Attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Bwindi Impenetrable National park is a truly humbling safari destination on Uganda safari, because of harboring with a high number of Mountain gorillas in the world. Besides that, is best known of Gorilla trekking as a tourist attraction that attracts millions of people worldwide to come adventure with their closest relatives in their protective tropical rainforest and other attractions or activities as listed below.
Attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla Trekking –Bwindi Impenetrable National park
This is ultimate activity done by the tourist in different trekking regions within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which are Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo trekking sector. The choice of the sector to trek in, is from the visitors who choose which region they prefer most to experience this outstanding activity. The four gorilla trekking sectors has been listed with a total of about 21 families as of 2021 record.
Visitors are advised to book their trekking permits before their time of arrive in the country, booking directly from the reservations office at Uganda Wildlife Authority ‘’UWA’’ Headquarters or through a trust worthy tour agent with a registered tour company. Payments for Gorilla permits can be done for up to two years in advance.
Note, only 8 people are allowed to visit the gorilla family for trek and one hour is being given to that particular group of people to watch their amazing way of life. Participates must be 15 years and above in order to engage in this thrilling life time changing experience and you will be accompanied by park range while trekking mountain gorillas.
Gorilla trekking experience is unpredictable which can take 2 to 8hours, depending on their previous location and once you locate them one hour will be given to you as you watch them playing, feeding as well as taking memorable photograph.
Bwindi Hiking /Nature walk
Bwindi Hiking is quite awesome experience that can be done in six main nature trails of Buhoma more especially those who wish to explore the beauty of ‘’Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’’ nature walk trails include waterfall walks, forest walks, primates encounter, mountain views and impressive birdlife.
Below is the list of six main nature trails in Buhoma for those who wish to come up with real adventure of Bwindi Impenetrable forest;
Munyanga Waterfall Walk
This forest trails starts right from Buhoma along the River Ivi-Nkuringo tail and continues in the sensational sight of the falls, bird life and the cool breezing air is rewarding.
The Muzabajirro Loop is a 6kilomters walk around a hill you will be led by the UWA guide who will take you through this trail and come up will great sights of primates, birds and a gainful view of the Virungas.
The Ivi River Walk
This raises 14 Kilometers and takes around seven hours to access it while using a trail pass in a place known as Mukempunu which means ‘’ a place of pigs’’ where wild pigs can be encountered.
The Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail
The Buhoma trail can take three or four hour, crossing right through the park and adjoining the two villages and offering spectacular views of the misty hillsides as you ascend the hills towards Nkuringo or else it leds you to Ivi River Walk for more rewardable views.
The Habinyanja Trail
This trail attracts a lot through offering many species but it takes 4 to 6 hours to access it in both ascending and descending. The trail takes you in a stunning ascent of the Habigorogoro and Riyovi Ridge where you will be able to see Buhoma River. You will still enjoy great relaxation on the gentle slope to the mighty Habinyanja swamp and the trails are rewarding with sights of birds like Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Black Duck and Black Bee Eaters.
Bird Watching in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable forest is Uganda’s oldest forest which means it is hoven home for good number of birds over 350 bird species are recorded, including 23 endemics such as Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird plus the seven IUCN red data listed species. Some of birds to see include African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill among others.
Bird watching in Bwindi is best done along the main trails of Buhoma Waterfall Trail, bamboo zone and Mubwindi Swamp trail in Ruhija.
Bwindi Cultural Encounters
Along tourists visit on Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable national park, you will go explore an ideal culture of the local Bakiga and Batwa communities with village walks. From here, you will be able to experience their exciting traditional dance, the dressing code, visit the blacksmith, craft shops and learn how they prepare their traditional food ready to be eaten.
Cycling /Mountain Biking in Bwindi
Most of tourist on their safari to Bwindi Impenetrable national park engage in Gorilla trekking experience not knowing that during their free time can do Mountain biking which can be carried out right from the maintain trail from the park headquarter along Buhoma to the Ivi River. The trails make up 13kilometres providing you with great looks of wildlife like bushbucks, black and white colobus and Red tailed monkeys among others.
Accessibility to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
From Kampala main city to access Bwindi Impenetrable national park is approximately 9 to 10 driving hours.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park can also be out reached from Queen Elizabeth National park to the north ‘’2 to 3 driving hours. Then from Kibale to the south ‘’1to 2 hours. You’re recommended to use A 4WD vehicle during the rainy seasons.
Travelers can fly from Entebbe while using Aero Link Uganda for your charter or scheduled flight or Kajjansi Airfield to fly you to the modern tarmac airstrip at Kisoro.
Bwindi is well served by three airfields at Kayonza, Kihihi for the northern sector and Nyakabande in Kisoro for the southern sector ‘’Nkuringo’’.
What to carry on your visit to Bwindi Impenetrable national park
They include; Rubber walking boots are supportive for hikers and climbers, warm clothes, sun screen, sun hat, waterproof bags to protect cameras and other equipment when hiking. Enough mineral water bottle and snacks as well as a packed lunch for full day tours.
Travelers shouldn’t get worried on their visit to Bwindi Impenetrable national park because the park has got classic accommodation facilities ranging from Luxury, Mid-range and Budget but we advise you always book the accommodation basing on region your trek Mountain gorillas. Some of the accommodation include Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi Forest Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Lodge, Sabinyo Guest house among others.
Book now your tour package and vibe into a true adventurous safari destination of Uganda Bwindi Impenetrable national park a home to great Mountain Gorillas our closest cousins.