Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in South Western Uganda. It is Impenetrable because of its dense ground cover of vines and shrubs.  Set over 331 sq. km of improbably steep mountain rainforest, the park is a Home to an estimate of 340 gorillas almost half the world’s surviving mountain gorillas of which they are less than 600 still left in the entire world. The park is one of East Africa’s most famous national parks. You will need to reserve a Gorilla Permit at least 3 months in advance as a requirement for tracking these Uganda Gorillas. Bwindi is one of the richest areas for flora in Eastern Africa. The park contains 120 other species of mammal which include forest elephants, 11 species of primates (including chimpanzees and L’Hoest’s monkeys), antelopes, duikers, bushbucks, African golden cats, and the rare giant forest hog. 

The park is a host of birds not found anywhere else in the world, butterflies, reptiles, trees and insect species. For birdwatchers, it’s one of the most exciting destinations in the country, with over 350 species, including 23 of the 24 endemics to the Albertine Rift and several endangered species, such as the African green broadbill. The main birding spots are along the Buhoma waterfall trail, the Mubwindi swamp trail and in the bamboo zone. Bwindi also harbors eight endemic plants.

Accommodation: Bwindi brings you a comprehensive list of trusted Hotels and Safari Lodges located within the different sections of the park and offering different levels of comfort and pricing. From basic / budget accommodation to mid-range and upmarket/luxury accommodation options, you will find a lot of choices. 

In Buhoma section, there’s Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Budget), Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp – (Luxury), Lake Kitandara Camp – (Luxury), Buhoma Lodge – (Luxury), Silverback Lodge, Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Gorilla Resort, Mahogany springs camp, Bwindi Guest House, Bwindi View Bandas, Eco Marvels Gorilla Resort, Gorilla Friends Lodge and Jungle View Lodge. In the Nkuringo section, there’s Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Nshongi Camp, and Chameleon Hill Lodge. In the Nyundo section, there’s Nyundo Valley Hill Bandas. In Ruhija section offers Cuckoo land Tented Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp, Trekkers Tavern cottages, Gift of Nature Lodge, Ruhija Gorilla Resort, Ruhija Gorilla Friends Resort & Campsite, Ruhija Community Rest Camp and Wagtail Eco-Safari Camp. In Rushaga, there’s Gorilla Safari Lodge and Chameleon Hill Lodge.

In addition to the above hotels, camps and safari lodges in Bwindi, new facilities keep springing up and as such, you can be sure there are always plenty of choices for your accommodation in Bwindi and we are eager to help you find one that fits your exact needs and budget.

Activities in Bwindi impenetrable forest

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Rainfall is the main factor to consider when deciding the best time for gorilla trekking. Heavy rains result in slippery and challenging hiking trails. It can rain at any time of the year, but June to August and December to January have less rain and are therefore considered the best time to go. The park stays open throughout the year.

Best Time for Bird Watching

The birdlife in Bwindi is good year-round, but at its best in March and September. June and July have the least rain while March to mid-May has the most. Heavy rains might result in delays due to impassable roads and slippery hiking trails, which can limit your bird-watching time. The main nesting season is in May and June, with food being abundant from late May through September. Migratory birds are present from November to April.