Bwindi Impenetrable National Park- Gorilla Trekking Tours – Uganda Safaris
Bwindi is Uganda’s most famous gorilla trekking destination, and the park home to around half of the worlds population of the endangered mountain gorillas with 14 habituated mountain gorilla groups that are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma in the north, Ruhija in the east, Nkuringo and Rushaga in the south all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
There are an estimated 120 mammal species in the park, of which 10 are primates, and more than 45 are small mammals and they include common chimpanzee, l,Hoest’s monkey, African elephant, African green broad bill, cream-banded swallowtail black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, vervets, giant forest hog, carnivores such as side-striped jackal, African golden cat, African civet, 348 species of birds, and more than 200 butterfly species, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos
Without a doubt, the ‘impenetrable forest,’ as it’s often referred to, is Uganda’s most impressive tourist destination and one of the continent’s oldest habitats, there is quite an impressive diversity in terms of flora and fauna in comparison to other rain forests. The park is home to around 120 mammals and almost 360 bird species and Lucky travelers might even be able to spot some forest elephants!
How to get to Bwindi
Fly into Uganda at Entebbe Internal Airport, and from there you are welcomed to the Pearl of Africa and you will transfer to one of the above parks by road which is approximately an 8hours drive, The drive from Kampala to Bwindi is so lovely because of Kigezi Highlands which has fascinating mix of ancient hills and terraced hillsides that was named Switzerland of Africa, a landscape that opens your heart to adventure and this takes a full day of travel, you can also go by air using the regional charter flights that fly into Kisoro airstrip or kihihi from kajjansi Airstrip
Activities in Bwindi impenetrable national forest
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a top safari destination with a growing number of travelers coming into Uganda for gorilla tours and other wildlife tours. Travelers to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park have a variety of activities to do depending on their travel interests and time. With no doubt, the park is Uganda’s most visited tour destination for most if not all travelers to the pearl of Africa and below are popular activities to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for its Mountain Gorilla populations and outstanding gorilla tracking, but it also provides refuge to other wild animals such as elephant, chimpanzee, monkeys and various small antelope and bird species.
Explore the culture of the local Bakiga and Batwa communities with village walks, blacksmith visits, craft shops and vibrant dances. Batwa takes you through the skills of harvesting honey, hunting using bows and arrow for small animals and Larger animals would be trapped in snares, ancient fire making where dry sticks are rubbed together to make fire.
The varied habitats of Uganda’s oldest forest mean it is the paradise for bird lovers as there are a variety of birds, with 350 species recorded, including 23 endemics such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird. Easy to see are the African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Blue bill. Birding takes place along the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija
There are six main nature trails in Buhoma for those who wish to explore the “impenetrable forest” and they include Muyanga Waterfall Walk, Rushura Hill Walk,Muzubijiro Loop is a 6km walk around a hill, The Ivi River Walk is 14km and takes around seven hours,The Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail takes three to four hours,The Habinyanja Trail takes 4-6hrs
Mountain biking follows a well-maintained trail from the park headquarters at Buhoma to the Ivi River. Along this 13km trail you may see wildlife such as bush bucks, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkeys.