A 2006 census of the mountain gorilla population in the park showed that its numbers had increased from 320 individuals in 2002 to 340 individuals in 2006.Currently estimated at 786 gorilla. Disease and habitat loss are the greatest threat to the gorillas. Uganda gorilla tours is the main activity in the park and looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and touching wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer. There are basically four major gorilla groups with in the park that are tracked on the daily basis and these include the following.
The Mubare group with 16 gorillas and 1 silverback, The Habinyanja group which has about 23 gorillas with 2silver backs, The Rushegura group with 9 gorillas and 1 silver back. The latest of all the gorilla groups in is the Nkuringo group which has about 20 gorillas and 2silver backs. Gorilla trails allows only limited number of tourists to trail the different groups of the gorillas per day and that is 8 people per group are allowed to track the gorillas.But we should not let it distract from Bwindi's broader biodiversity, a result of its immense olden days and an altitude span from 1,160 to 2,607m. The national park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black-and-white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail, is prominent. The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics present.
Bwindi National park Uniqueness
Several people all over the world travel for different reasons and interest but among them include seeing the gorillas. Tourists travel to Uganda (Bwindi national park) for gorilla tracking though the country has a lot to offer including wildlife, sight seeing and adventure. Have you ever imagined that there is really more other great things to see and enjoy with in Bwindi forest? which can make your vacation holiday more exciting than you have ever imagin,try out activities like bird watching and encounter 346 bird species, sight seeing and see around 202 butterflies, forest walk and see 163 tree species,27 frog species at the water stream,chamelons,geckos and lots of mammals.
Accommodation at the Park
Bwindi national park has different park sections with different gorilla families and accommodation. The Northern sector Buhoma, Southern sector (Bubuguri) , and South western sector (Ruhija). Besides, tourists are advised to spend a night before tracking in the accommodation close to the briefing point depending on the sector where they will do the tracking.
1) The Northern Sector Buhoma commonly known as main Bwindi because it is the one with the oldest briefing point of the park. A while a go all tourists used to be briefed at one point unlike today where the park has three Gorilla briefing points to make it easier and convenient to all tourists who gather for the Gorilla tracking activity.
Gorilla Forest Camp is the most luxury tented accommodation inside the park boundaries ...[ READ MORE ]
close to the UWA Head quarters in just a walkable distance outside the parks ...[ READ MORE ]
This is a lodge with great location in this sector, very clean and with nice details ...[ READ MORE ]
A lodge worth the price. Ideal staying two nights in order to enjoy its prestigouse atmosphere...[ READ MORE ]
This lodge is ideal for those looking for a Delightful Gorilla experience in Ruhijas ...[ READ MORE ]
Silver back lodge Bwindi is the answer with a majestic view of the forest..........[ READ MORE ]
Bwindi Impenetrable National park : Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda in East Africa. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley.
There are a range of safari lodges in Bwindi national park.There are ranging from Luxury high end , Midrange safari Lodges and the budget safari lodges. We only feature the endorsed lodges.
• Gorilla Forest Camp
•Buhoma Lodge Bwindi
•Ruhija Gorilla safari lodge
•Gorilla Mist Camp Ruhija
Safari attractions in Bwindi National park include the gigantic Mountain gorillas in the rainforest. There are several families in Buhoma , Nkuringo , Ruhija , etc.
All these offer a wealth of watching and learning opportunities.
Hippos are the third largest animal on land. Only elephants and some rhinos are bigger. An adult male hippopotamus can weigh as much as 3200 kg (7000 lbs), but are usually around 2300 kg (5000 lbs). Adult females only weigh about 1800 kg (4000 lbs).
There are several organisations in African that have partnered together for the conservation goal of these Mountain gorillas.
There is the IGCP which was formed in 1991 and also comprises of a coalition of three of their partners : African Wildlife Foundation (AWF), Fauna & Flora International (FFI) and the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF).
The partnership also incorporates the respective protected area authorities of the three countries in which IGCP works: the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and the Institut Congolais pour la Conservation de la Nature (ICCN).
Other refferences for Trips to Ugandan National parks visit : African Dawn Safaris