Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, gorilla trekking in Uganda, when to visit, accommodation, attractions & activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda Gorilla Safaris, Uganda gorilla safari, Uganda gorilla trekking safari, Gorilla Safari Uganda, Uganda Gorilla Tour, Uganda Gorilla Tours. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda has got great counts of butterfly species most of which are restricted in range to the park. The park also has great mammal concentrations. In fact, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has got 400 out of 880 mountain gorillas that are currently thriving in the wild with none thriving in captivity. Amazingly, despite the high agricultural population concentration that surrounds Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, it still has enormous counts of biodiversity. Among these include; 163 species of trees, 104 species of fern alongside other taxa.

Bwindi Forest National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Sixteen (16) species of trees which are among the tree species in Bwindi are restricted in range to the southwest of Uganda including Lavoa swynnertonii that is globally threatened. 214 bird species, 7 diurnal primate species, 129 mammal species, and 202 butterfly species thrive in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has got Nine (9) species that are endangered and threatened globally including; mountain gorilla, L’Hoest’s Monkey, African giant swallowtail, Chaplin’s flycatcher, African broadbill, African elephant, Grauer’s Rush Warbler and cream-banded swallowtail. The species like buffaloes and leopard got extinct because of poaching that took place before conservation drives in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

This Uganda gorilla safari destination of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park was traced nowhere till 1932 when the north and south forest tracts were gazetted as Kasatora and Kayonza Crown Forest Reserves respectively stretching to 20,700ha. The two forest reserves were merged in 1948 and incorporated into the Impenetrable Central Crown Forest Reserve to cover 29,800ha. These two forest reserves were later merged into a central reserve in 1961 expanding the conserved land to 32,080ha. In 1961, the entire –forest was gazetted as an animal sanctuary in a bid to offer additional protection to the critically endangered mountain gorillas.

Eventually, the area was declared a National Park in 1991 along with other national parks of Mgahinga and Rwenzori. The eventual gazetting saw the incorporation of 1000 ha Mbwa tract.

The naming of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park like most of the African areas have got a legendary connotation. It is explained that in the past, people used to migrate from the southern areas of Rwanda, Burundi, and Zaire during the era of population explosion thus in search of vast lands in the northern areas including Uganda. Unfortunately due to the absence of maps and clear routes, one day the migrating family found itself stranded on the shores of the gigantic swamp in the middle of an impenetrable forest. The swamp spirit offered to rescue the family by making the way through for them but at the price of their beloved daughter who was named Nnyinamukari.
The family stood in quandary for close to two nights on the shores of the swamp and they ended up sacrificing their daughter for the way through. After such a tragic incident, the news spread to the communities that were adjacent to the area and the place was labeled as a dark place that consumed the beautiful maiden daughter Nnyinamukari thus the name Umubwindi Bwa Nnyinamukari. The Umubwindi swamp retained the name for years and later formed the name Bwindi during the gazetting of this area as a National Park which later became a great destination for gorilla trekking Uganda safari tours.

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at a Glance

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park at a Glance

Name: Bwindi impenetrable national park

Location: continent- Africa, region- eastern Africa, Country-Uganda, district-Kanungu, direction-south western from Kampala city Uganda’s capital.

Geographical co-ordinates of the park: 01o01’S 290 41’E.

Responsible Governing body: Uganda Wildlife Authority

Size: 331sqkm                                  Year of designation:1991

Elevation of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: highest point is Rwamunyonyi hill 2607m while lowest point is 1190m above sea level

Climate of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: experiences a tropical rainforest climate with 60mm or 2.4in of rainfall received every month, average temperature is (18-20)o C

Attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: primate species including over 400 mountain gorillas, chimpanzees, L’Hoest monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, 350 bird species of which 23 species are endemic to the Albertine rift, 220 butterflies species, 27 species of lizards, geckos and chameleon, 163 tree species and 104 species of fern. There are also the Batwa people or commonly referred to as pygmies living in communities adjacent to the park.

Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: gorilla tracking, gorilla habituation experience, birding, nature walks, community encounters

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: Buhoma Safari Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Silver Buck Safari Lodge, Bwindi Forest Camp, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Gift of Nature Safari Lodge, Nkuringo Safari Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, Broadbill Forest Camp, Conservation Through Public Health Camp

Access to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: can be accessed by both road and air

Travel distance and time to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: 512km or 11-hour drive away from Kampala city Uganda’s capital.

Best time to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: June- August and December- February this is so because these months are in the dry season when all the murram roads are easily navigable in the 4 various sectors of the park. Other people prefer to visit during the wet months.

Where Else Can You Track Mountain Gorillas a Part from Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda

Where Else Can You Track Mountain Gorillas a Part from Bwindi Forest National Park in Uganda

The question of where else one can spot mountain gorillas should not puzzle you anymore for Bwindi Forest National Park Uganda has brought the answer. Apart from Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga Gorilla National Park at the extreme southwestern tip of Uganda is another Uganda gorilla trekking safari destination. With its one habituated Nyakagyezi gorilla family, Mgahinga Gorilla National park conducts organizes gorilla tours at the same rate as Bwindi i.e. $600.
Besides Bwindi and Mgahinga in Uganda, the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is another gorilla trekking haven. Positioned in the northwest of Rwanda, Volcanoes is Rwanda’s section of Virunga massif and has about 10 gorilla families that have been habituated for a gorilla trekking experience. Another destinations for gorilla trekking is Virunga National park and Kahuzi Biega National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo but due to instabilities in the area, little efforts have been put in place to stabilize the smooth running of this safari activity.

