Uganda Gorilla Tours in Bwindi
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is at the heart of gorilla trekking in Uganda. However the number of visitors are drastically limited to avoid too much disruption and over-habituation. Booking up to a year ahead is not uncommon. And chimpanzees, black and white colombus monkeys and golden monkeys also make Bwindi their home. Plus at least 25 endemic bird species.
This south-west corner of Uganda is one of the most rewarding safari destinations from an eco-tourism perspective. As the local communities around Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi National Park benefit hugely from visitors, who come to walk with local guides in search of the gorillas. And this in turn helps to preserve the fragile ancient rainforest habitats of Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (the official longer name) is as thickly vegetated and mysterious as its name suggests. The dense undergrowth of the valley floor is eerily quiet until your steps disturb the smells and sounds of ancient Africa.
But Bwindi also provides refuge to elephant, chimpanzees, monkeys, bush pigs, giant forest hogs and various small antelope. And this is where the lowland and montane communities merge. So the floral diversity is especially rich. Bwindi is also home to over 200 butterfly species. And over 340 species of birds, 25 of which are endemic.
Uganda or Rwanda for gorilla tracking?
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park will typically entail a fair bit of strenuous climbing through thick rainforest. It will appeal most to those who want to get a sense of the whole ecosystem. And who are less bothered by the physical challenge. Indeed, the adventurous terrain adds to the excitement of the whole experience.
As a general rule, the trekking time it takes to reach ‘your’ allocated family group is generally longer in Uganda than Rwanda. And if you are looking to combine gorilla tracking with visits to other wildlife areas, then Uganda has many more well-developed parks, with a good infrastructure.
So check out our article on Gorilla Tracking Rwanda or Uganda ?
Best Time to do Gorilla Trekking in Uganda
The best time for a Uganda safari or gorilla tracking is in the dry seasons from January to February and then again from June to September. But, although conditions are more challenging underfoot in the wet season, the primate tracking is easier. As the gorillas are less active. And the scenery is at its best.
Bwindi National Park, with its high altitude, has considerably cooler temperatures than the rest of Uganda.