Bwindi National Park,
Bwindi Gorilla tracking, Bwindi National Park Uganda
Bwindi National Park ( Also called Bwindi Impenetrable
forest) is located to the South Western Uganda,
the western edge of the Rift Valley. Bwindi National Park is shared by the districts of
Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro. Bwindi has an area of 331
square kilometers, with an altitude range of 1160 metres (Ishasha
gorge) 2607 metres (Rwamunyonyi Peak). The annual temperature in
from 7-20 degrees Celcius. The
best months to visit months are June-July-August to September..
Getting to Bwindi National Park
Bwindi National Park is approximately 520 Kms from Kampala. 4Wd vehicles are recommended from Kabale.
There are two routes.
Kampala-Kabale (414Km; 6-7 hours on sealed
Kabale-Kanungu- Kanyantoorogo - Buhoma Park
Headquarters (120Kms; 3-4Hrs via on Murram) .
(414Kms)- Ruhija-Buhoma(95 kms:3 hours).
in Bwindi range between 1130 mm - 2390 mm.
Heavy rains are experienced in the months of March, April and
September, October and November. The rest of the months are
Bwindi national park the local people are the Bakiga and Bafumbira.
The area experiences high population densities with 233
people per square kilometer.
species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 200 species of
butterflies and 324 species of trees, Bwindi National Park is a
centre of biodiversity. The
vegetation is dense and hence the name impenetrable forest. Among
the mammals are 11 primates and elephants. Among the primates of
Bwindi National Park are of course the endangered mountain gorillas
and black and white Colobus monkeys.
tracking Bwindi, hiking and Bwindi Gorilla trekking safaris
has three gorilla families open for tracking.
group ( 23 gorillas, 2 silver backs )
members, 2 silver back )
group ( 16 gorillas; 1 silverback )
Our safaris to Bwindi National Park feature a visit to one of either of each
family at a time. Six
permits daily are sold for each of these groups at UWA Headquarters
in Kampala. That means
18 people can track each day.
Tracking in Bwindi is strenuous, hence physical fitness is a must.
Biwndi Gorilla tracking, trekking
and hiking requirements
Please bring the following for tracking gorillas.
Hiking boots- ankle level boots are ok but make sure it is something
A warm cardigan
Thick trousers and a long sleeved top are ideal for tracking.
Video- filming is allowed in the parks though not outside the park
Water proof container for their cameras
A pair of binoculars if you are a keen bird watcher.
If you prefer wearing a hat, a baseball cap is recommended.
Encounter with the gorillas
When you encounter the gorillas always remember to
Do not look at them straight in the face rather give
a sideways glance.
Do not stand over them-crouch instead, stay in a
Speak in whispers
Do not use flash photography
Gorillas are wild
are not tame.
They are wild and they should not be provoked
in any way. The
does not take any responsibility for any injury sustained by wild
animals in their habitats, hence
Keep your flight distance about 7 metres from them
and bear in
mind that gorillas have freedom of way
Do not feed the gorillas
Do not entice them to get into contact with you in
Do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas
Do not litter the park
Always burry your faecal
Health of the Gorillas
are currently approximately 700 mountain gorillas in the wild.
Thus these animals are classified as endangered species. To avoid transmitting human diseases to them,
Avoid tracking if you suffer from contagious
disease. In case
you develop a sever case of flu, your money will be fully
refunded if you make this known in advance. However if you
attempt to track and fail for whatever reason, or if the guides
discover that you cannot track due to disease, you do not
qualify for any refund.
Do not sneeze towards them
Do not spit in the forest or defecate carelessly.
If you need to the guides will help you with a matchet to dig
a hole to bury your waste.
Do not track if under age- Only 15 years and above
safaris- the facts
hard should one prepare for gorilla tracking in Uganda?
The facts below will help you to answer this question.
Tracking takes place at altitudes of 3000 metres-this
means that moderate/ average physical fitness is what is
necessary and not athletic fitness.
Tracking gorillas is conducted by patient, qualified
and knowledgeable ranger guides with wide experience in natural
history with particular attention to gorilla behaviour
Trekking, hiking and tracking safari is conducted at a
moderate pace with plenty of stops for resting, fielding
questions further briefs etc.
hiking is discouraged as the aim of the guides, porters and
rangers is for all the group members to make it to the gorillas
and back to the base. Believe
it or not, the slowest hiker/ trekker will determine the pace of
hiking gorilla tracking starts at 08:30Hrs local time and may last
the whole day!
For Conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly
Watching in Bwindi Naitonal Park
is the Bird watchers paradise.
The park has 348 species of birds, including 90% of all
Albertine rift Endemics. Among
the birds are Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler,
Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruer's Rush Warbler, Wilcock's Honey-guide,
Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson
Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others.
Guided Walks in Bwindi National Park.
the visitor who has 2 or 3 days in Bwindi, the park has 4 fantastic
hiking trails. Nature walks in Bwindi National Park are conducted by
knowledgeable guides making it a whole learning experiences.
The guides are well versed in primatology, ornithology,
botany, butterflies etc.
are four hiking trails
in Bwindi are
Munyanga River Trail
is ideal for visitors with little time to spare. One has an
opportunity to see birds and primates of the forest edge. The
popular waterfall trail provides an attractive feature of the forest
with a profusion of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and
Bwindi's colourful array of butterflies. This trail which leads to 3
delightful crystal clear waterfalls typifies your impression of a
tropical rain forest.
expansive views across the western rift valley floor. To the west,
Congo's Parc Nationale des Virungas provides a spectacular backdrop,
and on clear das Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountain are visible.
breath taking views of Bwindi Forest. Western Rift Valley and the
Virungas. On the way, you witness hundreds of pre-historic tree
ferns. The top of this trail is a great place for a picnic lunch.
Ruizi River Trail
is the longest of the trail and takes a full day to complete.
Ruhija crossing is ideal for guests with 4WD vehicles. It offers the
finest vistas in one of Uganda’s most beautiful landscape.
In Ruhija, visitors can take the three-hour scenery packed
hike to the Mubwindi swamp.
Bamboo trail offers 14 vegetation types and is one of the areas of
highest diversity in the park. At the top of this trail, you witness
panoramic views encompassing L. Bunyonyi and Mafuga forest.
evenings are enlivened by traditional dance performances by local
Bwindi has a variety of accommodation facilities ranging from luxury
to basic. Below are some of them
and Kent luxury tented camp
luxury tented camp
Resort Hotel at Kihihi