Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in the South Western Part of Uganda close to Virunga National Park along the boundary of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Park is prominently known for inhabiting the rare species of Mountain Gorillas with 331 kms2 of both Montane and Lowland Forest, 120 mammal species, 220 species of butterflies, 348 bird species, 27 species of frogs, geckos, Chameleons, 163 tree species, 104 species of Ferns. The Forest inhabits many different primates i.e Colobus Monkeys, Chimpanzees despite the fact that Mountain Gorillas are the most prominent.
Gorilla Families at Bwindi
At Bwindi Forest national Park are 14 habituated Mountain Gorilla Groups that can be tracked and adventured by travelers from all over the world looking to experience the best of these primates. These are distributed in four various sectors i.e Buhoma Sector with three groups i.e Mubare Gorilla Group, Habinyanja Group, Rushegura Group, Rushaga Sector with five groups i.e Nshongi Group, Mishaya Group, Kahungye Group, Busingye Group, Bweza Group, Ruhija Sector with three groups i.e Bitukura Group, Oruzogo Group, Kyaguliro Group and Nkuringo Sector with the Nkuringo Group which is the most challenging to track due to its location in the Mountainous/ Hilly areas of the park. These have made Uganda a prominent Safari Destination due to the number of travelers that transfer here to trek the beautiful Mountain Gorillas on Holiday Tour Vacation.
The Mountain Gorillas in the park live groups of 8-20 individuals hierarchically with the dominant Silverback being the leading male followed by the Adult Females which are also followed by Black Bucks also known as the young Gorillas then the juveniles/ infant Gorillas. They are basically vegetarian feeding on vegetables, fruit and insects.
Climate of the Park
Bwindi Forest has a tropical Climate with mean temperature varying from 7 to 15 °C (45 to 59 °F) to a maximum of 20 to 27 °C (68 to 81 °F) and annual rainfall varying from 1,400 to 1,900 millimetres (55 to 75 in) with the peak rainfall amounts falling in the months of March to April and from September to November.
Other Safari Activities to Do in the Park
Other than Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi National Park, travelers can also enjoy experiencing other activities and these include;
- Gorilla Habituation Experience; this is also a very exceptional safari activity to do in the park requiring one to take a period of 4 hours in the presence of the Mountain Gorillas compared to the 1 hour allowed during Gorilla Tracking. With researchers, you will transfer and teach the Mountain Gorillas to be approachable by people.
- Bird Watching
- Hiking/ Nature Walks
- Cycling/ Mountain Biking
- Cultural/ Community Walks