Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Sheltering Uganda’s oldest virgin and impenetrable forest, a safari to Bwindi is an adventurous venture in a traveler’s lifetime.  The park is situated in southwestern Uganda comprising of rugged terrain with narrow valleys all intersected by steep hills and valleys. Similarly, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is situated on a higher elevation of over 2,000 meters above sea level. Concerning the vegetation cover, the forest

Trekking for mountain gorillas is the focus for most travelers to with Bwindi being a home to the highest population of mountain gorillas roughly half of the worlds total population, mountain gorilla trekking is the focus for most if not all travelers to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. There are 12 gorilla groups in Bwindi national park forest that have been habituated for trekking which are   split in the four section of the national park (Buhoma, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Ruhija) in the north, east, west parts of the park respectively.

Each family is allocated to a group of eight people maximum who interact with the gorillas for an hour.

Birding

The national park harbors approximately 348-bird specie 23 of which are endemic to the albertine region hence   a paradise for birders. Among the birds spotted include Blue Headed Sunbird, Short Tailed warble, Common Bulbul, Red-headed Bluebill, African emerald Cuckoo, Rufous warblers, purple-breasted sunbirds, yellow-streaked Green buls, Mountain-Masked Apalis, collared Apalis, and African blue flycatchers among others. Birding is mostly one long the main trails in the forest especially along the waterfall trail and along the bamboo zone and Mubwindi swamp trail in Ruhija. Travelers enjoy the sweet sound of birds singing in trees which melodies they will live to remember.

Cultural encounters

This is yet another interesting activity done in local villages adjacent to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Trackers are led to the villages to interact with local people hence providing them with great knowledge concerning village life. Travelers take part in local activities such as digging, preparing local food; traditional dances, which make them, feel as part of the local community. The very people visited the local communities who were the former inhabitants of the forest before it was garzetted into a national park. These demonstrate their forest life to travelers, which provide travelers of in-depth understanding of who the Batwa are hence memorable experience.

 Nature walks/forest hikes

Here travelers follow various trails in the forest to various attractions such as waterfalls, caves, and rivers among others. These trails are situated in different sectors of the national park and they include Muyanga waterfall trail in Buhoma sector, Habinyanja trail which lead travelers to the African corner named after a rock piece depicting a map of Africa, Buhoma-Nkuringo trail, the lvi river walk, Rushura hill walk and Muzubijiro loop among others. More still, nature walks help travelers to encounter travelers to encounter various wild animals, birds, reptiles and beautiful plant types which all make a trip awesome.

Concerning when to visit the national park, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be visited all year round. However, the dry season between the months of May to September and December to February is the best time especially for gorilla trekking.

Travelers are always reminded to carry warm jackets, huts, hiking boots, long sleeved shirts and long panties for convenience while trekking. Hiking sticks and porters are very essential though not compulsory.

Conclusively therefore, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is worth visiting offering phenomenal experience that every traveler should experience. To organize a gorilla tour, visit or click here