In the year 1932, the two blocks of the forest were designated as crown forest reserves. The northern block was selected as the Kayonza crown Forest Reserve and the southern block selected as Kasatora crown Forest reserve. The reserve was reanmed as impenetrable central crown forest. The new area covered an area of about 298 sq kilometres and was under the control of the government of Uganda.in 1964, the reserve was named as an animal sanctuary to protect the mountain gorillas. In 1991, the park along with Mgahinga Gorilla reserve as well as the Rwenzori Mountains Reserve was named a national park and renamed Bwindi impenetrable national park. It also covered an area of 330 sq km. this national park was also avowed in part to give protection to many species especially the mountain gorillas. In 993, the park became so popular and in 1994, it was named the World Heritage List and a 10 sq km area was also done into the park. It’s also managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority.
This national park also lies in south western Uganda on the edge of the rift valley. The park is mist covered hillside and are obscured by one of Uganda’s oldest and most diverse rain forests that dates back over 25,000 years and has got over 400 species of plants. This is half of the world’s population including the habituated groups that are tracked by the tourists. This region also provides shelter to over 120 mammals including many primates like the baboons, and the chimps as well as the antelopes, elephants. There are over 350 bird species including the 23 Albertine Rift endemics. There are also the towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo and these have got luxry lodges, budget campsites, rustic bandas as well as restaurants, the guiding services and the craft stalls.
Bwindi impenetrable National park is located in south western Uganda and covers an area of 331 sq km , its bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo in the western side of the park. It’s located at the edge of the western rift valley in the highest parts of Kigezi highlands
The topography of this national park is very rugged with the narrow valleys that are intersected by the rivers and the steep hills. The park altitudes range from 1,190 to 2,607m above sea level, with 60% of the park having an elevation of over 2,000 metres above sea level.
Bwindi forest has got a tropical climate with the annual mean temperature that ranges from a minimum of 7-15 degrees celicius to maximum of 20 to 27 degrees celicius. The annual rainfall here ranges from, 400 to 1,900 millimetres. The peak rainfall also occurs in March to April and from September to November and the forest also plays an important role in regulating the outside area’s environment and the climate.
This national park is famous due to over 400 mountain gorillas, which is half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas, even though it’s also home to chimpanzees, birds as well as colobus monkeys. This afromontane forest is also home to one of the richest ecosystem in Africa as well as the diversity of species which is an attribute to the park. It has got over 120 species of mammals and 10 of these are primates and more of 45 are small mammal species, 220 butterfly species, 348 bird species, 27 frog species, geckos, chameleons, and many more. With fauna varieties, the park has got 1000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 fern species. This national park became a UNESCO World Heritage site due to its ecological importance and the park has got a large variation of altitude as well as habitat type which supports variety of species of trees, butterflies, reptiles, birds, small mammals as well as the moths.
The tourists can also visit this national park any time throughout the year, even though the conditions in his park are a bit difficult during the rainy season. The available accommodation facilities found in this national park include; Chameleon hill lodge, Gorilla safari lodge, clouds Mountain gorilla lodge, and all these are found in the southern sector , on the side of Ruhija sector, there is Gorilla mist camp and Ruhija Gorilla Lodge, the buhoma sector , we have Gorilla forest camp, Buhoma lodge, Volcanoes Bwindi lodge, Egagi lodge, Gorilla resort , Mahogany as well as Silver back lodge. There are also many budget options including Buhoma community rest camp.
The park is in a remote location and reaching the park involves a long difficult journey. The roads are in bad condition. However, if you are driving to the southern Bwindi , the road from Kampala to Kisoro is all well paved and first class. The only bad section of the road is only 35kms to the forest. Gorilla trekking is the park’s main tourist attraction and tourists are wishing to track gorillas must first obtain a permit to do so. The permits are bought from Uganda Wildlife Authority.
