Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of UNESCO's heritage sites best known for its Mountain Gorilla populations and gorilla tracking. It also offers some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder doing a safari to Uganda.

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of UNESCO's heritage sites best known for its Mountain Gorilla populations and gorilla tracking. It also offers some of the finest montane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder doing a safari to Uganda.

It has been voted as the best birding site in Africa by Africa Geographic. Amongst the numerous possibilities are no fewer than 23 of Uganda's 24 Albertine Rift endemics, including spectacular, globally threatened species such as Shelley's Crimson wing and the African Green Broadbill.

Bwindi is one of the few national parks in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age. Though it is best known for its outstanding gorilla tracking, it also provides refuge to elephant, chimpanzee, monkeys and various small antelope and bird species. The variant biodiversity is supported by the fact that Bwindi is extremely old and also its slopes extend over a broad altitudinal range of 1447m above sea level, enabling habitats ranging from lowland forest to Afromontane vegetation.

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    President: Yoweri Museveni (1986)

    Prime Minister : Ruhakana Rugunda (2014)

    Land area: 77,108 sq mi (199,710 sq km); total area: 91,135 sq mi (236,040 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 35,918,915 (growth rate: 3.24%)

    Capital and largest city (2011 est.): Kampala, 1.659 million

    Monetary unit: Ugandan new shilling

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Bwindi can be accessed either by air from Entebbe Airport or Kajjansi Airstrip or by road from Kampala. From Entebbe, there are scheduled flights to Kihihi which is close to the northern sector of Bwindi and also flights to Kisoro which is close to the Southern sector of Bwindi. Charter flights are also available.

By road, there are alternatives that include; Kampala-Kabale-Kanungu-Buhoma which follows a tarmac highway until Kabale for about 414km spending about 6-8 hrs and then connect on a murram road through Kanungu and Kanyantorogo for about 120km to Buhoma. For the latter route, it is highly recommended to have a 4WD vehicle and this journey can take about 4-5 hrs. Kampala-Kabale-Ruhija-Buhoma which follows the same route as the above first option except the Kabale-Ruhija-Buhoma section is about 95km on a murram road and can take about 3-4 hrs also highly recommended to have a 4WD vehicle.

Kampala-Kabale-Nkuringo also follows the same as the above routes to Kabale and an additional 105km about 4-5 hrs drive on a mountainous murram road to Nkuringo from Kabale. Some people prefer spending a night in Kisoro which is about 80km from Kabale and in the morning proceed to Nkuringo for gorilla tracking.

This UNESCO World Heritage Site does not have roads going through. Rather, there are several trails that take you through amazing landscapes. Bwindi is appropriately named as ‘impenetrable forest’ and the paths go through thick vegetation and may be steep. Make use of walking sticks provided at the beginning of the walk. Gloves and waterproof boots are great because this is a rain forest; it will rain any time.

Uganda is suitable for travel any time of the year-- more like a summer 365 days of the year. For most of the year, Uganda is sunny with temperatures rarely rising above 29°C (84.2°F). The average temperature is 15°C in the southwestern highlands going on to 25°C in the northwest. In the semi arid areas of the northeast, temperatures can go over 30°C.

The rainy season is from March till May and October till November. Light rain season falls in November and December. Dry seasons are from December to February and June to August.

Gorilla tracking gear guide:

Good quality walking boots if you intend to go tracking are a must because of the steep hills and the bush. Gloves are very helpful as you climb through the thick bush following the gorillas. In addition, you may have to carry along waterproof bags to safeguard cameras plus additional equipment for the hike. This is a rain forest and there may be a downpour any time. The time you will take to find gorillas is unpredictable because you follow the animals from their last resting place of the night before. Snacks and water plus a packed lunch for doing full-day expeditions are recommended.

You may need some warm clothing for the cold evenings and

clothing for wet weather remember it becomes cold and wet at this high altitude.

However during the day, the sun is strong even when cloudy therefore always remember to carry and wear sunscreen as well as a sun hat.

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