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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda. Discover about Gorilla trekking safari Uganda, Location of Bwindi Impenetrable Park in Uganda, attractions to see in Bwindi Impenetrable forest Park Uganda`s Gorilla park on a Uganda Gorilla safari, activities during your Bwindi Gorilla Safari in Uganda, where to stay and why Bwindi is a unique Uganda tour destination
The name Bwindi is a Runyakitara word meaning Impenetrable. It’s called Bwindi because of the massive stand of bamboo scattered amongst the hardwood forest alongside vines and other plant growth. Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park is located in southwestern Uganda, along the border with Democratic republic of Congo (DRC) to the west; and along the edge of the Albertine rift valley. The park has one of the finest eco geographical areas in Africa and is bordered by the Virunga National park in DRC, about 25Km north. The parks boundary is marked with planted trees and concrete pillars along areas where the rivers do not form the boundary. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda was gazetted in 1932 as the Crown Forest Reserve. It had two sections, Kasatora in the south and Kayonzain the north. The two reserves were combined into one in 1942.
The Impenetrable Central Crown Forest stretched on an area of about 298Km². Later in 1966, it was turned into an animal sanctuary in order to protect the mountain gorillas for Gorilla trekking safari Uganda. With time, two other forest reserves were added to the forest, expanding to about 321Km². It was declared a National park in 1991 and was expanded more to 330Km². More land was incorporated to the park in 1994, totaling to about 10Km²; and in the same year, it was inscribed as a World Heritage site by UNESCO. It was put under conservation by the Uganda Wildlife Authority and in 2003, land near the park was purchased by the authority totaling to about 4.2Km²; and incorporated into the park. It is characterized by narrow valleys intersected by rivers and steep hills with the highest elevation at Rwamunyonyi hill which marks the eastern age of the park and its lowest elevation being at the Northern tip boundary. Being a forest with an amazing eco system, numerous tree species; Bwindi has a Tropical climate; with the rainy season running from March to April, and September to November. Annual rainfall ranges between 1,400 to 1,900mm. The dry season occurs during the rest of the year with temperatures ranging from 7 to 27°C.

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Attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The forest has one of the richest eco systems in Africa lying on an elevation that ranges from about 1,160 to 2,607m altitude. The forest is one of the reasons as to why the area was gazetted into a National Park. It is characterized by extensive bamboo stands intercepted by large hardwood trees, ferns and other plant species. Bwindi impenetrable forest is famously known for being home to Half of the World’s Mountain Gorilla population. Recognized by UNESCO as a world Heritage site, Bwindi is an exceptional forest that has one of the most biologically diverse environments that would live your eyes wide open, not believing what is before you. It is characterized with about 163 tree species such as brown Mahogany, Brazzeialongipedicellata and many others; 104 fern species; and 1,000 plant flower species.

Batwa pygmies in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

16 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Wildlife & Mountaineering Safari ToursNicknamed ‘Keepers of the forest’, Batwa people are believed to be the original residents of the forest. For Centuries, the tribe has been present in the forest and has lived in harmony with its creatures. The Batwa pygmies belong to the Bantu ethnic group and are believed to have migrated into the area from central Africa, with reasons of finding suitable forests for settlement and hunting bush meat. When the forest was declared a National Park in 1991 to protect the Mountain gorillas, some Batwa people ended up losing their lives because they couldn’t adopt the ways of life out of the forest, making them endemic to the forest. However, in 2001, an American medical missionary, Dr. Scott, together with Carol Kellerman, purchased land near the forest and established programs that would improve the conditions of the tribe. They set up infrastructure such as schools, hospitals, clinics, water and sanitation to help the tribe survive even outside the forest.
They used to survive on hunting game meat using arrows and nets; and gathering fruits in the rain forest; leaves and roots for medicine, papyrus and thatch for building shelter.

