Bwindi Impenetrable forest is one of the best places you must visit when in Uganda. It’s a famous home for the great mountain gorillas. This prehistoric forest came into existence due to the relocation of the earth that formed the western rift. One may ask himself as to why the park is called Bwindi but this in the local lauguage of Bagika meaning darkness. Calling it the impenetrable forest means that not only the forest is difficult to trek but also fearceful. It’s also covered by tree canopies which are adventurous, provide no room for light. More so, there is a river deep into the forest that is great for sightseeing. You can track the mountain gorillas and it’s acknowledged to the best spot for tracking gorillas compared to Rwanda and Congo.
Mountain Gorillas are famous in this Impenetrable forest although there are other species discovered in plenty. There are over 310 species of butterflies recorded, 310 different types of trees with about 100 of luscious ferns and 346 various species of birds together with those that are only spotted in the western rift valley. This impenetrable forest is also a home to hundreds of primates such as Olive baboons, black and white colobus monkeys, Red tailed monkeys, vervet monkeys, L Hoests monkeys and many others. This unbelievable forest is a hub for the marvelous diversity enclosed by the beautifully terraced farmlands. The flora as well as Fauna discovered in this area makes it the best place for tracking the mountain gorillas.
Gorilla tracking is awesome due to the different locations from where to track gorillas. This means that each different gorilla family or group originates from a different area thus making the activity awesome. These include the following;
Ruhija area is an adventurous area to track mountain gorillas. It has two habituated gorilla groups that is; Oruzogo group and Bitukura gorilla. It is important to book accommodation around where the tracking is going to take place if you are interested in gorilla tracking. These range from luxury, moderate as well as budget. This area is also famous for bird watching, it has various species of birds that you can spot while tracking gorillas. Other activities include village walk, meaning that you can see the Batwa people. You may hike the waterfalls or take a guided walk to see Mubwindi swamp or perhaps the Bamboo trail that is surrounded by different types of vegetation. You may decide to relax as you enjoy the beautiful scenery of lake Bunyonyi along with the Impenetrable forest thus making it the best place for gorilla tracking.
There is also Buhoma area that has the lowest altitude in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Tracking gorillas in Buhoma is very easier compared to other areas. The accommodation is in plenty ranging from super luxury, luxury, moderate and budget. All these have an amazing view overlooking the impenetrable forest. Surprisingly some lodges are visited by gorillas, this is also awesome and exciting. Buhoma area is well known for having three habituated gorilla groups and these include Rushegura group, Habinyanja group as well as Mubare group. Besides the gorillas, you can engage in other activities like taking a village walk where you will be able to learn about peopls’ culture and way of life which is adventurous. You can hike into Bwindi to see river munyagwa if not engage in village bike rides and all guided by a ranger.
Talk about Nkuringo area, it is quite strenuous although one place with beautiful sceneries of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. While tracking gorillas in this area, you are likely to burn lots of calories but in the end rewarding. The encounter is amazing as you track the Nkuringo group. You will have so much to tell when you go back home. Accommodation ranges from luxury, moderate and budget. All with magnificent views overlooking the impenetrable forest. Other activities that you may not miss out include taking a village walk where you will taste the local peoples’ brew and visit their traditional healer. You may take a guided walk to the top to see the stunning views of Virunga Volcano making Bwindi one amazing place to visit for gorilla tracking.
Rushaga area is located in the southern sector of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park. Accommodation ranges from budget, mid rage to luxury basing on your choice. Rushaga area is a famous home for three habituated gorilla groups and these include; Nshongi group, Mishaya group as well as Kahungye group. The other two are recently added and these are Bweza group and Busingye gorilla group. They are believed to have split off from the Nshong and Kahungye gorilla group due to family problems. The dominant silverback Mishaya separated from Nshongi gorilla family thus starting its own group called Mishaya group found in Rushaga area. Besides tracking the gorillas in Rushaga area, you can go bird watching, hike the trails or take a village walk to see the batwa people. All this makes Bwindi an adventurous place for gorilla tracking.
One should have this in mind that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a rainforest that is always covered with morning mist all throughout the year. Although the possibility of rain keeps increasing during the rainy seasons these are between April, May, October and November. All you have to do if you are interested in tracking gorillas, book your safari in advance with a reliable tour operator. This goes with purchasing a gorilla permit in time and thus getting the most adventurous gorilla group to track. This also makes lodging easy giving you a chance to choose the best accommodation that will make your safari rewarding and memorable and awesome.