Gorilla tracking tours in Bwindi impenetrable forest – Popular regions for Gorilla trekking in Uganda.
Gorilla tracking tours in Bwindi impenetrable forest – Visit the Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi impenetrable national park and enjoy the ultimate gorilla experience. We offer tailor made and scheduled Gorilla trekking and wildlife safaris in Uganda and Rwanda at unbeatable prices all inclusive. Alongside your gorilla trek, we combine other interesting activities such as chimpanzee trekking, game viewing, mountain hiking, community tourism, white water rafting and so much more depending on the interest of every traveler. At Great Adventure Safaris we strive to ensure that you enjoy the most memorable Adventure in East Africa.
Bwindi impenetrable national park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and villa
Activities in Bwindi impenetrable national park
- Gorilla tracking
There are 4 locations for tracking gorillas in BINP these are Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. The 4 locations have a total of about 18 families as of December 2018. Tracking permits need to be bought prior to tracking by booking directly with the reservations office at Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Headquarters or through a reputable tour agent. Permits can be paid for up to two years in advance.Read more about gorilla tracking age limit
Only 8 visitors are allowed to view the gorillas for one hour per day, participants must be aged 15 or over. and they will be accompanied by UWA guides while with the Gorillas.
Tracking the gorillas can last from a few hours to a whole day, depending on how far the group has moved since it was observed nesting up the previous evening.
- Birding tours
Bwindi a varied habitat which is Uganda’s oldest forest mean it is the ideal home for a variety of birds, with 350 species recorded, including 23 endemics (90% of all Albertine Rift endemics) such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird as well as seven IUCN red data listed species. Easy to see are the African Emerald Cuckoo, Common Bulbul, African Blue and White-tailed Blue Flycatchers and Red-headed Bluebill.
Rushura Hill Walk passes through one forest shared by two countries. On a clear day you can view Lakes Edward and George and the Rwenzori Mountains as well as the conical peaks of the Virunga Volcanoes.
Muzubijiro Loop is a 6km walk around a hill, where you will encounter primates and birds and enjoy a view of the Virungas.
The Ivi River Walk is 14km and takes around seven hours. The trail passes a place known as Mukempunu – meaning “a place of pigs” – where wild pigs can often be found.
The Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail takes three to four hours, and crosses right through the park, connecting the two villages and offering impressive views of the misty hillsides as you ascend the hills towards Nkuringo. You can leave our luggage with your driver, who will meet you at the other side. This trail can also be completed as part of the Ivi River Walk.
The Habinyanja (Railegh) Trail takes 4-6hrs. After crossing the Munyaga River, it takes in a fairly steep ascent of the Habigorogoro and Riyovi Ridge overlooking Buhoma River. Found along this trail is the legendry “African Corner” named after a rock piece depicting a map of Africa. Following the steep ascent, keen hikers can enkoy a more relaxed gentle slope to the mighty Habinyanja swamp. Birders on this trail should watch out for the Pel’s Fishing Owl, African Black Duck and Black Bee Eaters, among others
- Batwa cultural walks
Batwa cultural experience trial, you get to walk into one of the preserved forest called Nyamugali Pocket Forest, one of the unique forests with different albertine endemics bird species, black and white Columbus monkeys, Duikers and other animals
It is separated by Bwindi Impenetrable Forest by the Buffer zone with a tea plantation which prevents animals in Bwindi from entering in it and prevents animals in it to go to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park but its. This trial gives you the exact experience of the batwa staying in the forest where you are guided by a Mutwa (pigmie) with an english translator guide, in this trial the pygmies will show you different medicinal herbs, Caves, original batwa huts, local fire making, behavior in the forest,wonderful views of the forest, different tree species, Bee keeping, Batwa Artfacts and utensils, nature walks in impenetrable virgin forest and many more
- Waterfall falla walk-munyaga
Muyanga waterfalls are found in Buhoma sector, the Northern gorilla trekking region of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Enthusiastic hikers can take a hike or walk to these magical waterfalls after striking their imaginations with the rare mountain gorillas. The hikes to Muyanga waterfalls take you through the lush rainforest and partially bush track with log bridges at river crossings. It is about 9kms walk but incredibly, it rewards hikers or nature lovers on Uganda safari in Bwindi National Park. Hikers are escorted by professional park ranger guides and hikes start from the Buhoma area through the River Ivi Nkuringo trail. These waterfalls comprise of 3 levels and while here, you will be amazed by the picturesque view as they plummet 33 meters. Hiking to Muyanga waterfalls also rewards hikers with incredible sights at varied primates, birds and unique flora.
When to visit Bwindi impenetrable national park?
The Best time for Gorilla trekking are the months of January, February, June, July, August, September and December. The areas have less rainfall at times with no rain at all. A traveler chose these months as the best for Gorilla trekking even though these months are on a high demand for Gorilla permits. Great Adventure Safaris arranged gorilla tracking tours to Bwindi impenetrable National park in Uganda