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Bwindi National Park Highlights

Bwindi National Park is located in the south-western part of Uganda and is renowned for its biodiversity. The national park is home to over 160 species of lush trees and over 100 species of ferns, while the main attraction has to be the Mountain gorilla.

Bwindi National Park is a remnant of what once used to be a very large forest, covering areas of western Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The forest is home to numerous globally threatened species, including the mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s monkey and the African elephant. Bird enthusiasts can look forward to sightings of the Africa green broadbill, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Turner’s Eremomela, Chapin’s flycatcher and Shelley’s crimson-wing.

The area is known as the most important forest in Africa for the montane forest butterflies, including African giant swallowtail and Cream-banded swallowtail.

 

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The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, celebrated for its biodiversity and floral kingdom. It has one of the richest ecosystems in Africa.

The forest acts as an important water catchment where streams and rivers provide water to the surrounding densely populated agricultural land.  

 

The primary attraction in the park is the mountain gorillas. This population of around 340 individuals is half of the world's entire population. They are endangered, yet here there are 4 groups that are habituated to the presence of humans in their natural habitat.

Visitors can visit the park any time throughout the year, although conditions in the park are more difficult during the rainy season. Please note that guests need a permit for gorilla trekking.

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Safari Lodges within Bwindi National Park

Gorilla Forest Camp

Gorilla Forest Camp is the only property within the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and consists of eight luxury tents. The camp overlooks the forest and offers gorilla trekking.

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The Engagi Lodge

The Engagi Lodge is situated amongst the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Bwindi National Park of Uganda. The lodge is ideal for large groups and families. Gorilla trekking, bird watching and walking trails are popular activities at the lodge.

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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge consisting of ten independent lodges. Guests can look forward to sightings of mountain gorillas while enjoying mountain trekking.

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Bwindi Lodge

Bwindi Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge situated in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest of Uganda. Guests can look forward to sightings of the world famous mountain gorillas, bird watching and bush walks.

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Bwindi National Park Game Viewing and Activities

Gorilla tracking is Bwindi National Park’s main attraction. Guests are taken on guided walks through the forest observing monkeys, bird watching and gorilla trekking, while a walk to a waterfall is included. Bird watching is popular within the national park, with an incredible 350 species having been recorded, including the short-tailed warbler and blue-headed sunbird.

Such beautiful biodiversity in this park includes a whopping 120 species of mammal, 10 of which are primates and up to 45 are small mammal species. Predatory species include the African civet, side-striped jackal and African golden cat. There are over 200 species of butterfly, adding to this reserves endless wildlife appeal.

Learn more about the locals and cultures by visiting local handcraft shops and Batwa community where locals perform songs and dance about their former life in the forest. Learn a new skill at the Nkuringo Cultural Centre where guests can choose from a variety of workshops, including African cooking, traditional weaving, dancing, drumming and more.

 

Bwindi National Park Seasons and Climate

Uganda straddles the equator, which bisects the country through its capital, Kampala. This means that the country enjoys a tropical climate with relatively unnoticeable seasonal changes. There is a lot of rain, particularly in the north, while the rain in the south is more regularly interrupted by dry weather.

The game parks and safari destinations in northern Uganda experience rain consistently from March until November, with a noticeable dry season taking over from December to February, which are also the hottest months of the year (up to 40 degrees Celsius). The southern region of the country has less consistent rain and lower temperatures (up to 33 degrees), although rain could be expected at any time.

In the south there is a rainy season from March to May and again from September to November, while drier weather (with drizzle) occurs in mid-summer from December to February. The driest months in the south come with the cooler temperatures in June, July and August (low 20s).

Top Destinations

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is an eco-friendly lodge located on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and provides sweeping views of the valley below. Two of the cottages at the lodge are spacious, ideal for families and large groups.

Gorilla Forest Camp is a permanent luxury tented camp located in the mountains of Bwindi National Park. It is the only luxury property within the forest and consists of 8 stylish tents, each furnished with two queen sized beds.

Bwindi Lodge is an eco-friendly accommodation, facing onto the park and is the ideal location for gorilla trekking. The lodge has been constructed in order to fit in with the local community and environment.

The Engagi Lodge consists of 8 ensuite cottages overlooking views of the Bwindi Forest. The lodge is a luxury property offering guests unique sounds and sightings of gorillas, chimpanzees, birds and a range of flora.

 

How to Get There

Uganda is a very special destination in East Africa, neighbouring Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. There are 10 national parks in Uganda, and due to its small size, most of these destinations are accessible by road.

Sun Safaris will fly guests to the main international airport in the country, which is in Entebbe. This is the primary entry point into the country, located less than 50km from the capital city, Kampala.

Most national parks do have local airstrips, which can be used for guests to reach their safari destinations in record time, but at quite a cost. Light air transfers to the parks will depart from Entebbe International Airport at scheduled times.

Alternatively, upon arrival in Entebbe, guests will connect with a road transfer arranged by Sun Safaris to take guests to their booked accommodation.

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