Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda Gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable national park, attractions & Safari activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Uganda, when to visit, accommodation and history/background of the park. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Uganda is located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Western Rift Valley with an area of 331 sq. km. Bakiga and Bafumbira people neighboring the park influence the densest settlements in Uganda. Few Batwa pygmies are also found.

Bwindi Impenetrable Nationa Park is home to approximately 340 mountain gorillas and live 4 different gorilla groups for trekking like Rushegura with 10 gorillas and 1 silverback, Mubare with 16 gorillas and 1 silverback and Habinyanja with 23 gorillas and 2 silverbacks, Nkuringo group with 19 gorillas and 2 silverbacks, Other animal species include the chimpanzee, elephant, Columbus monkey, antelope species: golden cat, civet, bush pig, giant forest hog, black-fronted duiker, clawless otter, genet bushbuck, and forest duiker, buffalo plus many species of bats and rodents.

There are over 350 species of birds. Visitors always observe Kivu Ground Trush, Graders Wabler, Bar Tailed Trogon, Brown Necked Parrot, Black Billed Turaco, White Bellied Robin-Chat, Frazer’s Eagle Owl Yellow-Eyed Black Flycatcher, Black Bee-Eater and 200 species of butterflies and over 324 tree species, 14 of which are nowhere else found in Uganda.

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.

Mountain gorillas.

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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 counterparts can 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. These gorillas live in families of about 5 to 30 and are headed by a predominant male called a silverback due to its silver-like lining on its back.

It should be noted that not all gorilla families that habituate in Bwindi can be viewed by tourists because not all of them have been habituated for human interaction and also there is a high risk of passing diseases between humans and gorillas. In Bwindi, there are 16(fifteen) gorilla families that have been habituated for tourism and1(one) for research purposes taking the tally to 17 gorilla families in Bwindi. These families are found in the park sector regions of Ruhija, Nkuringo, Buhoma, and Rushaga.

Mammal species in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi impenetrable national park is home to about 120 species of mammals habituating in these forests alongside the mountain gorillas. These include 10 primates’ species

Chimpanzees in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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Chimpanzee Trekking Safari Uganda

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. This is the only place in the entire world where gorillas and chimpanzees can be found living side by side in harmony. An adult Common chimpanzee can weigh between 40-60 kg with a height of 1.6 meters or 5ft3inches while an adult female can weigh between 32-47kg with a height of 1.3 meters or 4feet3inches. Common chimpanzees have coarse black hair except on their toes, face, fingers, palms of the hand and the soles of their feet.

The chimpanzees have a firm grip because their thumbs and big toes are opposite to each other. These chimpanzees live in communities usually between 10-100 individuals, chimpanzee communities are led by a dominant male called the alpha male. The alpha male might not be the strongest male chimp in the community but rather the most canning and political. Besides protecting the community from external invasion and internal bickering among the individuals, the alpha male also spends its time grooming the other young males in the community. The females, on the other hand, spend time taking care of the young ones.

Chimpanzees reach puberty stage between 10-12 years and an adult female can produce between 4-6 babies throughout their lifetime. The chimps sleep in a different nest everyday which they build using tree branches, twigs and leaves. Chimpanzees have a life span of up to 40 years in their natural habitat, this can increase to up to 50 years of age in captivity. The chimps have a gestation period of 8 months. Chimpanzees in Bwindi are commonly sighted in the Buhoma sector.

Black and white colobus monkeys: These monkeys have a black color with a strip of white

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Colobus Monkey tracking

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. The black and white colobus are herbivores primates and they have a gestation period of 4-6 months,

Red-tailed monkeys in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: These monkeys are known as the Schmidt guenon. This monkey species is usually red, black or orange in color with a red coloring at its tail. This species has a body length of between 1-2 feet excluding the tail, the males weigh between 7-10 pounds by adulthood age while adult females weigh between 6-8 pounds. The red-tailed monkeys are frictivoruous feeding mostly on a fruit diet. These monkeys can live in groups ranging from 7-30 individuals led by a dominant male. The red-tailed monkeys are very active during early morning and late evening hours

L’Hoest monkeys in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park:  These monkeys have a short, dark brown coat with a chestnut color across its back and a dark underbelly. They have a pale moustache with light grey cheeks. their body length ranges between 32-69 cm, with a long hooked like tail that has a length of 48-99 cm, adult males weigh up to 6 kg while adult females can weigh up to 3.5 kg. the L’Hoest monkeys live in groups with many females and only one male which stays temporary with the group for mating. They have a gestation period of about 5 months and they maintain an herbivorous diet.

