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Top things to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Top things to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The name Bwindi Impenetrable enchant up images of fearless adventure, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is offering the most life-changing wildlife experiences in the pearl of Africa Uganda. It’s situated in southwestern Uganda, bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is famous because it’s a place where Uganda’s endangered mountain gorillas are protected. It is among the only four national parks on Earth where travelers can enjoy the closest encounter with mountain gorillas the rare subspecies closest to human living relatives.

Bwindi forest is perched on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, Bwindi covers over 124 square miles of untamed lowland forest mountainous. Carpeting steep valleys and ridges being covered with mist, Bwindi forest is approximately 25,000 years old, Bwindi forest is among the most biologically diverse in Uganda. Ugandan’s five major rivers begun their journey from Bwindi forest, all these rivers eventually channel their waters into Lake Edward situated to the north of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Bwindi has been recognized for its importance in protecting the endangered mountain gorillas and other rare endemic species, Bwindi was declared as a national park in 1991 and as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in early 1994.

Many travelers go to Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park to encounter the endangered mountain gorillas. The whole world has approximately 1,000 great giant apes living in the wild and Bwindi alone harbors half of the total world mountain gorilla population. After acquiring a gorilla tracking permit, you’ll enter Bwindi impenetrable forest national park with a well-trained local guide and you will be able to spend an hour viewing one of the habituated gorilla families for the normal gorilla trekking or spend four hours with researchers, park rangers for mountain gorilla habituation depending on your travel budget.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park has plenty of tourism activities to be done. Bwindi alone has over six hiking trails to be explored with a chance of seeing some other diverse wildlife in this authentic national park. Bwindi other diverse wildlife species include 120 mammal species such as chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus monkeys, forest elephants, red-tailed monkeys, giant forest hogs, and antelope. Bwindi is also another birders haven with roughly 350 bird species such as the avian species botanists ogle among others.

Travelers who love mountain biking will always consider exploring Bwindi forest on the two-wheel important instead.  As you head to Buhoma Community Rest Camp, where all the arrangements for cyclists are fully done in an 8-mile trail that takes travelers from the Park Headquarters to the Ivi River. Bwindi round-trip for cyclists takes approximately seven hours.

When Bwindi was declared as a national park, Uganda’s local Bakigwa and Batwa people were forced to move out of their ancestral homes deep within Bwindi impenetrable forest to villages around the park’s boundaries. Travelers can give support to these communities as they learn about the pygmies Batwa way of life by adding the Batwa cultural experience to your Bwindi gorilla trekking visit.  The Batwa cultural tour gives travelers an opportunity to participate in African cooking, dancing, weaving, and drumming within the Nkuringo Cultural Centre

During your cultural visit to the village, you also learn about the Batwa’s lifestyle in the forest before they relocated through folks’ interpretive songs and dance performances. You will be able to also meet the village’s traditional healer who gets forest leaves which act as medicine for the local Batwa, visit the Batwa local school, where you will have an opportunity to buy handcrafted souvenirs. At the end of your experience, toast with new friends with a mug of homemade banana beer.

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