This is the most visited among other Uganda national parks covering an area of about 331 square kilometers and it is located in the southwestern part of Uganda just about 8-10 hours from the capital Kampala and the park is one of the newest parks of Uganda. It neighbors the Republic of Congo border and the Virunga National park on the edge of the Albertine Rift and it is UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site. The scenery is rugged, with deep valleys running between steep sided hills and ridges. There is both lowland and montane rainforest with dense undergrowth of herbs, vines and shrubs, making the Park look impenetrable. This area is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests with the richest faunal community in East Africa. Bwindi forest national park houses 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds such as hornbills and turacos) and many other are rare to other Uganda national park, 220 species of butterflies(including two endangered species of Swallowtails), 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species, over163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns, over ten species of primates are recorded forest of bwindi including tailed and blue monkeys, colobus monkeys, baboons and chimpanzee our close relative of man sharing about 98% of human DNA. How ever Bwind impenetrable national park is most known for its endangered mountain gorillas as it’s a home to almost a half of the world’s population about 860 gorillas are left in the world. Bwindi is also the only park in the world where chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist in the same environment so please don’t miss this grate opportunity just book with us.
What to do at the park
Gorilla tracking; this is the most done activity at the park and gorilla tracking is the most interesting activity, it is one of the few parks in the world to host this endangered species and it’s a home to almost a half of the world’s population. Gorilla permits are required for tracking the gorillas and it is, therefore, advisable to make reservations at least three months in advance. For your protection and that of gorillas no one with signs of communicable disease like cough, flu, or any air born disease will be allowed to track. And while with gorillas you strictly allowed to stay in a distance of about 10 meters from these giants. Bwindi is a tropical rainforest and as such it rains at different times but nearly everyday so some level of physical fitness is called for as reaching to the gorillas is unpredictable it depends on where they spent the last night from, probably it can take half or full day so tracking gears are need such as strong shoes, long sleeved shirts an blouses, packed lunch and bottled water, tracking stick cameras among other. While possession of gorilla permits is a guarantee of tracking, it’s not a guarantee for seeing the gorillas, but the chance of sighting is 96% or more and most of the time park rangers know where the gorillas can be found. The minimum age for sighting these endangered mountain gorillas is 15 years and minimum time to stay with gorillas is strictly one hour. While tracking gorillas other primates such as chimpanzee, baboon, colobus monkey can be seen this is an added advantage to the park.
Community walk: This is yet another activity carried out at the park, arrangements can be made for those interested in learning more about the local people to visit the batwa community around Buhoma village, visit there home stead, perform there traditional songs, explain to them how they have managed to leave in the area, introduce to visitors there farming methods
Their traditional healers; explain their farming methods, and women explain to visitors their weaving skills. Visitors can also purchase art and craft items made by the local people.
Forest walk: Besides Gorilla tracking, forest walks are also a popular activity in Bwindi. You will move through the forest to view birds, butterflies, and other forest inhabitants such as monkeys and baboons under the canopy of this thick Jungle. A guide will help to give informative and educative information on all forest flora and fauna that live in the forest during the forest walk and the walk normally last between 1-4 hours
1- 4hours walk through the impenetrable forest. The walk gives
Bird watching: For bird watchers, bwindi is the only park that can give you the best as it houses over360 species of birds, including 23 of the 24 endemic to the Albertine Rift Valley and another 14 species found nowhere else in Uganda, including the African Green Broadbill.
Where to stay: Lake Mutanda Chameleon Hill, Gorilla Forest Camp, Mahogany Springs, Gorilla Resort, Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge -Luxury/ Lake Mutanda, Silver Back Lodge Bwindi, Lake Kitandara Tented Camp, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp Site- mid range/ Buhoma Community Bandas, Wagati Eco Lodge- budget