The trail to the Munyaga forest waterfall walk is an approximately 3-hour walk to and from given the energy level of the hikers and begins at the park headquarters of Bwindi located in the Buhoma area with a briefing. While most individuals lean towards commencing the trek in the early morning, it is equally possible to undertake it after a gorilla safari in Bwindi Forest. As you traverse the trail, expect to be captivated by awe-inspiring sceneries and extraordinary sightings.
As you journey through the pristine tropical montane forest, keep an eye out for the diverse bird species that fill the air with enchanting melodies. The area boasts 375 species, including notable mentions like the Kivu Ground Thrush, Short-Tailed Warbler, Blue-Headed Sunbird, and Red-Faced Woodland Warbler, along with the Yellow-Eyed, Yellow Footed, and Chapin’s Flycatcher. Many of these are Albertine rift endemics, making them a captivating sight on this hike.
The trail ascends through the evergreen and montane marshes that intertwine across the forest floor all the way up making it hard to penetrate but armed with a walking stick the impenetrable forest will be more than possible to conquer.
For Bird lovers, hikers, and waterfalls lovers this walk will give you an excellent feeling of the forest as you will encounter numerous bird species, some wildlife like the monkeys, and duikers, and sometimes you will hear the Wild chimpanzees.
This walk takes you through the forest trail which was originally a road connecting northern Bwindi and southern Bwindi as the main trade route before turning off into the thick jungle there you will need to pair of good hiking shoes, a walking stick, rain gear, long pants,long-sleeved shirt, and drinking water.
Bwindi being a rainforest usually afternoons are cloudy and if people have the time it’s best to do the walk in the morning hours and this will make your chances of escaping rainfall higher.
During the dry months of June to August and from December to February, Bwindi Forest typically showcases its best conditions, experiencing minimal rainfall in the area.
It’s crucial to highlight that the walk comes at a lower cost when conducted on the same day as the gorilla trekking. This is because you already have access to the forest through your gorilla trekking permit, Therefore, if you choose to undertake the walk on the same day as your gorilla trek, the charge will be $30. However, if you opt for a different day, the fee will be $70.