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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

conocer gente gratis castelló d'empúries Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most sought after world-class tourist destination as it harbors more than a half of the world’s surviving mountain gorillas listed as a critically endangered species. Recognized by UNESCO as a world heritage site in 1994, Bwindi (Which locally refers to darkness or impenetrable) was since 1942 a forest reserve before it was elevated to a full national park in 1991. The 321k2 national park is characterized by tangled vegetation draped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep slippery valleys and high drought ridges.

It’s ever chilly weather and challenging terrain offers unequaled ambiance and serenity for the visitors seeking to meet and interact with their closest cousins. A trek through one of Africa’s most ancient rain forests, in search of the endangered Mountain Gorillas, ranks among the world’s premier wildlife encounters.

How to reach Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in south-west part Uganda near the democratic Republic of Congo situated on the border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift.

The park can be accessed by road and it is 520 Kilometres from Kampala, Uganda’s capital city. Normally for one to enjoy the journey, 4Wheel drives are recommended taking the below routes:
Move from Kampala-Kabale about 414 Kilometres, about 5-8 hours drive, then Kabale-Kanungu- Kanyantorogo – Buhoma Park Headquarters, about 120 kms, a 3.5 hour-drive.

ATTRACTIONS BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Gorilla Trekking

The forest is home to more than half of the entire world’s mountain gorilla population and as such, mountain gorilla trekking is the specialty of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Gorilla trekking in Bwindi starts with briefing at the park headquarters at 8:00AM by the ranger guide and allocation of gorilla families to visit; each gorilla group / family is visited by a maximum of 8 people on a particular day and the forest has more than 12 groups at the moment but in different locations.

After briefing, you then head into the forest with your guide ahead of you and at hand to clear the trail. The trek can last anywhere between 2 to 8 hours depending on the movement of the gorillas but usually, park rangers will enter the forest early and try to track the gorillas from the point where they were last seen the previous day. After finding the gorillas, you will be allowed up to a maximum of 1 hour to see and photograph them. When your hour is done, you enjoy your lunch pack and make your way out of the forest and back to the starting point to receive your gorilla trekking certificate to confirm your successful participation in Gorilla trekking in Bwindi.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla Habituation Experience

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Besides the ordinary Gorilla trekking which is an exciting adventure itself, Gorilla habituation experience is mind blowing! Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is the only place in Africa where you can spend 4 hours with a gorilla family in its natural habitat. You get to spend time alongside researchers as they prepare a wild gorilla group for human interaction thus spending more hours observing and learning more about the mountain gorilla lifestyle.

There is no known actual definition of the Gorilla Habituation Experience. However, it can simply be known as the act of training wild gorillas to become used to the sight of people.  It involves different groups of people like the trackers, conservationists, trackers, researchers and rangers among others who take a period of about 2 to 3 years completing this habituation experience. It is a learning experience that has just recently become a stable activity presented by the Uganda Wildlife Authority on a small scale.

Hiking / Nature Walks

There are six nature trails found in Buhoma for those looking to explore the “impenetrable forest” on guided nature walks. The trails take different directions and expose the visitor to a number of sites including waterfalls, primate encounters, mountain views, tranquil nature and impressive birdlife. Muyanga Waterfall Walk departs from Buhoma along the River Ivi-Nkuringo trail and culminates in the sensational sight of the falls plummeting 33 meters.
Rushura Hill Walk passes through one forest shared by two countries. On a clear day you can view Lakes Edward and George and the Rwenzori Mountains as well as the conical peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes.
Muzubijiro Loop is a 6km walk around a hill, where you will encounter primates and birds and enjoy a view of the Virungas.

The Ivi River Walk is 14km and takes around seven hours. The trail passes a place known as Mukempunu, meaning “a place of pigs” where wild pigs can often be found.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Cycling / Mountain Biking

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Nature plus Village Mountain Bicycles Guided Rides at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest,  enjoy a mountain bike ride within Bwindi to support the local adjacent community and the Ride 4 a Woman organization. get pleasure from the exciting scenery of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest or opt for a bike ride in the village.

The Ride 4 a Woman Organization offers a brand-new activity enjoyed at Buhoma that allows visitor to partake a variety of Bicycle rides within the forest and within the local community. Those people that participate in such activities directly offer support the neighboring community. The mountain bike ride ventures in Bwindi are managed by a woman’s group which offers trained guides, a repair -shop  for these bikes and every participant that helps in this program receives direct reimbursement from visitors to Buhoma enjoying a ride on the bike.

Ride 4 a Woman Forest Trail:  This is a 3 hr guided bicycle-ride within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, with emphasis on birding, or just enjoying this very old forest.

ACCOMMODATIONS BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

WHERE TO STAY

When visiting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and you’re looking for a great recommendation of where to stay/accommodation and there many lodges in the area where one can spend their nights during the visit. Get a whole listing of accommodation places where you can receive the best luxury services.

Accommodation List

  • Bwindi View Bandas
  • Bwindi Guest House
  • Buhoma Community Rest Camp
  • Buhoma Lodge Bwindi
  • Bwindi Jungle View Lodge
  • Chameleon Hill Lodge
  • Cuckooland Tented Lodge
  • Gift of Nature Lodge
  • Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp