Bwindi impenetrable national park

Bwindi impenetrable National Park Uganda

Bwindi impenetrable National Park is in southwestern Uganda and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. Composed of 321 square kilometers of both montane and lowland forest and thought to have one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa. There are an estimated 120 mammal species in Bwindi Impenetrable National 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.
Mountain gorillas

gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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.

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.

How to get to Bwindi impenetrable forest

By Road

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be reached from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the north  takes 2-3 hours, from Kabale to the south takes 1-2 hours or from Kampala via Mbarara can take 6-8 hours. The roads meet at Butogota, 17km from the Buhoma entrance gate and A 4WD vehicle is necessary during the rainy season.
A daily bus service leaves Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihiihi. A public minibus, hire car or boda-boda (motorcycle taxi) can be taken from Butogota to the park entrance gate at Buhoma.

By Air

Travelers can fly from Entebbe or Kajjansi airfield to the modern tarmac airstrip at Kisoro. Planes can also be chartered to the grass Kayonza or Savannah airstrips.
Bwindi is well served by three airfields at Kayonza and Kihiihi for the northern sector and Nyakabande in Kisoro for those going to track gorillas in the southern sector (Nkuringo, Nshongi and Mishaya).

Things To Do in Bwindi Forest National Park

When you transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for your amazing safari holiday trip you can involve in various safari activities and these include;

Gorilla Trekking

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 $700 per person interested in tracking a specific Mountain Gorilla group in Bwindi.

Bird Watching

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. 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.

Cultural Encounters

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 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.

Hiking and Nature Walks

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.

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 National Park as you hike from one place to another to enjoy the best.

Biking/ Cycling

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 National Park. 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.

Best time to Bwindi impenetrable National Park Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is open for wildlife viewing and gorilla adventure safaris all year round, although conditions in the park are more difficult during the rainy season. the best time is from June to August and December to February when there is less rain during this time and the forest trails are not impassable and slippery.