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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) is located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda and it is largely a tropical rain-forest protected area. It takes its name from the vast montane Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, expanding to cover over 331sq.km of land. It is one of the 10 beautiful Uganda safari parks but most popular for mountain gorilla trekking safaris.

The establishment of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1991 was primarily to protect mountain gorillas. Today, these endangered species account for only 1063 individuals on earth and thrive only in Uganda, Rwanda and DRC. BINP alone protects over 459 of these rare apes with all 20 habituated gorilla families confined in its montane habitats. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also a designated UNESCO Heritage Site since 1994. This protected area ranges between elevations 1190 and 2607 meters the highest side of Kigezi highlands.

Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP)

BINP is a biologically diverse protected area with a dense rain-forest that dates back 25000 years. It shelters over 459 mountain gorillas, about half of all 1063 which still live on earth today. They are among the 120 mammal species confined in this conservancy area. Additionally, there are also lots of baboons, chimpanzees, antelopes, forest elephants, L’Hoest monkeys, and others.

Birds of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP)

Over 360 bird species are inhabited in BINP diverse habitats making it a birder’s paradise. These include 24 Albertine endemic bird species. The check-list of interesting birds in Bwindi include the regal sunbird, strange weavers, handsome francolin, Chapin’s flycatchers, African wood owl, Kivu ground thrush, dusky twin spot, montane oriole, tit Hylia, Rwenzori batis, western green tinker bird, dwarf honeyguide, Shelley’s greenbul, grey Cuckoo-shrike, short-tailed warblers, African broadbill, blue-tailed flycatchers, African emerald cuckoo, red-headed blue bill, blue-headed sunbird.

Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP)

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) is an exceptional gorilla trekking destination. The park features 4 gorilla regions; Buhoma, Nkuringo, Ruhijja, and Rushaga. These 4 gorilla trekking areas protect the 20 habituated gorilla groups and each is trekked by 8 visitors after briefing early in the morning. Gorilla permits are available at $700 and obtainable through a ground tour operator or Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

BINP is comprised of various birding trails, each offering astonishing sights to the park’s amazing birds and they include Buhoma Waterfall trail, Mubwindi, and Bamboo zone. The birds to sight in BINP include among others common bulbul, red-headed blue bill, African emerald cuckoo, regal sunbird, strange weavers, handsome francolin, Chapin’s flycatchers, African wood owl, Kivu ground thrush, dusky twin spot, montane oriole, tit Hylia, Rwenzori batis, western green tinker bird, dwarf honeyguide, Shelley’s greenbul.

Gorilla habituation experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

BINP is the only park where mountain gorilla habituation is done. This is an extra-ordinary gorilla adventure carried out mainly by researchers, scientists. It offers tourists 4 complete hours to have a face-to-face encounter with mountain gorillas, unlike the actual gorilla trek where visitors enjoy only one hour. Gorilla habituation permits exist at $1500 and you have a chance to explore the Kutu gorilla group in the Rushaga region.

Mountain biking Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mountain bike rides are provided by Ride 4 a Woman, a community support initiative providing mountain bike rentals and guided biking tours in and around BINP. This exciting experience is offered in the Buhoma sector of Bwindi, the Northern area.

Batwa Forest Experience/Batwa encounter in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest initially inhabited the Batwa pygmies for over 500000 years. They lived as hunters and gatherers but evicted to allow gorilla conservation. They are popular as forest keepers and interesting to interact with while on Batwa forest experience/Batwa encounter.

Buhoma village walk in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

A visit to Bwindi also allows you to embark on 3 hours Buhoma village walk. This is undertaken with an experienced guide taking you along the Buhoma sector on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Interact with locals, explore different ways of making handcrafts and how most local products are made, food preparation, or even visit a school and a lot more.

Nature walk in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is an interesting place worth visiting especially if you are interested in guided nature walks. It has a wide range of trails taking visitors on a thrilling nature walk/hiking experience. You go on a day or long hike starting from Buhoma to the North to Southern sectors of Bwindi-Rushaga or Nkuringo as you get exposed to wildlife, flora, birds.

Best time to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP)

BINP is open to tourists at any time of the year. But the dry season is by far the best time with long dry months experienced from June to September and short dry months starting from December to February. These are ideal especially if you are interested in trekking mountain gorillas. Also, there is a possibility to visit Bwindi during the wet months of the years with the longest rainy months recorded from March to May and a short one from October to November.

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

From budget, mid-range to luxury, visitors have many places to spend a night while on Uganda safari in Bwindi. They include Broadbill Forest Camp, Buhoma Community Bandas, Nshongi Camp, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Gorilla Friends Resort, Bwindi Backpackers Lodge (Budget), Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Bakiga Lodge, Haven Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge (Mid-range), Buhoma Lodge, Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Mahogany Springs Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge (Luxury).

Getting to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP)

BINP is accessible by road or by air. By road; you can spend 8-9 hours driving to get to Bwindi from Kampala via Masaka to Kabale. From Kigali, drive through Katuna or Chanika border for 3-4 hours or take a flight from Entebbe Airport/Kajjansi airfield to Kisoro/Kihihi airfield.

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