Bwindi impenetrable National Park is thought to have one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa. There are an estimated 120 mammal species in the park, ten of which are primates, and more than 45 of which are small mammal species. Along with mountain gorillas, species in the park include the common chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s monkey, African elephant, African Green Broadbill, and Cream-banded Swallowtail, black and white Columbus, red-tailed monkeys, vervets, the giant forest hog, and small antelope species. There occur many carnivores, include the side-striped jackal, African golden cat and African civet. The park has more than 350 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species. The fish species in the park’s rivers and streams are not well known.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is inhabited by a population of about 340 individual mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei), known as the Bwindi population, which makes up almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world. A 2006 census of the mountain gorilla population in bwindi impenetrable national park showed that its numbers had increased modestly from an estimated 300 individuals in 1997 to 320 individuals in 2002 to 340 individuals in 2006 and now 400 species.
Research has shown that the Bwindi gorilla’s diet is markedly higher in fruit than that of the Virunga population, and that the Bwindi gorillas, even silver backs, are more likely to climb trees to feed on foliage, fruits, and epiphytes. In some months, Bwindi gorilla diet is very similar to that of Bwindi chimpanzees. It was also found that Bwindi gorillas travel further per day than Virunga gorillas, particularly on days when feeding primarily on fruit than when they are feeding on fibrous foods. Additionally, Bwindi gorillas are much more likely to build their nests in trees, nearly always in Echizogwa, a small under story tree.
Mountain gorillas are an endangered species, with an estimated total population of about 650 individuals in bwindi impenetrable national park. There are no mountain gorillas in captivity. In the 1960s and 1970s, mountain gorillas were captured in order to begin a population of them in captive facilities. No baby gorillas survived in captivity and no mountain gorillas are known of that are currently in captivity.
When you transfer to Bwindi for your amazing safari holiday trip you can involve in various safari activities and these include;
This is the most prominent safari activity carried out in the park and the park inhabits approximately 340 mountain Gorilla individuals in various groups under different sectors. The experience is amazing and the Gorilla Trekking permit costs US $600 per person interested in tracking a specific Mountain Gorilla group in Bwindi.
This is also a very remarkable safari activity to carry out in Bwindi due to the numerous bird species that inhabit and fly around the trees in the forest. There are 347 different bird species that can be watched here with 70 of the 78 montane forest birds and 22 of 36 endemic to the park. The park comprises of many unique bird species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world. The species that can be seen here include; Kivu Ground Thrush, honey guide, Dusky Crimson, Bar-Tailed Trogon, the wing warbler, short tailed warbler, Yellow Eyed Black Fly Catcher, Rust Faced Woodland Gruel’s Rush warbler, African Emerald cuckoo, Dark Caped Bulbul, White Tailed Blue Fly Catchers, Red Headed Blue-Bill. Vivid birders all over the world should not miss an opportunity to visit the world’s best birder’s paradise to enjoy the best bird watching safaris.
Transfer to learn about the numerous traditions and customs of the local Batwa people that inhabit the neighboring villages as well as part of the forest to experience the best cultural encounters. The Batwa people are the initial inhabitants of the forest and were prominent hunter gatherers making them a very relevant people to adventure and discover while on holiday vacation safari at Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National park. They will perform Music, Dance and Drama according to their culture and all travelers can happily join the activities an experience that is un forgettable to all.
There are numerous trails on which travelers can hike from one place to another in the forest of Bwindi National Park. You can take on the prominent hike trail in Bwindi from North to South of Bwindi Forest i.e the Nkuringo Trail which will take you some hours spending the overnight in a tent camp. You will wake up the next morning and continue on your hike towards the beautiful Lake Mutanda traversing a wooden dugout until you reach Kisoro Town.
Other trails that can be taken in Bwindi include; those in Buhoma, Ruhija and Rushaga and along these hikes expect to spot numerous bird species as well as monkeys interacting with their natural habitat to the fullest. Some of these trails will enable you explore some of the villages close to the park as well as the local people. Explore the thick Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as you hike from one place to another to enjoy the best.
For bikers around the world interested in experiencing nature as they ride along should not miss out on having one in the beautiful Bwindi impenetrable Forest. There are birding bike rides and casual biking experiences that are carried out on the famous Ivy River Trail and the bike ride takes a period of 3 hours with an experienced guide who is well informed of the trails around the thick green forest vegetation. The Buhoma sector offers the best biking experiences to all bikers around the world.
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