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National ParkMountain Gorillas are said to be descendants of the monkey about 34million years ago. It is believed 9million years ago, primates that were to evolve into gorillas split from the ancestors of the human and chimps. Scientists believe that the species shares 95% DNA with humans. The species was first named as Troglodytes in 1847, but renamed to Gorilla in 1852. In 1967, Colin Groves, a biological anthropologist at the Australian University in Canberra proposed that all Gorillas should be regarded as one species Gorilla and three sub species which include Gorilla gorillagraueri (low land), Gorilla gorilla (western lowland) and Gorilla gorillaberingei (mountain gorillas). After reviewing the species, in 2003, the World Conservation Union divided the species into two; Gorilla gorilla and Gorilla beringei.
Mountain gorillas entirely live on land and move in a quadruped format, using all four limbs to help in movement. During this kind of movement, it uses its Knuckles to support its weight with curved fingers. However, they are also able to move in a bipedally format of using only legs to move, reaching a height of up to 6m. Like all great apes, its arms are longer than the legs. Mountain Gorillas are diurnal, meaning they are only active during day time. Gorillas are always up by 6amwondering about the forest looking for what to feed on. By midday, the species rests, taking cover under trees and canopy like plants to protect itself from sunshine. In the evening, the species resumes wondering about in the forest to look for food before nightfall comes. Generally, Gorillas are heavy eaters, meaning if they were to be humans and you happened to invite them to a party, you would have to cook a lot of food. Gorillas eat according to gender. Males eat up to 34Kg and females 18kg of vegetation per day. The Presence of gorillas in a particular area is determined by the availability of food, if there is abundant food, they will remain in the area and if there is less food, they will move to other areas. Primarily, Mountain Gorillas are herbivores, feeding on leaves, shoot and stems of about 142 plant Species.
Majorly, 85% of its feeds are Stems. However, it also feeds on bark (7%), roots (3%), flowers (2%) and fruit (1.7%). When fresh shoot is available, they move to the area with bamboo forest; and when the shoot is finished, they move to sub alpine regions and feed on soft spots of the giant senecio trees. Gorillas live in social groups that are composed of females, infants and one lead silverback. The lead silverback is usually more than 12 years old and has a role of protecting the group from enemies, and also leading it to areas of feeding. It makes decisions, mediates conflicts and determines movement of the group. The lead silverback is the only one that has the right to make the females conceive. Male infants that grow into adults can either live the group and start up their own or remain in the group and be subordinates of the lead silverback. However, females remain friendly towards each other and associate closely. They are able to conceive from the age of 11yrs, however, their first ovary cycle begins at the age of 6 years of age. The female will seduce the male by making eye contact, a move made to urge the male to mount her. If the male doesn’t respond, she will further reach towards him and slap the ground to get his attention. They have a gestation period of 8 and a-half months. The infants breastfeed at least once every hour and by 5 months, they begin to have less contact with their mothers. By around 12 months, they move about 5m away from their mothers. By 6 years, there is no or there is less contact of the infants with their mothers. At this time, the mothers soon begin to ovulate and become pregnant again. According to scientists and researchers, Gorillas are a highly intelligent species. They can laugh, develop strong family bonds; think about the past and future; and are believed to have spiritual feelings.

Birds in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National ParkBwindi Impenetrable forest is one of the prime bird viewing travel destinations in Uganda with a total of about 385 bird species which fly around the forest and produce beautiful melodies that keep the forest alive.A collective judgment of scientists has it that birds are of dinosaur’s origin. They share features such as hollow pneumatizes bones, nest building and incubation behaviors. Bird species are the reason as to why Airplanes exist. Some scholars assert that birds were created out of extreme engineering, due to their capability to fly using a system of feathers. For years, humans admired how birds flew in the air, being able to view the world below them up in the sky. This forced humans to put their brains at work and start thinking of how to get themselves up in the clouds just like the birds. Men and women did their best to try navigating air by imitating the birds. However, in the 19thcentury, an English baronet; George Cayley made a flying machine with fixed wings in 1799. This marked the begging of airplane evolution. Some of the common birds in Bwindi Impenetrable forest include Mountain greenbul, African harrier hawk, Giant Kingfisher, Green pigeon, Cinnamon chested bee eater, crowned hornbill and others; Rare species such as handsome francolin, Regal sunbird, short tailed warbler and many others.

Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

The park has a sensational range of wildlife species; with about 120 mammal species, 10 of which are primates such as mangabey monkeys, L’hoest monkey, baboons, gorillas, chimpanzees and others.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Safari Activities” tab_id=”1542193375966-9020a56c-8aed”][vc_column_text]

Safari Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Cultural Encounters in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Batwa Trail Experience in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National ParkThe Batwa people belong to the Bantu ethnic group and are also known as ‘Keepers of the Forest’. This is because throughout their life time, they have lived in forests and have highly depended on hunting bush meat with the help of bow and arrows alongside nets. They also gather fruits in the forest to supplement their meals, use leaves and roots as medicine to treat diseases; use papyrus and thatch to build their shelter. They are believed to have migrated from Ituri forest in the Democratic Republic of Congo in search of bush meat.

