The Bwindi impenetrable national park is a true rainforest, an ancient habitat next to Virunga National Park in Rwanda and on the edge of the western Rift Valley which extends up to the border of the Democratic Republic of Congo. The Bwindi impenetrable national park is 331 square kilometers (128 sq mi) of jungle forests and is accessible only on foot.
The park was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994 due to its ecological uniqueness and natural beauty. The park is home to more than four hundred highly endangered species of mountain gorillas which is close to half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, the rest live probably in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their population is highly endangered because of loss of natural habitat, poaching, and diseases which can be transmitted by the human-like cold.
Bwindi Gorilla Trekking
The major tourist attraction at the Bwindi impenetrable national park is gorilla tracking. Ten gorilla families have been habituated so far. The Mubare gorilla family was the first to be successfully habituated for viewing in April 1993. Four mountain gorilla family groups have so far been habituated to human approach each day for one-hour viewing. They include; Mubare Group, Habinyanja group, Rushegura group, and Nkuringo group.
Gorilla tracking in the forest through steep slopes, intense humidity, and regular rainfall requires patience, stamina and might take hours, however that changes once you sight the first mountain Gorilla face-to-face.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Weather
The park is a typical tropical rainforest with an annual mean temperature range of a minimum of 7–15°C (45 to 59 °F) to a maximum of 20 to 27 °C (68 to 81 °F). Bwindi elevations vary from 1,190 to 2,607 meters (3,904 to 8,553 ft) above sea level. Its annual rainfall ranges from 1,400 to 1,900 millimeters (55 to 75 in). Two rain seasons occur within the Bwindi area mainly in the months of March to April and from September to November.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park activities/Activities
- 1. Gorilla tracking is a must to do an event
- Banana Plantation; Banana is the common food crop for the local people
- Gorilla habituation Experience, Pay extra to be with Gorilla for four hours, has to be booked early in advance.
- Cultural tour to the Batwa pygmies People; these are the indigenous community who used to live inside the Bwindi forest
- The ornithological tour can be contacted, Bwindi has more than 347 bird’s species and 36 are endemic
- Ride 4 A woman; it’s an empowering woman program on how to become business entrepreneurs.
- Local market tour
- Tour of the Local Hospital.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Access
The park is located in the south-western part of Uganda. It’s approximately an 8 hour or 9-hour drive from Entebbe by road and just one hour away by scheduled flights which operate daily from Entebbe International Airport.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Hotels
There are several accommodation places where you can stay before tracking the gorillas. It all depends on your budget. They include; Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Engagi lodge, Mahogany Springs Lodge. Please contact us for booking and recommendations.
Best Time to Trek at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
You can trek Gorilla any time of the year, though conditions are more challenging during the rainy months of March to April and from September to November because of the steep valleys.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Tours
Gorilla trekking safaris at Bwindi National Park can be organized through DK Grand Safaris from Nairobi as an extension of an Africa safari or from Entebbe Town – Uganda.
Some gorilla trekking packages from Bwindi National Park offered by DK Grand Safaris include; sole travelers, photographic treks, private treks, family treks, honeymoon trek, customized and group treks. These trekking packages include; accommodation, transfers, and Bwindi National Park fee or Bwindi National Park Permits, etc.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Animals
Bwindi impenetrable national park hosts numerous globally threatened species, it’s believed to be a habitat of diverse species of which some are endemic to the area. They include; approximately 120 species of mammal’s i.e. mountain gorilla, elephants, l’Hoest’s monkey, chimpanzee, 348 species of birds i.e. Shelley’s Crimson-wing, 220 species of butterflies, more than 160 species of trees which include 100 species of ferns.
Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
DK Grand Safaris
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
P.O. Box 862 Kabale, Uganda
Tel: +256 486 24121