Bwindi is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas. The sight of the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to the offer. The park boasts of 90 mammal species, including 11 primate species and the prominent black and white colobus monkeys. The 321 sq km park us located in southwest Uganda.
Species in Bwindi impenetrable Forest.
There are 11 species of primates, including Mountain Gorillas, chimpanzees, L’hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white Columbus, olive baboon. Particularly, Bwindi is home to 360 mountain gorillas, a half of the total remaining world population. There are 346 species of birds recorded (Bwindi Impenetrable contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, rarely seen in any other place in East Africa) and 200 of butterflies. Mammals count only 30 (buffaloes, leopards, elephants). There are 324 species of tree.
ACTIVITIES IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST
The main activity is “gorilla tracking” to the habituated 8 families of mountain gorillas (Habinyanja, Nkuringo, Rushegura, Nshongi, Mishaya, Mubare, Bitukura and Oruzogo), Gorilla filming is also possible. Hiking trails are open to people to sight birds, butterflies and primates, trees (along the Munyaga, Specially recommended for bird watchers are the River Ivy and Mubwindi swamp nature walks. Cultural walk to Buhoma village community, to see the traditional homestead, the local healer, the banana brewing, handicraft and cultural performances for Batwa.
Accessibility to Bwindi impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable forest can be reached from Queen Elizabeth National Park in the north (2-3 hours), from Kabale to the south (1-2 hours), or from Kampala via Mbarara (6-8 hours). The roads meet at Butogota, 17km from the Buhoma entrance gate. 4×4 recommended during the rains. There are daily bus services leaving Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihiihi. A matatu can be hired from Butogota to Buhoma the park entrance gate.
The Kabale – Ruhija- Buhoma segment on this route is 72 km on a murram road branching off at Harutenga junction on the Kabale-Kisoro road. Air transport: Travelers can fly from Entebbe or Kampala (Kajjansi airfield) to the modern tarmac airstrip at Kisoro. Visitors to Buhoma can also charter planes to the grass Kayonza or Savannah airstrips.
Bwindi is well served by three airfields at Kayonza and Kihiihi for the northern sector and Nyakabande in Kisoro for those going to track gorillas in the southern Sector (Nkuringo, Nshongi and Mishaya as well as Nyakagezi family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park).
Accommodation facilities Bwindi Gorilla park has got quite wide range of accommodation facilities which include the Gorilla forest camp, Gorilla resort, Mahogany springs, Silver back lodge, Buhoma home stead, Lake Kitandara tented camp, Ruhija lodge, Engagi lodge (Luxury) Cuckoo land lodge, Buhoma rest camp, Nkuringo safari camp (Mid-range/Budget).