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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park reviews

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“In April and May the permits are $350. instead of $500, and it is less crowded - - but still Lovely!” - JodieO

Bwindi - From 3 sides

Views: 600 Visited: Mar 2013 Reviewed: Apr 22, 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), and millions of colorful birds. Amazingly, inside the park the paths are wide, the undergrowth sparse, and the expanse under the canopy light, airy and a whole world of enchantment! Buhoma, at the north end, is most popular and just next across from the park with many lodge options.

At the southern end of Bwindi there is also trekking. More remote, many stay in Kisoro but have to travel to the park entrance quite a way. A better option is a lodge or backpacker place in Nkoringo or Rubuguli (roo-boo-goo-lee). They are close to the park and are in the sweet villages where you feel more of the friendliness of the culture. With 6 groups of gorillas to track instead of 3, this is your best option for getting a pass at the last minute.

To the east lies Ruhija, a third option for trekking. It is the most remote and the highest (about 7700’), so pack warm clothing. There are many lodges at the top of the winding road after passing through the village, and it is known for world-class birding with varieties not seen elsewhere. The views over Bwindi’s lush mountain ranges are the Best! On a clear day you can see SW to the Virunga Volcanoes in Rwanda and the DRC.

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