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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda in East Africa. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. It comprises 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) of jungle forests and contains both montane and lowland forest and is accessible only on foot. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.

The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa, and the diversity of species is a feature of the park. The park provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. Floristically Bwindi is amongst the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low altitude) sector is rich in species of the Guineo-Congolian flora. These include two species internationally recognised as endangered, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular the area shares in the high levels of endemisms of the Albertine Rift.

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos). It is perhaps most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. There are four habituated mountain gorilla groups open to tourism: Mubare; Habinyanja; Rushegura near Buhoma; and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.

Best time to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi can be visited all year long, but the best times are from June to August and December to February. At these times, the forest trails are drier and easier to walk on.

Tailor made for you!
Do you want more activities in your itinerary, visit a local market or travel in a local train? We include it in your travel program!

Use the knowledge of our local guides, tour leaders and lodge managers. They can advise you on the small off the beaten track places to visit, a special project, a brilliant local restaurant, a woman empowerment or conservation project. Be spontaneous while travelling and find the hidden gems!

You don’t have to worry that we put you in lodges with busloads of tourist, standing in line for the buffets. However, extremely remote, special small-scale (eco) lodges are of course slightly more expensive. In our standard travels we therefore choose the best price-quality lodges, not too main stream but rustic and comfortable accommodations in a beautiful setting.

Whether you want to drive behind the crowds on a game drive (if a lion is spotted you will soon find out via a radio) or just want to find the quiet places, it’s up to you. Talk to your guide continuously and you will have a blast!

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