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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK OVERVIEW

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in the south western part of Uganda at the rim of the western arm rift valley covering an area of 331 kilometers squared Bwindi forest is one of the ancient tropical rain forests that survived ice age. Bwindi impenetrable national park is a habitat to the remaining half of the endangered mountain gorillas in the world. the forest has eleven primate species, 120 mammal species, 200 butterfly species, 360 species of birds and about 320 species of trees.

Currently, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has 12 gorilla families habituated for trekking split in the four sectors(Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo) of the national park and  is well known for gorilla trekking in Uganda.

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BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST, HOW TO GET THERE?

It takes about 8-10 hours to transport from Entebbe airport to Bwindi. Bwindi forest can be accessed from Queen Elizabeth National Park to northern part of the park just 2 to 3 hours drive, from Kampala through Mbarara about 6 to 8 hours drive or from Kabale town to the southern part of the park its 1 to 2 hours. If travellers do not want to take the long drives to Bwindi they can choose to fly from Entebbe or from Kampala at Kajansi airfield to the tarmac airstrip found at Kisoro. Additionally Planes may as well be chartered to the Savannah or the grass Kayonza airstrips.

Bwindi is well served by 3 airfields at Kihiihi plus Kayonza for the northern area in addition to Nyakabande found in Kisoro for people going to track mountain gorillas within the southern area (Mishaya, Nshongi plus Nkuringo). That considered, the easiest means of transport to Bwindi is by road.

Getting Around in Bwindi

Through Bwindi, one can get round in a vehicle from car hire companies  But there aren’t any roads inside the park itself that is why is it traveled around on foot. The Bwindi is appropriately named as ‘impenetrable forest’; the paths go through thick vegetation and may be steep. Make use of walking sticks provided at the beginning of the walk.

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Top Things to do and See in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Ultimate Number one trekking adventure 

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a habitat to 12 habituated mountain gorilla families that can be visited by tourists on a gorilla trekking safari. Gorilla trekking is one of the most popular and sought tourists activities in the world. The adventurous activity takes about an hour period of observing the great African apes after several hours of search in the Bwindi rain forest.

To be able engage into the activity of gorilla trekking, you need to obtain gorilla permits which can be booked on your behalf by a tour company such as Intare safaris. Gorilla Trekking is a physically demanding activity that involves forest hike trails in the rainy slippery wetlands of Bwindi during the rainy season, so go prepared. All trekkers are briefed on the Gorilla Trekking and Regulations to prepare for trekking adventure you are advised to read the Gorilla Rules carefully before your trek begins.

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Gorilla Habituation Experience in Bwindi

Getting closer to learn more about the Gorillas

There are only two places in Africa where gorillas are habituated that is Bwindi Impenetrable forest in Uganda  and Volcanoes in Rwanda. The Gorilla Habituation Experience can be defined as the act of getting closer with the  mountain gorillas to become used to the sight of people. It involves different groups of people like the trackers, conservationists, researchers and rangers among others who take a period of about 2 to 3 years completing this habituation experience. This experience only restricts the persons to a maximum of 8 each day, thus bookings for this kind of activity are to be done 6 months prior to the actual habituation day specifically during the months of December all through to March and July to October. Unlike gorilla trekking this takes four hours than the usual one hour and the cost is USD1500

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Bird Watching in Bwindi Forest & Wetlands

Sights and sounds of the whisky birds in Bwindi

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is undoubtedly is one of the highest ranked birding havens in Africa and Uganda as whole. With over 348 bird species recorded, these include 25 restricted-range species, of which 23 are confined to the Albertine Rift and four are globally threatened: African Green Broadbill -Pseudocalyptomena graueri-Vulnerable, Grauer’s Rush Warbler -Bradypterus graueri; Endangered, Chapin’s Flycatcher -Muscicapa lendu; Vulnerable and Shelley’s Crimson-wing -Cryptospiza Shelley- Vulnerable.

An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day! Visit Ruhija and Buhoma for this dream. Indicate your interest to the guide so that appropriate early morning departures can be arranged.

