Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park2019-11-01T13:00:53+00:00

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi impenetrable forest is a magical place of mists, hanging mosses and luxuriant vegetation, a true rain forest at the junction of the plain and mountain forests, spreading across valleys and over a range steep ridges forming Albertine Rift Valley eastern edge. It is among the most biologically richest forests in Africa.

  • Size: 331 sq km
  • District: Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro
  • Geographical Location: South Western Uganda on the Edge of the Western Rift Valley.
  • Altitude: 1,160 – 2,607 metres above sea level
  • Rainfall Pattern: Heaviest rains experienced in March – April and September – November. Other months are generally dry.
  • Distance from Kampala: 540 km. estimated transit time: 8-10 hours

Tour Activities:

Mountain Gorilla Trekking is the major tourist activity in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Uganda is home to over a half of the total population of these endangered gentle giants in the whole world and surprisingly blessed with nine habituated Gorilla families which namely; Kyaguriro, Rushegura, Mishaya, Mubare, Habinyanja, Nkuringo, Nshongi, Bitukura, and Nyakagezi. There are more families under habituation.

To be certain of going gorilla tracking, it is a must you buy a permit which is issued by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) at USD 500 only. Only eight people are allowed to visit a group per day, this minimizes behavioral disturbance to the gorillas and the risk of their exposure to human-borne diseases.

It is recommended to book Gorilla Tracking permits as early as possible. We advise you book at least 3 months in advance to ensure tracking on the desired dates and the tracking of simpler families

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Rules

• No one with a communicable disease for example flu, diarrhea is allowed to enter the park
• Stay together in a tight group while with the gorillas, don’t surround them
• Do not use flashes while photographing
• Do not eat or smoke when with the gorillas.
• Turn away from the gorillas if you have to sneeze or cough, cover your mouth and nose in the process.
• Bury all human feaces a minimum of one foot deep and ensure that the hole is properly covered.
• Do not leave litter. All litter must be carried out of the park and disposed off properly.
• No person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas.
• Do not make loud noise or move suddenly.
• You are allowed a maximum of 1 hour with gorillas
• Do not spit on vegetation or soil while in the park. Use your hankie of other garment.

Birding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda

Africa’s number one birding spot boosts of a 360 bird species record with 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics among which include the globally threatened species such as the African Green Broadbill and the Shelley’s Crimsonwing. The Albertine Rift endemics include; Lagden’s Bush-shrike, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Dusky Crimson-wing, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Purple -breasted Sunbird, Blue-headed Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Short-tailed/Neumann’s Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Collared Apalis, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Red-throated Alethe, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin.

Other notable species include; Wood Warbler, Handsome Francolin, Evergreen Warbler, Turner’s Eremomela, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, Buff-throated Apalis, African Pitta, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Cardinal Woodpecker, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Cassin’s Honeybird, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Collared Sunbird, Common Bulbul, Compact Weaver, Coppery Sunbird, Crowned Hornbill, Dark-backed Weaver, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Dusky Tit, Stripe-breasted Tit, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Red-headed Malimbe, Fork-tailed Drongo, Great Blue Turaco, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Green Crombec, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Brown Woodland Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Green Hylia, Green-headed Sunbird, Tiny Sunbird, Green-throated Sunbird, Grey Apalis, Grey-backed/Green-backed Camaroptera, Grey-headed Negrofinch, White-breasted Negrofinch, Grey-headed Sparrow, Grey-throated Barbet, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Honeyguide Greenbul, Klass’ Cuckoo, and many more forest species.

The pristine rainforests of this park are home to approximately 300 species of butterfly including two endangered species of swallowtails, a sounding number of reptile species and amphibians including one frog species which is new to science.

There are 120 species of mammals including 7 diurnal primates and about 30 Forest Elephants

This afro-montane forest has dense under storey of fern, vines, shrubs. About 324 tree species have been recorded here, 10 of which occur nowhere else in Uganda.

Nature Walks

For a visitor who has 2 or 3 days in Bwindi, the park has 4 fantastic hiking trails. On all these trails, you have opportunities to see and learn about primates, many species of birds, butterflies, trees, and other organisms. Arrange at the reception for a guide. The guide’s company is obligatory and yet affords you an excellent understanding of nature’s system at work in the park

Cultural Perfomances

In the evenings, participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups. Proceeds from these go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park.

Local People: Bakiga and Bafumbira all from the “Ntu” ethnic group, constituting the densest settlements in Uganda, (233 people/ square kilometres)

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