BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi is the spectacular hideout of half of the world’s mountain gorillas, whose encounter and consequent eye contact is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter in the whole of Africa today. On a very small stretch of about 331km², Bwindi impenetrable is a nearly high and low elevated on landscape, green all year round, situated in the far southwestern corridor, bordering Congo in the west and just a few kilometers to Rwanda.
Bwindi is the oldest and most diversely biological rainforest, with over 400 plant species, 120 mammal species, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, name it, all aligned just at the edge of the great western rift valley. The park is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site, famous for mountain gorillas and chimpanzees, the two great African apes listed as endangered animals in the IUCN Red Data Book.
How to get there
Bwindi impenetrable national park can be accessed by both air and road. It’s a stretch of about 530km from Kampala. The park can be accessed through several directions;
One can go through Queen Elizabeth national park’s southerly Ishasha sector with a view of the favorite climbing lions. Bwindi is 160km from Mweya (QENP) and 64km from Ishasha.
The park can also be accessed through; Kampala-Kabale-Kanungu-Buhoma (6-8 hours journey) Or Kampala-Ntungamo-Rukungiri-Kihihi-Buhoma (7 hours journey) Or Kampala-Kabale-Nkuringo (7-9hours drive)
The park can as well be accessed by air from Entebbe or kajansi airstrip to the modern tarmac airstrip at Kisoro town. Nearly are also the Kayonza (near Butogota) and Savannah (Kihihi) airstrips.
The most tourist attraction here is the unforgettable Gorilla tracking experience driven in the premises of one of the loveliest rainforests in Uganda. The activity gives you opportunity to get in close contact of a few meters away and venture the wilderness’ Gorillas at its peak with 4 gorilla tracking trailheads of Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga. Gorilla tracking commences at 8:30am and can last for a few hours to a whole day depending on where the gorillas were left the previous day. Besides, are also other fascinating activities through the rainforest like birding, mountain biking, and a number of different kinds of nature walks like research in along the trails of Munyanga River Trail, Waterfall Trail, Rushura Hill Trail, Muzabajiro Loop Trail, and River Ivi Trail.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is a very magnificent and cool atmospheric place to rest at, it harbors a number of mid-range, luxury and low budget accommodation facilities mentioned but not limited to, Buhoma community rest camp, Sanctuary gorilla camp, Lake Kitandara Bwindi camp, Buhoma lodge, CITPH gorilla conservation camp, Silverback lodge, Volcanoes safari lodge, Egagi lodge, Gorilla resort, Mahogany springs camp, Bwindi guest house, Bwindi view bandas, Eco marvels gorilla resort, jungle view lodge, name it.