Bird species in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi impenetrable national park habituates about 348 bird species making it one of the biggest birding sites 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. Adult green broadbills have a finely black-streaked buff crown with their eye stripes being narrow black. This bird makes a weak “tsi-tsi or cree-cree” voice call that is reapeated3-8 times at c.4 per second

Northern double collared sunbird: The male bird of this species has its head and back in a metallic green color with a steely blue sheen in some light that sits main flight feathers are dark brown in color the throat of this species has a narrow purple collar beneath the metallic green color. The adult female is more drab with its upper parts being dark olive green and a dark tail.

Shelly’s crimson wing: The male birds of this species have a bright red crown, face and back while its wings have a contrasting black color. The females are drabber with an olive head and some red on the mantle and rump. Both males and females have bright red bills.

Grey crown crested crane: This is a majestic and gentle bird species. It has a body height of about 1 meter and a weight of about 3.5 kg with a matching wingspan of 2 meters. Its body color is mainly grey but its wings are predominantly white with a few feathers containing an assortment of colors its crown is made up of stiff golden feathers, while its head is white on either side. Due to its nobility nature, this species was chosen as one of the Uganda national emblem symbols.

Activities in Bwindi impenetrable national park

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, the Bitukura family, and the Kyaguliro family. In Buhoma there is Habibanja family, Rushegura family, Mubare family and Katwe family. In Rushaga there is the Nshongi family, the Bweza family, the Kahugye family, the Busigye family, the Mishaya family and the Bikiyingi family. In Nkuringo there is Nkuringo family, Bishaho family, and Christmas family. Any of the 16 families can be tracked.

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Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest National Park

Tourists can do gorilla trekking for any of the gorilla families in a group of not more than 8 people and each gorilla family can only be tracked by only one group of tourists a day, gorilla tracking begins at 08:00hrs and it can take between 30 minutes or several hours to track down the gorillas and when you have successfully found the family you were tracking, the ranger guide will allow you a maximum of 1 hour to observe and photograph these majestic and shy gentle giants.  Currently, 120 gorilla tracking permits and 4 habituation experience permits can be issued by Uganda wildlife authority in a single day in Bwindi Impenetrable national park but if the demand is so high and conditions permit, UWA can allow another group of tourists to track a gorilla family that has already been tracked earlier in a single day. Permits for gorilla tracking are at 600$ while those for habituation experience go for 1500$, these can only be bought from Uganda wildlife authority offices in Kampala.

Besides enjoying looking and wondering at these wonders of God’s creation and improving their physical health through tracking, tourists who engage in gorilla tracking in Bwindi impenetrable national park should take pride in knowing that they left a footprint on the park itself and the communities living near this park because part of the park entry fees is channeled into promoting conservation of these gentle mountain giants and their habitat,  improvement in the livelihoods of communities adjacent to park through provision of employment opportunities to these people who work as porters, social infrastructures such as community schools and health facilities for example Bwindi Community Health Center(BCHC), Mukono primary school and Conservation Through Public Health Hospital(CTPH) have been constructed in the areas around the park hence improving social service delivery that is badly needed in the communities.

Nature walks in Bwindi Impenetrable National 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, from the sweet smell of fresh air to birds singing and echoing away, primate sounds, a touch of the various plant species. All this comes at a cost of only 30$. Nature walks can be done at any time of the day although it is advisable to start a little bit early especially if you are going for strenuous walks that require a lot of time to complete. Some of the nature trails where all this happens are;

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Nature Walks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Munyanga river trail: This is an easy trail that takes you just about 20-30 minutes to complete it. It begins at the end of the Buhoma road outside the Bwindi forest then leading you to Buzenga creek, from here it takes to the banks of the munyanga river and then brings you back to the park office of Buhoma. While on this walk watch out for various species of butterflies and birds and the sounds of the rushing waters of river Munyanga.

