Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park found in South Western Uganda offers visitors the African jungle experience. It is home to rare mountain gorillas. The forest has dense ground cover of vines and shrubs which make it look mysterious and awesome. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a magnificent verdant swathe of dense rainforest across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this 331 sq km ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age – is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.

A recently proclaimed World Heritage site, its one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth and its unique, precious flora sustains roughly half of the world population of mountain gorillas – believed to number just 600. There’s also a substantial chimpanzee population and research shows that Bwindi is the only forest in Africa in which these two apes live together.

Wildlife- Mountain Gorillas Tours in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Impenetrable Forest is home of the last remaining habitats of the mountain gorillas. It is estimated that half of the world’s surviving population of mountain gorillas live within Bwindi boundaries, making it the most important stronghold of this magnificent species. It harbors half of the world’s remaining gorillas located in Buhoma and Nkuringo. Some other primates and rich variety of Flora and Fauna also inhabit this exceptional Park.
Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer – but we should not let it distract from Bwindi’s broader biodiversity, a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160 to 2,607m. The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics present.

Despite the focus on only gorillas and gorilla tracking, there are a wide range of primates to observe. The park is also known to Harbor at least 120 mammal species more than any national park in Uganda except Queen Elizabeth. The list includes mainly small mammals. The park also harbors about 11 primate species such as the white and black colobus, olive baboons, red-tailed and blue monkey and others. The forest itself is lush and green and there are streams running through it.

Location & Getting There
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in south western Uganda on the edge of western rift valley bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo shared by Kabale, Kisoro and Rukungiri districts.
Getting there on road; from Kampala to Kabale is a distance of 414 km on bitumen surface and takes 6-7 hours. Headquarters via Kanungu and Kanyantoroogo on murram surface takes 3-4 hours and may require a 4WD vehicle. Kabale-Ruhija-Buhoma is 95 kilometers and takes about 3-4 hours. This road is not frequently used by the public. A 4WD vehicle is recommended.

white-tailed Over 360 bird species have been recorded which is remarkably high considering the fact that there are a few water birds compared to other parks. Bwindi is Bird watchers haven. The park is home to over 23 species and at least 14 species recorded nowhere else in Uganda. It also harbors close to 200 butterfly species including 8 Albertine Rift endemics. Dedicated butterfly watchers should hope to identify more than 50 varieties in a day. The White tailed Bee-eater

Regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa, Bwindi Impenetrable forest has an altitude range between 1,160m and 2,607m above sea level. It has an average annual rainfall of almost 1,500 mm, and it is a vital a catchment area, the source of five major rivers, which flow into Lake Albert.

Local people around Bwindi Gorilla Forest
The local people neighboring the park are mostly Bafumbira. Small communities of Batwa also present. The Bwindi area supports one of the rural population densities in Uganda with 350 people. Nature Walks can be arranged for you to tour the neighboring areas surrounding the park. Other interesting activities include Buhoma community walk and cultural performance, participating in community dances.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Safaris
Bwindi’s major tourist safari attraction is the Mountain Gorilla. The gorilla safari tracking activity attracts the majority of visitors to the park. Bwindi is home to 2 habituated groups of Mountain Gorilla’s namely the Mubare group of 16 gorillas and the Habiyanja group 23 gorillas. Both groups are tracked daily by not more than 6 visitors who are escorted by National Park rangers and guides. It contains 90% of the Albertine Rift Valley endemics that are difficult to find in any other part of East Africa. An extended visit to the Ruhija area of Bwindi provides not only spectacular vistas but is also home to the African Green Broadbill to be seen in the Ruhija swamp by a fortunate few.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park safari Activities include:
•Mountain gorilla tracking safaris
•Birding tours
•Wildlife safaris