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Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda? 12-Reasons why you should

Posted by on July 23, 2020

12 – Reasons Why You Should Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda? – Here are the reasons that you should visit

Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda?  A question that is often asked.  The name of the Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest may cause you to think twice before putting it on your Bucket list this year; however, the reality is that it is a lot easier to visit and to Trek Gorillas in than most realize.  

Why Impenetrable Forest in Uganda?  CNN Travel usually gets its right. In April 2019, it picked Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site, as the most beautiful place in the World. CNN Travel already had named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as one of the best parks in Africa. 

Additionally, National Geographic Traveller (UK Edition) put Uganda on its Cool List for 2019 – the Reason – Safe Gorilla Trekking at an affordable price.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is Gorilla Park, different from the others in that it is not part of the Virunga Volcanoes.  It is older than the other parks in that it survived the Tectonic Shift that shaped the surrounding area.  This Afromontane Forest attracts not only Gorilla Trekkers but Birders worldwide since it was crowned the best Birding Destination in Africa.  

On top of all of that, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the only Mountain Gorilla Park where Chimpanzees are living in the same Forest with Mountain Gorillas. They are not tracked here, but you might see them on a Gorilla Trek.

Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest? You most likely have enough reasons by now, but those that need a bit more convincing, we have compiled ten more of them below.

Here are 12 -Reasons for Why you should Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

1. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Affordable Gorilla Trekking

Uganda’s lower Permit price is the reason that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has become the Premier Mountain Gorilla Destination. The what we call “the Great Gorilla Trekker Migration” to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest took place after Rwanda raised its Gorilla Permit Prices to $1,500 and declared itself a Luxury Gorilla Safari Destination.

Common Sense Prevailed with the Uganda Wildlife Authority, and they kept the price of permits at the current levels. Affordability without a compromise in the quality of the experience. Add to that the vast array of lodges, safety, and security, and it is no wonder that African Travelers visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Oddly, Uganda never used the price advantage in promoting Gorilla Tourism in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Thanks to Social Networks, Travel Forums, Lonely Planet, News Articles, and websites such as Kabiza Wilderness Safaris the word did get out that Gorilla Trekking remains affordable and within reach of most in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

2. Bwindi Forest is Home to more Mountain Gorillas – More Daily Permits.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to over 400 mountain gorillas. Uganda in both Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi has over half of the Mountain Gorilla Population that remains in the Wild of Africa.  Bwindi Forest, along with Mgahinga Gorilla Park, has more habituated Gorilla Families to visit than any other country- 20 Groups – Rwanda has ten groups.

There is also one group that you can visit for four hours on the Gorilla Habituation Experience Trek.

More Habituated Gorilla Families mean more Permits for visitors to the Park.  There are 136 permits for each day compared to 80 in Rwanda.

More Gorilla Groups to visit – More Permits Issued – another reason why many flocks to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

3. More Time with Gorillas on a Gorilla Habituation Experience:

The Gorilla Habituation Experience, an all-day trek where you spend 4 hours with a gorilla family and researchers.  This activity is only available in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Rushaga, southern area of the Park.

The Gorilla Habituation differs from a Gorilla Trek in that you are not just an observer, but you are an active participant in the Habituation Process.

It is now a permanent activity offering by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.  Since its inception, it has become one of the most successful new activities in Uganda.  Many of our Bwindi Forest going clients choose it over a typical 1-hour gorilla trek.  It is 1500 USD for the permit. However, no one has ever complained.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience is a significant reason that Visitors come to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Spend more time, up to 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family on an All-Day Gorilla Habituation Experience. 

 4. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – 2019 CNN’s – Most Beautiful Place in the World:

In 2019 CNN Travel named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as the most beautiful place in the World. Something we in tourism already knew. The rugged, stunning beauty of the ancient Afromontane Forest merely is breathtaking. Its ridges and steep valleys form a beautiful tapestry that is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

CNN Travel is only repeating what it has said before when it named Bwindi Forest as one of Africa’s Best Park. Others such as Lonely Planet, National Geographic, and others have said.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – magnetic-beautiful beyond Words.

5. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest makes CNN Travel -Best Hiking Trails in the World List

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is known for its Gorilla Treks, where you venture into the Forest for three to six hours in search of the Gentle Giants of the Forest. Most do not know that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is filled with hiking trails into and through the Forest.

You can hike through Bwindi Impenetrable Forest from Buhoma in the north to Nkuringo in the south of the Park. It is a 5-7 hour hike through the forest, depending on the trail that is chosen.

CNN and others such as Lonely Planet, National Geographic realize that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a hiker’s delight. Many visitors to the Park do now understand that you can hike in, through, and around Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

6. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site:

Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda? It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Few African Parks have received that badge of honor, and the reasons are many, including the biological diversity found in this ancient Afromontane Rainforest.

Besides being a UNESCO World Heritage, CNN named the Park as one of the Best in Africa in May 2017.  Lonely Planet named it as “one of the most unusual Honeymoon Destinations in all of the World.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a natural wonder, giving you another reason as to Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda – was voted Africa’s number one birding site (2012) by the African Bird Club and Fodor’s Travel Picks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as one of Fodor’s 10 Best Travel Destinations – 2013.

