Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located along Uganda-Congo border, south-western Uganda and is part of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. It neighbors Virunga National Park and it is under the administration of Uganda Wildlife Authority.
The park habitat consists of montane and lowland forest with its hillsides covered by mist and is only accessible on foot. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a variety of mammals, butterflies, birds, frogs, chameleons, and geckos.
Being one of the most diverse forests in East Africa, it has several species of flowering plants, trees, and ferns. Bwindi is a source of 5 major rivers which flow to Lake Edward.
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is popular for serving as a sanctuary for the endangered mountain gorillas-the Bwindi gorillas. There are over 400 Bwindi gorillas which compose half of the world’s population. The park also serves as a sanctuary for the Columbus monkey, chimpanzee and many species of birds.
There are four different points open for tourist to view the mountain gorillas and include; the Ruhija, Buhoma, Nkuringo and Rushaga.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park attractions
Why is this park popular? Here are Bwindi Impenetrable National Park facts.
- It has dense montane and lowland forest covered by mist on the hillsides
- Bwindi is a source of many rivers and streams
- Half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas is found here
- Many species of plants
- Many species of Butterflies
- A variety of mammals including the primates
- Abundant birdlife
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Animals/Wildlife
It has over 120 species of mammals which include the baboon, chimpanzee, vervet, colobus monkey, mountain gorilla, elephant, giant forest hog, antelope, jackal, and African golden cat.
Bwindi has abundant birdlife-over 350 species of bird- such as hornbills and turacos.
A wide variety of butterfly, frogs, chameleons, and geckos are also found here.
Things to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
You can indulge in a number of activities which include;-
- Bird watching
- Hiking and nature walks-there are 6 main nature trails in Buhoma to the impenetrable forest
- Game viewing
- Cycling-there exist a trail from the park headquarters to Ivi River
- Gorilla tracking/trekking
- Cultural visits to the neighboring communities- Bakiga and Batwa communities
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Climate & Weather
Temperature: Temperature ranges from 7°C-20°C. The months are June and July. On normal days, it is chilly in the morning and at night.
Rainfall: Short rains are from March-May while the long rains are from September to November. Average annual rainfall is 2390 mm.
Dry periods are from December to February and from Mid-June to Mid-August.
When to Visit Bwindi
It can be tricky to track gorillas during the rainy season. It is, therefore, more comfortable to track them during the dry periods.
Shortcoming: there are a lot of Gorilla tracking Safaris during this period brings about congestion.
What to carry/Wear on a Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Safari
- Insect repellent especially the Mosquito
- If you are camping please carry camping equipment
- Also picnic items, drinking water, camera, and guide book
- Wear sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to avoid the scotching sun
- Waterproof bags
- Walking boots, wet and warm weather clothing
- Packed food
- A friend(s)
- Flashlight-few places have electricity 24 hrs.
How to get there
By Road-you can get to Buhoma from Kampala, Kabale or Queen Elizabeth National Park via Butogota.
By Air-there three airfields that serve Bwindi-Kayonza, Kihiihi, and Nyakabande
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Entrance Fees/Charges
Entry Fees is as follows:
East African Citizens (UGX): Adult 20,000 Child 5,000
Foreign East African Residents (USD): Adult 30 Child 10
Non-residents (USD): Adult 40 Child 20
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Contacts
You can reach Uganda Wildlife Authority through
Telephone: +256312355000 / +256414355000
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Accommodation
Hotels and Lodges near Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Rushaga Hotels and Lodges
- Gorilla Safari Lodge
- Chameleon Hill Lodge
- Rushaga Gorilla Camp
Rubuguri Hotels and Lodges
- Wagtail Eco-Safari Camp
- Chameleon Hill Lodge
Ruhija Hotels and Lodges
- Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp
- Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
- Gift of Nature Lodge
- Ruhija Gorilla Resort
- Trekkers Tavern Cottages
- Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort & Campsite
- Ruhija Community Rest Camp
Nyundo Hotels and Lodges
- Nyundo Valley Hill Bandas
Nkuringo Hotels and Lodges
- Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
- Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
- Nshongi Camp
- Chameleon Hill Lodge
Buhoma Hotels and Lodges
- Buhoma Community Rest Camp
- Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
- Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp
- Buhoma Lodge
- Silverback Lodge
- Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge
- Engagi lodge
- Gorilla Resort
- Mahogany springs camp
- Bwindi View Bandas
- Bwindi Guest House
- Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort
- Gorilla Friends Lodge
- Jungle View Lodge
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