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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The ultimate gorilla experience in the African jungle exposes you to closest relatives of human beings, exceptional colored primates that you never want to miss seeing. They are such stunning creatures that bring to you life changing memories.

Bwindi Impenetrable National ParK is located in southwestern Uganda in the districts of Kabale, Kanungu, and Kisoro. BINP is the home of the world’s most endangered primates, the Mountain gorillas, with a population of about 500- roughly half of the world’s total population.

It is one of Uganda’s oldest and most biodiverse rainforests. BINP is Uganda’s foremost tourist attraction and one of the world’s most remarkable wildlife encounters is tracking gorillas across the misty slope of remote Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the south of western Uganda.

The magnificent apes are a rare and endangered species in the world, they are divided between Bwindi’s impenetrable forest and the nearby Virunga volcanoes.

Bwindi’s forest contains an exceptional variety of flora and fauna, species of Butterflies, reptiles, Primates like Blue monkeys, L’hoest’smonkey, chimpanzees, birds like the Albertine rift endemics such as the short-tailed warbler, African green broadbill, and the blue-headed sunbird.

 Sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The Park is divided into four sectors namely, Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija, and Rushanga.

Buhoma sector.

It is located in the northern part of Bwindi and was the first sector where a gorilla family was first habituated, it happens to be that this sector stands out as the most visited because it is accessible from the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park.

It has four gorilla families namely Mubare is the oldest gorilla habituated family with 18 members Ruhondeza is the dominant silverback, Habinyanja family, Rushengura, and Katwe gorilla families.

Rushaga sector.

Rushaga is located in the southern part of Bwindi in the Kisooro district. It is home to the biggest number of Gorilla Families in Bwindi.

These include Nshongi with 26 individuals and 4 silverbacks, Mishaya has 12 individuals with 1 silverback, Kahungye has 13 individuals and 3 silverbacks, and Busingye and Bweza gorilla groups.

Ruhija sector.

Ruhija is located on the eastern side of the park and it is easily accessible from either Kable, Kisoro, or Buhoma. This sector has three Gorilla families namely Bitukura, Oruzongop, and Kyaguriro gorilla family.

Nkuringo sector.

This is located in the southern part of the park with only two gorilla families, ie Nkuringo gorilla family, Nkuringo means round the hills with 19 members, and it is the most exciting group to visit and the newly opened Christmas family.

 

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Activities of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Gorilla trekking is done in groups of not more than eight persons allocated to track each family and normally it begins at 7:00 am every day. Trekking the endangered mountain gorillas is done in 4 sectors of Bwindi ie Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, and Rushaga as described above.

During the Gorilla trek, you follow the footprints of the mighty mountain gorillas until you meet the family led by the dominant male Silver Back. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a destination for relaxation, and fresh air breath, with sounds of nature and eco-friendly experiences.

Gorilla tracking can take a few hours to a whole day depending on how far the group has moved, while tracking a family of mountain gorillas.

While on the way tracking with guides, you experience huge fig trees with blowing wind, sounds of Splendid birds calling, and view of other primates like blue monkeys, snakes, and misty clouds on top of the forests that are extremely fun, exciting, and adventurous. On contact with the gorillas, trekking is restricted to one magical hour of gorilla experience.

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Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has got four trailheads that offer excellent birding opportunities i.e., the river Ivi trail between Buhoma and Nkuringo, the River Munyaga trail, Ruhija’s Bamboo trail, and Mubwindi swamp trail which is renowned for the Albertine Rift valley endemics including the localized green broad bill, short-tailed warbler, and blue-headed sunbird. Common Sightings include the African blue and White-tailed blue flycatchers, African emerald cuckoo, common bulbul, and red-headed bluer bill.

Cultural Encounters and Community Walks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi is surrounded by different tribes though the commonest people are the Batwa pygmies who lived in the forest a thousand years ago. They were hunters and fruit gatherers and have an enjoyable, energetic cultural dance performance as well as traditional songs.

The beautiful people around Bwindi involve in making beautiful African crafts like bee-wax candles, fabrics, and wood carvings. Experience the hospitable Batwa with delicious traditional meals, black coffee experience, and Banana juice making.

 

Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

It is a prime Uganda safari destination with over 120 mammal species that are rarely in the thickets of dense forests. These include forest elephants, duikers, buffaloes, golden cats, bush pigs, giant forest hogs, yellow-backed duikers, black-fronted duikers, bats, and rodents.

Bwindi forest is home to primates which include black and white colobus monkeys, red-tailed monkeys, silverbacked gorillas, baboons, and chimpanzees.

Butterflies and amphibians.

The forest has over 200 butterflies including eight Albertine rift endemics such as the African giant swallowtail and cream–banded swallowtail. The amphibians include snakes and lizards.

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Things to do at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

When people hear of Bwindi, they think of gorilla tracks yet there are various things to do at the destination such as Birding, Nature, and waterfall walks in Bwindi.

There are various trails into the forest leading to beautiful waterfalls for example the Muyanga waterfall walk, and Ivi Riverwalk.

There is mountain hiking and biking. Bwindi is located in the mountainous areas of Kigezi with beautiful scenery. There are also community walks and cultural experiences.

Why visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park?

Bwindi is the home of the last remaining endangered mountain gorillas, it is a good destination for gorilla habituation and tracking and also home to endangered Albertine rift valley endemics such as birds, butterflies, and wildlife.

Accommodations in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

They are categorized into luxury, mid-range, and budget lodges.
Buhooma- Bwindi Lodge, buhoma lodge, Mahogany Springs
Rushaga- Chameleon Hill, Ichumbi gorilla lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp
Ruhija area- bakiga lodge, Kiho Lodge, Broad BILL Forest Camp.
Nkuringo – Clouds Mtn gorilla lodge, Nkuringo safari lodge, Gorilla Heights.

The best time to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The best time to visit Bwindi Impenetrable national park depends on weather patterns and climatic Changes, however, the park can be visited throughout the year. Though June to February is drier and the best season for gorilla tracking. Then March to September is wet but still gorilla tracking can be done

In Conclusion.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a fascinating destination that can provide the ultimate gorilla experience, birding excursions, magnificent wildlife viewing, cultural adventures, paradise lodges, beautiful scenery views of the park among others.

 

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Tony Kizito

Tony is an enthusiastic and self-motivated tour Consultant with over 5 years in delivering professional tailor-made Trips across East Africa. I am keen to offer strong attention to detail, understand the travelers' needs and then craft unforgettable African safari experience.

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