  • Demonstration of how to make Bambo cups
  • Show casing all the Batwa hunting styles
  • Collecting honey from bee hives
  • Entertainment of the Batwa traditional dancing and Singing by the Ntandi dance group.
  • You will also visit the Batwa Vocational center where you will be taught how to make craft items like traditional mats, baskets and others.

Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has 12 habituated groups, with only one put under research by primatologists. They include Kahungye, Mubare, Rushegura, Busingye, Nkuringo, Habinyanja, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Mishaya, Nshongi, Bweza and Kyaguriro.
The social mountain gorilla groups are scattered in areas of Buhoma which is near the northern boundary of the Park; Ruhija near the Eastern Boundary of the Park; Rushaga near the Southern Boundary of the park; and Nkuringo near the South west boundary of the park.

Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Bwindi is one of the best montane forest bird watching destinations in Uganda and Africa at large; with about 23 endemic species, which are primarily 90% of all Albertine rift valley endemics. They include short tailed Warbler, Blue headed sunbird, Handsome francolin, Regal sunbird and many others. Birds can be spotted flying around and resting in trees along the Buhoma trail, especially in the bamboo zone. Also, you can see plenty of them around the Mubwindi swamp in Ruhija.

Nature Walks/Hiking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

If you think you have heard real nature walks, you should think twice about it, because you have not been at Bwindi. Bwindi Nature walks and Hiking are very exciting and tremendous in a way that you get a real feeling of forest wilderness. Nature walks are meant to relax you and make you aware about the beauty of nature; help you decrease depression or stress; positively affect the mental function and also help you breath Fresh air rather than the usual consumed toxic air you breathe at work and other places. In Bwindi forest, Nature walks can happen on several trails, some of which include:

Ruizi river trail:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National ParkThis trail is recommended for those who would like to view birds, primates, forest; as they walk through the park. It trail is the longest in the park. A hike to the Mubwindi Swamp which takes about 3Hrs. The roundtrip trail takes a whole day.
Rushurra Trail: Expansive view of the Albertine rift valley floor, Lake Edward and Rwenzori Mountains. It lasts for about 3Hrs.
Munyanga River Trail: Sight breathe taker of butterflies, tree ferns, waterfall and orchids. While on the trail, you will encounter locals as they brew local gins in the banana plantations like waragi distilling (made out of sugarcanes) and MwengeBigere (made out of bananas). It’s a short trail which last about an hour.
Muzabajiro trail: View of the Bwindi forest, Virunga Mountain, pre- historic ferns through the forest to the Rukubira Hill. The trail lasts for about 3Hrs.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Uganda Gorilla Safaris” tab_id=”1543382382525-7d42bb0f-8716″][vc_column_text]


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3 Days Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safari Tours

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The 3 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has gorilla trekking as the prime activity and relaxation on Lake Bunyonyi dubbed the lake of a thousand Islands thereafter. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has 400 out of the 880 mountain gorilla numbers that currently live in the world.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

5 Days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari

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The 5 Days Uganda Gorilla and Chimpanzee Safari takes you to Kibale National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The prime safari activities include the gorilla tracking and chimpanzee trekking. Encountering the critically endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitats and the chimpanzees[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

6 Days Uganda Chimpanzee, Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

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The 6 Days Uganda Chimpanzee, Gorilla & Wildlife Safari is one of the interesting safari tours that one can have in Uganda. Customized to the travelers’ interests, the encounter takes you through the memorable chimpanzee trekking in the primate capital of the world, cultural encounters at Rwenzori Art foundation and Ruboni Craft Center[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

8 Days Uganda Gorilla & Wildlife Safari

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The 8 Days Uganda Safari features Uganda’s prime safari destinations of Murchison, Kibale, Queen Elizabeth and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The prime activities include wild game viewing where you explore the Big five including Rhinos on Ziwa Sanctuary, elephants, leopards, lions and Buffaloes in Murchison Falls.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

