Uganda is endowed with natural forest. Some are found on the slopes of dormant volcanoes like the Mt Elgon area, or the Albertine region Rwenzori mountain range, the Semliki valley, Kyambura gorge as well as the Kibale national park.
Guided forest walks are most varied in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, which is a true African jungle with large trees, thick undergrowth, creepers, and climbers that make the forest “impenetrable” with over 200 species of trees. The trails differ in walking time, ranging from 30 minutes to up to 8 hours. They give a chance for one to enjoy the tranquility of the forest and see several primate species, birds endemic to the Albertine rift, plants and trees.
The Muyanga river trail is outside the park and requires no guide. It is a 30 minute walk starting and ending at the bottom of Buhoma Road, moving along Bizega River to its confluence with Muyanga.
The water fall trail too not requiring a guide has even more opportunities to see primates and great scenery taking about 3 hours walk. This trail takes an abandoned road, 2 kilometers long, before crossing the Muyaga River to the 33m – high waterfall.
The greatest forest walk is that joining north Bwindi – Buhoma to Southern Bwindi -Nkuringo. It is a tourist experience which is also a form of transport to reach either part of the park (3 to 4 hrs. walk) and avoid the drive around the park of more than 5hours. This walk has 2 trails. The Ivy River trail 7 kms long and the Kashasha trail, 13 kms long.
Another remarkable forest walk is on the lower slopes of Mt. Elgon with the mixture of Bamboo, the Elgon Teak, the Giant Lobellia and endemic grasses and flowers. The walks here vary form one day to 5 days to cover the mountain and enjoy the different aspects in addition to the forest experience.
Equally fascinating forest experience is the Kyambura Gorge, a section of the stunning Queen Elizabeth National Park in the lower Western part of Uganda. When you enter into this amazing Gorge you will be marveled by the verdant, rich Tropical Rain-forest right close to the Equator crossing. The gorge is in a world of its own. While the Savannah above has a reasonable amount of light, plus sun shine that offers brightness, the tree canopy within this under-ground forest comprised of rich blocks of plant life shut out most of the sun rays and unless you are standing within a clearing you certainly will not require sunglasses or sun- hats since you may actually need to have a clearer view so as not to miss out on the great assortment of Wonders within the Kyambura Gorge.
Other areas where forest walks take place include; the Ssesse Islands, which is a group of 84 virgin unexplored islands; the Kibale Forest National Park with the greatest variety of primate life in Africa and the Southern part of Murchison Falls National Park- Budongo Forest and the Semliki game reserve.