Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda gorilla safari destination is located in southwestern part of Uganda with thick vegetation as its name suggests. Every day when tourists go out for the famous mountain gorilla trekking adventure, the ranger guides have to cut vegetation for trackers to access the way to where mountain gorillas nested the previous night.
It is the true African jungle with droplets of the sun coming through the thick forest cover giving you a feeling of being in paradise with zero pollution from several emissions common to our daily environment. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1994 because of its rich diversity in hosting different flora and fauna and being home to half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.
The park covers an area of 321 km2 all of which is forested with some areas being covered by bamboo and shrubs. The forest lies on steep slippery valleys with ridges and hilltops. The weather in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is chilly because of the immense canopy, you are advised to carry some warm clothing for evenings and long-sleeved shirts/trousers to wear while doing the mountain gorilla trekking activity.
For the ultimate Uganda safari experience for anyone who chooses to trek the mountain gorillas or search for birds, butterflies, or shrubs, you need to be in good physical condition to go up and down the terrain. It lies at an altitude between 1160m-2607m above sea level.
Access to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
There are scheduled/ charter flights from Entebbe International Airport to Kihihi town connecting to the Buhoma area or to Kisoro Airstrip, which connects to Ruhija, Nkuringo, and Rushaga. There are also flights from Kajjansi Airfield, which lies between Kampala and Entebbe.
Driving: From Kampala, the route depends on the trailhead you are visiting i.e., Kampala – Kabale – Ruhija OR Kampala – Ntungamo – Rukungiri – Kihihi – Buhoma/Nyondo OR Kampala – Kabale – Kisoro – Rushaga/Nkuringo.
What is the Best time to visit Bwindi Forest National Park
Visitors on a Ugandan safari can visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at any time of the year. However, the dry season is the best time to visit this park for mountain gorilla trekking safari activity.
The dry months in Bwindi Forest National Park begin in June, July, August and December, January, February, early March.
Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The accommodation facilities to stay in while on a Uganda safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park include Buhoma Lodge (Luxury), Chameleon Hill Lodge (Budget and Mid-range), and Buhoma Community Rest Camp
Nkuringo Safari Lodge
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Lodge