Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Uganda is home to almost half of the world’s bird species, the country is situated in the eastern part of the African continent and its one of the worlds top birders destination. The park covers an area of 321kilometers squared.
Uganda is endowed with over 1040 species of birds and Bwindi forest national park boasts with over 350 bird species, the forest is home to Albertine rift endemics and about 23 endemic to this area. Some of birds found in Bwindi forest national park can be seen below:
Red headed blue bill, Garners warbler, short tailed warbler, yellow eyed black flycatchers, bar tailed blue trogon, Kivu ground thrush, black billed turaco, blue headed sunbird, black bee eater, red headed blue bill, African emerald cuckoo, common bullbull, western green tinker, cinnamon chested bee eater, Rwenzori batis, woodland warbler, dusky crimson, honey guide, rusty faced woodlands gruels rush warbler, chestnut throated apalis, fine banded woodpecker, regal sunbird, collared apalis,
Birding in Bwindi forest national park is best done in the Ivy river trail, Buhoma waterfall trail, Bwindi swamp trail, bamboo zone and Kashasha river trail.
Bwindi forest national all park is home to the endangered mountain gorillas, tourists can have a gorilla trekking experience that can only be done in three countries in the world or opt for a gorilla habituation experience where you will spend four hours habituating gorillas with researchers or scientists.
Bwindi forest national park is also home to over 400 species of trees and its Uganda’s oldest forest, botanists can also the forest through guided nature walks and encounter some of the oldest trees and unique plants including primates and butterflies.
There are also other primate species to be seen in Bwindi apart from gorillas tourists will be able to see black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys, blue monkeys and so much more.
For culture lovers, you can visit the people and get a taste of the unique African culture from the Batwa people who lived in the Bwindi forest areas for over 500,000 years, you will get entertained with traditional dances, taste local food and also acquire some souvenirs to take back home for remembrance or to your loved ones.
The best time for birding in Bwindi national park is in the morning as you get welcomed with the chattering g of forest birds. Birding can take up to 1-3 hours of encountering different bird species.
The Best time of visiting Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is during the dry season of December to February and from June to September when the roads are accessible but the best time for bird watching is during the wet season.