3 Days Gorilla Trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

What is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s unique selling point?

What is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s unique selling point?: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park’s selling point lies in its numerous endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is very significant as it is home to almost half of the population or about 400 critically endangered mountain gorillas. Bwindi is the most important area in Uganda for species due to its exceptional diversity, which includes many Albertine Rift endemics. Bindi Impenetrable Forest is believed to be a mere remnant of a very large forest that once covered much of western Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, and the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The national park has the highest diversity of tree species, with over 200 species, including 10 endemics and 104 fern species, in East Africa. It is also the most important forest in Africa for montane forest butterflies, with 202 species (84% of the country’s total), including eight Albertine endemics. The park is also home to over 347 species of forest birds recorded in the park; surprisingly, 70 out of the 78 montane forest bird species occurring in the Albertine Rift region are found in the forest, and 22 of the 36 are endemic. Importantly, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park hosts numerous globally threatened species, including high-profile mammals such as mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, l’Hoest’s monkey, and African elephant; birds such as African green broadbill, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Turner’s Eremomela, Chapin’s flycatcher, and Shelley’s crimson wing; and butterflies such as African giant swallowtail and cream-banded swallowtail.

Tourism activities to do in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Gorilla trekking is ranked as the most commonly done activity within the park and is the highlight of any safari in Uganda, which also attracts many tourists to visit the park. Bwindi Forest National Park is home to over 400 mountain gorillas that are always available to be trekked. Gorilla trekking always takes about 2–5 hours, depending on where the mountain gorilla species are located. However, tourists are always encouraged to arrive an hour before the trekking at the park’s headquarters, where they always first go through the registration process and later are given short briefings about the rules and regulations that are given short briefings about the rules and regulations that they should follow during the trekking, such as: avoiding eating and drinking while in the presence of the gorillas; avoiding direct eye contact with the species; and keeping a distance of about 7 meters while in the presence of the species, among others. After that, they are then put in different groups with a maximum number of eight people, depending on which guerilla groups they are willing to trek, and each of these groups is accompanied by a park guide whose role is to guide and ensure the safety of both the tourists and the animals. After the gorilla species are located within their natural habitats, tourists are always given about 1 hour to interact with the species, and it is during this period that tourists get to learn about the behaviors and characters of the mountain gorilla species, such as how they eat and feed their young ones.

Bird watching

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a haven paradise for bird lovers. The park’s forest boasts a large variety of colorful bird species. The park is home to over 350 different kinds of colorful birds, making it an excellent destination for bird-watching enthusiasts. The park is blessed with four main sectors that are excellent spots for bird watching tours, such as Nkuringo, Buhoma, Rushaga, and Ruhiji, each of which offers its own unique kinds of bird species. During your guided bird-watching safari in the park, you will have the opportunity to spot a variety of birdlife, such as the African green broadbill and Shelley’s Crimsonwing, which are also found here. Other birds include Green Pigeons, Ross’s Turaco, handsome Francolin, Rwenzori Turaco, Red-Faced Woodland Warbler, the Re-Throated Alethe, the Paradise Flycatcher, the Gigantic Forest Hornbill, the purple-breasted Rockefeller’s Sunbird, Ruwenzori Batis, Stripe-Breasted Tit, Collared Apalis, white-headed wood hoopoe, and blue-headed sunbird, among others.

What is Bwindi Impenetrable National Park unique selling point?
Bird watching

Butterfly viewing

Bwindi impenetrable forest is an incredible home to a variety of beautiful butterfly species, with 200 species in the wild, including eight Albertine Rift endemic species, attracted by the abundant vegetation and favorable habitat. The park is among the destinations in Africa where you can easily see a large array of different colorful butterflies. Butterfly viewing offers an astonishing and remarkable experience, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of these delicate features in the verdant and biodiverse surroundings of the forest. While on a butterfly viewing excursion in the forest, you will have the chance to view different butterflies, such as Papilio Zalmoxis Hewitson, Nireus Felder, Papilio nireus Linnaeus, Papilio nireus pseudo, Graphuim antheus, and Papilio antimachus parva Jackson, among others.

Nature walks and hiking

Nature walks and hiking in the Bwindi impenetrable forest offer a marvelous opportunity to explore the hidden gems of the park’s forest. Nature walks and hiking offer an opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural wonders of the rainforest, education, and appreciation for the diverse ecosystems within this astonishing wilderness. Nature walks and hiking in the park are Nature rare guided tours that offer visitors valuable insights into the ecosystem. During nature walks and hiking tours, you will have the opportunity to meet with stunning features that make the Bwindi Forest their natural habitat, such as the rare mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, and colobus, among other primates; mammal species like forest elephants and buffalos; colorful bird species; and beautiful vegetation.

The Batwa community visited

The Batwa cultural experience will have travelers reliving the lives and practices of the Batwa, the people who lived in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest before they got evicted and became squatters in the communities near the park. During the cultural experience, you will get the opportunity to share and demonstrate how they lived, hunted, cooked, made use of the least expected materials, like sticks to make fire, collected wild honey, and shared their knowledge of the plants that they used for both food and medicine. These fascinating groups of indigenous people highly depended on the forest and, for a long time, coexisted with the animals and plant life. Sad songs and exotic dances will also be shared during the experience.

book a trip