Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of UNESCO’s heritage sites best known for Mountain Gorillas and Gorilla Trekking. This rain forest also offers the finest montane forest birding experience in Africa and is a key destination for many birders visiting the pearl of Africa.
Located on the southwestern corner of Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest together with the Mgahinga region are believed to inhabit half of the remaining mountain gorillas on earth and that is why they are endangered species under 24-hr protection.
Though it is best known for its outstanding gorilla tracking also provides refuge to elephants, monkeys and various small antelopes and bird species. The variant biodiversity is supported by the fact that Bwindi is extremely old and its slopes extend over a broad altitudinal range 1447m above sea level enabling habitats ranging from lowland forest to Afromontane vegetation.
The distance between Kampala and Bwindi is 414km and estimated transit time is between 6-8 hours by road. Good and comfortable accommodation is also available on the slopes of the mountain and the neighbouring towns like Kasese plus camping sites on the mountain slopes.
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi
Without doubt one of the world’s greatest wildlife is the thrill of a close encounter with the reclusive mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Uganda has the best chance of viewing these delightful apes with the fact that it boasts two parks where they have been habituated for human visits that are; the Mhahinga Gorilla and Bwindi Impenetrable National Parks which harbour over half of the remaining world mountain gorillas.
Birding in Bwindi
Bwindi offers some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa as a key destination for birders, with over 400 species, including, western Green Tinkerbird, chestnut-throated Apalis, white-browed crombec, woodland warbler, African Hill Babbler etc.
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.
Community tourism in Bwindi
A visit to the surrounding Batwa community of Bwindi is yet another experience one wouldn’t, miss. From showcasing their culture, housing, food, ways of life, art and crafts demonstrating how the fire was made in mediaeval ages, to tea growing on Kisoro landscapes the Batwa and all other communities around shall inspire you. Don’t miss the entertainment while at a campfire staged nearby Bwindi Forest. You may also pick a woven, sewn or curved souvenir to always remind you of your trip to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.