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Day 1  You are warmly received to enjoy the drive to Murchison falls national park, through the famous Luwero triangle, and Budongo forest on the western arm of the Great Rift Valley. The journey offers great picturesque sceneries with lunch in Masindi town en route, reaching  the park in the afte See more details

6 Days Primates & Wildlife

Day 1: You will be met by our company representative at your Hotel to transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. The park is known to harbour half of the world’s endangered mountain gorillas. It is situated in a hilly country side, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary See more details

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10 Days Exploration of the African Pearl

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Day One: Queen ElizabethIn the morning wakeup for breakfast before driving southwest to Queen Elizabeth National Park. The drive will take you along Masaka Mbarara road to stop at the Equator for photographs and then proceed to stop in Mbarara for lunch and then drive to reach the park in the aftern See more details

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3 days Gorilla Tour

Day 1: Travel to Bwindi ImpenetrableHave breakfast to drive to Bwindi Impenetrable forest. This journey will take you south west of Uganda. To stop at the equator for photographs and continue to Mbarara where you will have another stop for lunch and then proceed to reach Bwindi in the late afternoon See more details
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park

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Bwindi Impenetrable national park is located in South Western Uganda occupying 331 sq km. It lies on the edge of the Western Rift valley (Albertine rift) and is shared by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro districts. The park occupies different vegetation zones but predominantly a tropical rain forest. This ancient rainforest is one of the few remaining forests in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age. Bwindi Impenetrable national park is a home to roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas (326 gorillas). In the World today, it is estimated that there are only 700 remaining mountain gorillas.

Apart from the rare mountain gorillas, the park also has over 120 other mammalian species including 11 primates, 200 species of butterflies and about 324 different tree species. These primates include the black-and-white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail, L’Hoest Monkey, Red Tailed monkeys among others. The forest is also rich in birdlife (360 species) with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics being present in the park. Among the notable bird species include the Short-tailed Warbler, Gruer's Rush Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch, Wilcock's Honey-guide, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler Kivu Ground Thrush, among others. These birds cannot be easily cited anywhere in East Africa.

Between Rukungiri and Bwindi, Ihimbo hot springs is another tourist attraction. Discovered by the Bakiga settlers in the 1950s, the boiling water that bubbled from the spring rapidly acquired national fame for its therapeutic powers. One legend tells of a flat chested girl who bathed there and emerged with an enviably voluptuous bosom, another man who lost his leg in accident and regained it after swimming in the hot water. At its peak of popularity, Ihimbo attracted up to 1000 individuals annually from all around the country.
Visitors to Bwindi Impenetrable forest can also visit Kanungu town to see the church where more than 500 members of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (MRTCG) vanished from the fire after being convinced that they were going to heaven through fire. This event occurred on 17th March 2000 and it is one of the massive religious massacre events in the whole world.

Bwindi Impenetrable National park can be accessed by both road and air transport. From Kampala via Mbarara highway the drive takes 6-8 hours. From Queen Elizabeth National Park the journey takes 2-3 hours yet from Kabale the park can be accessed in a period of 1-2 hours. For those who prefer accessing the park by air, private charter flights can be arranged for you to Kayonza airstrip from where a transfer to the park can be made.
Safari activities
Gorilla tracking
This is the main tourism activity in the park. There are four habituated gorilla groups Mubare group (10 gorillas, 1 silverback), Habinyanja group (18 gorillas, 1 silverback), Rushegura group (10 gorillas, 1 silverback) and Nkuringo group (19 gorillas.

Others include

Guided forest walks
In the park, there are four fantastic hiking trails. On these trails you have the opportunity to see and learn about different tree species, birds, butterflies, and other scenic features in the forest such as the Munyaga waterfalls on Munyaga River, as well as the spectacular views of Lake Edward and the Rwenzori mountains.

Cultural performances;
In the evenings, visitors to the park can participate in captivating and memorable traditional performances presented by Women and orphan groups.

Birding in Bwindi Gorilla Park
Bwindi is the bird watchers haven! It holds 346 species of birds and contains 90% of the Albertine endemics which cannot easily be found any other part of East Africa. The Ruhija and Buhoma areas offer any experienced tourists an opportunity to identify about 100 bird species in just one day!

Keep your voice down or be quiet while tracking. You will see and hear the gorillas if you observe that.

Don’t get closer than 7 metres (21 feet) to the gorillas

Don't point or waive your arms to the gorillas- this can be seen as a threat.
Move slowly. If approached by a gorilla, back away slowly to keep 5m separation.

Don't use flash while taking photos. This could threaten the gorillas and bother other visitors.

Last Updated on Saturday, 17 December 2011 08:11


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