Uganda Safari attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
When many hear of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, what comes into mind is the best gorilla trekking safari destination, however, did you know that there are other safari attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park here? Check out here;
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to almost half of the only remaining gorillas in the world. About 1,004 Mountain gorillas remain existent only trekked and seen on either a Uganda gorilla safari, gorilla safari Rwanda or Congo gorilla trekking safaris. With 4 gorilla trekking sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo, the park is host to 16 gorilla families. Mubare gorilla group was the first to become available for tourism in April 1993.
Mountain Gorilla trekking is the foremost tourist activity that has brought tourists for Mountain Gorilla trekking Uganda safaris as you follow trails to trek a gorilla group and have a close view of the great jungle ape. The activity needs a permit that you book early as you plan your safari to Uganda at US$600 per individual per day.
Mountain gorillas are also open for gorilla habituation which is the process of getting gorillas used to the presence of human beings in that they can behave normally. Mountain gorilla habituation costs USD 1500 and you spend almost the whole day with the gentle giants. This experience is one of a kind in Africa and you wouldn’t love to miss more time with the gorillas on your Uganda gorilla trekking safari.
Wildlife within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Besides the mountain gorillas, wildlife of about 120 mammals including several primate species like our closest look a like – the chimpanzees. This makes it the only park in Africa where Chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist though you cannot trek both of them since the chimpanzees here are not habituated. Others include the Blue monkeys, the African forest elephant, Black and white colobus monkey, L’hoest’s monkey, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, red-tailed monkeys, the giant forest hog, Vervets, more than 45 small mammal species, 51 reptiles and 88 moths making the park an amazing place to visit.
Birds in Bwindi Impenetrable National park
Bird species also add up to about 350 birds such as the hornbills and turacos including 23 Albertine rift endemics such as the Neuman’s Warble, Cinnamon – chested bee-eater, African green pigeon, African harrier hawk, Crowned hornbill, Giant king fisher and blue -headed sun bird. Birding in Bwindi impenetrable forest Uganda doesn’t miss on every passionate birder itinerary while planning a birding safari tour to Uganda, with the 23 out of the 24 Albertine rift endemics that can be seen here.
The national park is also home to 310 butterfly species, 27 frog species, a number of chameleons and geckos.
Floristically there more than 1000 flowering plant species and more than 100 fern species all these within one forest!! just more than you could find in any other forest.
After the trek or birding experience relaxing with the Batwa pygmies who were the original inhabitants of the forest. They take you through their former life as they display hunting and survival skills like lighting fire using sticks.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the best gorilla trekking and birding destination in Uganda therefore make it a must visit destination in Uganda.