Attractions in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

The Bwindi impenetrable national park has various attractions and these include mountain gorillas, other mammals like chimpanzees, monkeys and bush elephants, tree species, butterflies species, bird species, and the Batwa people.

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Mountain gorillas; Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Scientifically termed as Gorilla beringei beringei, mountain gorillas are typically gentle and amazingly shy and calm animals that have thick and long fur and this enables them to live in cooler temperature climatic zones, each gorilla can be identified basing on its nose print which is unique to each individual Read More

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The beautiful scenery; Bwindi is gifted with many hills such as Rwamunyonyi, Kahungye, Mubare, Rushura. All these are blanketed by various tree species which act as habitat for the diverse wildlife which in found in this great eco system. The hills can also act as a view point for the Virunga volcanoes in the far distance, lake Edward and George in queen Elizabeth Read More

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Chimpanzee in Bwindi; These are close relatives of humans with a 99% matching DNA to that of humans, there are two species of chimpanzees, Common chimpanzee species and the Bonobo species, Bwindi impenetrable national park has the common chimpanzee species with an estimated population of 350 chimpanzees Read More

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Black and white colobus monkeys;  These monkeys have a black color with a strip of white color on the side of their body, limbs and around their face and also at their tail ending, these strips are called mantle, these monkeys live in groups of 5-15 members led by a male, their weight ranges between 4-14 kg, they have a body length of up to 75 cm or 30 inches Read More

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Bird species in Bwindi;  Bwindi impenetrable national park habituates about 348 bird species making it one of the biggest birding site in Uganda. The birds found here include the African green Broadbill The African green broadbill has a body length of 13.6-15.6cm and weighs between 29-32.5g. this bird has a short tail and a green broadbill. Read More

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Trees species in Bwindi; Bwindi impenetrable park has many equatorial rain forest trees and these trees can grow to a height of up to 55-75 feet, they form thick canopies, many trees have broad leaves and contain hard wood. Bwindi forest has a thick under growth which makes it hard to access hence its name Bwindi which means impassable or impenetrable.  Read More

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Cultural Encounters; On the hinges of Bwindi impenetrable national park, are two tribes of people and these include the Bakiga and the Batwa. Bakiga people; On the peripherals of this park, are communities of bantu people called the bakiga. According to the 2014 population census, there are 2,390,446 bakiga in western Uganda which represents. Read More

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Best time to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: June- August and December- February this is so because these months are in the dry season when all the murram roads are easily navigable in the 4 various sectors of the park. Other people prefer to visit during the wet months. Read More

Activities in Bwindi impenetrable national park

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Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest Park; Gorilla tracking is done in any of the four sectors of Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. Families in Ruhija include; Orozogo family, Bitukura family and Kyaguliro family. In Buhoma there is Habibanja family, Rushegura family, Mubare family and Katwe family. In Rushaga there is Nshongi family, Bweza family, Kahugye family, Busigye family, Mishaya family and Bikiyingi family. Read More

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Nature walks in Bwindi Forest Park; The park has developed nature trails that can be taken by tourists and each of these can enable a tourist to have a glimpse at many of the bird species, primates, beautiful butterflies and the tree species at your disposal while in the park. These nature trails enable a tourist to indulge almost all his or her sensory organs while in the park because mother nature here keeps giving you more than what you imagined. Read More

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Cultural visits in Bwindi Forest Park; These visits are aimed at creating a thrilling encounter between the tourists and the local communities in order to appreciate the culture and way of life of people living on the peripherals of this park and also develop an understanding of the challenges existing between the locals and the park. Some of the cultural encounters that can be undertaken by tourists include; the Batwa cultural experience. Read More

Accessing Bwindi impenetrable national park

The park can be accessed by both road and air transport

Using road transport, the park can be accessed by this route

Kampala- Kabale – Kanungu- Buhoma park headquarters. This route is about a 534km or 11hour drive. It should be noted that from Kampala- Kabale 414km, the road is fully tarmacked and it’s in a good condition, but from Kabale to Buhoma the road is 108km or 4-5-hour drive on murram. When accessing Buhoma, from Kabale town, you have to drive for 17 km on Kabale Kisoro road then make a right turn in the trading center and this will lead to a floating pontoon where you have to pay 1000ugshs to the Kabale council. Now you will further continue to Kanungu and when you arrive at a round-about here, you turn left following the Bwindi impenetrable national park signage, this now takes you to Kanyantogoro where you still take a left turn at a traffic roundabout in this area, you will need to pass by Ntungamo tea factory then arrive at Butogota village and make a right turn as you follow the signposts of Bwindi impenetrable national park, after this turn in Butogota, you will drive further for 17 km and then finally you will be at the Buhoma park offices.

The other alternative you can use to get to Bwindi is using the ntugamo- rukungiri road while using this route, you will need to turn right 1km after passing Ntungamo town, on the Rukungiri sign post. When you arrive in Rukungiri, look out for the Kanungu signpost and follow it, this will deliver you to Kabale- buhoma road which will finally take you to the park offices in Buhoma. This is the fastest route to the park since the completion of tarmacking of the Ntungamo- Rukungiri section.

