The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a biodiverse, mountainous area in southwest Uganda. It’s also a home to many of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, who feed on roots, leaves and fruits from the park’s many tree and fern species. Restricted numbers of viewing permits help protect the endangered gorilla families. In the park, rough paths weave amid dense forests, which are home to many butterflies and birds.
The Government declared it as a national Park in 1992 and in 1994 UNESCO recognized it as a World Heritage Site . The word “Bwindi” in the local Lukiga language, means ‘Impenetrable’ and this best portrays the thick forest vegetation that covers this 327 sq Km. The park is famous for mountain gorillas with half the world’s population in Bwindi forest.
Weather in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is too cold in the morning as well as in the night, and the temperatures can drop to 7°C, however the highest temperatures could get to about 20°C. The months of June and July across the year are the coldest. However, we recommend that you bring Warm clothes as well as rain gear since in Bwindi it rains any time.
The park’s terrain is more challenging to traverse mainly in the wet months, that is from March – May, then September – November when the rains are heavier. What is remarkable about the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park forest is that, its short tropical rains normally exhibit as long drizzles that fall for several hours.
The mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are the leading tourism product in Uganda today visited during the amazing Gorilla trekking holidays. It’s the best place to enjoy a Gorilla Trekking in Uganda.
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla trekking is the number one tourist activity In Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. During this amazing activity, visitors get a chance to see and even spend some time with these fascinating huge though very peaceful mountain gorillas. It is mandatory to possess a gorilla trekking permit to be able to trek. The maximum number of people trekking per group is 8. Due to high demand for permits we always advise our clients to make their reservations for a Uganda Gorilla Trekk in advance a couple of months earlier to enable us secure the availability of the permit on their preferred trekking day. Visitors can only trek the habituated Gorilla families below;
- Nkuringo group
- Rushegura group
- Habinyanja group
- Mubare group
Wildlife within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Because of the high altitude of the park (about 1447m) and broadly wide forested slopes, this forest park has a variety of wildlife habitats including the lowland forest as well as Afro-montane vegetation.
Some of the wildlife you will see include more than 300 types of butterflies, more than 50 types of reptile, over 80 types of moths, 10 primate species, 200 tree species as well as 120 unusual types of mammals.
Important to note is that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is among the best bird watching destinations in Uganda. There are about 350 bird species as well as 90% of the endemics within the Albertine Rift.
The Batwa People – Batwa Cultural Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Batwa people are pygmies living close the park. You should also take a cultural walk to the Batwa community led by these pygmies themselves. You will also be able to observe their traditional lifestyle, visit some of their community development projects.
Tourist Areas in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Buhoma Area
The Buhoma area lies in the northern part of Bwindi Park. Its so far the busiest tourism center and the beginning area for those going to Track gorillas within this area. It has several types of accommodation facilities that suit all budgets.
This is located on the remote Nteko Ridge, offers breathtaking views of the verdant forest towards the stunning Virunga. It is also another starting point for gorilla trekking safaris.
While on a self-safaris in private 4WD car should cross the park at the Buhoma headquarters and connect to Ruhija. Along the way, you will see the verdant deep valleys covered by a dense green forest.
Bwindi impenetrable Forest National Park is the best place to do mountain Gorilla tours.