Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda. It is a renowned for mountain gorilla tracking. Approximately 340 of the surviving world mountain gorilla population are found in this forest. Bwindi forest National Park covers a total land expanse of 331 sq km, and supports an assortment of jumbled vegetation, steep landscape, high slippery valleys, drought ridges and thick forest with under growth vegetation. People on this Uganda safari holiday in this park are recommended to carry warm clothing plus strong hiking boots particularly for the cold temperatures, mainly in June and July and also to enable you move along the slippery paths.
The Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park experiences 2 rain seasons; the long rains are received starting in September up to November while the short rains are received starting in March up to May. More information on how to get there
Gorillas in Bwindi Forest
Mountain gorilla tracking is rather tiresome since it may at times requires hiking for long distances along the damp steep slopes of this dense forest. Bwindi has 4 groups of mountain gorilla open for tourism and these include; Nkuringo, Habinyanja, Rushegura and Mubare. Even though tourists are allowed to visit this park all year round, only 8 members are permitted to each each of these gorilla families each day. A 3 day gorilla safari to Bwindi should just serve the purpose, although some would like to combine a trek with lake Bunyonyi or Gorillas and Wildlife on 5 days Safari in Uganda. The time you will spend with the primates is restricted to just one hour and each trekker should have a valid gorilla trekking permit. You will be divided into groups of 8 and then you ranger guide will lead you out in the forest. Also each and every visitor must abide by the gorilla tracking rules plus regulation for the safety of the gorillas and the trackers too. The primary threats to the gorillas are: poaching, habitat loss as well as diseases.
In regards to the tourism industry in Uganda, Gorilla tracking is the main source of revenue. Additional primates living within this park are chimpanzees, blue monkeys, red colobus monkey, black & white colobus monkeys, grey-checked Mangabeys plus the L’Hoest monkeys. You will as well see several other animals like elephants, antelopes plus the huge forest hogs. Bwindi forest is among the best Eco-systems on the African continent that contains montane forest plus the lowland forest. Bwindi has 163 tree species plus 100 different species of ferns all recorded here. This park is listed among the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is habitat to over 110 mammal species, over 346 different bird species, 202 butterfly species, 27 frog species, numerous chameleons plus geckos.
This National Park is managed by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA), a government organization. The control plus the conservation the park throughout the previous year has lead to clashes with the surrounding local communities since most of them were evicted from inside the park. A good example is the Batwa community that resided in this forest for several generations were severely affected and sadly they weren’t compensated. These people survived on this forest for ages without damaging the ecosystem of the forest. They survived on fishing, cultivating of yams and harvesting of wild honey.
Visiting the Munyanga river trail offers an opportunity to explore an amazing part of the forest. You will see numerous tree ferns, orchids plus Epithectic ferns. This river trail leads to 3 crystal clear falls namely: the Ruizi River trail, the Muzabajirro trail as well as the
Rushurra River trail.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in Southwestern Uganda in East Africa. It is part of the Bwindi impenetrable forest. Bwindi impenetrable Forest reserve was gazetted in 1942 and upgraded to a national park in 1992. Bwindi is most famous for Gorilla Trekking, and you can see a large variety of birds and primates.
The name “Bwindi” actually means “impenetrable”. The sort of double warning is so appropriate because Bwindi is for all intents and purposes impenetrable. A trek through the rainforest considered to be one of Africa’s most ancient rain forests is a premier wildlife encounter.
The park provides habitat for about 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 of butterflies and 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species Its main attraction though is the gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. There are four habituated mountain gorilla groups open to tourism: Mubare, habinyanja, Rushegura near Buhoma and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.
Gorilla tracking became a popular activity in 1993, and the park became a popular tourist and safari destination in Uganda.
Other species in the park include; chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkey, African Elephant, African Green Broadbill, the cream-banded swallowtail, black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, vervets, the giant hog, and small antelope species. There are quite a number of carnivores too including the side-stripped jackal and African civet.
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