Day four started with a short birding trail near the lodge towards the park entrance. This was because we preferred to have a hot lunch at the lodge and leave for Nkuringo sector in Bwindi impenetrable national park later in the afternoon for our next adventure. I decided that I will not work on my computer and instead armed with my camera, I joined the short 2,5 hours birding. This was more fruitful that I imagined, I am not keeping a birding list for the trip because I more interested in photographing the birds which is rather difficult with my small lens but occasionally I manage to get a good picture.
Stephen our bird guide led the way as we looked around for possible endemics in this area. Our walk started right in the lodge area towards the cottages and eventually outside the gates into peoples compounds, offices and gardens. I was pleasantly surprised by the number of species we saw in that short time – about 30 bird species and I managed to get some photos of the birds.
After this short birding we then got back to the lodge for our hot lunch before proceeding to Nkuringo Bwindi Safari lodge where we would be staying for two nights. We drove with stop overs for photography of the beautiful landscapes of interlocking hills and terraced hills. Our major stopover was after sighting a large group of grey crowned cranes in a garden by the roadside. They must have been feeding on left over sorghum after harvesting, what a beautiful sight of these graceful elegant birds. It was 26 pairs in total and we had a field day photographing them from all angles.
We arrived at Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla lodge later that evening and continued birding in the gardens of the lodge before and after check in. The views of the impenetrable forest and the volcanoes are to die for. I think I will literally recommend every place we visit because it keeps getting better. You want to explore Uganda in this life time and see what beauty there is and possible opportunities for you to engage on the tourism value chain.