Most Visitors to the Rainforest do not realize that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

7. There are Authentic Cultural Encounters with the Batwa People:

Some come to visit Uganda to spend time with the indigenous people in the area, the Batwa People. You can see the forest through the eyes of its first people who lived for centuries. The Batwa have a lot to teach us. How to live in harmony with the environment as hunters and gatherers. They had no permanent villages. They did not burn down the forest to farm. They coexisted with their environment, including the Mountain Gorillas.

Evicted in 1991 from their beloved Forest and today are conservation refugees living outside of the Forest. The Bwindi Batwa Forest Experience in the south and the Batwa Experience in the Buhoma keep the ways, culture, and traditions alive. You learn how the Batwa lived, and for most, that is an eyeopener.

8. More Things to Do:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is more than Mountain Gorillas, and you can easily spend a week trekking, hiking, birding, and experience the local culture with the Batwa People – the first people of the Forest or the Bakiga people who came later to this area on a village Walk.

Mountain Biking in the Buhoma is a favorite activity, as is birding.  Hike inside or outside of the Park. You can even hike through the Park and continue down to Lake Mutanda the following day.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, other primates, birds, even forest Elephants is found here.  Explore and discover this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Visiting Bwindi Forest means Gorilla Trekking, but also Hiking in and through the Forest, Birding, Cultural Visits with the Batwa People, Mountain Biking, Village Visits.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a place of Discovery in the Pearl of Africa.

9. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest means Safe & Secure Gorilla Trekking:

Bwindi Impenetrable is one of the Safe Gorilla Trekking Parks.  The other two are Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is safe and secure for Visitors, including those trekking the Mountain Gorillas.  Your Trekking Permits pay for conservation efforts, 20% go to Community projects in the surrounding area of the Park, and keeping the Park area safe and secure for Visitors.

Gorilla Tourism means you invest in the country you are visiting, and Uganda, in turn, keeps you safe and secure because you are an investor in the country.

There are no Guerillas in Uganda, only Gorillas and the government is doing everything to keep it just that way.

Safe Gorilla Trekking and other activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – a significant reason to visit.

10. More Lodging Choices – affordable prices:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest gives more Lodging Choices from Shoestring to Exclusive Luxury World-Class Lodges.  They are spread in, around, and near to the Gorilla Trekking Trailheads located in the Park.   Not only does Bwindi Impenetrable Forest give you a

variety of lodging choices but also value.

The daily rates of the exclusive lodges are hundreds of dollars less than in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi Lodge in the Buhoma area that gives you the most value in a luxury lodge is an example of an exclusive lodge in reach of many.

All Lodges that serve Gorilla Trekkers in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest have 24/7 Security for their guests.

You need a tour operator to help you pick the lodge that fits your budget and wishes when it comes to the level of comfort you desire.

11. Easy Access from Kigali Rwanda – 4-Hour Drive:

There is a way to access Bwindi Forest easily, in a way that most Gorilla Trekkers do not realize.  You can fly into Rwanda, then drive to the southern Bwindi Forest area such as Rushaga in 4 hours plus and trek gorillas or do the Habituation Experience.

It means saving time and money.  Instead of a long drive from Entebbe or Kampala, flying into Kigali shortens the trip and saves money over flying to the Park with Aerolink Airlines.

It Is the way that about 70% plus of clients get to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. They fly into Rwanda, trek Gorillas in Uganda. And we add on other activities in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Lake Mutanda, Lake Bunyonyi, Queen Elizabeth Park, Lake Mburo, and the primate capital of East Africa, Kibale Forest.

If you have been on a Safari in Kenya, you can quickly fly into Kigali and trek Gorillas in Uganda in the Southern area of the Impenetrable Forest.

Easy Access to Bwindi – fly into Rwanda and Trek in Uganda. 

12. Favorable Weather

Gorilla Trekking is not a stroll in the Park. It often is a four to six-hour hike.  The picture of a hot steamy jungle comes up in the mind of many who do not know about Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. The only thing that resembles steams is the morning mist over the Forest.  The weather conditions are favorable for trekkers.

Daytime temperatures reach about 25 degrees Celsius.  It does not get over 30. At night temperatures will drop down to the teens and below. 10 to 12 degrees Celsius being the average in an area such as South Bwindi. It behooves you to bring a sweater for the evening or early morning.

You are in a rainforest where it commonly rains. It can occur almost at any time of the day. Yet most rainfall takes place at night and early in the morning. The sun comes out on most days.

Current Weather for the Southern Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest



Bwindi Impenetrable Forest-OurTake

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, we know.  We have and regularly not only sell safaris that take in a visit to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, but we also take in Bwindi Forest activities for ourselves. We know Uganda, and we know Mountain Gorillas and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

We know how to best incorporate time in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest into your Safari in the Pearl of Africa. In our humble Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is finally getting the recognition that it long deserved but did not receive.

Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest? We could give you a hundred more reasons.  We limited it to a mere 12.  Enjoy Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with us. Feel free to contact us.


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