Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi impenetrable National Park strategically located on the edge of the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, South Western Uganda and was recognized as a World Heritage Site in 1994. Bwindi impenetrable National Park is a home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is the main attraction. Bwindi actually means impenetrable!
Bwindi covers around 331 square kilometers on an Altitude Range of from 1,160 to 2,607m. The annual temperatures range 7?C to 20?C and with the coldest period being June and July receiving up to 2390mm of rainfall per annum. The national park holds 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black-and-white Colobus, with its flowing white tail, is the most prominent
Bwindi is the Bird watcher’s destiny! With over 348 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine rift Endemic such as; the Kivu Ground Thrush , Wilcock’s Honey-guide, White-tailed Blue Monarch ,Short-tailed Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruel’s Rush Warbler, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Dusky Crimson Wing, to mention but a few of which some cannot be found in any other part of East Africa. A visit to Ruhija will make your dream come true.
Bwindi supports a tremendous biodiversity, including 310 species of Butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammals including Primates. The Latter includes Chimpanzee, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon and Bwindi’s most famous resident, the Mountain gorillas
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest Gorilla Park
The most thrilling tourist activity in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Gorilla National Park is tracking the habituated gorilla groups in this park both in the north and south of the park.
Tracking Gorillas is an adventurous activity that can take the whole day. The guide leads you through the jungle in search for the endangered mountain gorillas, explaining aspects of their ecology and behavior along the way.
The guides will take you to the area where they left the gorillas the day before. Before leaving they may be able to suggest how long the hike might be. While walking, please feel free to ask guides to slow down if they are going too fast and if you need to take rest before getting the next point that may be assumed the gorillas are. Feel free to stop and look at birds or flowers, the guide will ensure that you aren’t left behind.
Chances of seeing gorillas are 99% however, success is NOT guaranteed. Gorilla are wild creatures with no fixed routine, and finding them requires the skill and efforts of you the trackers and guides, as well as luck.
NATURE WALKS IN BWINDI FOREST
Tourists who have 2 or 3 days in Bwindi Impenetrable Park have a chance of hiking the trails. While on these trails, you hold the opportunities to see and learn about primates, many species of birds, butterflies, trees, and other organisms. Arrangements are very possible at the reception for a guide. Our guide is obligatory and yet affords you an excellent understanding of nature’s system in the park.
THE MUNYANGA RIVER TRAIL
Is an adventurous short walk trail for visitors with little time to spare. Here you can see lots of bird species and primates along the forest edge forest. The Munyanga waterfall trail provides an attractive feature of the forest, epithetic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful and bright array of butterflies. The trail takes you to 3 delightful crystal clear waterfalls typifies your impression of a tropical rain forest.
THE RUSHURA TRAIL
With an expansive views across the western rift valley floor. To the west, Congo’s Parc Nationale des Virunga
THE MUZABAJIRO TRAIL
This offers a breath taking views of Bwindi Forest. Western Rift Valley and the Virungas. On the way, you witness a number of pre-historic tree ferns species.
THE RUIZI RIVER TRAIL
The longest trail in the park, this will occupy you for a full day. It is highly recommended and most preferred for bird watchers.
RIVER IVI TRAIL
This follows an old road through a beautiful forest emerging near Nkuringo on the Southern edge of the forest. This is highly recommended for bird Watchers.
CULTURAL / COMMUNITY WALK
The local community operates a community/ cultural walk that visit the traditional healers, rural homestead, blacksmith, and brewers.
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
ACCESSING BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
Bwindi lies in South Western Uganda, about 530km from Kampala. The park can be accessed by road from several DIRECTIONS.
From Kampala to Kabale via Masaka and Mbarara is a stretch of 414 kms on a tarmac surface and takes you 6-7 hours. An additional 120 kms from Kabale to Buhoma, the Park Headquarters via Kanungu and Kanyantoorogo on Murram surface takes 3-4 hours.
Kampala – Ntugamo – Rukungiri – Kihihi – Buhoma. This is the quickest and most direct route from Kampala; follow the tarmac road from Rukungiri 390km followed by 82km on murram roads to Buhoma
Bwindi can also be reached from QENational Park in the north (2-3 hours), from Kabale to the south (1-2 hours), or from Kampala via Mbarara (6-8 hours). The roads meet at Butogota, 17km from the Buhoma entrance gate. A 4WD vehicle is recommended during the heavy rains
By Air: Of Recent, Aeolink Uganda operates scheduled flights to Kihihi airstrip, x2 daily flights making it much easier reaching Bwindi in only 2 hours than by road spending over 9 hours
ACCOMMODATION IN AND AROUND BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
A variety of choices to cater for your accommodation needs is readily available ranging from up market tented camps and lodges to budget markets. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Sanctuaries Lodges and retreats operates a luxury-tented accommodation known as Gorilla Forest Camp. Volcano Bwindi camp, Buhoma Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Trackers Lodge, Engagi Lodge
There other accommodation options available such as the Ruhija View Gorilla Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Trekkers Tarven Camp, Wagtail Eco Camp and Chameleon Hill-African NEW Architectural Statement with a quality service range, Nkuringo Gorilla Lodge, Mutanda Lake Resort, Rushaga safari Camp, Lake Mulehe Lodge, Bwindi Jungle Lodge.
Camping in Bwindi is not recommended due to cold conditions and excessive rains
The Local community operates a Rest camp with clean, good food and very safe simple Bandas. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is available.