Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
If your main aim is to discover, experience, and explore Uganda’s main attractive features recorded on its great list of enticing attractions, you should not miss the amazing Bwindi impenetrable National Park on your bucket list of top tourist sites to spend some time while in Uganda “The Pearl of Africa” for your great discoverable vacation.
When it comes to exposure of Uganda’s tourism then Bwindi Impenetrable National Park should not be minimized because it has done a great role as far as bolding Uganda to different travelers from different countries of the World since it’s listed on the great list of top five exciting National Parks in the World who provide habitat to the World’s must-visit attraction popularly known as shy endangered ground-dwelling herbivores Gorillas.
Highlighting the geographical location of this Park, it’s not geographically located in any other region you may predict but rather this Park is geographically and permanently situated in the Southwestern part of Uganda along Uganda’s border with the Democratic Republic of Congo not very far from Queen Elizabeth National Park since it’s even very possible to switch directly from Bwindi to Queen or from Queen to Bwindi via Ishasha sector route associated with en-route game drive exposing you to a sighting of the famous tree-climbing lions resting up in the fig tree branches if you are lucky.
The Park comprises of a thick strong impenetrable Bwindi forest which includes big tree species, vegetation, shrubs, bogs and other plant life, other ecosystems characterized include bamboo forested areas, hilly areas, grasslands and waterly swampy areas which provide good habitat to different Wildlife species.
How to get there
Travelling from Kampala by road to Bwindi in the Southwestern Uganda, Kampala- Masaka- Mbarara highway is the best-recommended route of reaching this Park including en route stopover at the equator for some brief explanation about the equator, photos, and snacks, thereafter continue with the journey up to the Park using suitable 4×4 wheel drive Safari jeep, lunch is provided en-route in Mbarara town.
It takes about 8-9 hours for the drive from Kampala to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park depending on speed used, traffic along the way, current climatic conditions, and included stops overs.
Depending on the Itinerary, it may be starting from Queen Elizabeth National Park and it’s very possible to switch from this Park to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park via the Ishasha sector route. Switching from Queen Elizabeth National Park to Bwindi, the nearest sector to trek Gorillas in the Buhoma sector
All popularity of this Park is brought about by its huge varieties of the shy endangered ground-dwelling herbivores Mountain Gorillas, Uganda is ranked to be hosting the biggest percentage of the World’s remaining Gorilla population with almost half of it in its two major National Parks but Bwindi Impenetrable National Park dominates with the biggest percentage of Uganda’s recorded Gorilla population.
The park is recorded with fourteen habituated Gorilla families for trekking and research in its four major sectors including the Nkuringo sector, the Buhoma sector, Ruhija, and Rushaga sector with each sector having more than two Gorilla families apart from the Nkuringo sector which has only one Gorilla family.
Gorilla trekking is regarded as the most done safari activity done in the park, in order to enjoy this activity, one has to own a gorilla permit. Apparently, an Uganda gorilla permit costs $700 per person per trekking and one is required to own a gorilla permit prior to gorilla trekking. Gorilla permits are in very high demand sometimes they get finished early. On the day of gorilla trekking, you are required to first report at the park headquarters to receive short briefings about the dos and don’ts while with the gorillas. The trek is sometimes tiresome as it involves passing through the thick and muddy forest, and it can go from 1 to 8 hours, however, once the gorillas are met, you will utilize the one hour spent with the gorillas, take as many photos as possible as well as studding their behaviors. Flash cameras are not allowed when noting photos as this may scare away the animals.
Besides habituated Gorilla species in Bwindi, there are other unknown numbers of Wild Gorillas found in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Additionally, on top of Mountain Gorillas, there are other Wildlife species habited in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park including Wild animals like leopards, lions, Kobs, spotted hyenas, warthogs, bush pigs, forest hogs, reedbucks, and more, Primates include Red-tailed monkeys, Colobus monkeys, wild chimpanzees, Blue monkeys, Vervet, L’Hoest monkeys, Mangabey, Baboons, and more.
Other species in the Park include reptiles, different insect species, plant species plus different bird species which are recorded sightable in its major birding hotspots like Mubwindi swamp, Rushaga sector, and more.
The most prominent activities done while in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include Mountain Gorilla trekking, Gorilla habituation experience, Bird watching, and visit the Batwa people.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated with different accommodation facilities reserved for tourists and other visitors to the Park to stay at affordable prices, these facilities are categorized into three including a budget, mid-range, and luxury facilities characterized with good services offered.
Below is the safari parking list to Uganda
The following is only meant as a guideline as you may have your own preferences:
1. 2 –3 pairs of lightweight slacks/trousers – that can dry quickly (if wearing on treks)
2. 1 pair of shorts
3. 1-2 long-sleeved shirts
4. 3 short-sleeved t-shirts
5. A waterproof and windproof jacket like a Gortex
6. 1 sweater or sweatshirt
7. 1 skirt ( for women)
8. Swimsuit (and a plastic bag)
9. Strong waterproof walking boots – pants should be tucked into socks and boots while trekking (heavy soled rain boots also work well)
10. Pair of sports sandals like Tevas
11. Hat-wide brim or with a visor for sun protection
14. Lightweight wool socks
15. Gloves – gardening or similar (for gorilla trekking)
Sunglasses with neck strap
Insect repellent with DEET
Small day pack