Size: 321 km2
Altitude: 1,160m- 2,607m above sea level
Bwindi was gazetted as a National Park in 1991 and declared UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994.The Mubare Gorilla group was the first to become available for tourism in Uganda in April 1993. Nine groups are now habituated for tourism and one for research.
Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, Bwindi is the source of five major rivers which flow into Lake Edward.
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 rainforests, 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 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes, 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, countryside bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services. You have the opportunity to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.
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It costs USD 600 per day per person for a gorilla permit. You can get the gorilla tracking permits in Kampala (the capital of Uganda) at the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) headquarters. It is possible to make an international booking for permits using email direct with UWA but they do not accept credit cards so it gets a bit complicated. Permit bookings must be made and fully paid a month in advance.
Have an early morning breakfast at Mission Guest house and embark on your thrilling journey to the western part of Uganda – Kabale district.
Stopover in Mbarara for Lunch at Igongo cultural Center and proceed to Kabale.
Check in at your accommodation, Buhoma Community Haven or Gorilla Safari Lodge, freshen up and have dinner.
After an early breakfast and a brief from your guides, step into the thrilling impenetrable forest and as you trek, you will find a number of mammals like the endangered mountain gorilla, the golden monkey, buffalo, elephant, bushbuck, leopard, and the forest hog among others. This national park is blessed with a number of species that will make your experience worthwhile. Gorilla trekking has no specific timing as it is solely dependent on the movement of the gorillas and the terrain.
Head back to your accommodation, freshen up and have dinner and camp fire if you chose to.
Have breakfast and thereafter head back to Entebbe. You will arrive in the evening, have dinner and overnight at Mission Guest House.