Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Majority of Self drive travelers , the major safari activity is gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park located in South western Uganda. we do offer free gorilla trekking permit booking for Self drive Safari holidays in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is in southwestern Uganda along the Democratic Republic of the Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift and is composed of 321 square kilometers of both montane and lowland forest
The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as horn bills and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas, 14 habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The park is inhabited by about 340 individual mountain gorillas known as the Bwindi population, which makes up almost half of all the mountain gorillas in the world. There are an estimated 120 mammal species in the park, of which 10 are primates, and more than 45 are small mammals.
The park is important for the conservation of the Afro-montane fauna, especially species endemic to the western rift valley’s mountains. Along with mountain gorillas, species in the park include the common chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s monkey, African elephant, African green broadbill, and cream-banded swallowtail, black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, vervets, the giant forest hog, and small antelope species. There are also many carnivores, including the side-striped jackal, African golden cat, and African civet. The park has more than 350 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species.
There are many gorilla trekking tours you can join here to suit your level of skill or preference that will allow you to experience the sheer beauty of this place, and to see mountain gorillas up close in their natural habitat.
Activities in Bwindi impenetrable national forest
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a top safari destination with a growing number of travelers coming into Uganda for gorilla tours and other wildlife tours. Travelers to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park have a variety of activities to do depending on their travel interests and time. With no doubt, the park is Uganda’s most visited tour destination for most if not all travelers to the pearl of Africa and below are popular activities to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is best known for its Mountain Gorilla populations and outstanding gorilla tracking, but it also provides refuge to other wild animals such as elephant, chimpanzee, monkeys and various small antelope and bird species.
Explore the culture of the local Bakiga and Batwa communities with village walks, blacksmith visits, craft shops and vibrant dances. Batwa takes you through the skills of harvesting honey, hunting using bows and arrow for small animals and Larger animals would be trapped in snares, ancient fire making where dry sticks are rubbed together to make fire.
The varied habitats of Uganda’s oldest forest mean it is the paradise for bird lovers as there are a variety of birds, with 350 species recorded, including 23 endemics such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird. Easy to see are the African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Blue bill. Birding takes place along the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija
There are six main nature trails in Buhoma for those who wish to explore the “impenetrable forest” and they include Muyanga Waterfall Walk, Rushura Hill Walk,Muzubijiro Loop is a 6km walk around a hill, The Ivi River Walk is 14km and takes around seven hours,The Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail takes three to four hours,The Habinyanja Trail takes 4-6hrs
Mountain biking follows a well-maintained trail from the park headquarters at Buhoma to the Ivi River. Along this 13km trail you may see wildlife such as bush bucks, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkeys.