The park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda in East Africa. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is park of Bwindi Forest and is on the border of Democratic Republic of Congo next to Virunga National Park and Albertine Rift valley. The park has got 33km2 of heavily thick jungle and that is the reason why it is called “Impenetrable Forest” and also contains both montane and lowland forest. The park can only be accessed by foot just because of its an impenetrable jungle. The park also is a United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) designated Heritage site.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is in Kabale town in the southeast approximately 29km by road southeast of Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is among the forest in Africa with the richest ecosystem and diversity of species. The park provides a home for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs and many other endangered species. Floristically Bwindi Forest National Park is amongst the most diverse forest in East Africa with about 1,000 species of a flowing plant incorporating 163 tree species and 104 species of plants.
The park is an asylum for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and numerous fowls, (for example hornbills and turacos). It is maybe generally prominent for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half the world’s populace of the critically jeopardized mountain gorillas. There are several habituated mountain gorilla families open to tourism:
Gorilla Trekking Safari Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable National Part
A gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is a unique lifetime experience. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is such an astonishing enthralling search including long strolls tracking gorilla trails in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park majorly or Mgahinga National Park – Uganda. Fly out to Uganda and visit mountains their natural habitat in Bwindi rain forests. A mountain gorilla trek vacations in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest can take something like 2- 4 hours, depending on the movement of gorillas in search for food and shelter. At the end of every Gorilla search in the thick forest, you will be allowed to stay with the gorillas for a maximum of one hour for observation, interacting and taking photographs for remembrance or souvenirs.
Gorilla Tracking in Uganda requires one to have gorilla permits that are bought in advance on the grounds that only a maximum of Eight individuals are permitted to track each gorilla group in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.
Gorilla Groups in Uganda – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahiga Gorilla Park
Uganda has 12 mountain gorilla groups open to sightseers and you are allowed to spend an hour watching these excellent mountain Gorillas and taking photographs.
Here are the habituated Gorilla families we have in Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable Forest; Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura in Buhoma sector in the North, Ruhiija sector in the East has Oruzogo, Bitukura, Kyaguriro. In the southern sector in Rushaga has Nkuringo, Nshongi, Kahungye and Mishaya and one group Nyakagezi in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. New Gorilla groups in Uganda are soon to be officially opened for gorilla trekkers.
Tourist Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
Gorilla Trekking is a humbling experience to stand only meters from man’s distant cousins as they consume, rest, play and how they keep their young ones. Gorilla tracking takes place in four areas, beginning at 8:30am day by day.
Accompanying a briefing, tourists penetrate the forest trekking in most cases takes 2 – 6 hours, contingent upon the location of the gorillas as they run uninhibitedly in the impenetrable forest.
Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The habitats of Uganda’s eldest forest mean it is the perfect environment for a variety of fowls, with 350 species recorded, incorporating 23 endemics (90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, for example, the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird and also seven IUCN red data species. Easy to see are the African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue, and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill.
Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park takes place along the main trail; the Buhoma Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija.
Cultural Encounters in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
There are different cultural encounter in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park like; the Buhoma Community Tours / Mukono Development Association, Nkuringo Community Conservation and Development Foundation (NCCDF), Buniga Forest Nature Walk, Nkuringo Cultural Centre (NCC), Nyundo Community Eco-Trails, Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH) and Rubuguri Village Walk (NCC).
Cycling/Mountain Biking in Bwindi Forest
Mountain biking takes after an overall kept up the trail from the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park headquarter at Buhoma to the Ivi River. Along this 13km trail, you might see natural life, for example, bushbucks, dark and-white colobus, and red-tailed monkeys. The 6 -7 hours round trek departs in the morning and is arranged by Buhoma Community Rest Camp under the “Ride for a Woman” community development initiative.
Hiking/Nature Walks in Bwindi Forest
There are six main nature trails in Buhoma for those who wish to explore the “impenetrable forest” that is to say; Muyanga Waterfall Walk, Rushura Hill Walk, Muzubijiro Loop, The Ivi River Walk, The Buhoma-Nkuringo, The Habinyanja (Railegh).