Bwindi impenetrable national park is the world heritage property(UNSECO). It is tropical rain forest. This park harbors endangered mountain gorillas and other endemic species which are the key attributes of outstanding universal values of this park and it is home to the half of the remaining mountain gorilla population in the world with over 250 individuals and over 19 families habituated and ready for gorilla trekking and habituation.
The Bwindi impenetrable forest national park protects over 163 species of trees and 200 butterflies. More so, 360 species of birds and out that 24 bird species are endemic to the Albertine rift valley. Further, 100 mammal species including 10 primates. Bwindi is most known for the endangered mountain gorilla and it is gorilla tracking with over 19 habituated gorilla families.
In addition, Bwindi national park is located along the border of democratic republic of Congo next to Virunga national park. It is also on the edge of the Albertine rift valley in the south western part of Uganda in kigezi sub region
Mountain gorillas leave in groups called troops and this to be made of one adult male called silverback and multiple adult females with their off springs
Further, Bwindi was gazetted by United Nations education and cultural agency (UNESCO). UNESCO gazeted Bwindi impenetrable national as national culture heritage in 1994. It has an estimated 400 mountain gorillas but the number keeps on increasing although it remains the endangered specie. The Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home of half of the mountain gorillas in the whole world.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is located in western part of Uganda in kigezi sub region. And it accessible through kampala capital city of Uganda taking the ankole route via Masaka. Ankole Masaka dry collider and then calm town of mbarara in ankole. Later proceed to Ntugumo town where you will decide to continue with the Kabale-kisoro. Or take Ntugumo , Rukungiri and then to Kanungu. Bwindi and it takes 9-10 hours’ drive by road and it includes a lot of adventures en-route with en-route lunch to the selected hotel. This route is about 512km from Kampala to Bwindi with tarmac road b and murrum roads in some parts of Kanungu near Bwindi but on shorter distance
The route provides travelers with excellent views and beautiful along the way like the magical Ankole long horned cattle. These are met grazing along the way and the beautiful sceneries of kigezi hills known as the Switzerland of Uganda.
You can get to Bwindi by flying using the internal flight. According to your time you have for the trip you can book your gorilla flying trip. There are two organized airfields near Bwindi that is Kisoro airstrip and Kihihi airstrip that will help you reach your destination in time
More so, you will book your ticket under the trusted company to book for you air ticket with aero link airlines. This operates internally in Uganda which takes about 45-50 minutes flight from Kajjansi airfield to kisoro or Kihihi. However, this may help you to reduce on the long hours and tiresome you would get while travelling by road. Flying would provide you with the beautiful aerial views of kigezi hills, lake Bunyonyi, and thick tropical rain forest
But you should have it in mind that each mean have advantages and disadvantages like the road is much cheaper than taking flight. Always contact trusted company to organize for you trip to Bwindi impenetrable national park. (www.umarellavoyagesafaris.com )
You will contact trusted tour operator/ company (www.umarellavoyagesafaris.com) operating gorilla safaris in Uganda. They will provide you with the plan on how to carry out your gorilla trekking in Bwindi. More so giving you the budget of the trip and help you to book your gorilla trekking permit. It is booked from Uganda wildlife authority by authorized company. And it is given to you on the day of gorilla trekking before the briefing by the ranger guides. The ranger guides take you for gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi.
Permit is the document that allows visitors to access the Bwindi national park for activities like gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation experience. Remember it is booked in advance before your arrival in Uganda like three months before.
Gorilla trekking is done in for sectors of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park that is Buhoma sector, Rushanga sector, Ruhinja sector and Nkuringo sector both totaling to over 18 habituated families ready for trekking.
The Gorilla trekking in Bwindi starts early in the morning at 8:00am after briefing from ranger guides. These guides are from Uganda wildlife authority who takes you through Bwindi to look for gorillas. Mountain gorillas in Bwindi are under 24 hour monitoring for their safety. And then you are almost guaranteed to see them. In Fact the ranger guides monitor each gorilla family by keeping in close radio contact
Furthermore, Gorilla trekking takes around 2 to 8 hours and after meeting with the gentle apes. You’re allowed to stand 7 meters away from them and start learning their behaviors. Enjoying their life style for only 1 hour. The activity gives the unforgettable authentic experience meeting with the gentle apes of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi forest national park is another activity that gives you chance to travelers to learn more about the gorillas in their natural habitat of Bwindi forest national park
The gorilla habituation experience allows you to spend 4 hours with highly intelligent gentle apes’ mountain gorillas than gorilla trekking which gives you the opportunity for only 1 hour but the difference is that the gorilla trekking permit is much cheaper than the habituation permit and the gorilla habituation permit costs 1500usd while trekking permit is 700usd
Currently gorilla habituation experience is only taking place on sector of Rushanga with one family side of kisoro in Bwindi and should have it in mind that gorillas ready for habituation trek are less used to human person and ranger guides will guide you on how to interact with the gentle giants
After you’re successfully gorilla experience you can participate in Batwa community experience while relaxing at your place of accommodation in Bwindi and learn about Batwa culture
Previously Batwa people lived in the forest Bwindi but left generations back after Uganda wildlife authority allocated them on the edges of the forest to prepare the forest for conservation of mountain gorillas
It takes for about 20 minutes from some lodges to reach the Batwa families that have become most tourist attractions in Bwindi about on travellers interested in meeting and interacting with the community. You will be taken to through their life styles, cultural dancers and learn about the Batwa cultural items like spears, arrows and before they hunters and food gatherers that how they survived in the forest years back
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is accessible throughout the year. And you have all chances to meet with the gentle apes
There are two seasons where you can visit and have successfully gorilla experience from the month of June and August known as peak seasons and December to February which are the best time to visit Bwindi for gorilla visit however gorilla habituation experience is done thorough out the year on each day .
During dry seasons you walk slowly and gently in the steep slopes of the forest because there is no muddy and few slippery and this gives you the opportunity to enjoy your gorilla trekking while taking photos for memorable moments