One can access Bwindi impenetrable park using public transport means, this involves booking a bus ticket to Kabale or Buhoma from Kisenyi bus terminal, the bus fare from Kampala to Buhoma is 35000ugshs. the bus will depart from Kampala at 0600hrs and arrive in Butogota at 1800hrs. when you arrive at Butogota you will need to hire a private car to drive to Buhoma which is 17 km away.

It’s also worth noting that the park can also be easily accessed from Rwanda with many daily commuter buses from Kigali to Kabale or Kisoro via Cyanika or Katuna border posts. From Kigali to Cyanika border is 205 km and from Cyanika to Kabale is 80 km

Air transport

Flights can be chartered from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airfield to Kabale airstrip in Kabale town or even these flights can land at other airstrips such as Kayonza, Kihihi, and Nyakabande. Some of the flight operator companies to Bwindi Impenetrable park include:

Aerolink. Aerolink has 2 daily flights from Entebbe international airport.  The morning flight departs Entebbe at 07:00hrs and lands at Kihihi airstrip at 08:45hrs while the afternoon flights leave Entebbe at 12:45hrs and lands at Kihihi airstrip at 13:55hrs. The aero link club uses the Caravan aircraft equipment that has a carrying capacity of 11 passengers and 2 flight crew members. Aerolink charges 236$ for a one way to Kihihi.

Fly Uganda. Fly Uganda also has daily flights to Kihihi, these flights depart from Kajjansi airstrip at 08:00hrs at a cost of 290$ one way and a minimum number of 2 passengers.

Other private aircraft carriers to Bwindi national park include- Air Serv- Limited, The Mission Aviation Africa(MAF).

Accommodation/ hotels/ safari lodges in Bwindi impenetrable national park.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park accommodation / hotels in the four regions of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park namely; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo have got a range of accommodation options in different categories of luxury/Upmarket to Midrange/Standard and Budget/Basic that provide overnight stay to Uganda safari undertakers.

Gorilla families in Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This region has 6 gorilla families

Nshongi family.

This is the largest gorilla family with 25 members, this group was named after the river that flows in the area of Rushaga called river Nshongi. Nshongi family comprises of 2 silverbacks and it is led by a silverback named Nshongi and his second in command Kakono. The group has 7 blackbacks namely Bweza, Matama, Busasa, Bwire, Munnywa, Kutu, and Tinfayo, 5 adult females namely Munini, Shida, Bukojo, Nyampundu, and Bwiruka, there are also 5 jujuveniles namely Tindatine, Mahoro, Rurehuka, Mucunguzi and Mureba and finally 6 infants namely Kazani, Katoono, Mukiza, Ninsiima, Bwiruka baby, Rotary.

Bweza family.

This family consists of 9 members. It is led by a silver back called Bweza. This family was previously part of the Nshongi family but due to misunderstandings, Bweza broke away from the Nshongi family to form his own family which is named after him. This family has one silverback, 2 infants

Kahugye family.

This family has 17 members. It is led by a silverback called Rumanzi. This family was named after Kahugye hill in the Rushaga sector where this family was first discovered. This family includes 3 silverbacks 3 blackbacks, 3 female adults, 3juveniles and 2 infants.

Busingye family.

This group is named after a Runyakitara word Busingye which means peace. This family has 9 members led by Busingye.

Mishaya family.

This group has 12 members led by a silverback called Mishaya. It has 2 adult females namely Bakunzi and Mwiza, 2 juveniles namely Rutaro, Mize, 5 infants but only 3 infants have names Mwiza baby 1, Mwiza baby 2 and Bakunzi. the two remaining infants are unknown.

Bikiyingi family.

The Bikiyingi family was discovered in the Bikyingi area in the Rushaga sector hence having its name derived from the area where it was discovered. This family is only open to habituation experience. The Bikiyingi family is led by 1 dominant silver buck called Bikiyingi. Other members in this group include 5 adult females, 2 sub-adults, 2 juveniles and 1 infant.

Gorilla families in Ruhija sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

In this sector, there are 3 gorilla families namely

Kyaguliro family.

This family was initially led by Rukina but he was stuck by lightening to death in 2015. This resulted into a junior and inexperienced silver back Mukiza to take leadership of the group, after a short period of time mukiza was attacked by another silver back called Rukara. This led to the emergency of two families –kyaguliro A&B one led by Mukiza and another led by Rukara. the Mukiza family has 10 members 1 silverback Mukiza, 4 adult females, 4 infants and 1 juvenile. On the other hand, the Rukara family has 1 silver back Rukara, 2 blackbucks, 3 aduilt females 2 juveniles and 2 infants.

Oruzogo family.

This family is named after a plant commonly called “Oruzogoto” has 17 members. It is led by a silverback called Bakwate his name means “an intelligent being and learns quickly”. There are 2 silverbacks in this family, the other silver buck is called Busungu which means “hot tempered”, 3 black bucks one of them is called Kaganga another one is called Bwoba which means “coward” and final blackbuck is called Otaka, 5 adult females, one is called  Birungi which means “pretty”, Nyakiina is another one and she named after the depression on her nose ridge, Kashudwe which also has a mole on her nose, Kakobe is another adult female who was named after resemblance to the baboon called “Nkobe” in local dialect, the final adult female is Mutesi and her name means “calm or relaxed”   , 3 juveniles  which include Karimi named after her act of sticking her tongue out when playing Kashura named after her protruding hairless eyebrow and finally Kiromba and 4 infants which include Kanywani, Katoto, and Buchura which means the ‘youngest”.

