Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

It is Located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the western rift valley, shared by Rukungiri, Kabale and Kisoro Districts. It is 331 square kilometers on an Altitude Range of 1160m (Ishasha gorge) - 2607m (Rwamunyonyi Peak). Annual Temperature ranges from 7-20 degrees Celsius. Its cold during June- July rains heavily in March-April and September-November. Majority of the

local people are Bakiga and Bafumbira, representing the most impenetrable settlements in Uganda, (233 people/ square kilometers).

Species

Bwindi has over 120 species of mammals including 7 diurnal primates, about 30 elephants, 360 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. The forest has fern, vines and shrubs and 324 recorded tree species.

Gorilla Safaris / Gorilla Tracking

The Mountain Gorillas are certainly Bwindi’s major tourist attraction, where they have been habituated since April 1993. There are at the present four different groups that can be visited which include: Mubare group (16 gorillas; 1 silverback ), Habinyanja group (23 gorillas; 2 silverbacks), Rushegura group (9 gorillas; 1 silverback) and Nkuring group (20 gorillas; 2 silverbacks). Around eight permits are sold per day for each of these mountain gorilla groups at Uganda Wildlife Head Quarters in Kampala. It’s advisable to book 4months in advance to be sure the requested dates are available.

Gorilla Tracking can be actually challenging, so go prepared. Please read the Gorilla Rules before your trip.

Bird Watching

Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine rift Endemics such as; the Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruer’s Rush Warbler, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, hard or not possible to see in any other part of East Africa. Experienced bird watchers can identify up to 100 species in a day. Take a trip to Ruhija and Buhoma for this dream. Always indicate your bird interest to your tour guide before departing for bird watching.

Nature Walks

The bamboo trail: The Bamboo trail offers 14 vegetation types and is one of the areas of highest diversity in the park. At the top of this trail, you witness scenic views encompassing Lake Bunyonyi and Mafuga Forest.

The Rushurra trail: Commands open views across the western rift valley floor. To the west, Congo’s Parc Nationale des Virungas provides a spectacular backdrop, and on a clear day Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountain are visible.

The Munyanga river trail is an ideal short walk for visitors with little time to spare. You can observe birds and primates of the forest edge. The popular waterfall trail provides a beautiful feature of the forest with a plethora of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. This trail leads to 3 delightful crystal clear waterfalls.

The Ruizi river trail is the longest in the park and takes a full day recommended for bird watchers. This can be done in a 4-wheel drive through Ruhija. Tourists can also do a hike to the Mubwindi swamp.

The Muzabajirro trail offers breathe taking views of Bwindi Forest, Western Rift Valley and the Virungas. On the way, you witness hundreds of pre-historic tree ferns. The top of this trail is a splendid place for a picnic lunch.

Distance

Kampala to Kabale is a distance of 414 kms on bitumen surface and takes 6-7 hours. An additional 120 kms from Kabale to Buhoma Park Headquarters via Kanungu and Kanyantoorogo on Murram surface takes 3-4 hours and requires a 4WD vehicle. Kabale- Ruhija-Buhoma is 95 kilometers and takes about 3 hours. This road is not used much by the public. A 4WD vehicle is recommended.

Cultural Presentation

In the evenings, take part in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups. Proceeds from these go straightforwardly to advance the wellbeing of families around the park.

Accommodation

Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge invites you to surround yourself with the splendor of beautiful calm natural environment and forest-fresh air, while experiencing the luxury and serenity of our lodge. It welcomes you with a breath taking scenery of the forest, peace and tranquility – a home away from home! Come enjoy the melodies of insects and birds, butterflies, enjoy the surprise visits of monkeys or even gorillas.

Other Lodges include: Savanna Resort Hotel, 40km to Buhoma and is adjacent to Ishasha area of Queen Elizabeth National park, Abercrombrie and kent luxury tented accommodation, Mantana(luxury tented and fully furnished), African Pearl Safaris homestead accommodation and a local community operated rest lean camp with simple bandas with restaurant where breakfast, lunch and dinner is served.

Bwindi is one of the best and few places in Africa where you can track and see Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

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