Bwindi impenetrable national park hosts the greatest Uganda’s tourist attraction known as mountain gorillas. The park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley near Mgahinga National park. It is amazing that, this Bwindi impenetrable national park protects an estimated 320 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 forest elephants and forest antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
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. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.
Gorilla groups in Bwindi impenetrable National Park
The Mountain Gorillas are undoubtedly Bwindi’s major tourist attraction, where they have been habituated since April 1993. There are now four different groups that can be visited:
Mubare group (16 gorillas; 1 silverback), Habinyanja group (23 gorillas; 2 silverbacks), Rushegura group (9 gorillas; 1 silverback), Nkuring group (20 gorillas; 2 silverbacks), Bibare gorilla family, Rushegula, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Nkuringo, Kahunje, Nsongi, Mishaya and Bushaya
A maximum of eight permits per day are sold to visit each gorilla group. Gorilla Tracking can be physically demanding, so go prepared. The Gorilla Rules prepare you for Gorilla Trekking and give guidance on conservation of the Mountain Gorillas. Please read the Gorilla Rules before your trip.
Along side gorillas, birds are also found in the impenetrable forest, it holds 348 species of birds like the Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruer’s Rush Warbler, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.
The Munyanga River
Is an ideal short walk for visitors with little time to spare. Here you can see birds and primates of the forest edge. The popular waterfall trail provides an attractive feature of the forest with a profusion of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colourful array of butterflies. This trail which leads to 3 delightful crystal clear waterfalls typifies your impression of a tropical rain forest.
Commands expensive views across the western rift valley floor. To the west, Congo’s Parc Nationale des Virungas provides a spectacular backdrop, and on clear Das Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountain are visible.
The Muzabajirro Trail
Offer breath taking views of Bwindi Forest. Western Rift Valley and the Virungas. On the way, you witness hundreds of pre-historic tree ferns. The top of this trail is a great place for a picnic lunch.
The Ruizi river Trail
The bamboo Trail
The Bamboo trail offers 14 vegetation types and is one of the areas of highest diversity in the park. At the top of this trail, you witness panoramic views encompassing Lake Bunyonyi and Mafuga Forest.
In the evenings, participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups. Proceeds from these go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park.
There are anumber of accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable National park include Mahogany springs lodge, Gorilla mist camp, Wagtail Eco safari camp, Gorilla resort, Buhoma community Rest Camp, Silverback Lodge, Ruhija gorilla lodge, Gift of nature Lodge, Trekker Tarvan, Chameleon Hill, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Nsongi Gorilla camp, Gorilla safari lodge.