Bitukura family.

This is the last family in the Ruhija family, it consists of 13 members. This family is led by a younger silverbuck called Ndahura regardless of his age he is the dominant male in this group. There are 3 other silverbucks in this family namely Karamuzi, Rukumu, and Rukara, 3 adult females namely Betina, Ruhara, and Kamuga, 2 black bucks namely Obia and Mugisha 2 juveniles namely Twakire and Kabandize- this broke off the Kyaguliro family, 2 infants namely Kadogo and Mubwindi.

Buhoma gorilla families

As of august 2018, the Buhoma sector has 4 gorilla families with katwe gorilla family being the latest addition here which was officially declared available for tracking on 20th august 2018. The gorilla families here include

Habinyanja family

This family is named after a local word “Nyanja” which means a lake or water. This family consists of 19 members and it is led by Makara as the dominant silver buck. 2 black bucks namely Maraya, and mizano who was killed by a poacher. 6 adult females namely Binyonko, Nyabuche, Nyamuhango, Rukundo, Kisho and Rugyendo. 2 sub adult males namely Kavuyo and Ruyombo, 3 juveniles namely Malaika, Hamusini, Elisa, 5 infants namely Rugyendo baby infant, Binyonko baby infant, Kisho baby infant, Rukundo baby infant, Nyabuche the new born.

Rushegura family.

The Rushegura family consists of 19 members led by Mwirima a dominant silver buck.  This family is named after a tree species called “Ebishegura” that’s abundant in the area where it was discovered. Other members include 1 black buck called Kabukojo, 5 adult females namely Kyirinvi, Kibande, Buzinza, Nyamunwa, Karungyi, Kalembezi a sub adult male, Ruterana a sub adult female, 5 juveniles namely Nyampazi, Kafuruka, Kibande, Karungyi, Kanywanyi, 5 infants namely Kirinvi, Bunzinza, Nyamunwa, Kibande baby infant and Katabazi.

Mubare family.

The family was named after Mubare hills in Buhoma where this group was first seen in 1998. This family suffered the loss of its first silver buck leader called Ruhondeza and this led to some of its members breaking away from the group leaving it with only 5 members. However, recently the group has grown in numbers to 11 members and it is now under the leadership of a dominant silver buck called Kanyonyi. Other members of this group include 6 adult females, 1 sub-adult and 3 teenagers.

Katwe family.

This is the most recent gorilla family that has taken shape in the buhoma sector. This family is comprised of 10 members which include 1 dominant silverback called katwe, 3 black bucks, 4 adult females and 2 infants. The member composition of this is really still taking shape as some members keep joining and leaving the group.

Gorilla families in Nkuringo sector of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

 

As of 2018, this sector has 3 gorilla families

Nkuringo family.

This family has 19 members and it is named after the sector in which it is found Nkuringo. The Nkuringo family is led by a dominant silver buck called Safari. Other members in this family include 3 other silver bucks namely Rafiki, Bahati, and Kirungi, 4 adult females namely mama Christmas, kwitonda, Samehe and Kasotora, 3 black bucks namely Karibu, Posho and Christmas, 3 juveniles namely Kwesima, Magara, Kuhirwa, 5 infants namely Rwamutwe , Muhozi Tabu, Furaha and Kiiza.

Bushaho family.

This family has 8 members. This was also named after the area it was first met. The Bushaho family is considered a breakaway group from the Nkuringo family. The family is led by Bahati a dominant silver buck. Other members of the family include 1 black buck, 3 adult females, 1 sub-adult, 1 juvenile, and 2 infants.

Christmas family.

This is the newest family in the park. It is led by a dominant silver buck called Christmas as he was born on Christmas. The Christmas family has 9 members and is expected to grow as it lives on. Currently, 6 out of 9 members are usually seen and these include 1 silverback Christmas, 1 black buck, 3 adult females and 1 infant.

UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING INFORMATION

UGANDA GORILLA TREKKING INFORMATION

Uganda Gorilla Trekking Information, Uganda Gorilla Trekking Safaris, Uganda Gorilla Safaris, Uganda Gorilla Safari, Uganda Gorilla Tour, Uganda Safaris Tours, Gorilla Trekking Permit, Rules for Gorilla Trekking in Uganda, Mountain gorilla families in Bwindi Impenetrable and Mgahinga Gorilla National Parks. The total number of the world endangered species of mountain gorillas has increased to 1004, this comes after a pain sticking work of undertaking a gorilla census in the Virunga massif indicated that the gorilla numbers in this region had reached a tally of 680 individuals. As of now the official gorilla count of these majestic creatures in the Bwindi sector remains at 400 individuals but all this is about to change as we patiently wait for new gorilla census results for the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park gorillas that has just been concluded. The critically endangered Apes live only in two locations, Bwindi Impenetrable and the Virunga Massif area, which covers the parts of Democratic Republic of the Congo in the Virunga National Park, Uganda in Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

WHAT ARE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS?

WHAT ARE MOUNTAIN GORILLAS?

