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Bwindi National Park Attractions, Activities, Impenetrable Forest - An Introduction

Bwindi Forest National Park alias Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the most popular of Ugandas' National parks. Bwindi National park stretches from foothills of the Rwenzori mountains in the north, shores of lake Lake Edward to Ishasha River in the south. The park is an important bird area(IBA), a biosphere(UNESCO 1979) and a RAMSAR site. A major feature of the park is species diversity. The park is home to 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, over 1,000 species of flowering plants including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The best time to visit is December-February; June to August.

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Location:

Bwindi National Park Also called Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park 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.

Area

Bwindi National Park has an area of 331 square kilometers, with an altitude range of 1160 metres (Ishasha gorge) 2607 metres (Rwamunyonyi Peak).

Getting to Bwindi National Park

Bwindi National Park is approximately 520 Kms from Kampala. 4Wd vehicles are recommended from Kabale. There are two routes:

  • From Kampala-Kabale (414Km; 6-7 hours on sealed road) to Kabale-Kanungu- Kanyantoorogo - Buhoma Park Headquarters (120Kms; 3-4Hrs via on Murram) .
  • Kampala-Kabale (414Kms)- Ruhija-Buhoma(95 kms:3 hours).
Climate

The annual temperature in Bwindi National Park ranges from 7-20 degrees Celcius. Rainfall 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 relatively dry. The dry months are December, January, February, June-July-August. These the best months to visit the park

Local People

Around Bwindi national park the local people are the Bakiga and Bafumbira. The area experiences high population densities with 233 people per square kilometer.

Bwindi National Park Wildlife:

Species Diversity: With 120 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.

Bwindi National Park Attractions And Tourist Activities

What to see and do in Bwindi National Park?

Tourist or visitor attractions in Bwindi National Park comprise of what visitors see and What they do (activities they undertake) at the destination.

Besides gorilla trekking and wildlife Bwindi National Park's fame lies in its scenic beauty. The forested mountainous nature of the land offers numerous opportunities for hiking and sightseeing tours, nature walks, bird walks, gorilla trekking, hiking tours, cultural tours

Bwindi National Park Attractions-Activities

The top 10 tourist activities in Bwindi Forest National Park are:

  • Gorilla Trekking and Hiking:
    Gorilla Trekking is a daily event in Bwindi National Park. Gorilla treks are conducted from the four centers of Nkuringo, Buhoma, Ruhinja and Rusagara. Gorilla trekking is a full day event.
  • Bird watching:
    Bwindi 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.
  • Golden monkey trekking
  • Buhoma Community Walk
    This offers a chance to visit the local community and learn about their way of life. They are led by knowlegeable guides. In this walk you visit the crafts center and see women making their weaving baskets, visit the surrounding tea farms and witness tea harvesting, visit the gin destillery where local bear warigi is distilled into gin. You too can visit the local medicine man and learn about the different herbs and their uses.
  • Guided Nature Walks in Bwindi National Park.

    For 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.

    There are four hiking trails in Bwindi are:
    • The Munyanga River Trail
      This 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.
    • The Rushurra Trail
      Commands 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.
    • The Muzabajirro Trail
      Offer 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.
    • The Ruizi River Trail
      This is the longest of the trail and takes a full day to complete. The 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.
    • The Bamboo Trail
      The 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.
  • Cultural dances:

    The evenings are enlivened by traditional dance performances by local tropes.

Gorilla Families In Bwindi

Currently Bwindi National Park has 7 (seven) gorilla families open for tracking. These are:

  • Habinyanja group ( 23 gorillas, 2 silver backs. Located at Buhoma )
  • Rushegula ( 27 members, 2 silver back. Located at Buhoma )
  • Mubare group ( 16 gorillas; 1 silverback. Found at Buhoma. )
  • Nkuringo (25 individuals. Occupy Nkuringo area)
  • Bitukura Group: Occupies Ruhinja Region of Bwindi
  • Nshongi Group: (currently 15 individuals after Mishaya broke away. Inhabits Rushaga region of Bwindi
  • Mishaya Group: (breakaway group from Nshongi. Has 10 individuals. Shares Rushaga region with Nshongi

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.

Gorilla 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 handy.
  • Gloves
  • A warm cardigan
  • Thick trousers and a long sleeved top are ideal for tracking.
  • Rain Coat
  • 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

Submissiveness

When you encounter the gorillas always remember to be submissive

  • Do not look at them straight in the face rather give a sideways glance.
  • Do not stand over them-crouch instead, stay in a tight group
  • Speak in whispers
  • Do not use flash photography
Gorillas are wild

Bwindi gorillas are not tame. They are wild and they should not be provoked in any way. The UWA 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 any way.
  • Do not eat in the vicinity of the gorillas
Environmental Consciousness
  • Do not litter the park
  • Always burry your faecal
Health of the Gorillas
  • There 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 can track.

Hiking, trekking and gorilla Tracking safaris- the facts

How 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. Competitive 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 the trek.

Your hiking gorilla tracking starts at 08:30Hrs local time and may last the whole day!For Conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Accommodation/ Lodges/ Tented Camps and Public Campsites:

Among the top 10 most luxurious lodges in Bwindi are Lake Kitandara Camp, Gorilla Resort Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma homestead, Gorilla Homestead, Bwindi Volcanoes Lodge, Engangi Camp Uganda, Nkuringo Gorilla Campsite, Buhoma Community Bandas, Mantana Tented Camp

Bwindi National Park Lodges Best Offers And Accommodation Rates.-

  • Buhoma Community Rest Camp
  • Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
  • Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp
  • Buhoma Lodge
  • CTPH Gorilla Conservation Camp
  • Silverback Lodge
  • Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge
  • Engagi lodge
  • Gorilla Resort
  • Mahogany springs camp
  • Bwindi Guest House
  • Bwindi View Bandas
  • Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort
  • Gorilla Friends Lodge
  • Ruhinja Guest House:
  • Savannah Resort Hotel at Kihihi:
  • Jungle View Lodge
  • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  • Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
  • Nshongi Camp
  • Nyundo Valley Hill Bandas
  • Cuckooland
  • Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp
  • Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Trekkers Tavern cottages
  • Ruhija Gorilla Resort
  • Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort & Campsite
  • Ruhija Community Rest Camp
  • Wagtail Eco-Safari Camp
  • Gorilla Safari Lodge
  • Abercrombie and Kent luxury tented camp:
  • Mantana luxury tented camp:


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