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Angella's review of Bwindi Impenetrable National park

Angel
Visited: Dec 2011 Reviewed: Apr 21, 2013

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 time I managed to doze off on and off up to kabale because I already knew the route. From there I had to be very alert because I wanted to have a second feel of the meandering roads and those frightening cliffs. By 6pm we were in the area but we did not visit the park that same night. There is accommodation around in and outside Bwindi but since we had gone camping, we set up our tent in the nearest town of Butogota and they charged us 10,000 for the night and it actually included breakfast.

The following day was a chilly day and very cold whereby by 8am, we had started our walk to the impenetrable forest. Indeed they are impenetrable and we were told that when it rains, it is impassable. But luckily enough, it didn’t rain the day we were there but the weather was still not the best. We were given a guide of more than four hours and we paid 10,000 for the entire walk. Before we started our journey through the forest, we were forewarned of chameleons and snakes. Personally, I have phobia for those two things so I did not enjoy anything because I walked in fear but some of my friends who were not terrified by them were enjoying themselves.
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The park provides habitat for many creatures including different species mammals, birds, butterflies, chameleons, geckos, and many other species. The park is also known to have different species of monkeys and chimpanzees. There is this big gecko is saw that I even failed to sleep at night in that tent. But apart from that the people were very friendly, the food was very tasty because I hadn’t eaten boiled and steamed food in a long time and the fresh winds in the forest were so refreshing and I came back a re- energized person ready for the New Year.


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