Scientifically termed as Gorilla beringei beringei, mountain gorillas are typically gentle and amazingly shy and calm animals that have thick and long fur and this enables them to live in cooler temperature climatic zones, each gorilla can be identified basing on its nose print which is unique to each individual, adult males can weigh as much as 195 kg with a standing height of 168cm or 66 inches while their female counterpartcan weigh 100kg with a height of 140 cm or 55inches. Mountain gorillas are diurnal animals as they are very active in the early morning and evening hours which they use for foraging or eating, they maintain an herbivorous diet which consists of leaves, fruits, tree branches and bamboo shoots. these gentle mountain giants are Bwindi impenetrable national park’s tourism signature symbol and as well as Uganda’s. This park serves as a habitat to about 400 of these mountain giants and this number constitutes about half of the world’s mountain gorilla population.

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS IN NUMBERS

MOUNTAIN GORILLAS IN NUMBERS

A total of 400 mountain gorillas have been confirmed to be living in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and many mountain gorilla groups have been habituated for tourism and Research purposes. Currently, Mountain Gorilla Trekking within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and Mgahinga is a highlight of all visits done in Uganda and mountain gorillas are the unique tourism product attracting many travellers from different parts of the world to undertake safaris to Uganda.  On the other hand, Uganda is recognized as a very safe and more so secure country in which tourists from all over the world can see these Gorillas in serene surroundings. Find information about gorilla trekking, how to acquire a permit, as well as other relevant information on how gorilla trekking is done is very important to any traveller planning to have an encounter with the mountain gorillas in Africa.

HOW DO MOUNTAIN GORILLAS FEED?

HOW DO MOUNTAIN GORILLAS FEED?

Typically, the daily meal of Mountain Gorillas mainly consists of large quantities of flowers, leaves, fruit, and bamboo roots, shoots vines, shrub. The Adults can consume up to 75 pounds each day and due to the fact that gorillas receive a large quantity of water from its diet, they rarely take water.

WHEN ARE GORILLAS ACTIVE?

WHEN ARE GORILLAS ACTIVE?

Mountain gorillas are diurnal primates hence their normal day starts at 6:00 am local time up to 6:00pm with a snooze around lunch time. Uganda receives Light just past 6:00am and darkness falls around 7:00pm.

Most of the times mountain gorilla spend an estimated 30% of the day while looking for food and 30% traveling and 40% resting. Mountain gorillas move every day to different locations looking for food and where they make nests using twigs plus leaves and spend their night.

Reproduction among mountain gorillas

Reproduction among mountain gorillas

There is no specific mating season while babies are born through the year. The Males begin breeding at around 15 years while the females start giving birth between 10 and 12 years. Females can give birth after every 2 to 3 years giving birth to 4 – 6 offspring through their lifetime.

Males leave their group at about 11 years of age, while a little over half of the females will leave their group.

Mountain gorillas communicate through sounds like roars, grunts and shouts, and 25 sounds currently have been documented by researchers

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TRACK GORILLAS IN UGANDA?

WHAT IS THE BEST TIME TO TRACK GORILLAS IN UGANDA?

In order to experience the thrill of tracking these adorable giant but shy mountain gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park Uganda or Mgahinga Gorilla National Park Uganda, visit during the dry season months June- October and January – February. The dry season is the best time to track gorillas in Bwindi impenetrable National Park Uganda because accessibility is quite easy during this time of the year and the trails for gorilla tracking are also navigable. During these dry months, the weather is very fine with temperatures ranging in the mid 20s and there are low chances of rain though it may occasionally rain especially in the afternoon hours. You can also track gorillas during the wet months, as gorilla families tend to stay nearer in the lower slopes of these ranges due to abundance of food in these lower slopes of the ranges hence making the trekking time shorter and quite easy for you but still loaded with a multitude of unimaginable experience. During the rainy season you should come with some rain gear as it can shower anytime of the day but it doesn’t rain for the whole day. Gorilla trekking in Uganda is at its pick during the months of June to September as well as February- march hence if you would like to do your gorilla trek when the crowds are less take advantage of Uganda’s low tourism season which comes around in the months of April- May and November and January. This comes with a lot of advantages to any one wishes to use this opportunity as gorilla trekking permits are quite easy to get hold of accommodation facilities are similarly not so busy during this time as well hence you can easily find a lodge to spend your nights at while enjoying the thrill of a spectacular gorilla trekking session.

WHAT TO WEAR ON GORILLA TREKKING

WHAT TO WEAR ON GORILLA TREKKING, GEAR, AND CLOTHES FOR GORILLA SAFARI IN UGANDA

Knowing the right clothes suitable for gorilla trekking safari in Uganda is equally very important. What you should put in mind is that gorilla trekking in Uganda is done in the ancient Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and hilly Mgahinga gorilla national park where the weather is very unforeseeable and this implies it can rain any time. When it rains, the trekking trails become very slippery, muddy and hence require travellers on Uganda trekking safaris to be aware of the what to wear on gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.

The following are the recommended clothes to carry for gorilla trekking in Uganda.

  • Long sleeved shirt or T-shirt on gorilla trekking is quite handy as it can quickly dry up just in case of rain, it can cover your arms from wild plants, anticipated bush thorns.
  • A light Rain Jacket or fleece or cheap poncho should be carried on your gorilla safaris just in case the skies decide to open up and let it rain while you undertake this gorilla trekking adventure in Bwindi and Mgahinga where mountain gorilla trekking is done.
  • The Long Pants or Trousers on your Uganda Gorilla Trek are the best because in case it rains, they quickly dry up and they also offer an assured protection from the thorns, nettles and branches.
  • Hand gloves. Since gorilla trekking is done in the slippery trails, travellers are highly argued to use building gloves to cover their hands when trekking the mountain gorillas. These can help you to protect your hands from the injuries in case you slide in the muddy and slippery trails. Trekker can as well bring gardening gloves particularly the ones made out of cotton. Tourists should note that the gloves must be padded on the fingers and palms.

