Gorilla Safaris Uganda, Bwindi National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most popular and receives the highest number of visitors annually who travel for all parts of the world to see its resident population of the highly endangered Mountain Gorillas. This 327 sq km national park is also listed among the UNESCO world heritage sites. Despite the large variety of wildlife found in the park, it is most popular for its resident population of the highly endangered mountain gorillas (about 800 remaining in the world).
The park is very cold especially early in the morning and in the night, with temperatures dropping to as low as 7°C, and June & July are the coldest months in the year.
March to May, and September to November are the wettest months so the terrain is more challenging.
Never the less, irrespective of what time of the year you travel, we recommend that you park warm clothes and a rain jacket since the rain is unpredictable being a rainforest.
This is the leading tourist activity within this park. During this unique but thrilling activity, visitors are offered a chance to hike through the forested slopes of Bwindi forest as they search for these gorillas in their natural habitat.
Sadly there are about only 800 gorillas remaining in the world and Uganda has half of this population. In Bwindi you will only be allowed to track only the habituated groups and today there are 10 of these found in Bwindi. Each habituated gorilla family can be visited by just 8 people at a time and only persons with trekking permits are allowed. Habituated – means that these gorillas are familiar to human presence.
So enjoy our exciting Uganda Gorilla Safari for a memorable experience, and don’t forget to make your reservation with us early to ensure that we guarantee availability of a gorilla permit.
Wildlife within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Thanks to its high altitude and densely forested slopes the forest park offers habitat to a variety of wildlife such as:
Over 300 butterfly species, 350 species of bird, over 50 reptile species, more 80 moth species, 10 primate species including the in danger of extinction mountain Gorillas, L’Hoest’s, baboons, red tailed monkeys, black & white colobus monkeys as well as blue monkeys, and 120 rare mammal species.
The Batwa Cultural Experience
The Batwa are pygmies living near the park. They offer a cultural experience that includes an exciting cultural walk to their community led by the locals themselves. During this 3 hours walk you will visit their traditional homesteads, the local beer-brewery, and the traditional healer and enjoy cultural entertainment performances
Tourist Areas within Bwindi Park
The Buhoma Area
This is the busiest tourism-center and it’s found in the northern part of the Park. Gorilla track activities is this area begin from here. it has a number of nice accommodation facilities. Bird watching and nature walks are the other activities done here.
This is on the distant Nteko Ridge. Gorilla tracking is the leading tourist activity here although it’s a bit challenging since the terrain is generally steep. Other activities here are community walks to the traditional healer, local homesteads, the local blacksmith and the brewers
This is another tourist area and it’s also good for nature walks to see different primates plus birds.
How to Get to Bwindi National Park
This park may be accessed by either air or road transport during your Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari
By Air Transport
There are 3 airstrips around the park and these include: Kihihi, Kisoro and Kayonza. So visitors can fly from either Entebbe or Kajjansi airfield found in Kampala to the park
By Road: for those of you travelling by road in our nice safari cars, there are a number of routes you can use to access the park and these include:
- The Kampala-Kabale-Nkuringo Route.
- The Kampala Masaka – Kabale Kanungu road to Buhoma Route
- The Kampala-Ntugamo Rukingiri- Kihihi to Buhoma Route
- You can connect from Queen Elizabeth National Park, or from Kasese, or even from Fort Portal
There are a variety of accommodation facilities inside and around the park and these can be categorized as follows ranges from budget, mid-range to luxury facilities; below we have listed some of them.
Luxury and Mid-Range Accommodation:
Gorilla Forest Camp,
Mantana Tented Camp,
Volcanoes Bwindi Camp
Buhoma community Campground,
Bwindi view bandas
Plus different camp sites