Bwindi Impenetrable National Park located in the southwestern part is one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Uganda. The park covers a land area of 321 square Kilometers comprising Lowland and montane forests. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to over 340 birds, 12O mammal species, about 220 butterfly species as well as over 160 tree species
Mountain gorillas are the leading wildlife attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. These are some of the most endangered primate species living in the forested mountains of East and Central Africa. They live in groups/families that are headed by a dominant male gorilla called Silverback. With about 95% DNA similar to humans, mountain gorillas are among Man’s closest relatives.
Activities To do in Bwindi National park
Mountain gorilla Trekking This is one of the most rewarding primate trekking activities. It starts with a briefing at the park headquarters at 7:00 a.m. about the safety guidelines to follow while in the forest. From here you are led to the forested mountains enjoying the sights and sounds of nature.
The mountain gorilla trekking takes 2 to 6 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas. Once you get to them you will be allowed to stay in their presence for an hour taking photographs and getting to know more about them. After here you will be led back to the park for your certificates of participation.
Other major activities to do in Bwindi include birding, guided nature walks, and community visits.
Accommodation in Bwindi National park
All the sectors of Bwindi impenetrable national park have various accommodation options ranging from Budget to high-end luxury. In Buhoma, you can stay at Mahogany Springs Lodge, Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Ride4AWoman, and Gorilla Forest Camp among others. If you are to track mountain gorillas in Ruhija you can stay at Bakiga Lodge, Agandi Uganda Lodge, and Tracker’s Tavern Lodge.
In the southern sector of Rushaga, you can stay at Gorilla Safari Lodge, Ichumbi Lodge, Rushaga Camp, and Gorilla Valley Lodge among others. While trekking Nkurungo you can stay at Gorilla Heights Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Bwindi Lodge, or Clouds Gorilla Lodge. All these lodges are within the park’s proximity and are the best options to consider for your stay.
Getting To Bwindi National park
Bwindi impenetrable national park can be accessed by both road and air transport. If coming directly from Kampala or Entebbe it can take a 9 to 10 hours drive depending on the sector of Bwindi you are heading to. This drive is long but also adventurous and one can have stopovers at the Equator and other places of interest.
If coming from Queen Elizabeth or Lake Mburo National Park it would take a 4 to 5 hours drive. This would also depend on the sector of Bwindi you are going to.
For those traveling from Kigali, it takes a 4 to 5 hours drive to get to Bwindi impenetrable national park.
There are 2 major airstrips serving the national park and those who would not like the drives can opt to fly. Kihihi airstrip is situated about 45 minutes drive to Buhoma and about 1 hour 30 minutes to Ruhija. The Southern sector is served by Kisoro airstrip and from here it could take an hour and a few minutes to get to the lodge.