The Rushura trail: This is a classic nature walk as it takes to the top of Rushura hill which is the highest elevation in the Buhoma sector at 1915 meters. This walk requires a bit of courage and stamina but it’s very manageable and truly rewarding as you spend about 3 hours of uninterrupted contact with mother nature. While at the peak of the Rushura hill, please look out for the Virunga volcanoes, lakes Edward and George and mountain Rwenzori all can be seen from this one spot especially on a clear day. This will surely leave you amazed at mother nature.

The Muzabajirro loop trail:  This trail leads you to Muzabajiro creek when you enter the forest then it leads to a climb of the Rukubira hill passing via the dense canopies of the Bwindi forest, it further takes you the 1992 bushfire site. This area is now a bit open only covered by vines and trunks of dead trees. While here, you will be treated to a breathtaking view of the Virunga volcanoes, the vast expanse of Bwindi forest canopies and the rift valley escarpment.

The guest house trail: This is carried out in the Ruhija sector, it begins from the institute of tropical forest conservation guest house then takes you into the forest, it ascends a small hill in Ruhija and this gives a great view of the entire forest canopy. This trail lasts an hour and it can easily be done.

Bamboo trail: This trail leads to Rwamunyonyi hill which is the highest elevation of the park at 2607meters in Ruhija sector. This trail begins along Kabale- Ruhija road and then it takes you through the magnificent view of the bamboo forest zone, this continues further to the hill summit of Rwamunyonyi and while here you will have an almost 360 degrees’ view of the Bwindi forest, you will also be able to glance at mafuga forest reserve and also the jaw-dropping Bunyonyi lake in the distance. This walk is a bit stretching but highly rewarding in terms of experience. It lasts about 6 hours to complete about 12 km.

River Ivi trail:  This one takes you through the forest canopies of Bwindi giving you spectacular scenes of the valleys. It also connects you with the footpaths that are used by the local residents while going to and from the market center in Nteko on market days you will see them moving with their merchandise. Finally, the trail brings you to river Ivi which borders the park at its southern end. The trail is good for those interested in sighting duikers, monkeys, and chimps. It gives you 6 contact hours with nature and can be moderately strenuous.

Waterfall trail: This trail begins on the road to Kisoro then you will turn left after about 2 km to a path that will lead to cross Munyanga river 3 times as you also ascend through the forest and as you do so, you will be treated to a series of waterfalls 3 of them with one of them plunging 33m below. This trail takes you back to the forest and reconnects with the road trail just 1.5 km to the park office. This trail is famous for a variety of bird species and monkeys. It is rated moderate with 3 hours of contact with nature.

Cultural visits in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

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batwa experience in Bwindi Impenetrable National 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. – this cultural encounter is aimed at taking you up close and personal to the bushmen the Batwa and give a snapshot look at their way of life. During this walk you will be taken to pygmy communities and you will be welcomed by the happy and welcoming community members, these people with help of your interpreter guide tell you the stories of their lives in the jungle and demonstrate to you how they used to co-exist with all the other jungle inhabitants, take you through their food preparation and share a meal with you if you are up for it. You will also be introduced to the jungle clinic and showed the different herbs the Batwa use to heal their sicknesses.

This walk usually lasts between 4-5 hours. This walk is usually carried out every day in 2 shifts and it has a flexible starting time though the last group to depart for this walk leaves at 1400hrs. the Batwa experience is carried out in the Buhoma sector with the start point at Batwa craft shop in Buhoma trading center just a few meters outside Bwindi’s gate. This experience costs 80$ if you are alone, 70$ if you are two to three people engaging in it and 60$ if you are between 4-12 people undertaking this adventure. Only 24 people can do batwa experience in a day. This experience to the Batwa is moderately straining as it involves ascending some slopes that are fairly steep but also can easily be managed by anyone as the guide will move at your preferred pace and the paths are always well maintained by the local residents hence making the whole experience worth every effort invested.

