Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park; Into the Realm of the Silverbacks
Deep in the ancient heart of Africa, among the awe-inspiring rolling hills and vast landscapes, lies a natural sanctuary of extraordinary ecosystems and biodiversity well known as the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, a natural wonderland and home to the endangered mountain gorillas.
Uniquely located in the southwestern region of Uganda the Pearl of Africa, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park stands as a symbol of the gorilla and wildlife conservation efforts in the country and all over Africa.
The park spans an area of 331 square kilometers within the district of Kanungu and was designated as a park in 1991 as well as declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site in 1994.
The park is one of the largest national parks in the world and is the World’s best tourist destination for trekking mountain gorillas with over 300 individuals and other rare primate species like the Black and white Colombus Monkeys, chimpanzees among others. The park also harbors over 120 mammal species, 350 bird species, and 200 tree species.
Sectors and families in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
There are four (4) sectors in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park including Ruhija, Rushaga, Buhoma & Nkuringo. Each sector is different in accessibility, trekking experience, and altitude.
Despite the different locations of these sectors, it is very possible to connect from one sector to another with ease.
The Buhoma Sector is located in the northern part of Bwindi Impenetrable national park. This sector can be easily accessed from the Kihihi airstrip and is the most visited sector more than the others.
The sector is a 2hr drive from Kabale town which is close to the park and also a 4hrs drive from Ishasha Sector well known for its tree-climbing lions.
Buhoma is well known because its home to the first habituation family of the Gorilla called the Mubare and it’s the easiest sector to trek even more convenient for older people.
Located on the Eastern part of the park, the Ruhija sector is more suitable for you transferring from Queen Elizabeth National Park via the Ishasha sector.
The sector is home to habituated gorilla families including the Bitukura family, Kyaguriro family, and Oruzungu family, and it is the coldest among all the 4 sectors.
The Rushaga Sector is located in the southern part of the park, and it has the highest number of habituated gorilla families. This is one of the sectors where gorilla habituation is currently taking place.
The sector is easily accessible from Kigali through the Cyanika border in Kisoro which is a 3hr drive. It is home to 5 gorilla families including the Bweza, Busingye, Nshonji, Kahungye, and Mishaya.
The Nkuringo sector is also located in the southern part of the park and is home to the Nkuringo habituated gorilla family. The sector is well known for its views of Mount Nyiragongo and Mount Nyamuragira. This is one of the most challenging sectors to trek in due to its higher altitude however it has the best views of the surrounding landscapes because it has high altitudes.
The sector is easily accessed from Kabale District which is a 3hr drive on the Kabale-Kisoro highway.