Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda

A magnificent verdant swathe across, the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest-one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age-is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Looking profound into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer-but we should not let it distract from Bwindi’s broader biodiversity, a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1, 160 to 2,607m.    The national park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black- and –white colobus, with its exquisite flowing white trail, is prominent. The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, wit 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics present.

Temperatures in bwindi national park range between 70ºC-200ºC with the coldest month being June and July. Warm clothing are required plus wet weather gear as this place receives up to 2390mm of rain/year. The altitude here stands between 1,160 to 2,607m.

With effort to ease the problem of getting gorilla permits, Uganda Wildlife Authority has opened different other new gorilla groups which can be visited as choice of groups, these include: Mubare group (‘M’ group) opened in 1993 and consists of 6 members with one sliverback, Habinyanja group (‘H’ group) opened in 1998 and is composed of 18 individuals with 2 silverbacks, Rushegura group (‘R’ group) opened in 2002 and composed of 19, Nkuringo group (‘N’ group) opened in 2004 and is composed of 19 members and one silverback, Nshongi group, opened in September 2009 and composed of 36 individuals with 3 silverbacks, Bitukura group (‘B’ group) opened in December 2008 and is composed of 13 individual, Kyaguriro group (‘K’ group) composed of 17 members, There are other more groups that have recently been habituated: In the North ther is Oruzogo group and far south there is; Mishaya Group, Kyaguriro group which is Between the Northern and southern Sector and lastly Kahungye Gorilla Group.

Park Size: 321 sq Km; Location: Southwest the closest large town is Kabale.

Getting there and away: Bwindi can be reached from QENP in the north (2-3 hours), from kabala to the south (1-2 hours), or from Kampala via Mbarara (6-8 hours). The roads meet at Butogota, 17 km from the Buhoma entrance gate.

Activities: Gorilla tracking is the main attraction in the Low Season a gorilla permit  and in the High Season; a gorilla tour can only be taken if you have permits and since Gorilla permits are on a very high demand, clients are advised to book at least 3 months in advance so that, we can easily get a gorilla permit for you.

Low Season Rates: April, May and November

Gorilla permits

$450 per permit for Non Foreign Residents
$400 per permit for Foreign Residents
UGX 150,000 per permit for East African Citizens

Chimpanzee permits

$100 per permit for Non Foreign Residents
$100 per permit for Foreign Residents
UGX 100,000 per permit for East African Citizens

 

Visiting Time: Any time, though conditions are more challenging during the rainy season (April- May and September- November)

Accommodation: Several tented camps, and lodges, community-run budget rooms and camping is available near the Buhoma entrance gate and others in the southern part of Bwindi forest. Click below to contact us for more advice about visiting Bwindi.