Tourism Journal: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Located in South Western Uganda on the edge of the Rift valley, Bwindi is home to 51% of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas who feed on roots, fruits and leaves from the park’s many tree and fern species. Bwindi is a swath of steep mountains covered by steamy and thicky jungles just as magnificent as it looks. 

With 120 mammal species, 350 bird species and approximately 400 mountain gorillas call Bwindi Home. This is one of the best places in the world to see Mountain Gorillas up close with several other activities such as;

Gorilla Tracking

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Gorilla Tracking is a genuine once in a lifetime experience worth your time, Bwindi is a prime place to hang out with Gorillas  not just Gorillas but Mountain Gorillas which is the most thrilling wild encounters in the world. Theoretically there are 96 daily permits available to track gorillas in Bwindi and they cost around US $600(including park entry) and are booked through the Uganda Wild life Authority office in Kampala. Note: you must be above 15 years of age to be able to track gorillas.

Forest walks

If you can’t afford gorilla tracking, Bwindi is a rewarding park to visit for a chance to explore a lush virgin rainforest. There several forest walks run by the Uganda Wildlife Authority penetrating the National park.

Bird Watching

Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine rift Endemics such as; the Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruer’s Rush Warbler, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

An experienced bird watcher can identify up to 100 species in a day! 

Water Fall Trail

During your Safari you can also be able to follow the water fall trail that leads to a magnificent 33m waterfall on Munyaga River just as impressive as the rich forest ecosystem it passes through. The Water fall trail Is an ideal short walk for visitors with little time to spare. Here you can see birds and primates of the forest edge. The popular waterfall trail provides an attractive feature of the forest with a profusion of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. This trail which leads to 3 delightful crystal clear waterfalls typifies your impression of a tropical rain forest.

Cultural performances

In the evenings, participate in captivating traditional performances presented by Women’s groups. Proceeds from these go directly to improve the welfare of families around the park.

Accommodation

Accommodation at Bwindi ranges from Luxury, Budget, mid-range and Shoestring options catering for all kinds of people. Lodges include Bwindi back packers lodge, Buhoma community Rest Camp, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest camp, Lake Kitandara camp, Buhoma lodge, Silver back lodge, Bwindi Volcanoes lodge, Engagi Lodge, Mahogany springs, Bwindi Guest house, Bwindi view Bandas, Eco marvels Gorilla resort, Gorilla friends lodge, Jungle view lodge, Wagtail Eco safari camp  and Bwindi Gorilla conservation camp for the budget travellers.

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