Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the premium national parks found in Uganda. Its located in the Southwestern part of Uganda in the close border to the neighboring democratic republic of Congo. This park is one of the national parks that form the great Virunga ecosystem that combines Volcanoes national park of Rwanda, Mgahinga Gorilla park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda and Virunga national park in DR Congo. The park is one of the three national parks in the world that habits the rare mountain Gorillas. It homes almost half of the remaining population of the endangered mountain Gorillas. This park is more popular because of the Gorilla trekking done at the park. The pride of Uganda is Bwindi Forest Impenetrable forest National Park and a Uganda safari without the visiting Bwindi national park is counted incomplete Uganda wildlife experience.
History of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The park was gazette in 1991 and after 3 years it was declared as the UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site that is in 1994. The park is composed of four sectors where the Gorilla trekking is done. The four different sectors are located in different part of the park hence contributing to the 321 square kilometers size of the park. The four sectors include: Buhoma sectors and Ruhinja sector found in the Northern part of the park. Rushaga sector and Nkuringo sector in the Southern part of the park. When booking the Gorilla permits Uganda Wildlife Authority has booking system where each sector has got its own gorilla permits depending on the number of the gorilla families in the sector.
The Bwindi Forest is one of the key water catchment area for some of the lakes and rivers around the area like Lake Mutanda, Lake Edward, River Ihihizo, River Muyaga and many more.
Location of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the South Western part of Uganda at the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Its covered by the oldest and most diversified rain forest in Uganda which is made up of over 400 tree species. The park is found in Kanugu District bordering Kabale Town in the South-East with Kabale Town only being 29 kilometers away from the park headquarters. From the capital city of Uganda Kampala it takes 9 hours drive covering 497.8 kilometers via Kabale-Mbarara road. The drive is more scenic through the great Switzerland of Africa that is the Kigezi highlands.
Attractions in Bwindi National Park
The park is famous of its great population of the rare mountain Gorillas but the park has more attractions beyond the Gorillas. Below are some of the key attractions in Bwindi Forest Impenetrable forest National Park
Its one of the key attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park. The park hosts over half of the world’s remaining mountain Gorillas with the other balance habituated in Mugahinga, Volcanoes and Virunga national parks. The rare gentle giants that are close to the human kind are so unique in all wildlife. These are some of the current leaving species of the primates which exhibit 90%DNA with humans. The only sounding experience for any guest who dreams of visiting Bwindi Forest Impenetrable forest National Park is to see the mountain Gorillas. For one to do Gorilla trekking you need to book your Gorilla permit in advance through local reputable tour operators or directly from Uganda Wildlife Authority. Depending on which Gorilla family you have got the availability from, each Gorilla permit coasts 700usd per permit which can only be used by one person. There are Gorilla trekking rules which one has to follow before, during and after gorilla trekking.
Bwindi Forest forest National Park is a home of over 370 bird species with majority being forest birds. The most unique and popular bird is the Green Broadbill and the Rwenzori Turaco which most birders search for. Other bird species include: Blue-spotted wood dove, grey crowned crane, guinea fowl, common bulbul, bee-eaters mention but a few.
Apart from Mountain gorillas the park homes other primates and forest animals. Its on record that its only in Bwindi Forest Impenetrable forest National Park where the mountain Gorillas leave together with chimpanzees in the forest. Other primates are black and white colunbus monkey, red-tailed monkey and others. The most sited animals at the park are forest Elephants, red duiker, forest hogs and others.
The forest was occupied by the hunters and fruit gatherers the Batwa till the government resettled them around the forest for the new life. The batwa is some of the indigenous communities that has leaved with their strong culture. Guests who go to bwindi enjoy great entertainment from the locals.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park remains among the highlight places for dream safari in Uganda. Experiencing the rare mountain Gorillas which can be done in 3 days gorilla safaris. The park can be accessed from Kigali with only 4 hours drive with our new packages like 3 days Gorilla safari from Kigali.