10 Days Uganda Gorilla, Wildlife and Adventure Safari

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The 10 Days Uganda Gorilla, Wildlife and Adventure Safari is among our newly introduced packages that feature novelty products on the market. The Safari commences and ends in Kampala featuring cycling in the tea estates of Mpanga, the heritage tours in Amabere caves, adventure hike to the Fort Portal crater lake field and the Rwenzori[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

12 Days Upper Nile Adventure-Uganda Safari Tours

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The 12 Days Upper Nile Adventure is an impressive safari package that features the northern section of Uganda and do not involve gorilla trekking and the entire south west destinations. The safari involves white water rafting in Jinja, the Mount Elgon hiking, Sipi falls tour, the remarkable wild game viewing in Kidepo Valley National Park[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

13 Days Thrilling Adventure-Uganda Safaris Tours

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The 13 Days Thrilling Adventure across the Albertine rift features a range of beautiful destination that fall within in the famous Albertine rift valley. The safari involves wild game viewing in Murchison Falls National Park where the Big five of land animals can be encounteeed including elephant, lions, Buffalos, leopards and Rhinos in the neighboring Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

14 Days Pearls of Western Uganda

The 14 Days Pearls of Western Uganda in a Fort Night is an impressive medium safari package that is suitable for a fortnight holiday. The Safari features a perfect blend of culture, adventure, wildlife viewing, primate tracking and recreation. The Safari takes you to Lake Mburo National Park where counts of Rothschild giraffes, Impala, Burchell’s Zebra, Topis[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

15 Days Nile Basin Adventure-Uganda Safari Tours

The 15 Days Nile Basin Adventure allows you to explore the wonders of the River Nile Basin. Starting from and ending in Entebbe, the 15 Days Nile Basin Adventure takes you to Jinja the source of the world’s longest Nile River for a memorable white water rafting, wild game viewing in Kidepo Valley, Murchison Falls.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

16 Days in the Equator Snow-Uganda Safari Tours

The 16 Days in the Equator Snow is long Uganda safari package that features the areas along the Equator in detail. The safari starts and ends in Entebbe and takes you to Jinja for white water rafting and the source of River Nile tour, Fort Portal Area with its impressive crater field and the Amabere caves[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

18 Days Uganda Comprehensive Safarii

The 18 Days Uganda Comprehensive Safari features a range of destinations covering ¾ of Uganda. The safari starts and end in Entebbe and it has a blend of culture, wildlife viewing, primate tracking including gorillas and chimpanzees, adventure and recreation.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

20 Days Uganda Grand Safari Tour

The 20 Days Uganda Grand Safari Tour is a complete Uganda safari package that allows you to explore Uganda from East to west bringing out all the unique features in detail. The safari features Kidepo Valley National Park including the hike to indigenous Karimojong on the Morungole Mountains[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Bwindi Gorilla Facts” tab_id=”1542193751535-04954b78-8f7d”][vc_column_text]

Gorilla facts

    • The mountain gorilla’s fur is thicker and longer than other gorilla species which enables them to live in cold environments.
  • They are have a huge mass with thick broad chest and sholders.
  • Older males have a crown muscle and hair that makes the head look longer
  • The arms are longer than the legs
  • Adult males have a gray or silver coloured hair on their backs hence named Silverbacks
  • Males reach about 6ft 3inches height and weight of around 220kg
  • They feed on bark, roots, flowers, fruit; and mainly leaves, shoots and stems (85%).
  • Males eat up to 34Kg and females 18Kg of vegetation per day.
  • A male begins mating between the age of 12 and 15yrs when he is incharge of a group. Females will give birth from the age of around 10yrs and will have off springs every 3 to 4yrs. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas. There is about a minimum of 800 gorillas in the world. Over the years, the population of gorillas in the park has been tending to grow.

Tracking Requirements in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

  • A gorilla tracking permit is required in order to track the endangered species.
  • Anyone over 15 years of age can apply for a Gorilla permit
  • A pair of gloves, head gear, long stockings to protect from insect bites.
  • A pair of long sleeved shirt or t-shirt, trouser and hiking shoes to protect from thorns and nettles.
  • A water proof rain jacket, which shields you in case it rains while you are tracking.
  • Drinking water of a minimum of a liter and a snack for refreshment

PRO’s and CON’s of Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

  • A tracker is required to keep a distance of 27ft from the Gorillas. This is to ensure human safety and also minimize the possibility of transmission of human disease to the Gorillas.
  • Drinking and smoking near the gorillas is forbidden.
  • Photographs are allowed, but without the use of the flash light
  • Rapid movements are not allowed as they may frighten the gorillas.

