Birding trips in Bwindi forest
Birding trips in Bwindi forest National Park: Bwindi forest is a prime top birding destination spot and was named as Africa’s number one birding spot by Africa Bird Club. If you have limited time in Uganda and you must choose only one park for birding then, Bwindi should be your choice. It is easily accessible for birding with birding trails in the forest leading to different area including the waterfall trail. It is home to about 350 species of birds which include 23 Albertine Rift endemics and 14 of which are recorded nowhere else in Uganda. There are excellent site guides in the communities who are very knowledgeable about the birds in the area especially the endemics. These join you as you take your birding trip into the forest Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park located in the southwestern region of the country, on the edge of the rift valley commonly referred to as the impenetrable forest, Bwindi National Park is bordered by the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) on the western side; Kabale town to the southeast is the nearest main town to the Park, 29 kilometers away by road. It covers an area of 331 square kilometers and is located in the highest parts of Kigezi highlands with an altitude of 1,190 to 2,607 meters above sea level and 60% of this magical park has an elevation of over 2,000 meters above sea level. The highest elevation in the park is Rwamunyonyi hill at the eastern edge and the lowest part of the park is located at its most northern tip.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest became popular to the World because of Gorilla tracking; it is a habitat for more than half of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorilla population in the world and birding tours in Uganda. These gentle primates are highly endangered species and the forest possesses more than 360 individuals of the plausible 800 plus Mountain Gorillas in the entire world. They are highly endangered because of poaching, habitat loss and diseases. This National park generates one of the highest revenues to Uganda Wildlife Authority amongst all the National Parks in Uganda.
Bwindi National Park is a world heritage site for mountain gorilla tracking experience which is the tourist attraction and highlight in East Africa and in Uganda. With different Gorilla families that can be booked by 8 tourists per Gorilla family per day. They are inhabitant in four sectors of Buhoma the Northern part, Ruhija the Eastern part, Nkuringo the Southern part, and Rushaga still in the Southern part of Bwindi and all are under the protection of Uganda Wildlife Authority the government body in charge of all Uganda National Parks.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a typical tropical rain forest with an annual mean temperature range of a minimum of 7–15°C to a maximum of 20–27°C. Its annual rainfall ranges from 1,400 to 1,900 millimeters. The heavy rains climax from March to April and from September to November. It is endangered with various attractions like Waterfalls, Swamps, Rivers that flows to the north, west and south directions that include River Ntegyere, River ishasha very perfect spots for Birding trips in Bwindi forest
Bwindi forest National Park was renamed as crown forest in 1932, by that time it had two blocks the north and the south block which was designed as kasatora crown forest. The area was composed of 207 kilometers squared and it was under the control of Uganda government forest reserve.
The Park later on, it was established in 1991 and turned to be Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park that covers an area of 330.8 kilometers, with a number of Mountain Gorillas. During the reservation of the forest there was large impact on the Batwa people who were not allowed to enter the National park.
Besides Birding trips in Bwindi forest, the National park is a forest reserve which is home and a habitat of mountain Gorillas . The park is the biggest fauna community in East Africa and in 1960 to 1970 a number of mountain Gorillas were captured in captive and no baby Gorillas survived in the captivity.