Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is situated in south western Uganda, the park is registered under the world heritage site. The main purpose as to why Bwindi was gazetted, is to conserve the life of the endangered mountain gorillas from threatening hunting practises by the people who spent most of their life in the forest. Bwindi national park, is diverse with many animal species, the forest is a habitat to over 130 mammal species, 350 recorded bird species, 230 buffer fly species, 20 primate species which include; chimpanzees, black and white colobus monkeys, different tree species, plant species which include, ferns among others.
Bwindi impenetrable forest main inhabitants are the mountain gorillas with over half of the world’s population living in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. Bwindi comprises of four different sectors from which gorilla trekking takes place that is Nkuringo, Rushaga, Ruhija, and Buhoma sectors of Bwindi. The park has got 17 habituated gorillas where by 16 families are trekked in Bwindi impenetrable forest and one is trekked in Mgahinga national park. these sectors both have gorilla habituated families opened for gorilla trekking for the travellers.
Therefore, for any person to see the gorillas, he/she will be required to purchase a gorilla trekking permit issued by Uganda wildlife authority as agate pass to the forest for gorilla trekking, the fee paid for these activities is used in the conservation of the gorillas and for the development of the tourism industry. The permits can be bought directly or through the registered tour operators in Uganda offering tourism packages for Bwindi impenetrable national park activities.
The permit is an Authorised Identity for travellers entering the park and visiting the gorillas in their natural habitat. The permits cost $600 per person for foreigners, $500 for foreign residence, and UGX 250,000 for east African citizens. other activities like nature walks cost $30 for foreigners, $15 for foreign residence, and 10,000 for east African citizens. The permit fees include; the entry fees in to the park, services of an English-speaking guide, one hour with the gorillas, an armed WUA ranger guide to offer protection during the trek in the forest. Also note that the fees paid for the permit is also used in the conservation of the endangered mountain gorillas.
Note that the permit fees for gorilla trekking will increase to $700 with effect from July 1 2020 for all visitors taking part in gorilla trekking. There fore you can book your gorilla permit now when the price is still $600 per person and bit the cost of the permits $700 per person. you can secure the permits in advance before June 30th 2020 which is the deadline for permits at $600.
Bwindi impenetrable forest has got a variety of lodges which travellers can stay in during their visits in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park. the lodges range from luxury, mid-range and luxury lodges to meet the interest on the clients. The lodges include; Trekker’s Tarvern lodge, Gorilla mist camp, Buhoma community, Nkuringo Bwindi lodge, Ruhija gorilla safari lodge, Ichumbi gorilla lodge, Rushaga gorilla camp, chameleon hill lodge, Mahogany springs lodge among others. The lodges are located in four sectors of Bwindi meaning that visitors are advised to book accommodation nearer to the trekking location in order for an early morning rise since gorilla trekking begins early morning with the briefing at the park headquarters about the dos and the don’ts of gorillas.