Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO National World Heritage Site in 1994, Beside that, is World’s Mountain gorilla tracking destination with over 630 mountain gorillas, making it the most important desired destination for travellers looking to go for gorilla trekking experience in Uganda, Bwindi is situated in South-Western Uganda just at the extreme Rift Valley edge. The National Park lies on an area of about 327 km², the edge of the western Great Rift Valley neighbouring, the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to Virunga National Park.
What to do in Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park
Gorilla tracking experience in Bwindi Impenetrable forest
Mountain gorilla tracking experience is conducted all year round, the park has over 36 gorilla groups but only 19 can be visited for gorilla tracking since others are still undergoing the habituation process. Gorilla tracking is a magical hour while being a company with families of mountain gorillas lasting for a few hours to a whole day depending on how far the group has moved since it was observed nesting up the previous evening. There are four Gorilla tracking sectors which include; Ruhija, Nkuringo, Rushaga, and Buhoma.
Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi forest National Park
Only done in Rushaga sector, the most amazing experience in Bwindi forest National Park with Mountain Gorilla Family, lasting for about four hours a day, thus making it a memorable experience to encounter with Mountain Gorillas. You get to spend 4 hours alongside researchers as they prepare a wild gorilla group for human interaction permitting you to spend more hours observing and learning more about the mountain gorilla lifestyle!
Hiking and Nature walk in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park
Will offer you a great experience to explore different attractions the National Park can offer. Buhoma has six nature trails if you wish to explore “impenetrable forest” on guided nature walks. The trails take different directions leading to several sites which include; waterfalls, primate encounters, mountain viewing, and impressive birdlife. Muyanga Waterfall Walk departs from Buhoma along the River Ivi-Nkuringo trail and culminates in the sensational sight of the falls plummeting 33 meters. Rushura Hill Walk passes through one forest shared by two countries. On a clear day, you can view Lakes Edward, George, and the Rwenzori Mountains as well as the conical peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes. Such hiking is normally from the north of Bwindi to the South where you spot several different primates and bird species, leaving you appreciating the nature of Bwindi forest Park on different trails.
Batwa Cultural Trail
The Batwa cultural experience shows you the livelihoods of Batwa in general, how huts were made of grass, and trees, and the use of tree-houses, and caves. Experience of the Batwa village life in old, sharing, and living as a community. The Batwa trail experience is well known as a cultural experience, but there are more interesting and rewarding cultural experiences and community tours in Bwindi that will expose you to the local Bakiga community culture.
Bird watching Experience
The Forest is one of the best birding destinations in Africa, with over 348 bird species recorded by bird watchers, this gives you a great opportunity to spot about 25 restricted-range species, of which 23 are confirmed to the Albertine Rift and four are globally threatened namely; African Green Broadbill -Pseudocalyptomena graueri-Vulnerable.
How to get there
By road: it is 520 Kilometers from Kampala, about 8 hours drive. The main trailhead at Buhoma is about 460 km from Kampala and can be reached by road from several directions. The main safari circuit approaches from the north through the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National Park providing a chance to sight the famous tree-climbing lion. Bwindi National Park is 160 km from Mweya in central Queen Elizabeth National Park and 62 km from Ishasha. The most direct route from Kampala follows a surface road to Rukungiri via Mbarara and Ntungamo.
By air: Kihihi airstrip is the closest domestic airport to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is the luxury transport for one who wants to reach faster at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. It’s approximately 1 hour and 20 from Entebbe international airport. Kihihi airstrips connect to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, especially the Buhoma sector which takes about 40 mins to Park headquarters, Kihihi airstrip serves the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth National park.