Just the mere mention of the name Bwindi Impenetrable National Park conjures up images of a land shrouded in the magic of Mother Nature. This gem, in the southwest of Uganda, is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is only accessible on foot.
Covering an area over 320 square kilometres, the park host some of the most important ecological features on earth in its trees, mammals, birds, reptiles and insects. The Park’s montane and lowland forests straddle the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo and the Virunga National Park.
Around 600 mountain gorillas have found sanctuary in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with 14 habituated groups providing an opportunity for safari-goers to create memorable experiences. Countless other mammals, bird, insect and other endangered species in the Park co-exist in harmony.
Travelling to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is possible with flights from the cities of Entebbe or Kampala to the airfield at Kisoro and then a short drive to the Park. The Park can also be accessed via a daily bus service from Kampala. It is advised to make travel arrangements through a recognised safari operator.
Around 600 mountain gorillas can be found in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. There are 14 habituated groups providing an opportunity for safari-goers to create memorable experiences.
The star attraction of the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is undoubtedly its population of around 600 mountain gorillas with most visitors choosing to take part in a bewildering trekking experience. Marvelling at these phenomenal animals going about their daily business is not to be missed.
Eleven other primate species like colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and baboons also call the park home and can be found swinging from tree to tree or combing the forest floor on all four limbs. The park is one of the best spots for bird watching with more than 350 species crisscrossing the skies with 14 occurring nowhere else in Uganda.
Visitors should keep the eyes peeled for the elusive forest elephant and several antelope species, as well as more than 200 butterfly species—42 of which, are endemic to the Albertine Rift valley—that is a delightful sight.
Uganda’s proximity to the equator and the influence of Lake Victoria on the weather patterns makes the country a perfect all-year-round destination. The best time to venture to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is between June and September while January and February also provide a good window. During the day, temperatures rarely reach the high 20’s while the short rainy season occurs between October and November and the longer one from March till May.
There is a great variety of safari activities on offer for visitors to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, catering to all tastes and preferences. At the top of the list is undoubtedly gorilla trekking experiences that can be arranged through several reputable operators.
Other activities include guided hiking through the Bwindi forest, specialised bird-watching tours, mountain biking in the Buhoma area, canoeing on Lake Mutanda, cultural excursions, as well as visits to local communities.
Budget will be the determining factor when choosing accommodation for visiting Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. On the more luxurious end of the scale, accommodation will include five-star rooms, food, and services. There are also options for those looking for quality at the lower end of the scale. Choosing to visit during the low season will lessen the impact on the wallet even further.