Gorilla Permits:

Permit Rate US$600 (include park entrance, guide fee and community development)
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  1. Mountain Gorillas
  2. Wildlife in Bwindi
  3. Birds
  4. Bwindi Impenetrable forest
  5. Batwa Pygmies
  6. Flora and Fauna

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  1. Cultural Encounters in Bwindi
  2. Batwa Pygmies
  3. Mountain Gorilla Trekking
  4. Birding Activity
  5. Nature Walks in the park
  6. Game drives and game viewing

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  1. Buhoma Safari Lodge
  2. Gorilla Valley Lodge
  3. Nshongi Rest Camp
  4. Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge
  5. Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
  6. Chameleon Hill Lodge

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has 12 habituated groups, with only one put under research by primatologists. They include Kahungye, Mubare, Rushegura, Busingye, Nkuringo, Habinyanja, Oruzogo, Bitukura, Mishaya, Nshongi, Bweza and Kyaguriro.

The social mountain gorilla groups are scattered in areas of Buhoma which is near the northern boundary of the Park; Ruhija near the Eastern Boundary of the Park; Rushaga near the Southern Boundary of the park; and Nkuringo near the South west boundary of the park.

In Rushaga

Nshongi (6memebers 1silverback)

It was the largest group habituated in the park. It was named after river Nshongi which is near where they were first seen in 2009. Nshongi is derived from a Runyankole word, OmushongiGwoboki which literally means Honey. Initially, the group had 25members, 2 silverbacks inclusive. However, it split in 2011 forming Mishaya and Bweza. The dominant silverback is Nshongi

Bweza (11members 1silverback)

The members were once part of the Nshongi group. In 2010 July, Silverback Bweza left the Nshongi group to start his own. He left with 6 other members to form the Bweza group. The group was open for tracking in 2012.

Mishaya (12members 1silverback)

The group was once part of the Nshongi group, in 2011 april, it departed with Nshongi with the influence of the lead silverback Mishaya. He however acquired several injuries during the fights that forced him to start up his own groups. The injuries were treated by veterans from the Mount Gorilla veterinary Project.

Kahungye (13members 3silverbacks)

The dominant silverback is Rwigi followed by 2 old gorillas Rumansi and Ruhamuka. The group once consisted of 27 members before some members split to form the Busingye group. It was open for tracking in 2011.

Busingye (9members 1silverback)

The group was formed after breaking away from Kahungye group. The formation of busingye was influenced by the dominant silverback Busingye. Busingye means peace. He is known for legendary fights with other gorilla silverbacks and grabbing female from other groups to join his.

In Ruhija

Bitukura (14members 4silverbacks)

The group is named after the river where it was first sighted. Its habituation started in July 2007 and after 15months it was visited by tourists. The dominant silverback is Ndahura who is the second Youngest amongst the adult silverbacks. The dominat female is Ruhara.

Oruzongo (23members 2silverbacks)

Led by a silverback Tibirikwata, the group become open to visitors in 2011. The dominant female is Ntamurungi.

Kyaguriro (19members 2silverbacks)

This group has been closely watched by researchers, primatologists learning closely much about Mountain gorillas social lives, behaviors and many other things, so as to understand one of Human beings closest relative, the Mountain Gorillas. The group is led by a silverback Rukina.

In Buhoma

Rushegura (19 members 1 silverback)

The group Started with 12 individuals in 2002, of which 5 were females. The name is derived from a Rukiiga word ‘ebishegura’, a dominat tree species found where the group lives. The group is led by Mwirima, a dominant silverback

Habinyanja (17 members 1 silverback)

The name is derived from a Bantu word ‘Nyanja’ meaning Lake. It’s named after the swamp where the group was first sighted in 1999. The dominant female is known as Kisho.

Mubare (12members 1 silverback)

This is the oldest group in Uganda. It was found in Mubare hills hence the name Mubare; and was habituated in 1993. It’s led by the dominant silverback, Ruhondeza. It once had 18 members, but the reduction of the group number was caused by death of some members due to territorial fights, and others migrating to other groups.

