What You Must Know About Bwindi National Park
Bwindi National Park, situated in Southwestern Uganda along the Rift Valley, is one of the country’s most spectacular areas. If you are planning to go for a Bwindi National Park safari tour, here’s everything you need to know about the national park.
About Bwindi National Park
The national park is situated along the misty Rift Valley, and it features Uganda’s most diverse biodiversity within its rainforests. It covers an area of about 331 square kilometres, composed mainly of montane and lowland forest. The national park is home to over 1000 flowering plant species, 120 mammal species, over 350 bird species, and 23 Albertine Rift Endemic species. It is also famous for being a UNESCO Heritage Site.
Getting to Bwindi National Park
For your Bwindi National Park safari tour, you will have to reach the national park, and it is quite easy to do so nowadays. You can go there either by road or air. If you want to get to the park by road, you need to take a 4×4 SUV, and it will take you around ten hours to reach the park from Kampala. Here are some of the best routes from Kampala to Bwindi National Park:
- Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park – Kabale – Mbarara – Bwindi National Park
- Kampala – Kabale Kanungu – Buhoma – Bwindi National Park
- Kampala Ntungamo – Rukungiri – Kihihi – Buhoma – Bwindi National Park
If driving so much isn’t your cup of tea, you can even take a flight. You can fly from Entebbe International Airport or Kajjansi airfield to either Kisoro or Kihihi airstrip, and then take an SUV to the national park.
People and Culture of Bwindi
On your Bwindi National Park safari tour, you are bound to meet the native population and steep in their culture. We recommend you visit the communities around the park and partake in the Bakiga and Batwa pygmy’s traditional practices like performances, village walks, and workshops for the best community experience. You can even take a cultural tour around the communities, which would reward you with exceptional cultural practices.
Bwindi Gorilla Safari
Bwindi national park is most famous for its gorilla safaris. The national park is home to about 400 gorillas, representing half of the total world population. Tracking these gentle giants is once in a lifetime opportunity for nature lovers as it lets you experience their lives. However, since gorillas are endangered, the permits to track the gorillas are quite limited and cost anywhere from USD 600 to USD 1500.
If you are looking for the perfect nature getaway in the heart of Africa, look no further than Bwindi National Park. It has everything, from mindblowing natural diversity to the authentic Ugandan cultural experience, and from hundreds of bird species to gentle gorillas. Reach out to Bushman Safari and let us help you explore the magnificent beauty of the Bwindi National Park. We offer a variety of Bwindi National Park safari tours that give you the quintessential Bwindi experience.