Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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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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- Mountain gorillas
- Best months to visit are June through August
- Home to several other species of primate
About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
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 were once available during these three months only but, in 2019, the discount pricing was discontinued. 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.
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 expedition. We had to part with $500/person which was a bit steep but fair compared to similar destinations in Africa and it only applies to foreigners. After paying the fee we started the trek with 2 porters and a tracker. Our target a family of gorillas, remember to dress for the trek as the park as its name appropriately suggests is very dense, come prepared with rubber/raincoat fabricated pants and coats, bug spray, packed lunch as you will pass through mountainous terrain, hills and rivers with little rest time. However most lodges offer packed lunch and you can rent the trek gears for 5-10$ from the local community thus also supporting them and their economy. The 3 hours hike was picturesque from the murram, terrains beautiful roads,unique birds species everywhere and big game monkeys jumping all around us, alas finally we located our family of gorillas, the family had several mothers with their babies .This is what had brought us from thousands of miles away, the experience is beyond words though the rains did dampen our moments with the gorilla family. We were satisfied with the experience. The trip back to our camps was a bit tiresome since the roads were now muddy but the memories we had overshadowed all this . Bwindi Impenetrable National park is a must visit for the adventurous minds out there.
The Mgahinga National Park in Uganda was great, My clients really enjoyed the adventure. I really recommend this tour to everyone who wants a lifetime experience
it was a dream come true and was one of the best experience. The gorilla trekking was excellent. One must be relatively fit for this adventure as it is a lot of walking up hill. I would encourage everyone to go for this great adventure.
With nearly 54% of the wild gorilla population, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in second to none. The park is accessible by road and air and has some of the best lodges in the region. If you are looking for gorilla trekking in Africa, Bwindi is the place to go
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the world's capital of mountain gorillas and a trek to one of the habituated gorilla families is well worth it. This haven is highly recommended.
One of the most friendly animals in the world, when they meet with people they feel like meeting with siblings. They carry 95.8% of the human DNA. Don't hesitate to visit these non violent half humans. There is feeling like standing face to face with a half human giant.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park is one of a kind. A thick dense forest harboring many plant and animals species. While there are about 1063 mountain gorillas in the wild, more than half of this resides in Bwindi Impenetrable forest. With four sectors and each with several gorilla families, this park is the best place for gorilla trekking. As a tour company, we have arranged several group and private tours to this impenetrable forest and not even one person missed seeing the gorillas. Whoever is considering to go gorilla trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest should be your first choice.
This was a fantastic holiday and all the safaris camps were great, a trip to Bwindi National Park is gifted with fantastic view to the endangered mountain gorillas over 540 of these great apes live only to this park. We spent a few days in Bwindi and we would recommend this place as being truly outstanding.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a number of plant and tree species with a thick under growth of forest fans and mimlopsis common food for the resident ape mountain gorilla it hosts half population of the worlds mountain gorillas that live in groups of up to 20 members led by a silver back. The brown-eyed furred animals do not live in captivity but rather enjoy the forest. Other animals are present like elephants and mountain duikers, although they are rarely seen.
In August 2019, I had to opportunity to hike into the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda. Our goal was to find mountain gorillas, however, it wasn't all that we saw. From insects to birds and monkeys to elephants, this forest is full of life. We drove from the rangers head quarters for about 20 mins before we set off on foot. From where we started walking to the forest was about 15 mins, down hill. You can see as your surroundings change around you from dirt and tea plantations to thick dense bush. We walked across a rickety bridge and into the forest. Trackers went out a few hours before us to track the gorillas and about 45 mins into our walk, up very steep mountains, we had a radio call to say that they had found the gorillas and they were staying with them. At this stage, the gorillas were another hour away from where we were. The hike is hard and you definitely require a medium fitness level at least; however, it is worth it when you come down the other side of the mountain and a female gorilla is sitting in the shrubs eating and grooming. This female gorilla then followed us as we walked past and headed down to the others who were a short walk away. The rangers ensure you give the gorillas a good distance so that they do not feel surrounded. I recommend anyone with a passion for wildlife and hiking heads to Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, to see these beautiful animals. It is definitely one of the worlds last truly wild places. With only 800 left in the wild mountain gorillas are a must-see.
This UNESCO World Heritage Site, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, is home to the famous mountain gorillas of Uganda. Trekking and finding these amazing and critically endangered great apes is an experience of a lifetime and should be on everyones bucket list. The experience was one of most thrilling, and rewarding activities I have ever done. No one can fully describe the feeling and wonderful moment of first setting your eyes on a wild mountain gorilla. The trekking and walking in Bwindi Impenetrable forest gives you an amazing experience that you can never forget from the moment you enter the forest to the time you encounter the mountain gorillas. The dense cover of the vegetation gives it surprisingly cold temperatures that keep the forest misty. The scenery that the forest offers gives you a breathtaking feeling of the fresh air and makes you feel you are on another planet. Trekking takes place early in the morning and you will be joined by a trekker, porters if need be and a guard from the military. Only 8 people will be in the group and you will trek a certain gorilla family. Trekking can be short (my last trek in August 2018 took 45 minutes), but in the past I have trekked for over 4 hours to see the amazing apes. During the walk you will encounter other primates and, if you're lucky, even chimpanzees! The bird life in the forest is exceptional so take your binoculars! For serious birders, I suggest doing some local birding in the area on a guided trip as the area is home to some very special forest birds of Uganda.
The following airlines travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
AeroLink Uganda Limited is a domestic airline offering both scheduled and charter flights into Uganda's national parks. From its base at Entebbe International Airport, AeroLink using its Cessna Grand Caravans, offers daily flights into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Kihihi and Kisoro airstrips), Queen Elizabeth National Park (Kasese and Mweya airstrips), Murchison Falls (Bugungu, Pakuba and Chobe airstrips), Semuliki National Park (Semliki airstrip) and Kidepo Valley National Park (Apoka airstrip). Effective 1st June 2019, in partnership with its sister company Airkenya Express Limited, Aerolink commenced scheduled flights from Entebbe International Airport to the famous Maasai Mara in Kenya via Kisumu International Airport for Immigration. AeroLink Uganda is affiliated to Airkenya Express in Kenya and Regional Air Services in Tanzania. Visit website
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Based in Kampala, operates scheduled and charter services across eastern and central Africa. Eagle Air is a Private Ltd Company specialising in the provision of Charter and Schedule Air services both within Uganda and around the East & Central Africa Region. Eagle Air was incorporated as an air operator in June 1994. Visit website
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Precision Air is a publicly-listed Tanzanian airline and a leader in providing scheduled flight services to over 10 destinations within and outside Tanzania from its main hub Dar es Salaam. The company operates on the principle that quick, comfortable and reliable service is the best way to serve its customers. Through its customer-focused approach, many have become part of the Precision Air family. Precision Air started with its headquarters in Arusha - the midpoint between the Cape and Cairo, which is the entry point to many of Tanzania's world-renowned landmarks and national parks. The headquarters of Precision Air are now Dar es Salaam, the business complex of the country, which is home to a vast size of traffic travelling within and outside Tanzania. Visit website
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