Bwindi Impenetrable National Park


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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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Parks total area:
330 km² (128 mi²)
Year established:
1991
Anti-malarial:
Absolutely!
Park wildlife:
  • Mountain gorillas
  • Best months to visit are June through August
  • Home to several other species of primate

Situated in southwest Uganda and established in 1991, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is roughly 330 km² (128 mi²) and is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Like Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi’s main attraction is the mountain gorilla. It is estimated that around 300 mountain gorillas live in the lush hills within the park. Bwindi is also home to several other species of primate, including the following: Blue Monkey, Black and White Colobus Monkey, baboon, chimpanzee and the Red-tailed Monkey. The park is also a birdwatchers’ paradise, with several hundred species of birds found here and over 200 species of butterfly.

The trek to see the gorillas can take several hours and consists of hiking uphill through dense rain forest foliage such as bamboo and wild celery. Due to the high levels of precipitation, the ground is often wet and slippery and sturdy hiking boots and full-length trousers are strongly recommended.

Due to the primates' susceptibility to human viruses, such as the common cold, gorilla tours are strictly regulated. Guests are permitted only one hour of viewing and are required to remain within a certain distance of them. Visitors who are ill or who are recovering from an illness must not go on safari and, in most cases, will be refunded 100% of their fees when they properly notify their tour operators.

When to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi's seasons are similar to those of Volcanoes, with distinct wet and dry seasons. The months of March, April and November bring heavy rains to the park, which make trekking in the steep hills of Bwindi more difficult, and are the low seasons. Lower-priced trekking permits can be obtained during these three months only. The drier months of June through August are also the cooler months, which make the trekking slightly less strenuous and the humid climate more tolerable.

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Jan 13, 2016   |   Visited: Dec 2015.
Going on a gorilla trek in a natural UNESCO Heritage site is what makes Bwindi Impenetrable National park a special experience and standing out. Uganda has 12 habituated gorilla families from which you track gorillas from. This has reduced on pressure from clients who in early days would struggle to secure a permit for the trek.

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Mountain gorilla
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Dec 09, 2015   |   Visited: Nov 2014.
Bwindi was our second gorilla-trekking experience. We also did Volcanoes, Rwanda, a few days earlier. We were in the Ruhija region of Bwindi, which requires some fancy driving skills and a very good Range Rover! The roads were muddy, steep and very tough to navigate. But, because of that, our area was much less crowded than Buhoma. We went by that region and it was... read more

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Mountain gorilla
Vervet monkey
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Feb 09, 2015   |   Visited: Oct 2014.
This massive forest cover is home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas. It is also a UNESCO world heritage center. It offers an experience that makes you ‘one with nature’ – because you are fully immersed with nothing but wilderness around you. The air you breathe is all pure – thanks to the millions of trees surrounding you. The park has the main att... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Sep 30, 2014   |   Visited: Aug 2010.
Being a mere five metres from a silver-back Gorilla is an adrenaline rush! We had been trekking for around 4 hours through Bwindi Impenetrable National Park until our scouts radioed in that there was a gorilla family up ahead. But it was definitely worth the effort. The family comprised maybe 20 individuals, each munching away in their own little world as we stood ... read more

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(5/5 stars) Written on: Mar 19, 2014   |   Visited: Nov 2013.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an awesome with its natural make up. The park is also found in a low altitude that is good to be the perfect habitat for the mountain gorilla.
When visiting Bwindi, please remember it's a very wet national park. Always have a jacket and boots with you. read more

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Mountain gorilla
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Dec 02, 2013   |   Visited: Oct 2013.
Bwindi is an ancient highland forest in south western Uganda and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is a sanctuary for approximately half of the world’s total population of mountain gorillas (around 400 according to the 2011 census results), and is also the only place where mountain gorillas and Chimpanzees co-exist. It also boasts over 320 bird species and many p... read more

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Mountain gorilla
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Nov 26, 2013   |   Visited: Nov 2013.
Located in South Western Uganda, Bwindi harbours half of world’s known mountain gorillas totaling to 330. It is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa with varied mammal species, bird species, butterfly species, tree species, and species of frogs.
It is such a great memorable experience taking hikes in the jungle, great anticipation while climbing the jungle an... read more

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Chimpanzee
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(4/5 stars) Written on: May 09, 2013   |   Visited: Sep 2012.
An early morning drive from Kampala to Buhoma through Kabale and Kanungu is the least I can recall of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park…of course with a bunch of sleepy colleagues at the back. After a brief stop at Kampala we had to make our way to Bwindi before midday, because our contact had informed us that the game there is not widely visible in the afternoon. ... read more
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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 24, 2013   |   Visited: Jan 2013.
Reknowned for having one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, we embarked to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, from kampala to mbarara the 6 hour drive was eye opening the scenery breathtaking. On arrival we stayed at a lodge just beyond the park, the service was first class, we only had 2 days to experience the park so after the nights rest we started our trek ex... read more
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(5/5 stars) Written on: Apr 22, 2013   |   Visited: Mar 2013.
EXTREMELY remote and hard to get to, this is the magical place you’ve always wished to visit. Bwindi IS the heart of the continent where Mountain Gorillas share territory into the DRC (Democratic Republic of the Congo) and Rwanda. The forest is thick with immense trees of mahogany, Newtonia, ebony, tree-ferns… monkeys, baboons, duikers (small deer-like animals), ... read more

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Mountain gorilla
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Safari suitability: 8 / 10
Excellent for viewing the mountain gorilla. Due to the physical demands of a gorilla trekking safari, Bwindi is recommended for those who are physically capable of trekking in rough conditions.
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