Other cultural walks in Bwindi impenetrable national park include visiting communities like- Nkuringo community conservation and development foundation, Nkuringo cultural center, Nyundo community trails, Rubuguri village walk. During these visits expect to visit local communities in their homestead, learning new skills of craftsmanship such us local brew making, basket weaving, visiting local community schools, and entertainment from the Kiga dance and folklore. While on any of these walks please come with your cameras, packed lunch, bottled water, long-sleeved shirts, and trousers, hiking boots and maybe jackets just in case it rains.

Tourists who undertake these walks should know that they have immensely contributed to the improvement in the livelihoods of these communities as their fees are used in putting up social structures like schools and health centers, providing an income to families and this prevents them from encroaching on the forests and also carrying out poaching for money.

Gorilla Families in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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 juveniles namely Tindatine, Mahoro, Rurehuka, Mucunguzi, and Mureba and finally 6 infants namely Kazani, Katoono, Mukiza, Ninsiima, Bwiruka baby, Rotary.

Bweza family.

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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.

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Kyaguliro family

This family was initially led by Rukina but he was struck by lightning to death in 2015. This resulted in a junior and inexperienced silver back Mukiza to take leadership of the group, after a short period of time mukiza was attacked by another silverback 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 adult females 2 juveniles and 2 infants.

Oruzogo family.

This family is named after a plant commonly called “Oruzogoto” which 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 blackbucks 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 silverback called Ndahura regardless of his age he is the dominant male in this group. There are 3 other silverbacks in this family namely Karamuzi, Rukumu, and Rukara, 3 adult females namely Betina, Ruhara, and Kamuga, 2 blackbucks 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 blackbucks 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 newborn.

Rushegura family.

Bwindi tops 25 of the most beautiful places around the world by CNN -Uganda Safari NewsThe Rushegura family consists of 19 members led by Mwirima a dominant silver back.  This family is named after a tree species called “Ebishegura” that’s abundant in the area where it was discovered. Other members include 1 blackbuck 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 blackbucks, 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 blackbucks 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 silverback. Other members of the family include 1 blackbuck, 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 blackbuck, 3 adult females and 1 infant.

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 signpost. 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 the 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. Aerolink 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).

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Bwindi impenetrable national park

13 Days Uganda Gorilla Wildlife and Cultural safari; is a blend of wildlife, culture, scenery and gorillas. It brings out the best of Lake Mburo National Park well known for its horseback safaris.

5 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari, Uganda Wildlife Tour, Chimpanzee trekking Safari Uganda

14 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari; is a blend of Uganda’s wild game, Primates, adventure, culture coupled with great scenic views. It involves encountering Kampala city.

Gorilla Safari in Rwanda & Recreation at Gisenyi Lake Kivu

15 Days Uganda Gorilla, wildlife & Cultural safari; is one of those comprehensive Uganda safari packages that you can ever have. It gives you an opportunity to explore 3/4 of Uganda.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda-Rwanda Congo

16 Days Uganda Gorilla Safari Tour; is a detailed package that involves adventure, culture, wildlife, scenery, Chimpanzees and Gorillas. It takes you through the cosmopolitan city of Kampala.

Parc National Des Volcans Rwanda

17 Days Uganda safari; entirely comprises of adventure, sightseeing, cultural, wild game and Chimpanzees. It takes you through the adventures of the Victoria Nile at Jinja.

13 Days Uganda Gorilla Wildlife and Cultural safari

18 Days Uganda safari incorporates gorillas, Chimpanzees, culture, wildlife and scenery. It includes encountering the heritage of Kampala city, adventures of River Nile, Rhinos in Ziwa sanctuary.

5 Days Rwanda Congo Gorilla Safari

19 days Tour to uganda National Parks – Uganda Safaris to Uganda National Parks; This Uganda Tour begins and ends in Kampala. The tour takes you to Murchison Falls National Park.

Gorilla Safari in Rwanda 8 Days

21 Days Best of Uganda safari; is a comprehensive package that gives an all-round safari across Uganda. It takes you through the adventures of River Nile in Jinja including white water rafting.