Bwindi group tours- Though named “Impenetrable”, our relatives, the Mountain Gorillas co-relating with several primate species such as mountain gorillas, baboons, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and much more, rare birds African green pigeon, crowned hornbill, giant kingfisher and plants have made and still make millions of travelers penetrate the lush Afro-montane forest of Bwindi impenetrable national park, situated in the southwestern part of Uganda, a true destination that deserves the word Forest
Groups of tourists looking out for a trip to Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park should appreciate that the exodus of this gorilla habituation dates back in 1993 when the vast land of Bwindi forest was gazette as a forest reserve.
The southern sector was named Kasatora crown reserve whereas the northern dubbed the Kayonza crown forest reserves both adding up to 207sq.km of land by 1942. When the two were combined, they were renamed, impenetrable forest national park which covers a total area of 331 sq. kms, under the management of both Uganda forest department and Uganda wildlife authority a body in charge of all national parks in Uganda.
Following the 1942 expansion, Bwindi impenetrable forest was transformed into an animal sanctuary in 1964 to render protection to the rare mountain gorillas that were increasing in number yet facing the threats from poachers and diseases. Still under the administration of the forest reserve and game reserve in 1966, more two forest reserves were added to the original one.
Then comes 1991, when the government of Uganda declares it a national park, renamed from Central forest reserve to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. It was then listed among the world heritage sites in 1993, with more 10 sq. km of land added into it.
The Bwindi impenetrable national park which covers an area of 331sq. kms. The national park is home to half of the world’s mountain Gorilla population open for gorilla trekking and habituation for a group of up to eight people per trek per day. It is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda, along the base of the western rift valley, and neighboring the DR Congo and Rwanda.
There is a lot recorded in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park such as the lush biodiversity of the Afro-montane rain Forest, more than half endangered mountain gorillas, about 120 mammals including the forest elephants, 346 bird species, and several primates among others
You can track the mountain gorillas in any of Bwindi’s four sectors namely, the Buhoma sector which is the oldest and still receives highest number of visitors. Mubare gorilla family, rushegura gorilla family, katwe gorilla family, muyambi gorilla family, and habinyaja gorilla family
Rushaga sector has Bweza group, the Busingye group, Mishaya group, Nshongi group, and Kahungye group habituated in 2011, among others.
Ruhija sector includes Bitukuru group, Oruzogo group, mukiza group, and kyaguriro group.
Nkuringo sector which has Nkuringo group, bikingi group, and bushaho group. You can also take part in Gorilla habituation in the Rushaga and Nkuringo sectors with two groups set aside for your full-day experience.
Firstly, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas, found in the Virunga Mountains, which extends to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda. The chances of meeting these gentle Apes in Bwindi is very high since there are many families with the attributes that best suits your interest
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is situated in a remote place, noise-free, secure, with the cool environment, classic accommodation, accessible by both Land and air no matter your direction. It only takes three to four hours to drive from Rwanda or the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Gorilla trekking permits cost 700usd per person per day, relatively cheaper than that of Rwanda and higher than the one of the Democratic Republic of Congo
Uganda has two seasons, the dry season happing in December- February and June to mid-September, then wet season in March to May and October to November.
The best time for visiting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park as a group is during the dry season, when there is less rainfall, the roads are clear, and the ground is not muddy for Hiking.
The mountain gorillas are always exposed during this period in time as they roam around the park climbing on tree branches in search for what to eat and water.
The main activity done in Bwindi impenetrable national is mountain gorilla trekking. This is done in any of the four sectors – Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga or Nkuringo under the guidance of expert park rangers.
A maximum of eight people aged 15 and above are allowed to track each gorilla family per day, while obeying the set rules and regulations as taught to you during the briefing and these include the 7-meter distance from the mountain gorillas, no making noise, no eating near using flash fewer cameras, no littering the park and respecting the gentle Apes all times.
Batwa Pygmy Experience
Interacting with the locals will put a smile on your face, especially after successful mountain gorilla trekking. The Batwa pygmies are believed to be one of the oldest group of people that existed on planet earth, initially living in the forests as wonderers and fruit gatherers, who depended on the plants and animals for food, medication, and shelter.
However, though they have been displaced from the forest, their spirits are still alive, and they keep demonstrating what they inherited from their forefathers. They take you through honey gathering and tasting, sing interesting songs, lead visitors to the caves, and tell ancient stories related to their inherited origin among others.
This gives you the opportunity of adventuring the captivating biodiversity of flora and fauna at Bwindi park, watching numerous bird and plant species, farmlands, forest walk, and participating in the community walk and community funded projects.
Bwindi impenetrable forest is a true birder’s haven, hosting over 346 species, of which over 25 are believed to be endemic to the Albertine region and approximately 23 non-endemics. Additional, Guinea-Congo-forest biome bird species, Western Green Tinker bird, blue headed sunbird, Fine-banded Woodpecker, Kivu ground thrush, African Wood Owl, black bee-eater, cinnamon-chested bee-eater, African emerald cuckoo, regal sunbird, western tinkerbird, and Archer’s Robin-Chat among others thus becoming the best spot for group birding experience while at Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
The commonly used Trails include Mubwindi swamp, Buhoma sector, and the Bamboo zones among others.
This is one of the activities you should engage in as a tourist to or from Bwindi Impenetrable national park. You will enjoy a scenic ride at Lake Mutanda, which gives you a clear view of the Virunga ranges, unique bird species, and thriving tree plant species by the lake shores. Chances are that you will spot the locals of the place fetching water.
In Bwindi impenetrable national park, there are four sectors that Gorilla trekking is done – Ruhija, Rushaja, Nkuringo, and Buhoma so while choosing accommodation, we advise that you pick one from the sector you will do the tracking from because it will save your time when you are going for Briefing that commences at 7:30 am.
There are affordable luxury, midrange, and Budget lodges, homesteads, campsites, and Bandas in each of these four sectors. Some of the Notable accommodations include; Buhoma Lodge, Gorilla forest camp, Mahogany springs, Silverback lodge, Bwindi Haven lodge and Buhoma community campsite in the Buhoma sector, Ruhija Gorilla safari lodge, Broadbill forest camp, and Gorilla mist camp in Ruhija sector, Rushaga Gorilla safari lodge, Ichumbi lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Havens lodge among others in Rushaga sector, and Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla lodge among others
Heading for a safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park as a group is the best way of reducing costs of accommodation and transportation because you share between yourselves, having fun and networking. Gorilla Trekking permits remain at $700 non foreign residents and $600 foreign residents for eight people aged above 15years per group per day. However, you can contact us and we shall find a suitable group for you. Primate lovers with same likes and dislikes, out for the same purpose, and ready to welcome you. every group contains 8 people because that’s the maximum supposed to trek gorillas in Bwindi.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park group tours are amazing offer, very rewarding with a lot of activities to be done like birding, gorilla trekking and many others, all you need to carry are the hiking pieces of equipment such as boots, gorilla trekking equipment like insect repellents, cameras, binoculars, warm and long-sleeved clothes, and many more.
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