Bwindi Forest National Park: (Budget) Gorilla Trekking Safaris 2023
Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the South West of Uganda offering Budget Gorilla trekking Safaris. Bwindi Forest National Park is your ideal safari destination to go trekking the giant Mountain Gorillas in their natural forest vegetation habitat in Uganda.
Along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift, the Park covers an area of 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) of jungle forests, montane and lowland forest. The Park inhabits 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos.
There are also more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns, Columbus monkeys, chimpanzees and birds like the hornbills and Turaco.
Geography and Climate of Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park is situated in the elevated regions of the Kigezi Highlands that were formed due to up warping of the Western Rift Valley. The Park comprises of adjoined Rivers, Steep Hills at an altitude of 1,190 to 2,607 metres (3,900 to 8,553 ft) with Rwamunyonyi hill elevating to heights along the eastern boundary of the Park. The forest is the source of many rivers that flow to the north, west, and south and these include; Ivi, Munyaga, Ihihizo, Ishasha, and Ntengyere rivers, which flow into Lake Edward
Climate of Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park comprises of a tropical annual Climate that varies from a minimum of 7–15°C to a maximum of 20–27°C. This includes rainfall amounts that range from 1,400 to 1,900 millimeters (55 to 75 in).
Biodiversity of Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park includes both Flora and Fauna Species which include; trees, small mammals, birds, butterflies, reptiles, and moths. The Park has afro-montane forest which is rare to find around East Africa and this comprises of 220 tree species, 100 fern species with Brown Mahogany that is threatened by the fauna found within the park.
How to Get to Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park is located in the South West of Uganda and can be accessed by use of both Road and Ari Transport which are chosen by the travelers going here.
Bwindi Forest National Park can be accessed as you board a 4×4 Vehicle to transfer you to the South West via Masaka- Mbarara Town then to the Kisoro/ Kabale and later to Bwindi Forest National Park.
Bwindi Forest National Park can also be accessed by use of Air Transport as you board a domestic Flight from Entebbe International Airport or the kajjansi Airstrip to fly you to Kihihi Airstrip of the Savannah Airstrip where our driver guide can pick you to transfer you to the preferred sector of Bwindi Forest National Park.
Safari Activities to do at Bwindi Forest National Park
Gorilla trekking is the most popular safari adventure carried out at Bwindi Forest National Park and this gives you an opportunity to trek and watch the rare species of Mountain Gorillas in their natural habitat. The Gorilla Trekking process stats at the park headquarters where you are shortly briefed on the code of conduct around the Mountain Gorillas then later in groups of 8 with a park ranger you enter the forest vegetation to trek the rare species of Mountain Gorillas for 3-5 hours. After a while, you meet then an in an hour stay in their presence taking photos to keep.
Bwindi Forest National Park is perfect for all travelers interested in watching birds as these can be seen along the major trail, Buhoma Waterfall Trail, Bamboo Zone and Mubwindi Swamp Trail in Ruhiija. If you are a birder, visit Bwindi Forest National Park for bird watching during the months of November-April and December to February.
Community/ Cultural Encounters
Bwindi Forest National Park is perfect for all travelers interested in unique Cultural Encounters as they get to know more about the indigenous Batwa local people as they welcome, and take you through their unique adventurous cultural traditions and customs. You engage in each of these unique traditions an adventure you cannot find anywhere else.
Forest Walks and Hiking
Bwindi Forest National Park is perfect for travelers interested in hiking as well as forest walks as the proceed on varying trails with skilled park ranger guides. The Forest Walks and Hiking Trails include; Muyanga waterfall trail,
Rushura Hill walk, Muzubijiro Loop Trail, Buhoma-Nkuringo Trail, Ivi River Walk, Habinyanja Trail/ Railegh trail.
Mountain Biking at Bwindi Forest National Park is also very exceptional as these give you the opportunity to watch various wildlife, bird species, butterflies, primates in the green thick forest vegetation habitat of Bwindi.
Best Time to Visit Bwindi Forest National Park
Bwindi Forest National Park can be visited anytime around the year however the Best Time to Visit the Park is during the months of June and August then again December through to February.