ABOUT BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park covers 331km2, is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, on an altitude range from 1,160 m to 2,607m. Bwindi impenetrable is a real tropical rain forest, spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forest in Africa. In the local language “Bwindi” (from “mubwindi”) means “dark place”, referring to the impenetrable nature for human beings to the swamp located in the South East of the actual Park according to legends.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is Uganda’s foremost tourist attraction, and indeed one of the world’s most remarkable wildlife encounters, is tracking the rare mountain gorilla in the remote forests of south – western Uganda. These magnificent animals, found exclusively in the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable and Virunga National Parks(Parc national des volcans), Number less than 800 over half of them in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park habitats half of the world’s mountain gorillas, whose encounter and poignant wildlife encounter in the whole of Africa. With mist covered hillsides, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the oldest and most biologically diverse rain forest with over 400 species of plants hence good for ecotourism safaris. Bwindi Impenetrable forest lies on the edge of the rift valley in Uganda, and protects at least 120 species of mammals, 350 species of birds, 310 species of butterflies, 200 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, among many endangered species. it is a UNESCO designated world heritage site popular for mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, the two great African apes listed as endangered animals in the IUCN red data book.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has gorilla tracking as the major tourist activity with 4 gorilla tracking trail heads, also 10 groups of mountain gorilla families have been habituated where only 8 permits are booked in a group per day making it a total of 80 permits given out in a day. Forest trails in the park lead to various attractions including rivers, waterfalls, swamps and high level of wildlife concentration.
Uganda ultimate Birding tour is another attraction that provides great opportunities to see various Albertine rift endemics such as the short tailed warbler. A 6 hour bamboo trail leads to Rwamunyonyi peak a notable spot for birding, while a 3 hour descend to Mubwindi swamp could lead a visitor to endemic and localized African green broad bill.
Other rewarding activities at bwindi impenetrable national park are mountain biking and nature walks to waterfalls and parts of the forest. A short drive north to Buhoma, which sits on the Congo border, offers wonder falls, glorious views and the traditional lifestyle and folklore of the Kigezi people.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park habitats 11 species of primates, including Gorillas, chimpanzee, Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white Columbus, olive baboon. Particularly, Bwindi impenetrable national park is home to over 360 Mountain Gorillas, a half of the total remaining world population. There are 346 species of birds recorded (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, rarely seen in any other place in East Africa) and 200 of butterflies. Mammals count only 30 (Buffaloes, Leopards and Elephants). There are 324 species of tree in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park main activity is Gorilla Tracking, where by the habituated families of mountain gorillas are Habinyanja, Nkuringo, Rushegura, Nshongi, Mishaya, Mubare, Bitukura and Oruzogo. Bwindi impenetrable national park can be reached through our organised Gorilla Flying Safaris.
Gorilla tracking is a captivation and unforgettable experience that repays the efforts needed to reach Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and to trek through the forest. Gorilla tracking can be challenging and one needs to be reasonably fit before undertaking to venture into the activity. Registration and briefing at Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga visitor receptions commences at 07:30 hrs with general briefings conducted at 08:00 hours to a whole day depending on where the gorillas were left the previous day. Though gorilla tracking is the main attraction, a range of other walks provide more relaxed opportunities to spot birds and monkeys while exploring one of Uganda’s loveliest rain forest. mountain biking is also a good activity around Bwindi impenetrable national park, this is usually done through a well maintained trail 13km trail of lvi from the park office.
Gorilla filming is also possible. Hiking trails are open to people to sight birds, butterflies and primates, trees (along the Munyaga, Waterfall, Rushura, River Ivy and Bamboo zone trials). Specially recommended for bird watchers are the River Ivy and Mubwindi swamp nature walks. Cultural walk to Buhoma village community, to see the traditional homestead, the local healer, the banana brewing, handicraft and cultural performances for Batwa. Hence making Bwindi impenetrable national park a good destination for filming activities.
Munyanga river trail
This trail is conducted in the valley below buhoma main offices which gives a great scenery of the birds and primates along the forest as the trail is conducted in Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Bwindi impenetrable national park has got one of the amazing waterfalls to visit therefore this can be done towards the Rushaga side of the park. It’s one interesting trail that takes up to 4 hrs.
Rushura hill trail
Bwindi impenetrable national park Rushura hill trail enables you reach great views across the plains of the western rift valley to the west of L.Edward and the Rwenzori mountains.
River lvi trail
A trail to river lvi is highly recommended for bird watchers since it goes through the beautiful escapements of the entire forest emerging near nkuringo on the southern edge of Bwindi impenetrable national park.
Muzabajiro loop trail
Muzabajiro loop trail in Bwindi impenetrable national park enables you encounter great views of Bwindi impenetrable national park, Virunga volcanoes and the western rift valley.
How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in south western parts of Uganda about 530km from kampala, the capital city, the park can be reached by road from several directions that include:
Through Queen Elizabeth National Park(Mweya-Kihihi-Buhoma). This route passes through Queen Elizabeth National Park’s southerly Ishasha sector, providing a chance for the tourists to stopover and search for the famous tree climbing lions. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is 160km from Mweya and 64km from Ishasha.
The park can also be accessed through:
- Kampala-kibale-kanungu-buuhoma(5-6hours journey),
- Kampala-Ntungamo-Rukungiri-Kihihi-Buhoma(5hrs Journey),
- Kable-Ruhija-Buhoma.(5-6hrs journey),
Travelers can fly from Entebbe Air port or Kampala(Kajjansi) to the modern tarmac airstrip at Kisoro town. visitors to Buhoma can also charter planes to Kayonza(Near Butogota) or savanna(Kihihi) airstrips.
Bwindi is well served by three air fields 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 as well as Nyakagezi family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park).
Bwindi Impenetrable National park Accommodation Facilities
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has got quite wide range of accommodation facilities which include the Gorilla Forest Camp, Gorilla Resort, Mahogany Springs, Silver Back Lodge, Buhoma Home Stead, Lake Kitandara Tented Camp, Ruhija Lodge, Engagi Lodge (Luxury) Cuckoo Land Lodge, Buhoma Rest Camp, Nkuringo Safari Camp (Mid-range/Budget).
For more information about Gorilla Trekking Rules and Regulations, kindly contact our office by email: [email protected] or phone call at: +256 776 660 918/ +256 751 646 578