Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda. It is a renowned for mountain gorilla tracking. Approximately 340 of the surviving world mountain gorilla population are found in this forest. Bwindi forest National Park covers a total land expanse of 331 sq km, and supports an assortment of jumbled vegetation, steep landscape, high slippery valleys, drought ridges and thick forest with under growth vegetation. People on this Uganda safari holiday in this park are recommended to carry warm clothing plus strong hiking boots particularly for the cold temperatures, mainly in June and July and also to enable you move along the slippery paths. The Bwindi Impenetrable forest National Park experiences 2 rain seasons; the long rains are received starting in September up to November while the short rains are received starting in March up to May.
Mountain gorilla tracking is rather tiresome since it may at times requires hiking for long distances along the damp steep slopes of this dense forest. Bwindi has 4 groups of mountain gorilla open for tourism and these include; Nkuringo, Habinyanja, Rushegura and Mubare. Even though tourists are allowed to visit this park all year round, only 8 members are permitted to each each of these gorilla families each day. A 3 day gorilla safari to Bwindi should just serve the purpose, although some would like to combine a trek with lake Bunyonyi or Gorillas and Wildlife on 5 days Safari in Uganda. The time you will spend with the primates is restricted to just one hour and each trekker should have a valid gorilla trekking permit. You will be divided into groups of 8 and then you ranger guide will lead you out in the forest. Also each and every visitor must abide by the gorilla tracking rules plus regulation for the safety of the gorillas and the trackers too. The primary threats to the gorillas are: poaching, habitat loss as well as diseases.
How to reach Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi forest can be accessed from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the northern just 2 to 3 hours drive, from Kampala through Mbarara about 6 to 8 hours drive or from Kabale town to the southern just 1 to 2 hours. These roads then converge at Butogota, just 17 kilometers from the Buhoma entrance-gate. A 4×4 vehicle is needed through the rainy months. A daily bus service leaves Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihiihi.
Travelers can choose to fly from Entebbe or from Kampala at Kajansi airfield to the up to date tarmac airstrip found at Kisoro. Additionally Planes may as well be chartered to the Savannah or the grass Kayonza airstrips.
Bwindi is actually well served by 3 airfields at Kihiihi plus Kayonza for the northern area in addition to Nyakabande found in Kisoro for people going to track mountain gorillas within the southern area (Mishaya, Nshongi plus Nkuringo).