Bwindi National Park – Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Bwindi National Park is the world’s largest habitat of the critically engendered mountain gorillas housing over 500 gorilla species comprising wild Gorillas, habituated gorillas and those in the habituation process. Bwindi forest is impenetrable with lots of undergrowth and is often referred to as a ‘place of darkness’ because of the lush green vegetation that covers all through that even with trackers clearing way for gorilla trekking all year round never has an impact on the thickness of Bwindi. Lying in southwestern Uganda at the edge of the Eastern Albertine rift valley which neighbours Rwanda and Congo at the base of Virunga mountains, the misty forest of the ancient days dates way back as 2500 years.

Bwindi’s impenetrable forest is indeed a true African wilderness providing shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this thick forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

What you need to Know about Bwindi national park

Way back 1932, the park was gazetted as a forest reserve divided into two blocks of 207 square kilometres, which were later combined and enlarged to measure 298 sq.km, in 1964 the reserve was designated as an animal sanctuary to conserve for the mountain gorillas and 1966, two other forest reserves became part of the main reserve, increasing its area to almost 321 square kilometres. The park continued to be managed as both a game sanctuary and forest reserve. Currently the park covers an area of 331 square kilometres of both montane and lowland forest including rich flora, butter flies, endemic birds and the indigenous Bwata community.

In 1991, Bwindi impenetrable forest was declared a park to protect wide a range of species in it and the Batwa pygmy people who were the first people of the forest were evicted from accessing the natural resource, in 1994 UNESCO declared Bwindi as cultural heritage site since then Gorilla tracking became the main activity and Bwindi impenetrable forest has so far become one stop centre for tourism attraction.

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About Bwindi. This popularly known tourist site is among the top ten listed destinations to go and explore while in Uganda “The pearl of Africa” for your great and discoverable Uganda Safari vacation, Uganda is ranked to be habiting the big percentage of the World’s remaining Gorilla population with almost half of it in its two major Gorilla hosting destinations of which Bwindi Impenetrable National park is recorded with highest percentage than Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the South Western part of Uganda lying along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo not very far from Queen Elizabeth National Park as it’s very easy to drive from the Buhoma sector side of Bwindi and access Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector route, its characterised with thick impenetrable tropical rainforest, bogs, shrubs and swampy areas. That’s why it’s mainly accessed on foot.

About Bwindi. This popularly known tourist site is among the top ten listed destinations to go and explore while in Uganda “The pearl of Africa” for your great and discoverable Uganda Safari vacation, Uganda is ranked to be habiting the big percentage of the World’s remaining Gorilla population with almost half of it in its two major Gorilla hosting destinations of which Bwindi Impenetrable National park is recorded with highest percentage than Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the South Western part of Uganda lying along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo not very far from Queen Elizabeth National Park as it’s very easy to drive from the Buhoma sector side of Bwindi and access Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector route, its characterised with thick impenetrable tropical rainforest, bogs, shrubs and swampy areas. That’s why it’s mainly accessed on foot.

Popularly known to be hosting a variety of Gorilla species, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is recorded with over fourteen Gorilla families habituated for trekking and habituation experience, these families are grouped in Bwindi’s four sectors including Buhoma sector, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo sector with each sector habiting more than two Gorilla families apart from Nkuringo sector which has only one Gorilla family.

How to get there. Being located in the Southwestern part of Uganda, the best route for reaching this Park from Kampala is the Kampala- Masaka- Mbarara highway including a route stop over at the equator in Kayabwe before reaching Masaka town for a brief explanation about the equator, photographs and snacks then continue with the journey using suitable 4×4 wheel drive Safari jeep, lunch is usually provided en route in Mbarara town.

It takes about 9-10 hours for the drive from Kampala up to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the South Western part of Uganda depending on the speed used and traffic along the way plus en-route stopovers associated.

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi. This usually involves meeting with the shy endangered ground dwelling herbivores Mountain Gorillas in the Jungles of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, this amazing experience is usually started in the morning after a briefing conducted at the Park offices or starting point to highlight about how to behave while in the Jungle, along the way and in presence of these apes.