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Bwindi impenetrable forest national Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda on the rim of the Rift Valley. The hillsides which are mist-covered are sheltered by one of the ancient and very biologically varied rainforests in Uganda that dates back to more than 25,000 years, comprising of about 400 varied plant species.

More notably, this “impenetrable forest” in addition protects an predictable 459 population of mountain gorillas – approximately half of the population in the world, among which are a number of habituated groups, that can be tracked by visitors.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is habitat to more than half the world’s population of Mountain Gorillas. actually there are over 459 mountain gorillas living here.

Gorilla devotees for Uganda tours from different corners of the world to enjoy this Ultimate Safari in Uganda – Mountain Gorilla tours / tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park. The word “Bwindi” means “darkness” and taking a hike this magnificent forest will certainly unveil to you the reason why the forest was named so.

You will as well be in position to fast tell why actually the forest is also regarded as Impenetrable. One requires to be realistically physically fit to take part in this mountain gorilla tracking / trekking adventure because it may involve climbing the steep terrain.

gorilla Family in Bwindi

In addition to the endangered impressive mountain gorillas there are also 346 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species, about 324 species of trees, ten of which are only found in this areas in the whole of Uganda. This is really a destination to explore.

Because there are few habituated Gorillas living here (gorillas that have been trained to withstand human presence and not likely to attack), actually the time offered to see them is limited and so are the permits which currently are offered at a cost of $700 per individual.

No person ever complains after spending some time with these very fascinating Mountain Gorillas in Uganda within Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park, which is among the most stunning rain-forest anyone will ever come across.

Baby Gorilla in Bwindi

This biologically varied region as well offers shelter to a additional 120 mammals, among which are various primate species like the baboons plus chimpanzees, in addition to elephants as well as antelopes. Furthermore, there are about 350 bird species supported within this forest, among which are twenty three Albertine Rift endemics.

The adjacent towns of Nkuringo as well as Buhoma offer an remarkable collection of luxury lodges, budget campsites, restaurants, rustic bandas and craft stalls in addition to guiding services.

A 3 day gorilla safari tour will cover plentiful Opportunities to discover the neighboring Bakiga plus Batwa Pygmy people’s cultures which they well showcase in performances plus workshops as well as on guided village walks.

While in Uganda, besides visiting the mountain gorillas, you can take a safari to Kidepo, Murchison Falls national park, Queen Elizabeth national park, Kibale Forest National Park and other interesting tourist areas that are worth checking out. Check Uganda safari destinations here.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park was gazetted in the year of 1942 and later in 1992 it was upgraded to the Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park and in 1994 it was recognized as a World Heritage Site in Uganda. In local language (Lukiga), Bwindi actually means ‘Impenetrable.’

This repeated warning is apt, for Bwindi is all however impenetrable; 327 km2 of tangled plant life draped over a deep fissured landscape of steep, slippery valleys & high, draughty ridges.

However if the terrain is far from easy to manage, it’s well worthy the effort. A trek through this, is among Africa’s most ancient rain-forests, in search of the vulnerable mountain gorilla, ranks among one of the world’s premier wildlife encounters.

Most tourists on African trip combine Tanzania safari adventures with gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda in addition to a safari in Kenya or Mount Kilimanjaro Trekking in Tanzania.

What is the weather of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park?

Bwindi could be very cold especially in the morning & night. The annual mean temperatures range is 7°C to 20°C with the coldest months being June & July. Hence warm clothing are required, plus wet weather gear because Bwindi receives up to 2390mm of rain every year.

This is centered on during 2 wet seasons, short rains in March- May & heavy rainfall in the months of September-November.In Bwindi, rain often falls as long hours of soft drizzle,instead of short tropical deluge.

Our  tour consultant will help you prepare depending on the season. Most tourists who take on African safari holidays usually combine more countries in various destinations.

If you would like to  visit other neighboring countries to Uganda or Rwanda,  consider  Tanzania safari holidays for the great wildebeest migration safaris in Africa, Ngorongoro  crater ,Serengeti and so much more.

Best Time to Visit to Visit Bwindi impentrable forest national park

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is open for gorilla trekking all year long, but the best times to go are from June to August and December to February.

At these times, the forest trails are drier and therefore less slippery. Also, your chance of a dry gorilla viewing experience is higher during these months. This might result in a better experience and photography will be easier.

Weather chart of Bwindi Forest - Gorilla trekking

Tracking gorillas is best when Bwindi’s trails are not so sodden and there is more sunshine (June to August and December to February). Slippery trails and occasional mist make wildlife watching more challenging during the wetter months of the year.

Where Else Can you see the Mountain Gorillas?

After your gorilla tours in Uganda, a visit to Volcanoes National Park for  Rwanda safari tours is a great opportunity to see the other half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. Visit the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda for packages to Rwanda.

Besides the mountain gorillas, check this post on where to see gorillas in Africa.   You can combine your Rwanda or Congo gorilla tour with climbing mount Nyiragongo.

Map of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

bwindi national park map

Read more about gorilla trekking in Bwindi impenetrable forest as a national park on ugandanparks.org


Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi forest
Although Mountain gorilla trekking can be done else where in Uganda, gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest is the best. Uganda hosts half of the remaining mountain gorillas and is the only country where mountain gorillas can be found in two different national parks.

Bird Watching in Bwindi Forest National Park

Great Blue Turaco - Bwindi Forest National Park

Bird Watching in Bwindi Forest National Park should be on every birder’s itinerary. The park offers some of the best montane-forest (mountain-forest) bird watching in Africa. There are an estimated 350 bird species, with 14 not recorded anywhere else in Uganda.

Batwa Cultural Experience in Bwindi forest impenetrable forest natinal park
Batwa Culture in UgandaThe Batwa cultural experience was put in place by the displaced Batwa pygmies to educate their children and to share their amazing heritage and traditions with the world.

The Experience takes place outside of the park in an old-growth forest on land that is next to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park.

Mountain Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park

Gorilla trekking Best shots

Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park through Uganda Wildlife Authority introduced mountain gorilla habituation experience to all interested clients effective 1st January 2014. All those interested in gorilla habituation experience pay USD1500.00 per person.

Gorilla habituation experience allows you to spend four hours with mountain gorillas still under habituation. According to Uganda Wildlife Authority, two gorilla families have been put aside and dedicated for this experience in Rushaga region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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Bwindi Forest National Park Frequent Asked Questions (FAQ)

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is famous for mountain gorillas. Its home to about half of the remaining mountian gorillas in the World and the highest number of mountain gorillas in one given national park.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is safe for tourism. Uganda prioritizes tourism above all things. All national parks are safely garded aginest poaching and any other insecurity threats.

According to the 2018 mountain gorilla census, there are over 459 mountain gorilla individuals in Bwindi forest national park alone, hence making it number one national park in the world for having the highest number of mountain gorillas in the wild.

This name comes from the extensive stands of bamboo interspersed amongst the larger forest hardwoods. The bamboo and thick ground cover of ferns, vines, and other plant growth severely hinder direct access on foot.

However according to the historical lengend, the word Bwindi is said to have been derived from a local word ‘Mubwindi’ that means a thick dark and lonely place. Read more about this legend and how Bwindi forest got its name.

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