Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most popular national park in Uganda. It is home to almost half of the world’s remaining population of the mountain gorillas. The famous Bwindi National Park is located in the Kigezi Highlands of south-west Uganda. Lieng on the outskirts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Bwindi is located in the terraced hills portrayed by steep slopes and limit valleys as a general slope from the north and west to the south-western corner.
The region constitutes a paramount water catchment range serving the encompassing thickly populated agrarian area and is one of the few huge territories of forested land in East Africa. This is where marsh and montane vegetation groups meet. The area is served by three major tributaries of the lshasha River emptying into Lake Edward to the north, and the Ndego, Kanyamwabo and Shongi waterways stream southwards towards Lake Mutanda.
The area is characterized by underlying shakes that are phyllites and shales, with some quartz, quartzite and stone outcrops.
Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is accessible both by road and air. Most visitors can fly and land in Kigali International Airport and then travel to Bwindi (Journey of 6 Hours).
There are also domestic flights from Entebbe to Kihihi Airstrip (for northern Bwindi) or Kisoro (in southern Bwindi).
What to see in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
There are lots of things to see in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with even unique attractions can be seen below;
There is a lot of amazing wildlife in the park. These include mammals, birds, reptiles, butterflies, different tree and plant species and many more that wait for you to explore.
Uganda offers refuge to more than 480 mountain gorillas, representing about half of the population that thrives on earth with about 400 of them in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park forested jungles. The mountain gorillas are the star attraction of Bwindi and every year thousands of visitors travel to the park to see the great apes.
Beyond mountain gorillas, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is also a home to chimpanzee that live within the forest.
There are over 360 bird species within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Things to Do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Mountain gorillas have become the most sought after Apes in the world today making Uganda one of the only three most incredible countries by trekkers to realize their dreams. About 15 gorilla families have been habituated and they ready for visitors to track each day. Make your dream come true while on gorilla trekking adventure in only one hour of face to face encounter with a group of these dramatic Apes in their natural habitat.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has 4 main tracking areas where gorilla treks start. These include; Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga.
The Buhoma area is situated in the northern side of Bwindi National Park and it features 3 habituated families (Rushegura, Habinyanja and Mubare).
Rushaga area is in the southern area and features habituated families like Nshongi, Busingye, Mishaya, Kahungye whereas Nkuringo area features only Nkuringo group. Ruhija area consists of families like Oruzogo, Bitukura and Kyaguriro.
Gorilla Habituation Experience
Would you like to spend more hours with the gorillas in the wild? Alternatively, you can spend all the four hours on gorilla habituation in Bwindi National Park. This is one of the newly introduced adventure activities which will involve you following the mountain gorillas in the wild for almost an entire day! This activity costs USD 1500 per person and this is the highlight of meeting the great apes.
Best time to go for gorilla trekking
Whereas mountain gorilla adventures are considered to be all year round experiences, visitors need to mark the seasonality and find out the best for one to come and realize his or her dreams. What may seem to be the best time for you may turn to be the worst time for another person. Each season comes with its advantages and disadvantages. However, the wet season starts from March to May and from October to November. The challenge with this season is that the habitat turns to be muddy and slippery for one hike through the thick forest. The advantage with is that most of the gorillas are always kept within the park’s foothills as there is plenty of food for them. Most of the visitors prefer traveling for this lifetime adventure during the dry spell which starts from June to September and December to February.