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Gorillas

Gorillas

Bwindi is 331 square kilometers and is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the western rift valley, shared by Kabale, Rukungiri and Kisoro Districts. It lies on an altitude range of 2607m (Rwamunyonyi peak)-1160m (Ishasha gorge). Annual Temperature ranges from 7-20 degrees Celsius. Usually it’s cold during June- July rains heavily in March-April and September-November. The local people in this area are mainly Bakiga and Bafumbira, representing the most impenetrable settlements in Uganda, (233 people/ square kilometers).

Highlights:

  • Gorilla Trekking
  • Nature walks
  • Bird Watching
  • Accommodation

Gorilla trekking

The Mountain Gorillas are undoubtedly Bwindi’s key tourist attraction, where they’ve been habituated since April 1993. There are at the present four different groups that can be visited which include: Habinyanja group (23 gorillas; 2 silverbacks), Mubare group (16 gorillas; 1 silverback), Rushegura group (9 gorillas; 1 silverback) and Nkuringo group (20 gorillas; 2 silverbacks). Permits are sold for each of these mountain gorilla groups at Uganda Wildlife Head Quarters in Kampala. It’s advisable to book 3months in advance to be sure the requested dates are available. 8 persons only can visit a given gorilla family per day. In Uganda, 10 families have been adapted in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, and so can host 80 persons tracking the mountain gorillas on any day.

Gorilla Tracking can be actually challenging, so go prepared.  Take time to read the Gorilla Rules before your trip.

Nature walks

The Munyanga river trail is an ideal short walk for visitors with little time to spare. You can observe birds and primates of the forest edge. The popular waterfall trail provides a beautiful feature of the forest with a plethora of tree ferns, epithetic ferns, orchids and Bwindi’s colorful array of butterflies. This trail leads to 3 delightful crystal clear waterfalls.

The Muzabajirro trail offers breathe taking views of Bwindi Forest, Western Rift Valley and the Virungas. On the way, you witness hundreds of pre-historic tree ferns. The top of this trail is a splendid place for a picnic lunch.

The Rushurra trail: Commands open views across the western rift valley floor. To the west, Congo’s Parc Nationale des Virungas provides a spectacular backdrop, and on a clear day Lake Edward and the Rwenzori Mountain are visible.

The bamboo trail: The Bamboo trail offers 14 vegetation types and is one of the areas of highest diversity in the park. At the top of this trail, you witness scenic views encompassing Lake Bunyonyi and Mafuga Forest.

The Ruizi river trail is the longest in the park and takes a full day recommended for bird watchers. This can be done in a 4-wheel drive through Ruhija. Tourists can also do a hike to the Mubwindi swamp.

Bird watching

Bwindi is the Bird watchers haven! It holds 348 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine rift Endemics such as; the Short-tailed Warbler, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Gruer’s Rush Warbler, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Kivu Ground Thrush, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch among others, hard or not possible to see in any other part of East Africa.

Experienced bird watchers can identify up to 100 species in a day. Take a trip to Ruhija and Buhoma for this dream. Always indicate your bird interest to your tour guide before departing for bird watching.

Accommodation

Places to stay at on the Buhoma Side

Luxury Mid-range
Buhoma Lodge Silverback Lodge
Gorilla Forest Camp Egangi Lodge
Mahogany Springs Lodge Kitandara Camp
Bwindi Lodge Volcanoes
Gorilla Resort

 

Places to stay while in Ruhija

Luxury Mid-range
Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp
Trekkers Tavern Cottages
Ruhija Gorilla Resort
Ruhija Gorilla Friends & Campsite
Ruhija Community Rest Camp
Gift of Nature Lodge

 

Places to stay at on the Kisoro Side

Luxury Mid range
Clouds Mountain Lodge Mutanda Lake Resort
Chameleon Hill Lodge
Gorilla Safari Lodge
Nkuringo Gorilla Camp
Gorilla Valley Lodge

 

Bwindi is one of the best and few places in Africa where you can track and see Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.

Bic-Tours can assist you in planning the ultimate Gorilla Trekking experience in Bwindi.