Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is Located southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is famous for the great Mountain Gorillas of about 400 in population and about 116 gorillas habituated. Gorillas are intelligent, majestic, emotional, gentle giants that share over 90% of their genetic material with humans. All of Bwindi’s habituated gorillas are known individually by the rangers and have been given names in order to identify them. The males can weigh more than 500lb and some silverbacks exceed 6ft!.
Other primates in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include black-and-white colobus and L’Hoest’s monkeys, baboons and chimps. There are also forest elephants and several species of antelopes. Of Bwindi’s 200 butterfly species, 42 are endemic to the Albertine Rift.
Birds Population: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park offers some of the finest montane forest bird watching in Africa, bird include; Globally threatened species such as African Green Broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing, the Handsome Francolin; Black-billed Turaco; African Broadbill; Black and Cinnamon-chested Bee-eaters; Western Green Tinkerbird; Purple-breasted, Blue-headed and Regal Sunbirds; Short-tailed and Black-faced Rufous Warblers; Mountain-masked and Collared Apalis; Mountain and Yellow-streaked Greenbuls; and Many-colored Bush-Shrike.
Activities done in the park
Gorilla Tracking/Trekking; It is a humbling experience to be close to Gorillas as they eat, rest, play and bond with their young ones. The tracking starts at 7:30am daily. Each group is limited to a maximum of eight people and visitors spend a maximum of one hour in the company of the gorillas in order to minimize behavioral disturbance and risk of disease transmission.
Birding Watching; along the main trail, the Buhoma Waterfall Trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija.
Batwa Trail Experience, this is a community program that allows you to learn of the way of living of the Batwa people also called the forest people. They will display their hunting skills, and share their experience of when they used to live in the forests – Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, and camping under large trees for shelter.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also perfect for Nature & Hiking guided walks, there are different trails that have been developed and they include; Muyanga 33 meter Waterfall Walk, Rushura Hill Walk, Muzubijiro Loop 6km walk around a hill, where you will encounter primates and birds and enjoy a view of the Virungas, The 14km Ivi River Walk , The Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail, The 4-6 hours Habinyanja (Railegh) Trail thorugh Munyaga River, Habigorogoro and Riyovi Ridge overlooking Buhoma River, “African Corner” named after a rock piece depicting a map of Africa. Following the steep ascent, keen hikers can enkoy a more relaxed gentle slope to the mighty Habinyanja swamp. Birders on this trail should watch out for the Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Black Duck and Black Bee Eaters, among others.
We can do Cycling/Mountain Biking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park through well-maintained 13km trail via Ivi River. There chances of seeing bushbucks, black-and-white colobus and red-tailed monkeys.
Minimum days for the trip: 3 Days