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Guided Nature Walks & Forest Hike Trails

Another indigenous way to explore the beauty of Bwindi Forest

Bwindi impenetrable national park has got three different unique walking trails established all leading to unique destinations and the to e taken depends on the route you choose like the Ivy river trail, Bamboo trail. On all these trails, you have opportunities to see and learn about primates, many species of birds, butterflies, trees, and other organisms. Contact Us to have this activity included in your 2 or 3 days Bwindi Gorilla Safari

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Batwa Cultural Experience in Bwindi

A Cultural experience to discover the Batwa people

The Batwa people commonly known as the Pygmies used to inhabit Bwindi forest as their home but when it was gazatted as a National Park, they were chased out and have now started to live a normal life. They used to feed on wild animals, honey and herbs and could stay in trees or caves. This three to four hour hike to a Batwa village in the midst of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park will allow you the opportunity to meet Batwa elders and their families and learn about their daily lives. Through the assistance of a skilled interpreter you will discover the unique traditions and practices the Batwa people including their deep attachment to the forest, the cuisine they enjoy, how they harvest their food, the style of their homes, and their burial rites. Visitors are even given the chance to learn how to light a fire with just a stick and how to shoot a target with traditional weapons.

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Mountain Biking in Bwindi

Biking through the hills of Kigezi highlands 

Mountain Biking is becoming one of the most popular activity with in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The bikes that can be hired from the community are well maintained where you can enjoy the ancient forest from the back of a mountain bike which are some times rented for the day with or without a guide and it is a lot more fun. You will be guided with well trained guides in birds, wildlife and plants within Bwindi Impenetrable forest. The mountain biking around and in the Buhoma area is offered by a ride 4 women a self -helped group that guide you on biking through the forest, handle the rentals, repair and keep up the bikes in safe and good running condition

Planning a Safari to Bwindi? Discover the best lodges & Hotels

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When you are considering to taking a gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable national park as your next destination to track the 12 gorilla families, for bird watching, batwa trail experiences and other primates watching, you would also be interested in knowing the accommodation options that you can choose from which include;

  • Nkuringo safari lodgein Nkuringo Region of Bwindi
  • Gorilla Forest CampIn Buhoma Sector
  • Buhoma Community Campsite & Bandasin Buhoma Region
  • Silverback Lodge
  • Bwindi-View Bandas With Stunning views of Kabale Hills
  • Gorilla Safari Lodgein Ruhija Sector
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Mountain Gorilla  Families in Uganda _ Uganda is recorded in History to have the biggest number of Mountain Gorilla with a minimum number of 400 Mountain Gorillas recorded up from 302 in the 2006 census. About 80 Mountain Gorillas are also located in Mgahinga Gorilla National park, all under one Gorilla Group that inhabits the area. There are over 12 habituated gorilla families in Uganda. Currently the Gorilla families in Bwindi and Mgahinga have been habituated for gorilla tracking. Gorilla habituation is a process that takes 2 years and involves training Mountain Gorillas to get used to human beings, as they…

Frequently Asked Questions about Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Frequently Asked Questions About Gorilla Trekking _ Mountain gorilla trekking has become a top priority for most travelers visiting Uganda or Rwanda for safari holiday experience. Much many bloggers and websotes have written about the gorilla trekking experience, many travelers still ask a variety of questions on how they can ensure that mountain gorilla trekking turns out to be a thrilling adventure as it is written about. Fortunately, Intare safaris brings you the most accurate answers to the frequently asked questions about gorilla trekking as presented below; What exactly is Gorilla Trekking?Many people are asking What is Gorilla Trekking? and…

When To Visit Gorillas

Best time to Visit Rwanda for Gorilla Trekking Safaris The dry season, which lasts from June to September, is the ideal time to visit Rwanda. As these times of year provide the best climbing conditions and the lowest risk of malaria, they are also the ideal times of year to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda. Outside of these ideal times of year, you can trek to view mountain gorillas and visit Rwanda, but be aware that the terrain may be more challenging owing to rain and steep, muddy trails. Before beginning your adventure, you should be in reasonably decent…

Best time to Go For Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Best time to Go For Gorilla Trekking in Uganda _ Mountain Gorilla trekking activity is a lifetime experience to see and get closer to the mountain gorillas, but it is as well important to know the best time to trek these endangered species to achieve the best out of this experience. In Uganda, the trekking adventure is done in the tropical rain forests of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park both situated in southwestern Uganda. Bwindi Forest, the prime destination for gorilla trekking is open for gorilla adventure safaris all year round and the best time to visit…

