About Bwindi Forest National Park


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the few national parks that inhabits the few remaining gorillas in Africa, were you get a chance to trek one of the few habituated gorilla families in the forest. Depending on which region of Bwindi you are holding permits, there are experienced guides and trackers who will accompany you on an early morning trek into the dense rain forest on the mountain slopes. The journey, through the dense foliage and up steep climbs, is abundantly rewarded with the lifetime experience of viewing mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. With Extreme Safaris, you will have an opportunity to be very close to these magnificent apes, sharing in their daily lives and experiencing their day-to-day activities.


Activities to do in Bwindi Forest National Park

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Mountain Gorilla Trekking

The Mountain Gorillas are among Uganda’s top tourist attraction .While trekking these great creatures, the experience and excitement you encounter while with them is really worthwhile. Tracking mountain gorillas in Bwindi Forest can be conducted all year round. Some gorilla trekkers prefer visiting from June to September as well as from December up to February. You can visit Bwindi at any time of the year, the low season calls for cheaper gorilla permit price but generally there is slight difference in the seasons.
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Gorilla Habituation Experience

Besides the popular gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi, the Uganda Wildlife Authority introduced gorilla habituation since January 2014. This activity can only be done in Bwindi Forest! Gorilla habituation experience is not available in the other sections of Virunga Conservation Area including Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda, Volcanoes National Park- Rwanda and Virunga National Park in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

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Batwa Cultural Trail, Experience

The Batwa cultural experience was put in place by the displaced Batwa pygmies to educate their children and to share their amazing heritage and traditions with the world. The Experience takes place outside of the park in an old-growth forest on land that is next to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park. The Batwa experience begins with a nature-walk, hike through the forest seeing the forest in a new way, through the eyes of the original people of the Forest. Learn how they hunted the small animals they used for food, what things they gathered, how traps and nets were used.

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Birding in Bwindi Forest

Bird watching with over 350 species, including 23 Albertine endemic species around the waterfall trail and in the Mubwindi swamp land – from where Bwindi derives her name. Bird watching is well done in the morning during forest walks and in the swampy areas of the park where travellers enjoy the sweet sounds of birds singing up in the trees. Travelers expect to see a variety of birds such as white-tailed blue flycatchers, rusty-faced woodland, dusky crimson, short tailed warbler, white-tailed blue flycatcher, African Emerald cuckoo, blue headed sunbird and Dark caped Bulbul among others. 

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Forest Nature Walks in Bwindi

For the adventurous, this is the perfect way to experience the depth of impenetrable forest. All parts of Bwindi including Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo and Rushaga have forest walks that allow you to see other species of primates, birds, different trees and shrubs and mong others. Most of the trails are punctuated with waterfalls thus making the whole experience magnificent. Other Bwindi safari activities also include community or village walks in villages close to Bwindi. Community visits help you to learn more about the people living close to this forest and how they are benefiting from gorilla tourism indirectly.

A Visit to Lake Bunyonyi

This lava dammed lake is a stunning stretch of water with 29 little islands dispersed throughout, overlooked by the volcanoes. It is one of the safest lakes in Africa for activities such as swimming and canoeing. After gorilla trekking, you can spend an afternoon canoeing or bird watching, here you can see lots of small little birds – ‘a place of many little birds’ from where they name Bunyonyi is derived. It is recommended that visitors pack rain wear, waterproof clothing and appropriate hiking shoes to wear during gorilla trekking missions and forest walks.

By Road

Bwindi forest National Park 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.

By Air

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 forest National Park 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).

Bwindi forest National Park is located in the south-western part of Uganda with approximately 7 h 35 min (463.7 Km) via Masaka Road. from Kampala .The easiest means of transport to Bwindi is by road.

Bwindi Forest National Park Highlights

  • Size: 321km2
  • Altitude: 1,160m – 2,607m above sea level.
  • Bwindi was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994.
  • The Mubare gorilla group was the first to become available for tourism in Uganda in April 1993. Nine groups are now habituated for tourism, and one for research.
  • Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, Bwindi is the source of five major rivers, which flow into Lake Edward.