GORILLA TREKKING RULES IN UGANDA

GORILLA TREKKING RULES IN UGANDA

For travellers who are planning to have a memorable gorilla trekking safari in Uganda, there are number of etiquettes one is supposed to follow when starting to trek, when spending the one magical hour with the stunning mountain gorillas in the ancient forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park

RULES OBSERVED BEFORE STARTING GORILLA TREKKING IN UGANDA:

  • Always wash your hands before you head out to the gorillas on the way to the gorillas:
  • Please always keep your voices low. you will also be able to observe the great bird life and other wildlife in the forest.
  • Do not leave rubbish in the park. whatever you bring into the forest should be carried back out with you.
  • You will be taken to where the guides observed the gorillas the day before. from there you will follow the gorilla’s trail to find them. Look out for the gorilla’s nesting sites along the way!
  • When you approach the mountain gorillas, the guides will inform you to get ready.

Rules observed when you encounter the gorillas in Uganda:

  • A 7-meter (21 feet) distance should tried to be observed at all times from the gorillas. the further back you are, the more relaxed the group will be.
  • You must stay in tight group whey you are near the gorillas.
  • Keep your voices down at all times. however, it is okay to ask the guide questions.
  • Do not smoke, drink or eat when you are near the gorillas. eating or drinking inevitably will increase the risk of food/drink morsels/droplets falling, which could increase the risk of transmission of diseases.
  • Sometimes the gorillas charge. Follow the guides example (crouch down slowly, do not look the gorillas directly in the eyes and wait for the animals to pass). Do not attempt to run away because that will increase the risk.
  • Flash photography is not permitted! when taking pictures move slowly and carefully.
  • Do not touch the gorillas. They are wild animals.
  • The maximum time you can spend with the gorillas is one hour. however, if the gorillas become agitated or nervous, the guide will finish the visit early.
  • After the visit keep your voices down until you are 200 meters away from the gorillas.

GENERAL HEALTH RULES TO BE OBSERVED DURING THE GORILLA TREKKING PROCESS IN UGANDA

  • Remember that mountain gorillas are very susceptible to human diseases. the following rules are ways to minimize the risk your visit might poses to them:
  • Respect the limits imposed on the number of visitors allowed with the gorillas each day. this minimizes the risk of disease transmission and stress to the group.
  • If you are feeling ill, or you are carrying a contagious disease, volunteer to stay behind. an alternate visit will be arranged for you, or you will be refunded your money.
  • If you feel the urge to cough or sneeze when you are near the gorillas, please turn your head away and cover your nose and mouth in order to minimize the spread of bacteria or viruses.
  • Always stay 7 meters (21 feet) away from the gorillas. this is to protect them from catching human diseases.
  • Do not leave any rubbish (eg. food wrappers) in the park; foreign items can harbor diseases or other contaminants.
  • If you need to go to the toilet while in the forest, please ask the guide to dig you a hole with his panga. Make sure the hole is 30 cm deep and fill it in when you are finished.

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Uganda Travel Information

Uganda Travel Information

Uganda Travel Information, Best Time to Travel, Health Considerations, Uganda Visa Information, Uganda National Parks Game Reserves, Uganda Safari Attractions. Uganda is famous as the premier safari destination in Africa teeming with abundant wildlife and wetlands and it’s not surprise that safari activities are at the top of every vacationer’s “must-do” list. Tourist attractions consist of sparkling waterfalls, wetlands and rain forests filled with wildlife, and the untouched wilderness of Bwindi where Batwa tribe still lives without any contact with the rest of the world. But a vacation in Uganda is not complete without making time to visit with local people, explore Uganda’s culture and heritage sights, gorilla safaris and do a little shopping for that “just right” souvenir to remind you of your perfect Uganda vacation. Sooth and expect your soul to be touched forever with a safari experience since Uganda is synonymous with wildlife and nature. Here, you’ll find the Big Five, birds, primates but so much more – myriad species amid dramatic, unspoiled landscapes.

From Entebbe zoo to Ssese islands a World for marine wildlife or up north to Kidepo national park with its nearby endangered Ik culture, a host of smaller game reserves and Sipi falls in north eastern Uganda, or down south to wildlife and striking land scapes or inland fresh lakes with stunning islands or gorge – there’s wildlife aplenty not far from Kampala. While Kampala is a busy urban centre, a few hours’ drive from the city lounge a number of phenomenal wildlife destinations.

Uganda travel Entry requirements and Health Advice

Uganda travel Entry requirements and Health Advice

Entry Requirements

All travelers to Uganda are required to strictly conform to the following requirements.

You must be in possession of a valid passport issued and recognized by your government.

You must have an International immunization Certificate against Yellow Fever.

You must obtain a visa if you are an American, British National or European National.

