Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Uganda Gorilla Trekking Tours
Nestled in the South western part of Uganda at the rim of the great Albertine Rift valley, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a tourist favorite spot and one of the five destinations to see Gorillas in Africa. It started as a protected forest reserve in 1932 but later declared as a national park in 1991 hence naming it Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bwindi spans three districts namely Kisoro, Kabale and Rukungiri, it covers a total area of 331 square kilometers and part is occupied by the impenetrable Bwindi forest. This forest is famed for its ability to thrive throughout the last ice age and is one of its kind in the Africa.
Standing up to the Rwamanyonyi peak, the park’s altitude ranges between 1160 and 2607 meters. Annual average temperatures vary from 7 to 20 degrees Celsius. Coolest temperatures in Bwindi appear from June to July. From March to April, September and November, rain fall range is high, roads are muddy and slippery. Then the rest of the months are dry with heavy sunshine.
A blend of the Park’s altitudinal span and its antiquity provides a magnificent habitat to a wide range of flora and fauna including the rarely seen species of Gorillas. Bwindi is inhabited by half of the World’s remaining Gorilla population rating it one of the Parks to see variety of Gorilla species.
Meeting in the jungle for an up close look with these apes is undeniably one of the most captivating Uganda Safari encounters that are hard to forget for the rest of your life. Out of the 120 mammal species that inhabit Bwindi, eleven are primates including the Black and White Colobus monkeys. Black and White colobus monkeys tempt most of tourists by its beautiful curving white tail. Other than Mountain Gorillas, numerous birds including the Albertine Rift endemic call this Park home.
In conclusion, Bwindi provides habitat to lots of Mountain Gorillas that exceeds 400 in total, 120 mammals including the elephants that are rarely seen, 200 species of butterflies, and 360 species of birds that roam in the Afro montane rain-forest with more than 324 tree species.
Tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park mainly focuses on Gorilla Trekking offered in its four sectors that include Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhija and Rushaga sector.
Road transportation is the usual and cheapest way to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the South western Uganda.
From Kampala it takes about 9- 10 hours for the drive via Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara high way. You can use other options depending on the sector as listed below.
Kampala – Ntungamo – Rukungiri – Kihihi – Buhoma.
From Kampala, en route stopover is included at the equator and Mbarara for lunch. After Mbarara, continue to Ntungamo where you branch off joining a murram road to Rukungiri, then to Kihihi. It’s 390 km and rated one of the quickest routes to take for a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Kampala – Kabale – Kanungu – Buhoma
With this option, the journey starts from Kampala via Masaka – Mbarara high way. Continue to Kabale, then Kanungu where you connect to Bwindi Park through Buhoma sector.
On reaching Kanungu, you take a muram road with African massage through Kanyantorogo up to Buhoma.
It is 414 km, though ranked as one of the longest routes taken, the route rewards with breathtaking views of rolling hills, remarkable sceneries and more to awe.
Kampala – Kabale – Ruhija
This route includes an eight hours drive from Kampala up to Kabale town. From Kabale you connect direct to Ruhija sector in Eastern part of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via a murram road through farmlands, terraced rolling hills and local communities. With this bumpy road, a 4x4 Safari vehicle is recommended.
Kampala – Kabale – Nkuringo
This route is perfect for travelers who are to trek Gorillas in Nkuringo sector. Setting off from Kampala, drive direct up to Kabale town including stopovers in Mbarara town for lunch and at the equator.
From Kabale, the journey continues up to Nkuringo sector. If you are not comfortable with long distance drives, with this route it’s better you have a night stay in Kisoro town and in the morning continue with the journey to Nkuringo sector.
Other than road transportation, you can go by air transport means. Private charters are usually arranged from Kajjansi airstrip up to Kabale or Kisoro airstrip.
Travelers to Buhoma and Ruhija sector fly to Kihihi airstrip and those to Rushaga sector fly to Kisoro airstrip.