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.

This tropical rain forest is found in South Western Uganda. It is arguably the best destination for mountain gorilla trekking in Central Africa. Bwindi  impenetrable  forest  is  a  UNESCO  World  Heritage  site  situated  in  the  southwest  corner  of  Uganda . The  park  is  331 square  kilometers  and  impresses  with  a  truly  theatrical   landscape  and  bio-diversity  , this  is  a  region  of  volcanoes, jagged  valleys, waterfalls, lakes  and  dramatic  mountain  ranges. Birders  come  thousands  of  miles  to  see  the  more  than  350  species  that  live  within  the  area.

There  are  also  rare  forest  elephant, giant  forest  hog  and  eleven  kinds  of  primates , including  red tailed  and  blue  monkey, black  and  white  colobus,  baboons  and  chimpanzee . you  can  also  find  forest  duiker  antelopes  and  bush  buck  antelopes  as  well  as  over  200  species  of  butterflies.

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.

Gorilla Tracking

Bwindi is a home to 480 mountain gorillas, just over half the world’s population of this critically endangered ape. The gorillas are completely wild but  have  become used to seeing a few humans after years of habituation. Many of the expert guides have been involved in this process since the beginnin , and are  able to explain the complicated etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback . This is an opportunity afforded  only to select few, as just eight visitors are  allowed to view each group everyday.

There are currently 18 habituated mountain gorilla groups open to tourism;

Mubare , Habinyanja  and  Rushegura   near  Buhoma

Bitukura  and   Oruzogho  near  Ruhija

Nkuringo , Mishaya, Nshongi  and  Kahugye  in  Bwindi  south.

Tracking  through  dense  forest  with  steep  slopes  means  that  participants  do  need  to  be  physically  fit. Once  the  gorillas  are  located , you  spend  a  maximum  of  an  hour  with  them  before  returning  back  to  camp. Please  note  only   children  aged  15  and  above  can  track  the  gorillas. Guests  taking  part  in  this  activity  must  have   permit.

Gorilla Permits

Permits  must  be  purchased  in  advance . Permits  are  sold  for  a  specific  person  for  specific  day, and  currently  cost  US$600  each ( subject  to  change ) To  reserve  a  permit , a  deposit  is  required . As  a  company , sanctuary  Gorilla  forest  camp  is able  to  invoice  for  the

entire  permit  price  at  once  to  save  on  the  very  high  bank  fees  that  are  changed  in  Uganda  on incoming  foreign  currency  payments.

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.