Countries exempted from Visa requirements to Uganda include; COMESA countries:

Kenya, Angola, Rwanda, Burundi, Zimbabwe, Comoros, Eritrea, Malawi, Mauritius, Madagascar, Seychelles, Swaziland, Tanzania, and Zambia, Antigua, Jamaica, Cyprus, Bahamas, Barbados, Sierra Leone, Belize, Fiji, Gambia,Grenada, Malta, Tonga, Singapore, Lesotho, Solomon Islands, St.Vincent & The Grenadines,

Vanuatu, Italy (Only Diplomatic Passports).

Uganda visas are available at entry points including Entebbe International airport. The cost for a single entry visa is $50.

For those visiting Rwanda, nationals from the USA and Germany are not required to have visas. British and South African citizens do require a visa for Rwanda however is issued free of charge at the border. Other nationals have to get their visas before proceeding to the border.

Uganda travel health Advice

Uganda travel health Advice – Uganda Travel Information

Vaccinations and Immunizations

Vaccine recommendations are based on the best available risk information. Please note that the level of risk for vaccine-preventable diseases can change at any time. The following information was obtained from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Uganda.

Recommended Vaccinations and Preventive Medications

The following vaccines may be recommended for your travel to East Africa. Discuss your travel plans and personal health with a health-care provider to determine which vaccines you will need.

Routine- Recommended if you are not up-to-date with routine shots such as, measles/mumps/rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT) vaccine, poliovirus vaccine, etc.

Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)- Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in countries with an intermediate or high level of hepatitis A virus infection (see map) where exposure might occur through food or water. Cases of travel-related hepatitis A can also occur in travelers to developing countries with “standard” tourist itineraries, accommodations, and food consumption behaviors.

Hepatitis B-Recommended for all unvaccinated persons traveling to or working in countries with intermediate to high levels of endemic HBV transmission (see map), especially those who might be exposed to blood or body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).

Malaria: your risk of malaria may be high in all countries in East Africa, including cities. See your health care provider for a prescription antimalarial drug.

Meningococcal (meningitis)- Recommended if you plan to visit countries that experience epidemics of meningococcal disease during December through June.

Typhoid- Recommended for all unvaccinated people traveling to or working in East Africa, especially if staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water.

Polio- Recommended for adult travelers who have received a primary series with either inactivated poliovirus vaccine (IPV) or oral polio vaccine (OPV). They should receive another dose of IPV before departure. For adults, available data do not indicate the need for more than a single lifetime booster dose with IPV.

Rabies – Recommended for travelers spending a lot of time outdoors, especially in rural areas, involved in activities such as bicycling, camping, or hiking. Also recommended for travelers with significant occupational risks (such as veterinarians), for long-term travelers and expatriates living in areas with a significant risk of exposure, and for travelers involved in any activities that might bring them into direct contact with bats, carnivores, and other mammals. Children are considered at higher risk because they tend to play with animals, may receive more severe bites, or may not report bites

Yellow Fever- Recommended for all travelers from 9 months of age. Uganda requires travelers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever virus transmission to present proof of yellow fever vaccination. Vaccination should be given 10 days before travel and at 10-year intervals if there is ongoing risk. Find an authorized U.S. yellow fever vaccination clinic.

How to stay healthy while on Uganda Safari

How to stay healthy while on Uganda Safari, Uganda Travel Information

Wash your hands often with soap and water or, if hands are not visibly soiled, use a waterless, alcohol-based hand rub to remove potentially infectious materials from your skin and help prevent disease transmission.

In developing countries like Uganda, drink only bottled or boiled water or carbonated (bubbly) drinks in cans or bottles. Avoid tap water, fountain drinks, and ice cubes. If this is not possible, learn how to make water safer to drink.

Take your malaria prevention medication before, during, and after travel, as directed. (See your health care provider for a prescription.)

To prevent fungal and parasitic infections, keep feet clean and dry, and do not go barefoot, even on beaches.

Always use latex condoms to reduce the risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases.

Protect yourself from mosquito insect bites: Wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats when outdoors. Use insect repellents that contain DEET (N, N-diethylmethyltoluamide). If no screening or air conditioning is available: use a pyrethroid-containing spray in living and sleeping areas during evening and night-time hours; sleep under bed nets, preferably insecticide-treated ones.

What you are supposed to do while on your Gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda.

Do not eat food purchased from street vendors or food that is not well cooked to reduce risk of infection (i.e., hepatitis A and typhoid fever).

Do not drink beverages with ice

Avoid dairy products, unless you know they have been pasteurized.

Do not swim in fresh water to avoid exposure to certain water-borne diseases such as schistosomiasis.

Do not handle animals, especially monkeys, dogs, and cats, to avoid bites and serious diseases (including rabies and plague). Consider pre-exposure rabies vaccination if you might have extensive unprotected outdoor exposure in rural areas.

Do not share needles for tattoos, body piercing or injections to prevent infections such as HIV and hepatitis B.

Avoid poultry farms, bird markets, and other places where live poultry is raised or kept.

Getting There and Around Uganda

Getting There and Around Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

There are both international and regional flights to Uganda being offered by various airbuses including British Airways, Kenya Airways, Brussels and so much more. You can as well charter a flight but this can be damn expensive. Uganda has all means of transport although the most accessible is by bus; it’s cost effective and safe when it comes to traveling. Bus companies for instance Regional Coach, Link and Scandinavian Express and Akamba have strict departure time if travelers can’t adhere to this, they are often left behind.

