Bwindi Impenetrable National Park


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Written on: December 09, 2015   |   I visited in November 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 full of backpackers and is also so close to a main road, that I was instantly glad we had such a remote location.
We stayed at Gorilla Mist Lodge and used All Gorilla Safaris for our trip. The lodge was good and dinners were tasty. It was cold at night, though, and there is no fireplace anywhere at this lodge, not even in the main dining area, so I slept in nearly every layer of clothing I owned!
The next day we went to be placed in our groups. A little tip: you can tell them your fitness level so they can put you in a group that has to walk a long way or just a little way to see the gorillas. I did not know this before, but once I saw how they were dividing up the groups, it became clear to me they were organizing us by fitness level!
There are rangers out all night long who know where these animals are and this is how they can determine who gets to trek which group.
My experience on this trek wasn't as good as in Volcanoes. We were placed in a group that wanted to do a lot of selfies with the gorillas, which I felt was disrespectful. Several times our guide had to tell them to please back away from the gorillas. Also, our silver back was far smaller than the ones we saw in Rwanda. And, our guide in Rwanda rocked! That said, it is worth trekking both regions. Bwindi, in my experience, is far steeper and I enjoyed the remote location of Ruhija.
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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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(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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(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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(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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(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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(4/5 stars) Written on: Apr 21, 2013   |   Visited: Dec 2011.
Bwindi impenetrable National Park

My trip to Bwindi was another interesting one because I had the same company I went with to Mgahinga National park. This time we arranged for a reunion after we had all secured jobs and we decided to go camping. The route still started from Kampala where we set off at around 6am when the first bus to Buhoma was leaving. This tim... read more

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