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Bwindi Impentrable National Park

All about Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
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Penetrating into the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a life changing experience you should not miss while on your Lady guided safari.  Found in southwestern Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest placed along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley. Well-known for being a home for the amazing endangered mountain gorillas, It consists of 331 square kilometres of tropical forest with both montane and lowland forest and is accessible barely on foot. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site with one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and a diversity of animal and bird species. The park is a habitat for some 120 species of mammals including 7 diurnal primates and about 30 elephants, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species.

How to get to Bwindi Forest National Park?

Bwindi National Park is found 520 Kilometres from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Most parts of the roads are tarmac. There are two routes:

  1. Kampala-Kabale (414Km, 5-7 hours), then Kabale-Kanungu- Kanyantorogo – Buhoma Park Headquarters, about 120kms, a 3.5hour-drive.
  2. Kampala-Kabale (414Kms, 5-7 hours), then to Ruhija and finally to Buhoma which is 95 kilometres, a three-hour drive.
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Animal Species
  • Gorillas, it’s an address for over 360 gorilla beringei, this is half the number of the remaining world mountain gorilla population.
  • Chimpanzees
  • Monkey i.e. Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus
  • Olive baboon.
  • Over 346 species of birds registered (Bwindi has 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics.
  • Over 200 of butterflies.
  • Mammals i.e. buffaloes, leopards, elephants and many more
Tour Activities
  1. Visiting Mountain Gorillas
    Gorilla trekking is the core activity in Bwindi to the 4 Gorilla families of gorilla beringei. Bwindi National Park gorillas are organized now in four groups that can be visited by a tourist:

(a) Mubare group, this one has 16 gorillas and 1 silverback.
(b) Habinyanja group with 23 gorillas and 2 silverbacks.
(c) Rushegula group of 9 gorillas and 2 silverbacks.
(d) Nkuring group with 20 gorillas and 2 silverbacks.

  1. Central point for birding.

One can watch up to 150 bird species in a day especially at Buhoma and Ruhija. Identify your need to allow proper arrangements in time for the whole day. Bwindi has over 350 bird species, representing a 90% of all Albertine rift Endemics which include:

  • White-tailed Blue Monarch
  • Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher
  • Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing
  • Bar-tailed Trogon
  • Rusty-faced woodland Warbler
  • Gruer’s Rush Warbler
  • Wilcock & Honey-guide and many more

A good number of these birds are very uncommon in the Great Lakes Region and the prospects of seeing them in Bwindi forest are high.

  1. Munyanga River Trail
    Munyanga river trail is a moving small walk for visitors with restricted time. Interesting to see here are basically birds and primates at the forest fringe. The amazing waterfall trail provides an attractive feature of the forest with a large amount of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colourful collection of butterflies. This trail gives a clear image and a calm of a true tropical rain forest.
  2. Nature Walks
    Lasting between 2 to 4 days in the park, there are 4 exciting hiking trails. There is likelihood to see and gain knowledge about primates, different exceptional bird species, butterflies, trees, plants and other organisms on all the four trails. Under the direction of a skilled guide, who is a requirement on the tour, you get a wider knowledge of how the park’s coordination operates. The guides understand well the primatology, ornithology and botany of the park.
  3. Ruizi River Trail
    This is the longest of the trails and takes a full day to complete and it is always good for bird lovers. Visitors in 4WD vehicles transport should reflect on crossing the rough centre of the park through Ruhija. While on this Uganda trip, look out for duikers, primates and both forest and grassland bird species. In Ruhija, visitors can get the three-hour panorama crowded trek to the Mubwindi swamp. One can also stroll expediently to the Bamboo zone.
  4. Rushura Trail
    This trail is very pleasant for the reason that it commands an open view across the western rift valley floor. To the west, Congo’s Parc Nationale des Virungas provides an impressive backdrop of clear Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountain.
  5. Muzabiro Trail
    Muzabiro Trail presents relaxed incredible spectacular view of Bwindi Forest, Western Rift Valley and the Virungas. While on your way, you will view a lot of ancient tree ferns. When you get to the top of this trail, you will appreciate the fantastic spot for a picnic lunch.
  6. Bamboo Trail– it is among the areas of the highest range in the park and its trail offers 14 vegetation types. When at the pinnacle of this trail, you are treated to an open picture of the comprehensible water Lake Bunyonyi and the thick Mafuga Forest.
  7. Cultural Performances

In the evenings at Bwindi, there are by and large distinguished by conventional dance performances by local tropes mainly women and orphan groups and money from these performances is intended for improving the lives of the locals who live around the park. One is at liberty to participate in the dancing with the locals, a thrilling experience indeed

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