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Where is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest located in Uganda?!

Gorilla tours in Uganda in Bwindi Impenetrable National park – the park is a tropical Afro – montane forest that sits on the mountain ranges which run along the border of Uganda and D.R.C in the Southwestern pocket of Uganda. The name ‘Bwindi’ literally means impenetrable in local dialect thus when you translate, it reads ‘Impenetrable – Impenetrable forest National park’. However we agree with the ones who named it so because Bwindi is a real impenetrable deal! This rain forest was designated as a national park in 1991 and it covers a total land area of 331km2. The park stands at an elevation between 1,190 – 2,607 meters above sea level and the highest point is Rwamunyonyi hill. It experiences rain through the year because it’s equatorial in nature and therefore the annual rainfall stands between 1400mm – 1900mm millimeters. Its mean annual temperatures vary between 70c – 15 0 c / 450f – 590f. The park experiences extreme wet conditions between March – April annually. It has a rugged terrain because it lies along the fringe of the Western rift valley and the underneath is composed of different sets of rocks like granite, schist, quartz, quartzite among others. In 1994, the park was designated a UNESCO world heritage site. There is no doubt that Bwindi forest is one of the remaining and most conserved rain forest in Africa.

The park plays a significant role in water catchment, it has a dense concentration of water channels and many rivers like; Lvi, Ishasha, Munyaga, Ntegyere and Ihihizo run draining through to flow into Lake Edward. The park shelters 120 mammal species say; rare monkeys, forest elephants, leopards, chimps, bats, forest hogs among others. It is home to 200 butterfly species, 347 or so bird species, and 27 frog species. Bwindi impenetrable is globally known for gorilla habituation and trekking and these activities particularly gorilla trekking became popular by 1992 in the park. Gorilla trekking encounters in Bwindi– the park has four trekking regions; Rushaga, Ruhija, Buhoma and Nkuringo.

Tourist activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park;

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National park – Secure a trekking permit in advance, we encourage you to travel during the low peak months since the supply of trekking permit gets shortened in the peak season months and the other opportunity being low hotel prices during low season. Our gorilla trekking permit is sold cheaply at $700 with a price difference of $800 from the Rwanda trekking permit which is sold at $1500.

Gorilla habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable National park – you secure your gorilla habituation permit in advance. We encourage your visit during low season months (March – April). In Bwindi Impenetrable forest, gorilla habituation takes place in the Nkuringo sector and therefore, you spend a magical 4 hours with the Nkuringo gorilla family.

Bird Watching in Bwindi Impenetrable National park – Bwindi forest has over 377 different bird species and thus you stand a great opportunity of exploring most of the forest endemics.

Buhoma Village / Community walks in Bwindi Impenetrable National park – you can spare time to enjoy a guided community walk which usually starts at Buhoma Community Rest Camp. You can still do mountain biking or horseback riding while in Buhoma sector.

Travelers seeking to organize a unique Wildlife  Safari in Uganda should contact our reservations team for inquiries. We pledge to prepare and guide you on a life changing wildlife safari / tour in any of Uganda’s incredibly endowed Nationals parks. To book a safari or make inquiries, simply send us an email to info@raksafaris.com or call us now on +256-782 061184 to speak with our reservations team.

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