In Nkuringo

Nkuringo (19members 2silverbacks)

Nkuringo means round hill in Rukiga. The group is named after the hill where it was first sighted. The group used to feed on the community’s plantation that included bananas. Tourist visits were then open where the community would directly benefit. The group was once led by a dominant silverback Nkuringo who died in April 2008. He had two sons, Safari and Rafiki. Safari became his father’s successor becoming the dominant silverback. The group received twins from mother Kwitonda, Katungi and Muhozi. Katungi however died at the age of 1 and a half years’ duetoilleness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_tta_section][vc_tta_section title=”Where to Stay” tab_id=”1542193373280-2207e43f-c165″][vc_column_text]

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Upscale/Luxury Lodges and Hotels in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Buhoma Lodge

ROOMBed &BreakfastHalf BoardFull Board
Extra bed304555

It’s an up market lodge found near the northern boundary of the park at Buhoma village, inside the park. It has facilities such as a fully stocked bar, dining area, Wireless internet and 10 double chalet cottages with en-suit rooms and private verandah.

Midrange/Standard Lodges and hotels in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Gorilla Valley Lodge

It consists of 12 en-suite rooms each with a private terrace. The bathrooms have solar water heaters.


Budget hotels/Lodges in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Nshongi Camp

The camp is situated at the tip of the southern boundary of the park in Rushaga. It has 4 double bandas and ground for camping.

Full BoardBed&BreakfastBedCampingCamp&BreakfastCamp&FullBoard

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How to Get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda

By road

Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara – Kanungu 404Km 6Hrs 30Min
The distance from Kampala to Masaka is 131Km and lasts for approximately 2Hrs.
Masaka to Mbarara (also known as the land of Milk because of high number of cattle in the area); the distance is approximately 138Km and lasts for about 1Hr 50min.
Mbarara to Kanungu: Drive distance is about 138Km and time is about 2Hr 30Min.

By air

A chattered flight from Entebbe to Kihihi airstrip in Kanungu district 1Hr


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Kidepo Valley National Park

Located in the far northeast of Uganda, Kidepo valley National park is one of the hardest parks to visit, but one of the most spectacular prime game viewing destination in Uganda where one gets a real feeling of the wilderness.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Mgahinga National Park

Mgahinga is the Smallest National park in Uganda, covering a total area of about 33.7Km² and lies on an elevation ranging from about 2,227 to 4,127m altitude. However much it is the smallest national park in Uganda, Mgahinga is one[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Lake Mburo National Park

Lake Mburo National park is situated in the Ankole Sub-region in Mbarara district. The park lies about 238km Southwest of Kampala capital and covers a total area of about 370Km.It derives its name from the most distinct feature[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Mt. Elgon National Park

About 228Km (3Hrs 30min), North east of Kampala capital, lies Mt.Elgon National park. The park is situated in the Eastern region of Uganda and spreads along the border with Kenya. It covers a total area of about 1,279Km, stretching from Uganda to Kenya.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Mt.Rwenzori National Park

At an elevation of 5,109m above sea level, stands out Mt.Rwenzori National Park. The Park is located in Western Uganda along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, in Kasese district. The park lies on the east side of the Western Albertine rift valley[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Queen Elizabeth National Park

Named after the Queen of England, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the National park is found southwest of Uganda. It covers a total area of about 1,978Km²; stretching in districts of Kasese (17%), Bushenyi (50%), Rukungiri and Kamwenge (33%).[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Semuliki National Park

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Situated in the western region of Uganda, along the border with Democratic Republic of Congo, in Bundibugyo district, Bwamba County; Semuliki National Park is one of the newest and smallest park in Uganda.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary

Ziwa Rhino sanctuary is located in Nakasongola District, about 115Km² north of Kampala capital in Nakitoma Village. It lies near the River Kafu basin and it is strictly a Rhino conservation area. The sanctuary is managed[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/3″][vc_column_text]

Kampala City

Kampala is the capital city and largest urban center of Uganda. The city is the administrative center of the central region and is wholly en-circled by Wakiso district. It lies on a total area of about 200Km²[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_tta_section][/vc_tta_tabs][vc_column_text][captainform id=”1262443″]