Safari Activities in Bwindi
Mountain Gorilla Tracking is one of the most sought after activity on any African Safari Vacation. It is restricted to the South Western parts of Uganda, specifically the border of Rwanda with Uganda and Congo. To find Mountain gorillas live in groups and keep moving from one place to another, travelers with the help of a ranger guide will follow a gorilla group path and when they do, the moment spent with them is spectacular and memorable. Thus, the definition of “Mountain Gorilla Tracking”.
The Bird watching
Bwindi is the best birding safari tour destination its a sanctuary to over 348 bird species that are impossible or hard to see in any many other part East African regions. Among others, special on its list are; the honey guide, the Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch Short-tailed Warbler, kivi ground thrush, Wilcock’s, Rusty-faced woodland Gruel’s Rush Warbler, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon and Dusky Crimson An enthusioustic bird watcher can be able to identify as many as 100 species daily.
The Nature walks/ hiking
This walk will expose you to Bwindi’s broad biodiversity with varied mammal species which include; primates like Chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s monkey, blue monkey baboon, while the black and white Columbus with its lovely flowing white tail is prominent. The shoddy trail will expose you to an array of butter fly species, species of moths, species of reptiles, tree species, the bamboo forest, flowers and many other attractions.
The Ruhija ridge top route offers visitors the insight of a deep valley containing the undisturbed rain forest as they watch the duikers, primates and both forest and grass land bird species. Visitors can also climb through the bamboo zone to find afromontane vegetation and panoramic views towards Lake Bunyonyi and Mafuga forest.
Clouds Gorilla Lodge
Clouds is the perfect place to stay for gorilla tracking, as well as enjoying a romantic weekend. Just walk out of the lodge gates to the starting point five minutes away. The lodge is spacious and from the patio the views of Parc des Volcans and Virunga mountains in Rwanda and DRC are astounding!. The pretty stone cottages have the suite bathrooms, with their living rooms, and a fireplace between the bedroom and living room, keeping one toasty warm in the chilly mountain air.
Bwindi Jungle Lodge
Offering a garden and barbecue, Bwindi Jungle Lodge is located in Nyakalembe. Lake Muhele is 600m away. Free WiFi is available and free private parking is available on site. Bwindi Jungle Lodge also includes a terrace. Guests can enjoy the on-site restaurant, with packed lunches available on request. Car hire is available at the property and the area is popular for canoeing. Bwindi Jungle Lodge has been welcoming Booking.com guests since 8 Jun 2016.
Lodge: 6 rooms
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge
Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is your best value lodge. It is located at the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park a section of forest that is home to the Nkuringo group of Mountain Gorillas. The camp provides a prime access point to the start of amazing Mountain Gorilla Tracking activity, the most sought after African Safari Vacation.
- Virunga Terrace: Sabinyo, Gahinga, Mikeno,Gahinga,Visoke, Muhavura
Is block with 6 rooms all have en-suite facilities, a front terrace and with the back window overlooking the Virunga volcanoes; this is a great money value.
- Family Cottage: Nteko and Kasahasha
The two in one family cottage, command a great view of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, each of the rooms have fireplace, sitting area, balcony with private entrance to each cottage. The Family cottage can be used for a family and also can be used as two private cottages, each with its own terrace and en-suite facility.
- En-suite Private Cottage: Nyrirangongo, Nyiramuragira, Karisimbi and Virunga
Private hand crafted cottage with terrace and fitted with fireplace; the rooms can be arranged as double or twin occupancy, each cottage is individually designed and powered by solar lighting.
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge which is part of Asyanut Limited, also known as Uganda Tour Guide & Incentives was found in 2007 and started operating fully in 2010. We are hosting many guests and we endeavor to make them feel at home always.
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The location of the lodge is truly a place where nature meets beauty. While sitting on the veranda of the main building, with a cup of hot coco and a magnificent view over the mountains of Bwindi, you forget that you are in Uganda and on Earth.
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge and Uganda Tour Guide & Incentives is here to serve you, to welcome you and to host you.