Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to the rare endangered mountain gorillas in Uganda and is strategically located at the edge of the western rift valley (Albertine rift valley), in South Western Uganda. The park is well known for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda and of recent now ready for Gorilla habituations safaris. It is shared amongst Rukungiri, Kisoro and Kabale Districts.
The gigantic rain forest homes to over a half of the world’s mountain gorillas thus it is the major Uganda Gorilla safari destination to visit the endangered mountain gorillas. A deeper look into the inviting beautiful brown eyes of these gentle shy mountain gorillas on Uganda is unarguably the most exciting memorable Uganda wildlife tour encounter that Uganda and Africa at large have to offer coupled with Bwindi’s broad biodiversity that gives support to the Eco-Tourism industry as well.
With an altitude range of 1,160 to 2,607m, the national park boasts of 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, with the black-and-white Colobus, which is prominent for its beautiful flowing white tail to show which makes it a flourishing Uganda wildlife safari destination as well.
Things to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla trekking safaris
Gorilla trekking tours & safaris form the major tourist activity/attraction in Bwindi. On a daily basis two gorilla groups are usually available for tourists to visit. The Mubare group comprising of 16 gorillas with 1 Silver back, this group was officially opened for tourism in 1993. The other group being the Habinyanja group which comprises of 23 gorillas with 2 silver backs and was readily opened in July 1998. The last and third group of gorillas comprising of 17 gorillas with 2 silver back, is yet to be open for tourism.
-All gorilla tracking permits are sold by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at the Headquarters in Kampala with only 8 gorilla permits per day being sold for each of the 2 Gorilla groups. Advance booking- at least 3 months in advance is recommended to prevent missing out.
– The Gorilla tracking activity starts at 8:30 am local time and lasts the whole day.
-Gorillas are supposed to be met for only an hour once they have been tracked.
– The Gorilla Tracking activity in Bwindi is tedious in this regard tourists are therefore urged to be physically fit and carry jungle boots and rain jacketsalong with them because the forest is always wet.
Bwindi is the best birding safari tour destination it’s a sanctuary to over 348 bird species that are impossible or hard to see in any many other part East African regions. Birding watching tours can be arranged in Bwindi Forests especially for bird lovers, this the best place for bird watching.
Among others, special on its list are; the honey guide, the Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch Short-tailed Warbler, Kivi ground thrush, Wilcock’s, Rusty-faced woodland Gruel’s Rush Warbler, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon and Dusky Crimson An enthusiastic bird watcher can be able to identify as many as 100 species daily.
Guided Nature Walks
Visitor with two or more days in Bwindi impenetrable national park, can ably engage in a hiking tour along the four outland hiking trails that are famously done in the park. On all these trails, you will ably experience and get a educated about the various bird species, the primates, butterflies,the trees as well as the other members of this Eco system.Its advisable that you arrange for a guide’s services and company from the reception for your safety and to attain an excellent understanding of the park’s entire Eco system.
The River Munyanga walk
A short walk for visitors with little time to spare along the forest edge offers tourist a memorable sight of birds as well as primates.This famous waterfall walk gives an attractive feature of the forest with a colourful array of butterflies, a natural fusion of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and colorful which is typical of Bwindi impenetrable forest. The walk leads to 3 attractive crystal clear waterfalls which is a typical ingredient of a tropical rain forest.
The Rushurra walk
The Rushurra walk gives an extensive view across the western rift valley floor, and to its west, the Congo Parc Nationale Des Virungas providing a wonderful view, and is also visible to both Lake Edward and Rwenzori Mountain as well. The Muzabajirro walk provides an un forgetable view of Bwindi Forest, the Western Rift Valley and the Virungas. Various pre-historic tree ferns can be witnessed as you make your way to the top, which is a great place for a picnic or lunch.
The ivy river walk:
Mostly recommended for bird viewing for bird watchers, is the longest in the park and will take you a full day. Buhoma village walk, offers tourists eye catching views like those of a typical Ugandan rural homestead setting in this region, a visit to the local traditional healers, the banana beer brewing demonstration site, captivating traditional cultural performance in the evenings which are usually performed by Women groups provide the opportunity to experience the traditional dressing fashions as well. This walk that takes over three hours,is an activity that is managed by the local community thus money received is invested back into the community to improve on their general welfare usually. Visitors may as well walk to the Bamboo zone which is a unique area in Bwindi impenetrable national park.
The Bamboo trail walk
This leads to one of the areas of high diversity in the park that offers 14 vegetation types . At the pick of this walk, you will be presented with unforgettable views some of which include the L. Bunyonyi and Mafuga forest.