The Min buses usually go for shorter journeys. Transport in Uganda has been improved with well-maintained roads, speed governors as well as seat belts to ensure the safety of all passengers. The buses assemble in the new taxis park and some may be got along the public roads. The bus fares are fixed but cheaper to all the passengers. In the villages, there are motorcycles, bicycles, taxis for hire that can take you to your destination and remember to get small denominations of money to ease on transport. Ugandans are friendly people and are so willing to give directions when required. A visa to Uganda guide has also been put here.

Flights in Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

Flights in Uganda, Uganda Travel Information

On Arrival.

There are 12 airports in Uganda and the 4 biggest are

Entebbe Airport (Entebbe, Uganda)

Right now, 31 airlines operate out of Entebbe Airport.

Entebbe Airport offers nonstop flights to 22 cities.

Every week, at least 49 domestic flights and 490 international flights depart from Entebbe Airport.

Arua Airport (Arua, Uganda)

Arua Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.

Every week, at least 28 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Arua Airport.

Gulu Airport (Gulu, Uganda)

Gulu Airport offers nonstop flights to 2 cities.

Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Gulu Airport.

Kasese Airport (Kasese, Uganda)

Every week, at least 14 domestic flights and 0 international flights depart from Kasese Airport.

Uganda language

English is the national language. There are other local languages like luganda, runyankore, lusoga, luo, runyakitara, lugisu, lugbara and many more spoken by different tribes in Uganda. For those who can only communicate using languages like Chinese, Germany, French, Arabic and others, we can organize special interpreters for them while taking their tours in Uganda.

How do I make mobile money transactions with my cell phone in Kampala Uganda?

How do I make mobile money transactions with my cell phone in Kampala Uganda?

One new and expanding approach to handle money within Uganda is using cell phones commonly known as Mobile money. You can Sign up with any of the local carrier and then send and also receive money directly on your phone, obtainable almost any place across the country. But of course, you need to have some money deposited on it.

Shopping in Uganda

From jammed but fascinating markets filled with collectable handicrafts, to glitzy malls in our big city with the latest must have name brands, more so because our favorable exchange rate makes your retail therapy last longer too. Uganda’s shopping centers provide world-class shopping, plenty of entertainment, the latest movies and delicious food in conveniently situated and safe surroundings. Whether you are looking for something specific, have time on your hands to browse around or just love to shop, the boutiques, chain stores and specialist shops in the country’s malls have it all. The quality, cost and variety of goods on offer along with the safe, sophisticated environment provided by Uganda’s shopping centers should not take visiting international holidaymakers and business people by surprise.

Uganda’s malls are famous for their excellent shopping and entertainment facilities. When you leave the country after your holiday or business trip, you will lament the baggage restrictions of the international airlines and wish that you could take more of Uganda home with you! Vacationers can choose from dining and enjoying a drink at local or hotel bars and restaurants, seeing a movie at the cinema, attending a theatrical production at the cultural centre or gambling at one of the two casinos in town. Some bars host live music sessions at weekends. Uganda is known for their woodcarvings, handcrafted jewellery, textiles and attractive basketry – all make a memorable souvenir of your trip.

Nightlife in Kampala

From a night of fine dining to raucous all-night party in Kampala city Ugandans love to have a good time. Let your hair down and live it up in our clubs, pubs, late-night bars, theatres and live music venues. You won’t just find the best wildlife in our game parks…come on, the party’s starting! Experience a sundowner. Sip a cool drink and enjoy a glorious sunset at the end of a satisfying afternoon game drive. In the tourist towns of Kampala, there are a handful of restaurants, cinema and a clutch of places to grab a cold beer with fellow travelers and the friendly locals.

Casinos in Uganda

Bet on having a good time around Uganda. From our most famous Kampala casino for high-rollers to family entertainment venues– we’ve myriad casinos where you can take chance with Lady Luck. Ugandan casinos, including several large entertainment complexes, can be found countrywide. These entertainment destinations are typically designed around a specific theme and include a large range of activities for the whole family. Many are also geared towards business tourism, providing hotels and conferencing facilities as well.

Uganda’s casinos can be found on the fringes of most major centers. The emphasis is on being a one-stop leisure destination, with access to both indoor and outdoor entertainment. In Uganda, casinos are designed around a specific theme, offering a vision of life somewhat different from the run of the mill expectation of Africa. Nor are they typical casinos, most offering entertainment that goes beyond the usual slots and gaming tables. Among the most popular casinos in Uganda is the famed Kampala casino, in the city centre. Garden city is as famous for its golf course, game drives and outdoor activities as it is for gambling.

Uganda Accommodation

Uganda offers a wide variety of hotels lodge’s guesthouses, safari lodges available for travellers ranging from budget, midrange and high-end accommodation that are distributed in all parts of the country. For any destination you want to travel to, there accommodations that you can book at. Feel free to contact us for any of your travel accommodation plans and you will find all answers for Uganda accommodation.

Uganda Public Holidays

Below is the list of Uganda’s public holidays that are officially noticed by all citizens: Liberation day(26 Jan),Women’s Day (8 March),New Years’ Day (1 Jan),Independence Day (9 Oct),Labor Day(1 May),Heroes Day(9 June),Martyrs Day(3June),World Aids Day (1 Dec),Boxing Day (26 Dec),Christmas Day (25 Dec),Human Rights’ Day (10 Dec),Africa Day (25 May)

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