Bwindi National Park Uganda
Have you ever heard of a gorilla safari in Uganda or anywhere else? Many people have been left perplexed after visiting Bwindi impenetrable national park. This reserved jungle is a home of mountain gorillas, the hugest primates on earth with an average height of 170cms and weight of 160kgs for the adult gorillas. Mountain gorillas in Bwindi are one of the few mountain gorillas left in the world as the rest are found on the Virunga ranges that is shared by Uganda, Rwanda and the DR. Congo.
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is located in the far southwest of Uganda. It is located in the remote areas of the country but this is a marvel of a place to visit due to the wonderful flora and fauna found in it. The mountain gorillas in Bwindi forests are one of the niche/ popular tourism product in Uganda and also Africa at large. Scores of tourists come to Uganda to embark on gorillas safaris to Bwindi forests.
It is a life changing moment to come up close a gorilla of only 7 metres away with no cages to separate you and the gorillas. Gorillas in Bwindi are not harmful at all as people may think; they are sociable animals that can be interacted with without any violence or chaos. Many gorilla trackers have a good time while with these animals in Bwindi forests as they are able to take photos with them, interact with as they look at them move and play around and sometimes the young gorillas break the bounds and they also play with the gorilla trackers. It is be very incredible if one takes a photo carrying a young gorilla on his/her back!
Apart from the mountain gorillas, Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has other wildlife as it was voted the best birding sites in Africa. It has 350 bird species and 23 species are endemic which means that they are only found in Bwindi impenetrable national park nowhere else. Here are some of the birds that one watches while in Bwindi: handsome fraconcolin, African broad bill, black billed turacos, black and cinnamon chested bee eater among the special ones and it also has green broadbill and the Shelley’s crimsonwing that are globally threatened. Come to Bwindi and look at these multi colored birds and also listen to them sing in the morning and evening.
Bwindi impenetrable national park also comes second to queen Elizabeth national park when it comes to mammal species as it has 120 mammal species like the elephants, antelopes and also has 11 different primate species such as the chimps, baboons, L’hoest monkeys, and black and white colobus to mention but the few. Bwindi also has very many beautiful butterflies that one encounters while trekking gorillas in the jungle.
Bwindi Gorilla National Park can be explored on a guided or self drive Uganda safari. Guided trips are booked and organised through tour agencies. Self drive tours on the other hand offers a great opportunity drive your own adventure at your pace. Booking a 3 day gorilla tracking safari in Uganda allows you trek the gorillas and visit the batwa people briefly, or do some birding around. However, if you need more exploration of this tour destination, 5 day Uganda safari is recommended with 2 gorilla treks and and extra day to engage in the “Batwa Experience” or do some birding.
There is no tourism destination in Uganda that comes to Bwindi impenetrable national park as it is the only destination with the mountain gorillas, man’s closest relatives and also other wildlife like the bird species, common exotic animals and also the other primates.