Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the south west of Uganda in Kanungu district and lies on the Albertine rift valley with an elevation array of over 2600 meters and covers surface area of about 327km2 of montane and lowland forest. Here is what you should know about Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
The park which formerly was known as Bwindi impenetrable forest reserve was later established as a national park in 1991 and in 1994 was recognized as the world heritage site.
The Bwindi forest earns its name from the scrambled, large areas of bamboo interspersed with larger forest woods.
Bwindi national park has about 340 mountain gorillas which is almost half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world and is also a proud home to about 350 species of birds, 120 species of mammals, 200 species of butterflies and other wildlife
Bwindi is the only place where chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist and one of the three places in the world where tourists can track the endangered gorillas
Bwindi is a tropical rainforest located on the edge of the Albertine rift valley and has got steep terrain of the forest and the forest its self is thick, impenetrable and remote.
The forest has about ten tree species which you cannot see elsewhere in the country and this makes it unique.
WEATHER AND CLIMATE:
There is no real dry season in Bwindi, rain can happen anytime. There is usually heavy rain fall occurring from March to May and September to November however weather usually gets better around June to August and December to February also known to be the drier season
Temperatures remain consistent yearlong due to its short distance from the equator. During day time temperatures are 23oc/73oF with a slight drop at night of 11oc/552oF.
Best time to visit; June to August and December to February considered to be the drier months and during this period the trails are not slippery and easily be accessed, the mist also reduces.
High season; June to September and gorilla permits have to be booked early enough.
Low season; March, April, may. October and November and during this time some lodges even close down.
- Gorilla tracking and habituation experience
- Bird watching. There are about 350 species of birds and 90% of these are Albertine rift endemics.
- Nature walks e.g. the IVI walk, bamboo trail
- Batwa trail experience
- Must be done using local guides
- Gorilla permit- 600$[foreign nonresidents], 500$[ foreign residents] and 250,000 shillings[ East Africa]
- Gorilla habituation- 1500$[ FNR], 1000$ [FR] and 750000shs [EAC]
- Batwa experience-40$ for both FNR and FR, 40000shs for EAC
- Nature walk- 30$ [FNR], 15$ [FR] and 10000shs for EAC
- Birding-30$ for both FNR and FR, 10000shs for EAC
- Kampala- Bwindi takes 8-9 hours
- Lake mburo NP –Bwindi is about 5-6 hours
- QENP- Bwindi is 5-6 hours’ drive
- By air- chartered planes fly from Entebbe airport to the airstrips of Nyakabande, Kihihi and Kayonza.
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