Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

 

 

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

There are a number of exciting and beautiful national parks in Uganda each unique in it's own way. However, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest offers an unforgettable uganda safari experience.

Covering an area of 321km² with an altitude of 1,160m - 2,607m above sea level, Bwindi is a magnificent verdant swathe of forest across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley and is home to more than half of the world’s mountain gorillas. It currently has a population of over 340 gorillas with 8 habituated groups namely Mubare 5 members, Habinyanja 19 members, Rushegura 20 members, Nkuringo 20 members, Bitukura with 14 members, Nshongi 26 members, Mishaya 11 members and Kyaguriro with 16 members.

As you walk among the shadows of the leafy canopy, your first impression of the dense jungle is its almost audible silence but from time to time, the complete tranquillity is shattered by a darting forest bird or group of chattering monkeys leaping through the stands of ancient trees. The ever-wary jungle comes to colourful and noisy life for a moment, until silence reigns again. The gruelling trek looking for the great silverback is crowned by the sight of the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants. This is the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer.

Bwindi is impenetrable because of its scrambled vegetation draped over an intensively fissured landscape of the steep, draughty ridges as well as the slippery valleys with dense under growth of fern, vines and shrubs giving one the true African experience.

Bwindi represents un-spoilt Africa and offers refuge not only to gorillas but to elephants, chimpanzees, monkeys and various small antelopes plus an estimated 350 bird species with 23 endemic to the Albertine Rift.

Bwindi’s unique beauty and scientific value had it de;clare;d a Natural World Heritage Site in December 1994 by UNESCO. It boasts of 90 mammal species.

The best times to embark on the trek are the dry months which are January, and February and June to September. However these are also marked with bouts of afternoon thunderstorm.

Catch one of our daily flights to Kihihi and Kisoro to experience natural diversity and overwhelming beauty.

Activities include:

  • Mountain gorilla tracking
  • Bird watching
  • Mountain biking and nature walks to waterfalls and parts of the forest
  • Village walks to explore the culture & lifestyle of the local Bakiga & Batwa tribes