Attractions found in Bwindi national park 2024 – 2025 : There are various attractions found in Bwindi national park which is situated in the south western part of Uganda. Bwindi national park is among the popular destinations visited in Uganda and some of the attractions which can be seen during tours around the destination include the following;

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  1. Mountain gorillas

Mountain gorillas are among the famous attractions which can be seen when visiting Bwindi national park.

When visiting the mountain gorillas in Bwindi National Park, tourists can visit the different gorilla families in the 4 sectors of the national park which include Rushaga sector, Buhoma sector, Nkuringo sector and Ruhija sector.

The Rushaga sector and Nkuringo sector are found in the southern part of Bwindi national park and gorilla tours in the northern part of Bwindi can be done in Buhoma sector while Ruhija sector is located in the western part of Bwindi.

The gorillas of Bwindi national park can be seen during activities such as gorilla trekking and gorilla habituation carried out throughout the year at the destination. While gorilla trekking takes place in all sector of the national park, gorilla habituation is done in Rushaga sector.

To take part in gorilla trekking experiences in Bwindi national park, tourists are required to have gorilla permits which allow them to spend time with the gorillas in their natural habitat in all the sectors of the park.

A gorilla permit in Bwindi national park costs 800 USD for foreign nonresidents, 700 USD for foreign residents and East African citizens are charged a fee of 300,000 Uganda shillings for the gorilla permit.

A briefing is done before starting the gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi national park and this is done at the park headquarters by the park officials. This activity takes place early in the morning and is compulsory for tourists engaging in gorilla tours at the destinations.

Tourists are divided into groups of 8 to visit a gorilla family in Bwindi national park during gorilla trekking and they are led by ranger guides as they explore the natural habitat of the mountain gorillas.

The time spent in the presence of the gorillas during the gorilla trekking experience in Bwindi national park is 1 hour during which tourists can observe the gorillas and watch them closely. Different rules and regulations are put in place by Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) to be followed during this activity such as maintaining a distance of 7 meters from the gorillas, not using flash photography, not littering in the forest among others.

The encounter with gorillas during gorilla habituation in Bwindi national park involves getting the gorillas used to human presence in their natural habitat. The permit for gorilla habituation costs 1500 USD for foreign nonresidents, 1000 USD for foreign residents and 750,000 Uganda shillings for East African citizens.

Tourists below the age of 15 years are not allowed to visit the gorillas in Bwindi national park and permits are issued to individuals above this age. When visiting Uganda, gorillas can also be seen in Mgahinga national park.

The best time to see the gorillas found in Bwindi national park is during the dry season from June to October and also in December to February when the trails followed are easy to trek through in search for  the mountain gorillas.

  1. Birds in Bwindi forest

Bwindi national park is also a destination with many bird species making it an ideal place to engage in bird watching experiences during safaris in Uganda.

There are over 350 bird species found in different parts of Bwindi national park and this includes Albertine rift endemics. Some of the birds found in the national park include African Green Broadbill, Grey-Throated Barbet, Montane Masked Apalis, Handsome Francolin, Regal Sunbird, Rwenzori Turaco, African Emerald Cuckoo, Black-Billed Turaco, Black Bee-eater, Short-tailed Warbler, Ross’s Turaco, Malachite Kingfisher, Regal Sunbird, Red-faced Barbet and many others.

Some of the bird watching spots in Bwindi national park include the Buhoma waterfall trail, Mubwindi swamp among others. The best time to see the different bird species in the national park is during the months of March to September and also in April and November.

  1. Diverse habitat

The diverse nature of habitat in Bwindi national park is another attraction which tourists can experience during visits to the destination.

Guided nature walks and hiking are among the different ways that tourists can explore the diverse Bwindi National Park during their tours around the park. These activities bring tourists closer to nature and they can also see many bird species as well as primates found in the park.

Attractions found in Bwindi national park 2024 - 2025
Batwa people

Some of the trails followed when exploring Bwindi National Park include the Munyaga trail, Kashasha river trail, Bamboo trail, Rushura hill trail among others.

Another attraction found in Bwindi National Park is waterfalls such as the Munyaga waterfalls which can be visited during hiking and nature walks around the park.

  1. Local communities

The local communities can also be visited during tours around Bwindi National Park for a chance to experience their culture and way of life.

Tourists can interact with the Batwa people and also the Bakiga as they visit the communities around Bwindi National Park.

The Batwa people are known for being the group of people who lived in Bwindi forest for many years before relocating to the neighboring villages. They are pygmies and when interacting with them, tourists engage in traditional dance performances, learning how to make fire using sticks and also honey collection and learning how to hunt the local way and also getting to know about the different herbs used to treat different ailments by the local medicine men. Batwa also act as guides for tourists during the Batwa trail experience.

Interactions with the Bakiga living around Bwindi national park involves learning how to prepare local food, making local banana gin, basket weaving, traditional dances and also visiting the local farms.

  1. Butterflies in Bwindi national park

Tourists can also see various butterfly species during tours around Bwindi national park which is home to over 200 species of butterflies.

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