Bwindi Forest National Park is one of the oldest and richest eco system in Africa with a diversity of species. The park has been around for over 25000 years ago and has over 120 mammal species including wild primates such as white colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and red tailed, blue monkeys, white colobus monkeys. Baboons and many more the park protects over 350 bird species including 51 reptiles and butterfly species. But the park is known for the famous mountain Gorillas which can be trekked on a planned trip and booking a permit in advance.
The park comprises of 327 sq. km of jungle forest and contains both lowland and montane forest which are only accessible by foot. Bwindi is a local word meaning ‘darkness’, the forest is a tropical rain forest with a chilly morning and in night there is an average temperature ranging from 70c-200 c. Bwindi receives about 2390mm above sea level of rain every year since it’s a rain forest.
The park is also close to the equator making the rain to come unexpectant. It gets cold especially during the night and mornings. It rains in the low seasons of wet months like march-may and September-November but faces long hours of drizzle. One needs warm cloths well in Bwindi and during the Gorilla trek.
Bwindi also experiences dry seasons during the months of June, July and December to February, however the park receives very low rainfall. The drier seasons are the best times and seasons to visit the park for Gorilla trekking.
During the dry season it gets hot during the day with a temperature of 30A0C however the mornings and nights are very cold with a temperature of 9A0C.
The wet seasons, Bwindi experiences the wet seasons which are mild and wet in the months of November, September, march and May.
During these seasons it rains very heavy and also drizzle for the entire day. Although the wet seasons are divided into two the short rains and the long rains of March to may being short and September to November being long.
Gorilla trekking can be done all year round in Bwindi, but during the low seasons of rain it becomes challenging because the trails are slippery and hard to hike.