Explore Bwindi National Park Uganda : the park is famous for being home to almost half of the world’s remaining population of endangered mountain gorillas, making it the prime destination for gorilla trekking lovers. Bwindi impenetrable national park is home to over 25 habituated gorilla families, which are often accessed by many trekkers while on a Uganda gorilla safari.

Beyond the gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a haven for biodiversity, harboring a rich variety of wildlife, including various primates’ species, colorful birds, and stunning flora and fauna. The opportunities to encounter these fascinating primates make Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park a must-visit destination for wildlife and nature lovers.

Amazing attractions at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Endangered mountain gorillas

Bwindi impenetrable national park is undoubtably its large remaining population of endangered mountain gorillas. The park is home to half the world’s remaining large population of mountain gorillas, making it one of the best destinations on planet for gorilla trekking. The park is home to over 25 gorilla-habituated families, such as Rushegura Gorilla Family, Mubare Gorilla Family, Muyambi Gorilla Family, Katwe Gorilla Family, Habinyanja Gorilla Family, Binyindo Gorilla Family, and Kanywanyi Gorilla Family, among others, which are open to both tourists and researchers for trekking. These fascinating giants are very intelligent, majestic, and gentle giants that share an astonishing 98% of their genetic material with humans.

Other forest species

Beyond gorillas, Bwindi impenetrable forest harbors over 120 mammal species, making Bwindi Forest the second-only mammal park in the vast Queen Elizabeth National Park. The national park is inhabited by numerous other primate species, including chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, and L’Hoest’s monkeys. There are several forest African elephants and several other species of antelopes. in Bwindi Forest. Of the 200 butterfly species, 42 are endemic to Albertine’s Rift.

Birds

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park offers some of the finest montane forest bird watching in Africa and is an unmissable destination for any birder visiting Uganda on Uganda birding safaris. There are an estimated 400 bird species, of which 23 are endemic Albertine’s Rift, and 14 are recorded but not found anywhere in Uganda. Globally threatened species such as African green broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing are also found here. Other birds include Green Pigeons, Ross’s Turaco, Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-Faced Woodland Warbler, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, the Re-Throated Alethe, the Paradise Flycatcher, the Gigantic Forest Hornbill, the purple-breasted and blue-headed sunbird, the Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Ruwenzori Batis, Stripe-Breasted Tit, and Collared Apalis, among others.

Amazing safari activities to do at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

gorilla trekking

Gorilla trekking is the highlight of the safari adventure in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. Gorilla trekking in the park is an activity that involves walking or hiking through Bwindi Forest to hunt for mountain gorillas. You will meander through the forest swamps, cross rivers, hike, and make new trails to meander through the forest until you find these captivating mountain gorillas in their habitat. During the hike, you will also meet with other forest creatures that you will keep an eye on, such as chimpanzees and other primates, mammal species like the forest elephants, buffaloes, and bird species, as well as being fascinated by the stunning vegetation cover. Once you find them, you will only be allowed to spend one hour interacting while observing how they carry- out their daily activities like breastfeeding, feeding, playing, and encountering these fascinating endangered mountain Gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable national park costs one to buy a gorilla trekking permit at 800 US$.

Gorilla habituation experience

Gorilla habituation is another captivating activity to undertake while on a Uganda safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Gorilla habituation experience is a process by which gorillas are made to get used to the sight of humans before they are free and open for gorilla trekking. The activity involves spending more time with the gorilla. Gorilla Habituation Experience is a gorilla activity that involves walking and hiking through the thick rainforests in hunt for these semi-habituated mountain gorillas, which leave together in a given gorilla family. Once you encounter these fascinating primates, you will engage in activities that are used to make these mountain gorillas get used to human presence. The Gorilla Habituation Experience gives you a chance to spend more time with the mountain gorillas in their natural habitat for about four hours of interaction. The gorilla habituation experience is a unique activity that offers you a remarkable opportunity to learn more about mountain gorillas. It’s done with a group of four visitors tracking a given semi-habituated gorilla family.

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Mountain Gorilla

Bird watching

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park offers some of the finest montane forest bird watching in Africa and is an unmissable destination for any birder visiting Uganda on Uganda birding safaris. There are an estimated 400 bird species, of which 23 are endemic Albertine’s Rift, and 14 are recorded but not found anywhere in Uganda. Globally threatened species such as African green broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing are also found here. Other birds include Green Pigeons, Ross’s Turaco, Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-Faced Woodland Warbler, White-headed Wood Hoopoe, the Re-Throated Alethe, the Paradise Flycatcher, the Gigantic Forest Hornbill, the purple-breasted and blue-headed sunbird, the Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Ruwenzori Batis, Stripe-Breasted Tit, and Collared Apalis, among others.

The Batwa cultural experience

The Batwa cultural experience will have travellers reliving the lives and practices of the Batwa, the people that lived in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest before they got evicted and became squatters in the communities near the park. During the cultural experience, you will get the opportunity to share and demonstrate how they lived, hunted, cooked, made use of the least expected materials, like sticks to make fire, collected wild honey, and shared their knowledge of the plants that they used for both food and medicine. These fascinating groups of indigenous people highly depended on the forest and had, for a long time, coexisted with the animals and plant life. Sad songs and exotic dances will also be shared during the experience.

Guided nature walks or hikes

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park offers one of the best hiking and nature walks, and the most common hiking trail is the Buhoma to Nkuringo walking safari and the Nkuringo to Buhoma trail. This gives you an opportunity to experience the park’s diversity up close, including seeing butterflies, various waterfalls, mammals, and primates depending on luck, among other animals.

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