After the amazing time birding Mubwindi swamp in Ruhija sector of Bwindi impenetrable national park we were ready for Buhoma sector to continue our Uganda birding tour. Today the guide gave us a little more time to sleep in and we started our journey 8.30 am compared to the normal time which was usually between 6.00 am – 7.00 am. I was therefore glad to sleep in a little more before starting the packing process.
We have been staying 2 nights at each lodge we visit and usually the second night is hectic because we have to then get into packing and for some reason I prefer to pack early morning instead of the night before traveling. This packing and unpacking ritual gets tiring at some point but it is a necessary part of the journey.
Today our main stopover was the ‘neck’, a stretch of forest connecting Ruhija sector to Buhoma sector both of Bwindi impenetrable forest. We spent about 2 hours birding this rich area which is home to several Albertine rift endemics. My favorite birds in this area are the beautiful Black bee eaters but for some reason they like to patch high up in the tree tops making photographing difficult. Overly I must say the day was good because we did not have to travel for long time since the stretch is about 2 hours drive without stopping.
We arrived at the beautiful Bwindi lodge overlooking Bwindi forest in the afternoon. I quickly took a short nap to recoup the energies spent in Mubwindi swamp. After the nap I sat by the lodge terrace and enjoyed the lodge in its fullness. The chef in his open kitchen served us the famous Uganda rolex as a mini starter before the dinner which was later. Dinner was served later in the dining area where we joined other clients from different areas – it is the custom of the lodge to arrange one table for all the clients so that clients get to talk and share their experience. There was a young Italian couple who chose to celebrate their honeymoon in Uganda and included gorilla trekking on their itinerary, the lodge prepared a cake and sang celebratory song for them. It was really beautiful and thoughtful of them.
That marked the end of Day 8, I looked forward to day 9 where would be birding the waterfall trail. My feet are still aching from all the walking but I will persist and keep on until I end the 25 days. Looking forward to enjoy this my beautiful country Uganda.