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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park straddles at an area of 321km2 in the South Western region of Uganda at the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley on an altitude range from 1.160 m to 2.607m.

Bwindi is a real tropical rainforest-dubbed Impenetrable because of a series of steep ridges and valleys that are sometimes slippery and mostly its vegetation which is very thick. Bwindi Impenetrable National park is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forest in Africa. The name “Bwindi” came from the local word “mubwindi” which means from “dark place”, referring to the impenetrable nature for human beings to the swamp located the South East of the actual Park, according to legends.

Unique Attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park-Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National park boasts of inhabiting 11 species of primates, including the critically endangered mountain Gorillas, chimpanzees, Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white Columbus, olive baboon. Bwindi National Park is most famous for inhabiting over 360 mountain gorillas, which is almost a half of the total population of mountain gorillas in the whole world. Bwindi National Park is also home to over 346 species of birds that have been recorded in the area (Bwindi contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, which can hardly be seen in any other place in East Africa) and 200 species of butterflies. The park also has about 30 counts of mammal species including (buffaloes, leopards, and forest elephants). There are 324 species of trees.

What to do / Tourism Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park-Uganda 

Bwindi National park is a famous destination where mountain gorilla tracking can best be done compared to any other destination in the world, with a total of 12 habituated mountain gorilla families/groups. Gorilla trekking trails allow visitors to sight primates, birds, butterflies and trees (along the Munyaga, Waterfall, Rushura, River Ivy and Bamboo zone trials).  River Ivy and Mubwindi swamp nature walks and the major gorilla trekking trails recommended for birdwatchers. Tourists can also undertake Cultural walks to Buhoma village community, to experience the traditional homesteads, the banana brewing, the local healer, handicraft and cultural performances for Batwa. Mountain biking is also evolving.

 Where to stay / Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park-Uganda

Bwindi national park has got quite wide range of accommodation facilities from High end (Luxury), Mid-range and budget facilities which include Gorilla forest camp, Mahogany springs, Buhoma home stead, Lake Kitandara tented camp, Ruhija lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury) and Engagi lodge, Silver back lodge, The Haven Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp (Mid range) Buhoma community rest camp, Chameleon Hill Lodge (Luxury), Bwindi view Bandas, Wagtail Eco Camp (Mid-range accommodation), Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Conservation Camp, Gorilla Valley Lodge,  Trekkers Tavern Cottages, The Gorilla Resort, Ecomarvels gorilla lodge, The Crested Crane Bwindi Hotel, Ruhija Gorilla Lodge, Gift of Nature Lodge, 2 Star Hotel, Bwindi Forest Safari Cottages, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla Camp and so many others.

Accessibility/How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

To the North, Bwindi can be reached from Queen Elizabeth National Park (2-3 hours), To the south, Bwindi National park can be accessed from Kabale (1-2 hours) and from Kampala via Mbarara (7-8 hours). All these roads meet at Butogota-which is about 17km from the Buhoma entrance gate.  4×4 is highly recommended all year round.

Daily public bus services are available from Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihiihi. You can hire a matatu from Butogota to Buhoma the park entrance gate.

The Kabale to Ruhija to Buhoma segment on this route is approximately 72km on a murram road branching off at Harutenga junction on the Kabale-Kisoro road.

Air transport: Visitors to Bwindi National Park can fly from Entebbe or Kampala (Kajjansi airfield) to the modern tarmac airstrip at Kisoro. Visitors to specifically Buhoma region of the park can also charter planes to the grass Kayonza or Savannah airstrips.

There are Scheduled flights to Bwindi National park operated by Aerolink Uganda. The Park is well served by three air fields at Kayonza and Kihiihi for the northern sector and Nyakabande in Kisoro for those going to track gorillas in the Southern sector which includes; Nkuringo, Nshongi and Mishaya as well as Nyakagezi family in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park.