BWINDI FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi Forest National Park is undoubtedly the best place in Africa to see mountain gorillas. Bwindi Forest protects approximately 400 individual Mountain gorillas out of the 880 world’s Mountain gorilla population. Bwindi Forest National Park has up to Eleven (11) habituated Mountain gorilla families that can be visited from four (04) gorilla trekking sectors; Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga & Nkuringo.
- Buhoma Sector is the headquarters and first place where mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda all Started in April 1993. Buhoma has a total of three (03) habituated Mountain gorilla families open or trekking. Buhoma Habituated Mountain gorilla groups include; Habinyanja Gorilla Group, Mubare Gorilla Group & Rushegura Gorilla Group.
- Ruhija Sector lies approximately 50km – from Buhoma and is the second best option (after Buhoma Sector) for travelers intending to merge a visit to Kibale Forest and Queen Elizabeth National with Uganda’s most sought-after Adventure Experience of Mountain gorilla trekking In Bwindi. Ruhija has three (03) habituated Mountain gorilla families open for tourists to trek mountain gorillas in Uganda. The Mountain gorilla groups in Ruhija Sector include; Bitukura Mountain gorilla Group, Oruzogo Mountain gorilla Group & Kyaguliro Mountain Gorilla Group.
- Rushaga Sector lies further South approximately 35Km from Kisoro border town close to Rwanda – Uganda’s Cyanika Boarder post – 5 hours from Kigali, and is our best recommendation for travelers intending to fly-into Kigali to trek Mountain gorillas In Uganda – Gorilla Permits cost USD600 as opposed to Rwanda’s recently hiked mountain Gorilla permit price Of USD1,500 per permit. Read more about Flying into Rwanda to trek Gorillas in Uganda. Rushaga Sector has Five (05) habituated mountain gorilla Families open for travelers to trek. These include; Nshongi Gorilla Group, Mishaya Gorilla group, Kahungye Gorilla group, Busingye Gorilla Group and Bweza Gorilla Group.
- Nkuringo Sector lies close to the DR. Congo border – Worry NOT, the Ugandan Side is safe for Mountain gorilla trekking. Nkuringo Gorilla Group is the only habituated mountain gorilla family open for trekking in Nkuringo Sector of Bwindi forest. Treks in Nkuringo are considered more physically challenging and only a recommendation for the upbeat, and physically fit Travelers. However, those that have endured the tough terrains of Nkuringo say Gorilla trekking in Nkuringo offers the real Forest trekking experience.
Besides Mountain gorilla trekking, Bwindi Forest National Park is also considered a birdwatcher’s paradise with up-to 350 species recorded, including many Albertine Rift endemics. The forest also provides a habitat for other wildlife like; chimpanzees, olive baboons, black-and-white colobus and l’Hoest monkeys. Elephants (most call them forest elephants) are present but seldom seen. Bushbuck and several types of forest duikers can sometimes be spotted as you drive or walk through the forest. The park has a very impressive bird and butterfly checklist. Butterflies are something of a specialty, with an impressive list of 200 species; 42 of which are endemic to the Albertine Rift.
INTERESTED IN VISITING BWINDI FOREST NATIONAL PARK? We have provided you with relevant information worth knowing as you plan your trip to Bwindi Forest.
- Best time to visit Bwindi Forest National Park.
- Safety and Security in Bwindi Forest National Park.
- Things to do & see in Bwindi Forest National Park.
- Best Sector to trek Gorillas in Bwindi Forest.
- Places to stay in Bwindi Forest National Park.
- Bwindi Gorilla Safaris & Tours.