Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a breathtaking travel destination/national park with possibilities of adventure, fun and excitement as broad as any traveler’s imagination. Bwindi covers 330km2 geographical area of thick rainforest spreading into Kanungu, Rubanda, Kisoro and Kabale districts in southwest Uganda. It is a volcanic mountainous region with unique valleys hanging on hard rock threatening to give in at any moment. The landscape setting, the nature of the vegetation and resident wildlife species of Bwindi rainforest are unique in their own way and touch every traveler’s heart on Mountain gorilla trekking expedition.
For the above reasons, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site because of a diverse and unique ecosystem. The travelers wander into the Bwindi rainforest and without doubt and discover that Uganda is not merely a travel destination, but a dream destination. Bwindi impenetrable national park is predominantly an enclosed rainforest and it may not be easy to explore with high expectation of spotting large populations of wildlife from a distance. Nonetheless, the Bwindi impenetrable national park rain forest with more than 200 tree species is habitat that hosts no less than 120 mammals, 350 bird, 50 reptile, 300 butterfly and 80 moth species. Basing on the geographic area coverage, the wildlife species and the population density, it is safe to rate Bwindi as a dream Uganda safari destination with unique natural beauty that arouses hidden senses of exploration, adventure and discovery in every traveler on tour to Uganda.
The Bwindi impenetrable national park thick rainforest is an arena for Mountain gorilla trekking expeditions where travelers on tour of Uganda get wonderful experiences. The Bwindi rainforest fits the bill as an ideal Uganda tour destination for travelers yearning to wander in the wilderness to explore and discover the beauty of nature that is preserve for those with high adventure adrenalin. Bwindi rainforest is the only other habitat surrounded by untapped beauty, separate from the rest of the Virunga massif for Mountain gorilla expeditions.
The unique terrain, weather conditions, plant and vegetation cover, make Bwindi impenetrable national park a unique habitat for beautiful bird species that may be harder to spot in other travel destinations. Bwindi impenetrable national park is an Important Birding Area in Uganda and magnet for bird watching safaris. The Kivu ground thrush, Uganda woodland warbler, Handsome francolin, African green broadbill, Blue headed sunbird, Ruwenzori turaco, Emerald cuckoo, Short-tailed warbler are some of unique birds resident in Bwindi rainforest but harder to spot in many others Uganda safari destinations.
To the travelers on tour of Uganda with a high sense of wilderness adventure and exploration, scenic landscape of Bwindi impenetrable national park is natural, humbling and inviting. The magnificent landforms and land features generate instant adrenalin to wander into the wilderness and discover the inner beauty of the wilderness. Many travelers partake in nature walks and hiking expeditions as a way of getting more personal with nature.
Many travelers on Uganda safaris find time to interact with the indigenous communities, explore their lifestyle, share life experiences and discover unique things that make humanity different. Most communities around Bwindi till the fertile volcanic soils in the highlands to grow food crops. Note that because of the highland terrain, mechanized agriculture is not feasible and human labor is dominant. A unique community: the Batwa are former forest dwellers and the last human race to share the Bwindi rainforest with Mountain gorillas and the rest of wildlife. The Batwa were skilled herbalists, hunters, fruit gatherers and experts at predicting natural events. On safari to Uganda, most travelers find it exciting to tour the Batwa community, visit their homesteads and discover their game plan of survival in the wilderness.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in volcanic region with several beautiful crater lakes formed during volcanic eruptions in all shapes and sizes offer high opportunities for boat cruises safaris. After the hectic gorilla trekking and volcano hiking expeditions, the lakes are ideal spots to relax, refresh and re energize. Several safari camps that offer most travel and adventure services are strategically located in some corners to make the safaris memorable in many ways. The boat cruises on the craters are in many ways an opportunity to explore and discover Uganda’s lifestyle outside the wilderness and appreciate Uganda as a travel destination blessed by nature’s beauty in abundance.
Note that some sectors of Bwindi impenetrable national park are 3-hour’s drive from Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park. Queen Elizabeth in general and Ishasha in particular is flat plain known world over for large herds of wildlife in multiple species. Beautiful is an understatement when describing Ishasha sector with lush savannas. More than anything else, unique prides of lions that climb into trees are magnet for many travelers on tour of Uganda and put Ishasha onto the tourism global map. For the same reason most gorilla trekking safaris into Uganda combine Bwindi and Queen Elizabeth national park expeditions as a way of maximizing their options of experiencing nature and wildlife.
Bwindi rainforest is average 450km, 9-hour’s drive from Kampala City south-west of Uganda. Much of the road is smooth tarmac except 2-hour’s drive to the rainforest is dirt road. Kabale, the largest town close to Bwindi, is 3-hour’s drive but several small trading centers are very close and have all basic life necessities. Chanika border post to Rwanda and Bunagana border post to DR Congo are both 3-hours’ drive from Bwindi rainforest. There are airfields in Kisoro town; -hour’s drive and Kihiihi 2-hour’s drive for scheduled flights.