Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at a Glance!

Plan, Discover and Explore the Hidden Treasures of Bwindi

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a tropical rain forest natural park located in southwestern Uganda in East Africa. Part of the might gorilla home of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, The park is strategically situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo and shares borders with the Virunga National Park on the edge of the western Rift Valley. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park sits on 331 square kilometers of jungle forests and contains both montane and lowland forest and is accessible only on foot.

By far, Bwindi Impenetrable Park is rated as one of the most biological forests in Africa, largely due to its antiquity and an altitude range of between 1,160 and 2,607m above sea level. Bwindi spreads over a series of steep ridges and valleys that form the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The National park has an average rainfall of 1,500mm, and it is a vital catchments area, the source of five major rivers, which flow into Lake Albert.

The most tourist activity in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the gorilla trekking adventure which highly focuses on the impeccable Mountain Gorillas found within the Bwindi forest with divided sectors of Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija, and the Nkuringo sectors. At least more than half of the World’s mountain Gorillas population (about 450 mountain gorillas) is believed to be residing within in Bwindi living in 15 gorilla groups that are resident in here.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Bio-Diversity

Bwindi National Park harbors more than 120 mammal species in its forest, that’s a big number higher than any national park in Uganda. The bio-diversity of Bwindi consists mainly of small mammals such as Rodents and Bats, to over 11 types of primates including the healthy chimpanzee population, Red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus monkeys and Olive Baboon.
A total of 350 bird species have been recorded in Bwindi. Of particular interest to birders are 23 species endemic to the Albertine Rift, and at least 14 species recorded nowhere else in Uganda, among them the African green broadbill, white-tailed blue flycatcher, brown-necked parrot, and Fraser’s eagle owl. In addition to its extensive bird checklist, Bwindi is also home to at least 200 butterfly species, including eight Albertine Rift Endemics. All of these offer a great attraction to an enthusiastic traveler looking forward to exploring the beauty of Uganda, the Pearl of Africa

Top Tourist Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park

For any traveler booking a safari to Uganda or East Africa at large, Gorilla trekking is the main and the most preferred tourist activity in Bwindi forest national park. All those intending to go for gorilla trekking in Bwindi are required to obtain gorilla trekking permits which can be booked through a tour operator or to directly purchase from Uganda Wildlife Authority offices in Kamwokya Division along Old Kira Road. You can visit only one of the 15 gorilla groups in Bwindi available daily per trek and a gorilla permit will cost you only USD600 at any time of the year you choose to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Trackers are allowed to spend a maximum of 1 hour (60 minutes) with the primates and it is very useful that each and every visitor must abide by the gorilla tracking rules plus regulation for the safety of the gorillas and the trackers too. That is why before the gorilla trekking activity begins, trekkers assemble at the park headquarters for a briefing from the ranger guides.

Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi

Apart from the major activity of Gorilla trekking in Bwindi, Gorilla habituation experience is yet another master mind-blowing activity to indulge in while on a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park! Bwindi is the only place in Africa where you can spend 4 hours with a gorilla family in its natural habitat. On this habituation experience, you get to spend time alongside researchers as they prepare a wild gorilla group for human interaction thus spending more hours observing and learning more about the mountain gorilla lifestyle!

Birding Watching Experiences in Bwindi Forest 

Bwindi Forest trees provide a destined place for a variety of bird species which can be spotted on a hike through the forest. It is estimated that over 350 bird species have been recorded to be resident in this park, including 23 endemics which is equivalent to 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird as well as seven IUCN red data listed species. Birding in Bwindi takes place along 4 major trails; the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija

Cycling / Mountain Biking in Bwindi Mountainous areas

This is one of the latest adventures within Bwindi impenetrable national park. Mountain biking in Bwindi is a community initiative named “Ride for a woman”. It is organized by Buhoma Community Rest Camp and takes a 13-kilometer well-maintained trail to Ivi River departing from the park headquarters in the morning and the round trip takes six to seven hours. Along this trail, you may see wildlife such as bush-bucks, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkeys.

 Forest Hike Trails and Nature Walks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

For those who can’t afford gorilla trekking, Bwindi is a rewarding park to visit just for a chance to explore the lush virgin tropical rainforest. You can take at least 3-4 hours of nature walks in the park. The nature walks and trails that are organized by UWA usual begin at 9 am and 2 pm and cost between US$30-35 per person to participate in the exercise. The forest hike trails take different routes and take you to a number of sites including waterfalls, primate encounters, mountain views, tranquil nature, and impressive birdlife. There are six trails in Bwindi and these are;

  1. Muyanga Waterfall Walk which departs from Buhoma along the River Ivi-Nkuringo trail and culminates in the sensational sight of the falls plummeting 33 meters.
  2. Rushura Hill Walk passes through one forest shared by two countries. On a clear day, you can view Lakes Edward and George and the Rwenzori Mountains as well as the conical peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes.
  3. Muzubijiro Loop is a 6km walk around a hill, where you will encounter primates and birds and enjoy a view of the Virungas.
  4. The Ivi River Walk is 14km and takes around seven hours. The trail passes a place known as Mukempunu – meaning “a place of pigs” – where wild pigs can often be found.
  5. The Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail takes three to four hours, and crosses right through the park, connecting the two villages and offering impressive views of the misty hillsides as you ascend the hills towards Nkuringo.
  6. The Habinyanja (Railegh) Trail takes 4-6hrs. After crossing the Munyaga River, it takes in a fairly steep ascent of the Habigorogoro and Riyovi Ridge overlooking Buhoma River. Found along this trail is the legendary “African Corner” named after a rock piece depicting a map of Africa. Following the steep ascent, keen hikers can enjoy a more relaxed gentle slope to the mighty Habinyanja swamp.

Bwindi Cultural Encounters/ Community Walks; 

The Batwa trail and Batwa experience in Buhoma are the most popularized and well known cultural experiences in Bwindi but there are more interesting and rewarding cultural experiences and community tours in Bwindi that will expose you to the local Bakiga community culture and the Batwa communities. In the evenings, participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups. Proceeds from these go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

There are a number of choices to cater to the upmarket as well as the budget tourist accommodation. You can choose to visit the different hotels and lodges websites or preview their accommodation details on booking.com. The good news is that when you book a tour with Oret Tours, you have a guarantee to stay in one of the selected best lodges while encountering a trip to Bwindi. Samples of the accommodation options you can book are here below;

 

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Best Time to Visit Bwindi

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is open for wildlife viewing and gorilla adventure safaris all year round, the best time is from June to August and December to February. There is less rain during this time and the forest trails are not impassable and slippery.

June to August and December to February – Drier Seasons

• Gorillas are easier to track and the trails are drier.
• There are more sunny days.
• Better chances of gorilla photography.
• It is hazy and the views are less spectacular.

March to May and September to November – Wet Seasons

• Gorillas can be tracked any time of the year.
• Migratory birds can be found.
• Some access roads may become hard to travel as the trails become slick.
• It might drizzle for days.
• It tends to be misty and wet.

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Tour Packages to Bwindi

3 Days Bwindi Gorilla Safari

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7 Days Gorilla And Wildlife Safari

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6 Days Gorilla Tracking Tour

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