A gorilla in the wild Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in the Western rift valley, and, South Western parts of Uganda, belonging to Kabale, Rukungiri and Kisoro districts. It covers around 331 square kilometers with a height range of 1160 metres at Ishaka gorge to 2607 metres at Rwama6f nyonyi peak. The annual mean temperature range is 7-20 degrees Celsius and the coldest time rotates around June and July. The impenetrable National Park experiences two heaviest rainy seasons; one from March-April and the second rainy season from September – November. The remaining months are however generally dry.
The Annual precipitation of the Impenetrable national park ranges between 1130mm and 2390mm. The coldest period is experienced between June and July. The famous tribes here include the Bafumbira, Bakiga and some few Batwa. These are some of the most sparsely populated areas in Uganda with 233 people per square kilometer.
Bwindi is a home of 326 gorillas that occupy almost half of the world’s total population of mountain gorillas. The forest itself has approximately 30 elephants and 120 other mammal species among which include 7 diurnal primates, 360 bird species and over 200 butterfly species. This is an Afro-montane forest that has a dense under storey of vines, fem and shrubs. An approximation of 324 tree species have been registered, 10 of which do not occur else where in Uganda.
Gorilla safaris to Uganda
This turns out to be the main tourist attraction in Bwindi. There are currently two gorilla groups to be toured each and everyday. Mubare as a group has 16 gorillas and 1 silver back that was opened for tourism in the 1998’s.
Munyanga River trail
This is an important brief walk for tourists since they have limited time to spend. In fact you can easily have a glance at birds and primates of the forest edge.
The famous waterfall trail currently offers a fascinating feature of the forest, with a profusion of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colourful array of butterflies. This trail that heads to the delightful clear waterfalls characterizes your impressions towards the tropical rainforest.
The Rusharra trail
This gives expansive sights across the western rift valley floor. In the west, Congo’s Parc Nationale Des Virungas offers a spectacular backdrop. On a clear day, Rwenzori Mountain and Lake Edward are clearly seen.
The Muzabajirro trail
This trail indeed provides exciting views of Bwindi forest, the western rift valley, and the Virungas. You come to evidence hundreds of pre-historic tree ferns along the way as you tour and at the top there is a wonderful picnic lunch site.
The River Ivy trail
This is the largest river in the park so far that will have to make you busy the whole day. In fact it has a clear site for bird in the area.
Buhoma village tourist nature walk
This is a local community management in this village for the tourists walk that takes you up to three hours. The money got here is injected into the community for the better of its welfare. The tour exposes you to numerous exciting sites, like the true like of a rural homestead, a tour to the local traditional healers, a banana beer brewing demonstration site among others.
Traveling in your car
Tourists with their personal 4-WD vehicles should consider traversing the rugged centre of the park via Ruhija. This transect affords the tourist with Uganda’s last vistas of deep undisturbed forests, look for duikers, primates, and both the forest and grassland bird species. While at Ruhija, tourists can have the 3hour scenery packed hike to the Mubwindi swamp. You may actually move to the Bamboo zone, which is the area of its kind in the park.
The Bamboo Trail
This Bamboo trail provides 14 vegetarian types and is one of the regions of highest variety in the park. You can witness the panoramic views at the top of this trail enclosing Mafuga Forest and Lake Bunyonyi.
In the evenings, you can engage in captivating traditional performances carried out by women’s groups. Resources from these go straight away to the better welfare of families around the park.
There are numerous opportunities to cater for your accommodation any where with African Pearl Safaris that provides a medium range of accommodation homestead for you.
Abercrombie and Kent have luxury tented accommodation as well.
Montana luxury tented camp offers fully furnished luxurious tents for accommodation.
The local community also operates a Rest camp with clean and simple bandas. There is a restaurant to serve you simple traditional breakfast, lunch and dinner.
* Volcano Bwindi camp.
* Lake Kitandara Bwindi camp.
* Gorilla Forest camp
* You can as well come along with your shelter tent.
Ruhija has a self-catering Guesthouse, which needs to be booked in advance through Great lakes safaris.
Savanna Resort Hotel is located 40 kilometers to Buhoma near Ishaka sector, of Queen Elizabeth National Park.
There is a distance of 414 kilometers from Kampala to Kabale on bitumen surface that takes 6 – 7 hours. There are extra 120 kilometers from Kabale to Buhoma park Headquarters via Kanungu and Kanyantorogo on murram road which also takes 3-4 hours and a 4-WD vehicle may be required. From there, Kabale to Ruhija and finally to Buhoma which is 95 kilometers and this may take you around 3 hours. The public however seldom makes use of this road. A 4WD vehicle may still be a necessity.