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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Created with Sketch. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is found in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, about 530km from Uganda
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Duration

3 days 2 nights

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

Unlimited

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Overview

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of UNESCO’s heritage sites best known for its Mountain Gorilla populations and gorilla tracking although, it also offers some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder doing a Safari to Uganda. Amongst the numerous possibilities are no fewer than 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics, including spectacular, globally threatened species such as Shelley’s Crimson wing and the African Green Broadbill. Bwindi is one of the few national parks in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age and it is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Though it is best known for its outstanding gorilla tracking, it also provides refuge to elephant, chimpanzee, monkeys and various small antelope and bird species. The variant biodiversity is supported by the fact that Bwindi is extremely old and also its slopes extend over a broad altitudinal range of 1447m above sea level, enabling habitats ranging from lowland forest to Afromontane vegetation.

Size

The park occupies the size of about 321 sq km. This park is divided into four gorilla tracking sectors including Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors;

The Buhoma sector was the first to be developed for gorilla tracking safaris in Uganda and is the most popular of all the four sectors. It is at this sector where other walks have been developed including; the Munyanga River Trails in the valley of Buhoma, which is a short walk for viewing birds and primates along the forest edge. The waterfall trail which passes beneath tree ferns, epiphytic ferns as well as orchids to visit three dazzling waterfalls. The Rushura Hill Trail, Muzabajiro Loop Trail and the River Ivi Trail of which the latter follows an old raod through the forest, emerging near Nkuringo on the southern edge of the impenetrable forest. The Buhoma community walk and cultural performances which takes up to three hours visiting a typical homestead, the traditional healer and a banana beer brewery is organized by the local community. Of recent, the Batwa cultural experience has been developed in this section of the park. Gorilla families in this sector include; Rushegura, Mubare and Habinyanja.

The Nkuringo sector which lies closely to the Buhoma sector is about 10km from Buhoma although this distance is covered by the Impenetrable Forest and a walk through the forest takes about 4 hours. Connecting by the car from the two points takes about 7 to 8 hours. Villages at Nkuringo also operate a community walk that visits a traditional healer, rural homestead, blacksmith and brewers. Nkuringo gorilla family is the only family in this sector.

The Ruhija sector which is famous for its abundant birdlife on top of the gorillas is considered the most remote sector of all the four. There is a three hour hike to visit the Mubwindi swamp and this rewards birder lovers with countless bird species. Gorilla families in this sector include; Ruhija, Bitukura and Kyaguriro.

The Rushaga sector boasts the highest number of gorilla family to include; Mishaya, Nshongi, Kahungye, and Busingye. It lies between Kabale and Nkuringo coming from either Ruhija or Kampala.

Guided forest walks, birding and other primates viewing. There is also the interesting activity of the people (Batwa Pygmies) whereby recently the Batwa Cultural Experience was introduced.

When to visit

Uganda is suitable for travel any time of the year, but not advisable during rainy seasons. Uganda is sunny most of the year with temperatures rarely rising above 29 degrees (84 degrees Fahrenheit). The average annual temperature is about 26 degrees Celsius (78° Fahrenheit).

The rainy season is from March till May and October till November. Light rain season falls in November and December. Dry seasons are from December to February and June to August. The best time, the best months of the year would be December to late February and from June to September.

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HIGHLIGHTS

  • Bird watching
  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Ecotourism
  • Cultural Tourism

Itinerary

Getting there

Depart Kampala for BwindiStop At: AIRWAYS TOURS & TRAVELS, Entebbe, Central Regionsign visitors bookDepart from Kampala at 7:00am and head towards south western Uganda. A brief stop at the Equator allows time for photographs and refreshments as well a visit to the craft shops. The journey affords views from the vehicle of the long horned Ankole cattle, in Mbarara, the rolling hills, terraced landscapes and the beautiful panorama of Kabale . We have a lunch break en route in Mbarara with an option of visiting the Igongo cultural center to experience the Ankole culture. Continue to Bwindi Impenetrable park and arrive late evening. Overnight at Gorilla Resort or Buhoma Community Lunch • Dinner • Breakfast Accommodation:

Trekking Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi

Trekking Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi NP Stop At Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region After breakfast and briefing by park ranger guides, depart with picnic lunch boxes to start a 30 minutes – 8 hours trek to find the Mountain gorillas as you hike up and down slippery slopes with dense mist covered vegetation. This strenuous quest will eventually bring you to the face of one of the most sought after creatures-the mountain gorilla . After a full hour with them while observing and learning their behavior as you take photos, return to the Camp for dinner and overnight

Bwindi Gorilla Forest – Kampala Pass By

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Western Region After breakfast, transfer to Mbarara through the magnificent scenery of Kabale, arriving in time for lunch at the Lake view Hotel. Later drive back to Kampala, arriving in the evening to transfer to Entebbe for your departure flight. End of the 3 Days Uganda Safari

Included/Excluded

  • 3x Breakfast
  • 2x Dinner
  • 3x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 2 nights
  • Accommodation as per itinerary
  • Airport/Departure Tax
  • Environmental Management Charge (Reef Tax)
  • Fuel surcharge
  • National Park fees
  • Bottled water
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner - Buffet dinner
  • Lunch - Buffet lunch
  • All activities
  • Driver/guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Coffee and/or Tea
  • Entry/Admission - Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest
  • Entry/Admission - Bwindi Inpenetrable Forest
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Air Ticket
  • All Personal needs unless Specified
  • Gorilla Permits

Tour's Location

Created with Sketch. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is found in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the western arm of the Great East African Rift Valley, about 530km from Uganda

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