Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable national Park is in Uganda’s south western bellow the equator lies the lush, mountainous forest of Bwindi Forest Park conserves the country’s most alluring natural apes-400 mountain gorillas and half of the world’s remaining wild population-the primates. In the year of 2018 its confirmed that there are over 1000 mountain gorillas living in the volcanoe mountains that include Uganda, Rwanda and DRC.
Uganda Tourists come to Bwindi Impenetrable National park- Uganda’s most popular destinations to track the magnificent apes (More than a hundred of which have been habituated) which involves an adventurous hike tracks through the mist tropical rainforests. There are over 100 other mammals to spot including forest duikers, rare monkeys, olive baboons, bushbucks and black and white colobus, monkeys, elephants. Discover incredible sighting of over 220 species of butterfly and 330 species of wild birds in the jungle.
What To See In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park ( Species Diversity)
How to see a group of mountain gorillas in their natural habitat? The main reason to why people come to Bwindi impenetrable National park one of the top tourist destination experiences in Uganda is to see gorillas. There are two options coming face to face with our great apes. Most tourists go for gorilla trekking experience which costs US$600 per person and it involves hiking your assigned habituated group. You can spend an hour observing the mountain gorillas as they play, groom and eat before hiking back.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park harbors a number of species diversity=120 species of mammals including the 7 diurnal primates and 30 elephants. There are about 39 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. The think forest has a dense under storey of fern, vines, and shrubs. The forest has over 324 tress species and 10 which occur nowhere else in Uganda’s national parks.
The second option which costs US$ 1500 per person is the gorilla group that is in the process of being habituated-(trained to become used with the people). There are other activities that can be done after tracking the gorillas in Uganda-they include Bird watching. Bwindi Forest has over 120 species of mammals-including about 30 elephants -360 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies.
Gorilla Tracking – Gorilla Safaris.
Gorilla trekking Uganda-There’s absolutely no mistaking the bond between man and the great apes when you go gorilla trekking Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable national park. The Gorillas are the world great apes and only half of these remaining gentle giants are found only in Uganda.
The Endangered Mountain gorillas of Uganda are undoubtedly Bwindis Major tourist attractions, where they have been habituated since 1993. There are four different groups that can be visited
- The Mubare group which has 16 gorillas and 1 silverback,
- The Habinyanja group which has 23 gorillas and 2 silverbacks
- The Rushegura group which has 9 gorillas and 1 silverback.
- Nkuringo group which has 20 gorillas and 2 silverbacks
The Gorilla rules prepare you for Gorilla trekking and gives you guidance on conservation of the mountain Gorillas. Gorilla permits can be obtained at the UWA headquarters in Kampala-Uganda’s capital city. Booking
Nature Walks In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable national park is widely considered to support the greatest diversity of Africa’s think forests-the Buhoma area that has more to offer than Gorilla tracking. Five different trails ranging from eight hours from Buhoma offering the opportunity to enjoy the humility of the dense forest and monkey species. There are over 190 bird species recorded in the Buhoma area.
The Munyanga River- This lies outside the national park and so a professional UWA guide is needed. It’s a short walk for visitors with little time to see the birds and Primates on time at the edge of the forest.
The Water Fall Trail– This offers an attractive feature of the forest with tree ferns, Orchids and Bwindis colorful arrays of beautiful butter flies. This trail which leads to 3 delight crystal waterfalls typifies the impression of Africa’s tropical rain forest.
The Muzabajirro Loop Trail– This trail offers breathe taking views of Bwindi Forest Western Rift Valley-Virunga. Set out to discover the hundreds of pre historic tree ferns. The top of this trail is a great place for picnic lunch over.
The Rushura Trail– This trail takes about 3hours and provides good views across the western rift valley floor. To the west-congos parc nationale des virungas provides spectacular backdrop and witness clear days.
Ruizi River Trail – Longest trail in the park that occupy you for a full day. Its highly recommended for bird watchers.
Buhoma Village Tourist Walk. This is a recent introduction-three hour stroll through Buhoma and its margins to see the customs and practices of the Bakiga and Batwa people. The route takes some varied activities such as farming, brewing local beer, dispensing traditional medicines and concludes with traditional dancing displays by community members of the Batwa or Bakiga community.
4×4 Car Trail– Set out to visit on your own with a 4 wheel drive transport should consider crossing the rugged centre of the park through Ruhija. The Transect should consider affords Uganda’s finest vistas of deep understanding forest. In Ruhija, visitors can take the three-hour scenery packed hike to the Mubwindi swamp. You may also walk to the bamboo zone.
The Bambo Trail-The Bamboo trail offers 14 vegetation types and is on the areas of highest diversity in the park. At the top of this trail, you will witness panoramic views encompassing Lake Bunyonyi and Mafuga Forest.
Cultural Performances In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Cultural Performances- In the evening, participate in captivating traditional performances presented by women’s groups. Proceeds from these go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park.
Where To Stay in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park( Accommodation in Bwindi)
There are a number of choices to cater for the up market as well as the budget tourist accommodation.
Gorilla Forest Camp
This is a modern camp with flash toilets and solar power. Its owned by sanctuary lodges in Bwindi impenetrable national park. This fabulous tented camp is easily the luxurious option at Bwindi. The secluded self-contained walk in twin tents is protected beneath a thatch roof extending over a private deck. Meals and drinks are served in an originally decorated sided common area. A good variety of monkeys regularly pass through the ground.
Gorilla Resort is a new luxury camp to appear out of the forest at Buhoma. The camp is composed of a main lodge building with restaurant, bar and suspended deck that features a camp fire overlooking the rain forest.
This classic site tented camp adjoins a small patch of forest rustling with bird life. The self-contained tents have solar lighting, an Eco-friendly toilet and a private veranda.
This is the best place for budget gorilla safari located within the boundary of Bwindi Impenetrable national park- the forest that’s in amid-range lodge operated by Wild Frontiers Uganda.
Ruhija Guest House
There is self-catering guest houses which are booked in advance through Gorilla walking safaris Ltd.
This is a savanna Forest Hotel which is 49kms to Buhoma and is adjacent to Ishasha sector off Queen Elizabeth national park.
Abercrombie and Kent Tent
Abercrombie and Kent have luxury tented accommodation.The local community in Bwindi impenetrable national park operates a rest camp with clean and simple bandas. A restaurant serving simple traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner is available.
How to Reach Bwindi Impenetrable National park (Access)
Travel from Kampala to Kabale which is 4140 km distance that takes 6-7hours to reach Bwindi Impenetrable national park. An additional 120km from Kabale to Buhoma park headquarters via kanungu and kanyantoroogo on muttam surface takes 3-4 hours and may require a 4WD vehicle. Kabale Ruhija-Buhoma is 95km and takes about 3-4hours. This road is not frequently used by the public. You can hire a 4x4WD from a reputable car rentals Uganda company through 4x4carrentalsuganda.com or autorentaluganda.com and drive your own adventure.
Bwindi impenetrable national park can also be accessed through Kigali Rwandas capital city, it takes 3-4 hours to reach Bwindi Uganda’s national park that harbors the endangered mountain gorillas-apes