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Bwindi impenetrable national park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas– roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 bird species hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks. The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and budget campsites as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services.

 

What to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mountain gorilla trekking

This is the most visited National Park in the country since its known as the only home of mountain gorillas. Here you take on a hike in rough terrain and in any weather to see the gorillas in the wild and spend one hour with the gorillas learning their habits and taking photographs. 

Bird watching

The park offers some of the best montane-forest (mountain-forest) bird watching in Africa. There are an estimated 350 bird species, with 14 not recorded anywhere else in Uganda and migratory birds are present from November to April.

In Bwindi birding is most done at Buhoma visitor centre on many trails near the River Munyaga, the birding sites at the Neck and Ruhija with the outstanding birding spectacular environments. Here birds are very many and easy to spot; many species connecting in assorted feeding flocks that are all through the day.

Batwa Cultural Experience

The park offers exciting cultural tours during which you will visit and spend some time with the Batwa pygmies a very interesting unique people. While on this cultural tour, you will have a cultural walk led by the local guides to see their community setting, learn about their cultural norms and practices as well as visit a number of their projects they are running locally, have a tour of the traditional beer brewery, participate in the traditional dancing, singing and drama as well as visit the traditional healer.

Nature walks

If you expecting to spend a couple of days in the park, you can opt to go on nature walks as you explore the various trails within the forest. During these you will encounter a number of butterflies, small mammals and a number of different primates. The commonly explored trails include; The Munyanga River Trail, Rushurra Trail and Muzabajirro Trail.

Accommodation

The park has got a lot of lodges, camps & hotels for accommodation ranging from luxury, budget and mid-range and these are available both inside and outside the park. You can book your accommodation through our company and early bookings are advised.

Luxury

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

Mahogany springs lodge

Rushaga gorilla camp

Mid-range

Volcanoes Bwindi lodge

Ruhija community rest camp

Bwindi cultural centre

Budget

Nshongi forest camp

2 stars hotel

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