Bwindi National National Park is situated in south western Uganda. The national park is positioned along the borders of Rwanda and democratic republic of Congo that is close to the Virunga mountain ranges and on the edge of the Albertine rift valley. The national park covers an area of about 331 square kilometers of both the lowland and the montane forest which can be only accessed on foot. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site. On a Uganda and Rwanda gorilla safari-tour, you will travel deep into the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park of Uganda or the Volcanoes of Rwanda and trek these incredible peaceful endangered Mountain Gorillas from as close as a meter, closer than you have ever imagined possible. Gorilla tours in Uganda and Rwanda are done by our experienced professional safari guides who are always eagerly ready to take you in our 4×4 safari vehicles to the spectacular national parks, wildlife reserves and amazing jungle safari destinations Uganda and Rwanda have to offer. We will offer you the unforgettable safari experience through our amazing wild game viewing trips, and our unmatched high standards of service.
The forest also provides inhabitants for over 120 mammals such as the antelopes, elephants and this also consist of a number of primates such as chimpanzee, colobus monkeys, baboons and so many others. There are over 350 different bird species that includes 23 of Albertine rift endemics. Around 220 species of butterfly lives within the forest, 27 species of frogs, geckos, chameleon and many more others. The national park is one of the most diverse forests with over 1,000 flowering plant species, of which comprises of over 163 species of trees and 104 ferns. The national park was divided into different regions from where habituated gorillas can be found. Among the regions includes Buhoma region that consist of 3 groups of habituated gorillas (Rushegura, Habinyanja and Mubare), Ruhija 3 gorilla group (Bitukura,Kyaguriro and Oruzongo),Rushanga 5groups of gorillas(Nshongi, Busingye, Kahugye ,Bweza and Mishaya), and Nkuringo with Nkuringo gorilla group
WHY VISIT BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi is home to half the world’s remaining population of critically endangered mountain gorilla. Out of these, several families have become habituated to humans, allowing small groups of people to track them and spend an hour in their company. The gorillas remain wild and the interaction takes place under the careful eyes of highly trained trackers. As gorillas are susceptible to human disease, the health restrictions for visitors are stringent. Due to the rugged terrain, only those older than 15 years are allowed to track. A day of gorilla trekking begins early, departing from your lodge in the dawn. The guides will meet and brief groups of visitors at the gathering point before setting off. You will feel a complete sense of security while in the company of armed game rangers with AK47 riffles to ensure that you are safe during your gorilla tracking mission. Depending on where the gorillas were last seen, the trek can take anywhere between 40 minutes to six hours spent making your way through the tranquil green undergrowth that covers the mountain slopes, with several quiet encounters with the other denizens of the park enroute. When the gorillas emerge from the foliage, time stands still as you enjoy their company for an hour. There is something deeply moving about being in the presence of these regal creatures.
- Gorilla trekking is available from 4 different areas namely: Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo. Each of these areas has specialized accommodation close to the tracking area.
- Its impenetrable nature is due to the dense growth of herbs, vines and shrubs that covers the valley floors; this makes it the ideal habitat for mountain gorillas.
- In advance as you plan your trip to Uganda especially for gorilla tracking; it is very important that gorilla trekking permits be secured prior to your arrival to avoid disappointment. Our staff will be available at your service to do just that.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has got a wide range of accommodation from where one can spend a night. The accommodation is arranged in three different categories, that is to say; luxury, mid-range and budget accommodation. You will select any of your preferred accommodation depending on your financial capability and the location of the region where you will track the gorillas; this will be in accordance to your organized itinerary with us.