Uganda’s star attraction lives in Bwindi National Park and these are the Gorillas. Bwindi National Park hosts nearly half of the world’s Gorillas, over 400 out of 880 Mountain Gorilla population in the world. Bwindi has over 12 habituated gorilla families/groups open for Uganda gorilla trekking safaris. These Gorilla families are situated in different locations; Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, Nyakagezi, and Rushaga.
The habituated families by designation and location include; Ruhija sector/ region in the East has Oruzogo, Bitukura, and Kyagurilo. Buhoma sector in the north has Mubare Habinyanja and Rushegura. and Rushaga has Nshongi, Bweza, Kahungye, Busingye Mishaya, and Bikyingi. Bushaho is reserved for habituation. Without habituation, there would be no Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris and Tours in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Besides the Gorillas, Bwindi has several primates suitable for Uganda wildlife safaris for instance baboons, chimpanzees, elephants, and antelopes. Other attractions include; 350 species of birds,310 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and also protects over 310 species of mammals.
Activities done in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda
Gorilla Trekking; is the most thrilling and fascinating activity in this park where people trek to find gorillas. During tracking, tourists are led by a ranger to get close to the gorillas and even have a chance to feed them for about one hour. Others include;
Gorilla habituation; in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is another catching activity. Tourists are given chance to stay with the gorilla families as they are being habituated. Presently there are two gorilla families being habituated in Bwindi National Park. During habituation, gorillas get used to human interaction so they don’t run away from visitors are on a Gorilla trekking safari tour Uganda.
Uganda birding safaris in Bwindi; is another prime activity done in the park. Bwindi Forest is one of the leading birding destinations in Uganda. The forest hosts over 350 species of birds and it’s has the biggest number of birds’ endemic to the forest. Therefore, Bwindi is ranked as one of the best birding sites in Uganda.
Nature walks through the forest and the park are done in the park to help visitors view detailed flora and fauna. Some parts of the forest are visited with the help of a trained guide. These nature walks are mostly done by people on Uganda gorilla trekking tours and those on adventure birding safaris Uganda.
Cultural encounters; in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park gives visitors chance to interact with the local community people on their Uganda cultural safari tour. The Batwa are the original inhabitants of this area and they are mainly found in Buhoma because it’s taken to be the oldest village in Bwindi. These Batwa people make local crafts like baskets, they are traditional healers, they organize traditional dances to entertain the travelers and many more.
Best time to safari/ to tour Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda
The best time for your Gorilla Trekking safari in Uganda is throught the year due to the favorable climate in Uganda. However, the most suitable time is during the dry months of June – September and December – February.
Bwindi is always cold in the morning and at night with average temperatures ranging from 7 – 20 degrees Celsius. The coldest months are June – July, while wet seasons are March-May and September-November. The total annual rainfall is about 2390mm. Rainy seasons that happen in March-May are short and heavier in September-November.