Bwindi National Park

Biwindi National Park
Bwindi is 550km from Kampala, the capital of Uganda, and the estimated driving time is 8-12 hours. Located in south-western parts of Uganda, the park covers 331km2 making it one of the largest natural forests in East Africa. The park is one of Africa’s most important conservative areas and was declared a UNESCO world natural heritage site in December 1994.

The landscape of the park is rugged with deep valleys running between steep sided hills and ridges. It has both lowland and montane rainforest with deep undergrowth of herbs, vines and shrubs hence the name “Impenetrable”.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to many species and encompasses some of the last remaining mountain gorillas. (Approximately 480 of the approximately 880 remaining mountain gorillas). It also hosts 120 mammals including baboons and chimpanzees as well as elephants, giant forest hog and antelopes, 360 bird species including 23 Albertine Rift valley endemics and 14 species found nowhere else in Uganda making it a birder’s haven. In addition, Bwindi has 200 native tree species and many species of reptiles and amphibians.

Hike through the rugged mountainous terrain for up to five hours in search of the gorillas. (A good physical condition is a must. Please note that Bwindi is a tropical rain forest hence it rains at different times and nearly every day so a rain jacket is needed)

Bwindi has 4 groups of gorillas habituated for trekking thus Mubare, Habinyanja and Rushegura. Each group has between 15-20 individuals. The fourth group was opened for trekking in 2004 in Nkuringo though the access to it is from Kisoro not Buhoma.

Advance booking of between 2-12 months is strongly recommended to avoid disappointment. Permits are $500 each and are issued on first come, first serve basis. Permits are non – refundable though in some exceptional cases they might be refunded. Discounts on permits apply for residents of East Africa and the citizens of Uganda.

Cultural tours can also be arranged in the communities around Bwindi for those looking to learn more about the culture of south western tribes of Uganda.

Accommodation used by The Tourist Centre

  • Gorilla Forest Camp – Luxury
  • Silverback Lodge – Luxury
  • Clouds Lodge (Nkuringo) – Luxury
  • Gorilla Resort – Mid-Range
  • Engagi Lodge – Mid-Range
  • Buhoma Community Camp – Midrange
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