Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the most bio-diversity. It is located in the south western part of Uganda, covering an area of 321sq km. It lies along the Uganda-Democratic Republic of Congo border in Kabale and Rukungiri district, northwest of Kisoro and Kabale. The rainforest which spreads over a series of steep ridges and valleys, form the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The forest floor is damp and laden with leaf mould, matted vegetation and fallen vines, which serve to trip you up as you clamber up and down the slippery slopes in search of a glimpse of the elusive gorillas. The Average annual rainfall in Bwindi is of almost 1,500mm, and it’s the vital catchment area, the source of five major rivers, which flow into the Lake Albert. The best time to visit Uganda is late December to late February, and from June to September, as the weather at this time of year is generally dry, and warm. Temperatures average at around 25 degrees Celsius.
Tourism to Bwindi focuses on gorilla tracking at the two gorillaslocations, which are Buhoma and Nkuringo. In the jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, lives half the world’s population of highly endangered Mountain Gorillas. There are 3 gorilla groups that can be tracked at Bwindi, such as: the ‘H’ group called Habinyanja with 23 gorillas and 2 silver backs, the ‘R’ group called the Rushegura with 10 gorillas and 1 silverback, the ‘M’ group called Mubare with 16 gorillas and 1 silverback, and the Nkuringo group with 19 gorillas and 2 silverbacks. The gorilla tracking excursions leave from Buhoma in the morning. This activity can be very challenging therefore one is advised to be physically fit.
Kampala to Kabale is 414kms on tarmac and takes 6 – 7 hours. An additional 120 kms from Kabale to Buhoma park headquarters via Kanungu and Kanyantoroogo on mar am and takes about 3 – 4 hours. A 4WD vehicle is required.
There are Luxury, Mid range and budget accommodation in the park and near the park. Examples include; Gorilla Forest Camp, Volcanoes Bwindi Camp, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp, Buhoma Community bandas, Gorilla resort, Mantana Luxury Tented camp and many others.