For Bwindi; 'the angel is in the details' - if you like! That's quite an interesting way to put it ... but without doubt, many visitors that come to this place, are here for the gorillas to start with ...
... Hullo! You are in for a surprise treat. The beauty is, this place can be visited all year round, although the conditions in the park get a little more knotty in the rainy season ... and so that you know, the park is in a remote location and reaching it could be quite challenging with the twisty poor roads that do get really wet in the rainy season - but which could be a thrilling experience if you have not see anything like that before ...
Again, have yourselves a good 4x4 - you will be glad that I kept mentioning this.
With the Mountain Gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is perhaps top of the list for majority of visitors that come to see tourist attractions in Uganda ... but for a moment, you will be surprised at how much more this park offers;
Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi
The gorillas live in over nine habituated groups that are open to tourism. These can be reached through different entrance gates. Doesn't really matter which one - much will depend on; from which way you access the park. These groups are in ; Mubare, Rushaga, Ruhija, Nyundo, Buhoma and Nkuringo
However, if you wish to do any gorilla tracking, you will need to obtain a permit from the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to do so - for purposes of control, just in case the visitors' numbers are overwhelming ... but also that these creatures do get excited some times and react to tourists. You will find quite a few strict rules to follow! For such an endangered species, you will understand why!
Guided walks through the park are another exciting activity. If you are enthusiastic about birds, then this would be the chance for bird watching (350 species recorded, including 23 endemics). You will have chance to see more wildlife - different primates, the butterflies and more ... You could also decide to walk to the waterfalls - lovely scenery!
The colourful bit about these walks is that some of these are local community-run village walks that will guide you through the culture and lifestyle of the Batwa pygmies and Bakiga tribes - Good way to support these local communities! These will get you to different parts of the forest with amazing views of the forest covered hills.
Have some loose change with you - you will love the items in their local crafts shops. A visit to the blacksmith and the lively cultural dances will delight your evenings. Some of these local communities run accommodation facilities and camping sites that are much cheaper than the top end places - check them out!
Mountain Biking - Yes! lovely way to keep fit in the forest. There is a well-looked-after cycling track from the park headquarters at Buhoma to River Ivi. This approximately 13km trial will take you through the wilderness of the forested hills with lots of wildlife to see along the way.
... And if your interest is to do Research in Bwindi - could be for study or education purposes, there is an opportunity here. Contact UWA for details about what you require. Drop them a line here; (Tel) +256 414 355000, +256 312 355000 (Email) firstname.lastname@example.org, to find out more ... There is a gorilla group designated specifically for doing research.
Lovely! That is a lot more than just the gorillas - what do you think? Have yourselves a wonderful time and don't forget to let me know how it went. I would certainly be delighted to hear from you.
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