Park Information

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is located in South Western Uganda. It is the best known destination for Mountain Gorilla trekking though there are other activities you can participate in. It is the best park in Uganda where you can go for gorilla trekking.

About Bwindi Gorilla National Park

Discover an exceptional wildlife familiarity with visiting the south western Uganda where stand an olden(over 25000 years)  outstanding green luxuriant bandage of massive thick tropical rain trees situated across the fault scarps of the western arm of the great east African rift valley nearby to the Albertine region – the Bwindi Impenetrable forest. Derives its name due to its impenetrable (thick) nature of dark, knotted flora over concavely and complex ridged mountainous landscape.

Bwindi Impenetrable national park has three parts: the northern part or Buhoma in Kanungu district, the southern part or Rubuguri in Kisoro district and the eastern part or Ruhija in Kabale district.

History of Bwindi

  • Meaning of Bwindi – Why Is It Called the Impenetrable Forest
  • Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest consists of 331 square kilometers with a thick rain forest which is found in the Bakiga Land. The native people of this forest are the Bakiga people who speak lukiga language and the Batwa people who still occupy some part in the forest.

Weather & Climate

During the morning hours, Bwindi is cold. The same coldness is also experienced at night, meaning that Bwindi is cold during morning hours and cold at night. The annual temperatures range from 7°C to 20°C. This therefore calls for warm clothings to be put on since the forest reserves up to 2390 mm of rain every year. Usually, this is centered during the two seasons the park experiences. These are the wet seasons of March to May where short rains are experienced and during the months of September to November where the rains are very heavy.

Biodiversity in Bwindi

The forest is noted to be a habitat of 90 – 120 mammals including several primates, reptiles, butterflies and birds among others. Primate species that can commonly be spotted include mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, black and white colobus, blue colobus monkeys , grey –cheeked mangabey, L,Hoest’s monkeys, baboons amongst others.

Though amongst primates, the white tailed black and white colobus out numbers others, the celebrity primate is the mountain gorillas where by the forest is recorded to inhabit more than half of the world’s totals.

Also this thick jungle is ranked to be the number one birding spot harboring over 350 different bird species of which 23 species are the highly localized Albertine Rift endemics for example the commonly referred to as ground hornbill.

Things to Do

In Bwindi Impenetrable national park, you will participate in Gorilla trekking activity. This is the most paramount activity within this park. You will also participate in Nature walks within the Forest. This will offer you a great experience as you will see a number of bird species and butterflies within the forest. The birding experience will make you participate in photography which is one the tourism activities tourists prefer doing during their safaris.

Getting There

To readily access this park, you will be driven a distance of 9 hours from Uganda’s capital city Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park where you will participate in this lifetime activity. You can also take an alternative shuttle from Entebbe where Uganda’s International Airport is found. This will take you about one and half hours to arrive at Bwindi Impenetrable forest.