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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The word “Bwindi” originates from a local phrase “Mubwindi bwa Nyinamuraki” with a connotation of darkness (Bwindi Impenetrable National Park) therefore referred to as the dark place of Nyinamuraki which literally referred to Mubwindi swamp in the south east that was impassable by a family from the Kisoro area in the south who ended up sacrificing their daughter Nyinamuraki to the swamp in order to cross.

The park was gazetted in 1991 and declared a UNESCO national world heritage site in 1994 because of its varied ecological importance.

The park became popular to the world as the best Uganda gorilla safari destination because of its big number of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas-more than half of the world’s.

Brief Facts about Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

Bwindi impenetrable map
Bwindi impenetrable map

Location: Kanungu District, Uganda
Nearest city: Kanungu
Coordinates: 01°01′S 29°41′ECoordinates
Area: 331 km2 (128 sq mi)
Established: 1991
Governing body: Uganda Wildlife Authority
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Type : Natural   Region: Africa
Designated: 1994 (18th session) Criteria: vii, x
Reference no: 682   State Party: Uganda


What to do at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

Mountain Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; 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. Bwindi has half of the mountain gorillas with the rest of the gorillas in the nearby Virunga.

Gorilla Habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; is a great experience only in Uganda where you get to be near a gorilla family for 4 hour, done to make the gorillas familiar to people such that they don’t run away from tourists. This experience is one of a kind in Africa and you wouldn’t love to miss more time with the gorillas on your Uganda.

Birding in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; Uganda doesn’t miss on every passionate birders itinerary while planning a birding safari tour to Uganda, with 350 bird species in the forest and must tick on your bird list are the Cinnamon – chested bee-eater, African green pigean, African harrier hawk, Crowned hornbill, Giant king fisher.

Hiking Safaris on the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park; Hiking safaris on the 1,160 – 2,607 m (3,806 – 8,553ft) Bwindi forest is like experiencing the real deal walking through the jungle, not just the woods. This takes about 8hours of the day for 17km. Uganda cultural safari tour is one thing that you cannot afford to miss as you tour.

What to see at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

ganda mountain gorilla safaris have brought in big tourist numbers to have a glimpse at more than half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas roughly estimated at more than 400 of the 800 estimated to be existent. Mubare gorilla group was the first to become available for tourism in April 1993 and 10 mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo.Besides the mountain gorillas.

Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable national park of about 120 mammals including several primate species like our closest look a like – the chimpanzees making it the only park in Africa where Chimpanzees and gorillas co-exist, the Blue monkeys, the African 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 ultimate Uganda wildlife safaris and tours destination.

Bird Species in Bwindi National Park also add up to about 350 birds such as the hornbills and turacos including 23 Albertine rift endemics such as the Neuman’s Warble and blue -headed sun bird. 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.

Cultural Experiences in Bwindi National Park with the Batwa people- pygmies who were the original inhabitants of the forest.