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Safaris

Rwanda Gorilla trekking Safaris Rwanda Gorilla trekking safaris are by far one of the leading encounters one can go for on a safari holiday in either Uganda or Rwanda. In the whole world, you can only see the mountain gorillas ( Gorilla Berengei Berengei) in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo. In Rwanda, these primates can be seen in the Volcanoes National Park, Parc Nationale Des Volcans. Gorillas are the largest extant species of primates. They are ground-dwelling, predominantly herbivorous apes that inhabit the forests of central Africa. The DNA of gorillas is highly similar to that of a human, from 95–99% depending…

Gorilla Trekking Safaris in Uganda

_ GORILLA TREKKING SAFARIS IN UGANDA Gorilla Trekking safaris in Uganda provide one of the breathtaking activities one can enjoy while on a holiday trip in Uganda. Gifted by nature; with the deep lakes, spectacular greenery, exclusive cultures, soaring mountains, Uganda is above all endowed with half of the world’s reaming gorilla population resident in the southwestern part of the country. It is not a mystery but reality, it is possible to watch these endangered giants and even get closer to them than you have ever imagined! Though these mountain Gorillas can also be found in the Virunga Massif…

Rwanda Overview

Rwanda OverviewAbout Rwanda Rwanda, a small landlocked country in east-central Africa, is trying to recover from the ethnic strife that culminated in government-sponsored genocide in the mid-1990s. Rwanda is a country in Central and East Africa and one of the smallest countries on the African mainland. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated; its geography is dominated by mountains in the west and savanna to the east, with numerous lakes throughout the country. The climate is temperate to subtropical, with two rainy seasons and two dry seasons…

Fun and Interesting Facts about Uganda

_ FUN AND INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT UGANDA Discover the hidden Fun and Interesting Facts About Uganda. Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa, bordered by Kenya in the East, South Sudan in the north, in the West by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, in the southwest by Rwanda, and in the south by the Republic of Tanzania. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, which is also shared by Kenya and Tanzania. Uganda takes it’s name from the Buganda kingdom, which encompasses a large portion of the country including the great…

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Kigali City

Kigali City, Top Things to do and See __ Kigali is the capital city of Rwanda, roughly in the center of the country. It sprawls across numerous hills, ridges and valleys, and has a vibrant restaurant and nightlife scene. The Kigali Genocide Memorial documents the 1994 mass killings in Rwanda, associated with the country’s civil war. The city’s Caplaki Crafts Village has stalls selling traditional handicrafts, including woodcarvings and woven baskets. Elevation: 1,567 m Population: 859,332 (2012) United Nations History about Kigali City      Kigali City was established in 1907 just as a tiny colonial out-post by Dr. Richard Kandt, who was the…

Gishwati Mukura National Park

About Gishwati National Park __ .. Gishwati-Mukura National park is one of Rwanda’s newest National Park; it is also known for its diverse plant species. over 60 species of trees, a number of Rwanda wildlife and 84 different bird species can all be found in this forest. The park is situated in Ngororero and Rutsiro districts in Rwanda's Western province, it covers an area of about 3,558 hectares. This park would have run extinct since during the 1994 genocide most people run in here to hide and ended up settling in the forest. They carried out different activities like farming, deforestation and illegal mining.  In…

Lake Muhazi

About Lake Muhazi __ Lake Muhazi is a Kinyarwanda name and this thin shallow lake is located along the eastern side of Rwanda. This is also known as a flooded valley lake which lies in an east and west direction. This lake has also got a concrete dam at the west end and was constructed in 1999 to be able to replace the earth dam which existed in the past time. This lake also empties its water into Nyabugogo River that flows in the south direction of Kigali city where it meets with “Nyabarongo River.” How to Reach Lake Muhazi…

Lake Kivu

About Lake Kivu __ Lake Kivu is one of Africa's Great Lakes. It is situated on the border between the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda and in the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift valley. Lake Kivu empties into the Ruzizi River, which flows southwards into Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania. The lake covers a surface area of 2,700 km2 (1,040 sq. mi) and has a height of 1,460 meters (4,790 ft) above sea level. About 1 370 km2 or 58 percent of the lake’s waters are within DRC borders. The lake bed is on…

Virunga National Park

About Virunga National Park __Brief Overview The Virunga National Park is Africa’s first national park and is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site since 1979. In recent years, poaching and the Congo Civil War have seriously damaged its wildlife population. The park is managed by the Congolese National Park Authorities; the Institute Congolese pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN) and its partner the Virunga Foundation, formerly known as the Africa Conservation Fund (UK). It besides the equator, stretching from the lowlands at the bottom of the Rift Valley (680m) to the highest peak of the Rwenzori Mountains at 5119m. Its…

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