Bwindi Impenetrable national park covers an area of about 331 square kilometres with an altitude Range of
Approximately 1160 metres (Ishasha gorge) and 2607 metres (Rwamunyonyi Peak).
It receives an annual Temperature Range of 7-20 degrees Celcius the coldest Period being June-July
Annual Precipitation is 1130 mm – 2390 mm and it experiences the heaviest rains in March-April and September – November other months being generally dry.
Majority of the local people living around the park are Bakiga and Bafumbira, and it constitutes
the densest settlements in Uganda, ( 233 people/ square kilometers )
Bwindi is a home to 326 gorillas, almost a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas.
It has about 120 species of mammals including 7 diurnal primates and about 30 elephants.
There are about 360 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. This Afro -montane forest
has dense under storey of fern, vines, shrubs. About 324 tree species have been recorded here,
10 of which occur no where else in Uganda.
TOURISM ACTIVITIES AT THE PARK.
GORILLA SAFARIS – UGANDA SAFARIS
This is a major tourist activity in Bwindi with four gorillas groups are currently
available to be visited on daily basis. Gorilla safaris are carried out at Mubare group (10 gorillas; 1 silverback ) was
Opened for tourism in 1993, while Habinyanja group (18 gorillas, 1silver backs) was ready
in July 1998, Rushegura group (10gorillas and 1 silver back )was opened for tourism in july 2002 while Nkuringo group (19gorillas ,2silver backs)was opened for tourism in April 2004Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Nevertheless, for updates check with WWW.uwa.or.ug. Book atleast
3 months in advance (but not more than one year) to ensure that
the requested dates are available.
Six permits per day are sold for each of these groups at UWA Headquarters in Kampala.
Gorilla Trekking Uganda in Bwindi can be rigorous, therefore ensure physical fitness.
Carry jungle boots and rain jackets because the park is often wet. If you cant cope up with the
jungle sounds .Don’t forget rain gears, sunscreens, insect repellants , a hat given the fact that
the weather is un predictable
Your gorilla tracking experience starts at 8:30 am local time and occasionally lasts the whole day!
For Conservation reasons, visits to the gorillas are tightly controlled.
Among Companies offering excellent Gorilla safaris include African Pearl for Uganda Safari and many more.
BIRD WATCHING SAFARIS BWINDI
Bwindi is the Bird watchers paradise! It holds 348 species of birds and
Contains 90% of all Albertine rift Endemic 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, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of EastAfrica.
An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day! Visit Ruhija and Buhoma
for this dream. Indicate your interest to the guide so that appropriate early morning departures can be arranged.
NATURE WALKS IN BWINDI
For the visitor who has 2 or 3 days in Bwindi the park has 4 fantastic hiking trails. On all these trails, you have opportunities to see and learn about primates, many species of birds, butterflies, trees, and other organisms. Arrange at the reception for a guide. The guide’s company is mandatory
For it affords you an superior comprehension of nature’s system at work in the park.
THE MUNYANGA RIVER TRAIL
Is an ideal short walk for visitors with little time to spare. Here you can see birds and primates of the forest edge.
THE POPULAR WATERFALL TRAIL
provides an attractive feature of the forest with a profusion of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colourful array of butterflies. This trail which leads to 3 delightful crystal clear waterfalls typifies your impression of a tropical rain forest.