range to luxury options and they include Engagi Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Forest Lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge, Buhoma Rest Camp, Bwindi View Bandas, Silverback Lodge, Ride 4 Women Guest House, and Haven Lodge among others.