Birding Safari Safety in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Yes, the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is very safe for birding safari with over 350 different bird species so far recorded in the park and of which 23 are endemic to the area. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is among the best birding destinations in Uganda in the southwestern part of the country in Kabale, Kisoro, and Kanungu districts. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to endangered species of mountain gorillas, over 120 species of mammals, 350 bird species, and over 324 tree species. The park has 4 sectors offering gorilla trekking with different gorilla families and there are some activities that can be done in these sectors among which include birding, cultural tours, and nature walks
Birding adventure safari in the Jungle of Bwindi impenetrable forest national park
Birding in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can be done in all sectors of the park but the best region is the Ruhija region with birding best done in Mubwindi swamp. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is home to over 350 bird species with 23 endemics to this region. Some of the birds endemic to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park include Archer’s Robin-Chat, Neumann’s Warbler, Lagden’s Bush-shrike, Blue-headed Sunbird, Dusky Crimson-wing, Strange Weaver, Rwenzori Double-collared Sunbird, Regal Sunbird, Purple-breasted Sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Collared Apalis, Montane Masked Apalis, Kivu Ground Thrush, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Yellow-crested Helmet Shrike, Red-throated Alethe, Stripe-breasted Tit, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin.
Other notable species in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park include; Wood Warbler, Handsome Francolin, Turner’s Eremomela, Green-headed Sunbird, Evergreen Warbler, Yellow-browed Camaroptera, Chestnut-throated Apalis, Rwenzori Batis, Buff-throated Apalis, African Pitta, Cabanis’s Greenbul, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Cassin’s Honeybird, Hairy-breasted Barbet, Cardinal Woodpecker, Chestnut Wattle-eye, Cinnamon-chested Bee-eater, Common Bulbul, Compact Weaver, Coppery Sunbird, Dark-backed Weaver, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Dusky Long-tailed Cuckoo, Dusky Tit, Stripe-breasted Tit, Fan-tailed Widowbird, Yellow-mantled Widowbird, Red-headed Malimbe, Fork-tailed Drongo, Great Blue Turaco, Grey Apalis, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Green Crombec, Grey-headed Sparrow, Crowned Hornbill, White-tailed Blue-flycatcher, Brown Woodland Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Green Hylia, Grey-throated Barbet, Tiny Sunbird, Green-throated Sunbird, Grey-backed/Green-backed Camaroptera, Grey-headed Negrofinch, White-breasted Negrofinch, Honeyguide Greenbul, Klass’ Cuckoo, Collared Sunbird, and many more forest species.
What is the price of birding safari in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park?
For any birder to carry out any birding activity in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park, they must possess a birding permit which is bought from the park offices. The birding permit for Bwindi impenetrable forest national park costs $30 for both foreign non-residents and foreign residents while East African Citizens pay UGX10,000.
Getting to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park?
Birders to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can access the park either by road transport or air transport.
By road transport: Tourists visiting Bwindi for birding can access any of the sectors in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park from Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara- Kabale road taking 8-9 hours driving. Travelers from Rwanda to Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for birding can access any of the sectors of the park via the Katuna border in Kabale and Chanika border in Kisoro taking only 4-5 hours.
By air transport: Birders can access Bwindi impenetrable forest national park by booking chattered flights with your tour operator from Entebbe international airport or Kajjansi airstrip to Kisoro airstrip or Kihihi airstrip inside Bwindi impenetrable forest national park.
What is the best time to visit Bwindi impenetrable forest national park for birding safari?
Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can bed visited at any time of the year for birding safaris but the best time to visit the park is the dry season of June to September and December to February when there is little or no rainfall. The dry season also comes with thin vegetation cover for clear views of birding, the trials in the park are dry and less slippery while the roads leading to the parks are passable.
Birding in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park can also be done in the dry season because there are migratory birds in the park during that time, and there is plenty of food everywhere in the park for birds which means birds are easily seen. The rainy season has the advantage of enjoying huge discounts on accommodation facilities but there is plenty of rainfall which makes the roads slippery.
Accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park during birding safaris
Various lodges and hotels where travelers can stay during a birding safari in the park. The accommodation facilities are spread in different sectors of the park and they range from budget to mid-range to luxury options. The accommodation facilities in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park in different sectors include.
Rushaga- Gorilla Safari Lodge, Bwindi Backpackers Lodge, Rushaga Gorilla havens lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Nshongi Camp, Rushaga Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Valley Lodge, Four Gorilla Lodge, Ichumbi Gorilla Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, and Rushaga Gorilla Camp.
Ruhija – Bakiga Lodge, Gorilla Mist Camp, Cuckooland Tented Camp, Ruhija campsite, Broadbill Forest Camp, Ruhija Safari Lodge, Gift of nature lodge, Agadi Eco Lodge, Ruhija Community Rest Camp, and Trekkers Tavern among others.
Nkuringo – Nkuringo Gorilla Safari Lodge, Bwindi Back Packer’s Lodge, Lake Mulehe Gorilla Safari Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla Heights Lodge, and Crested Crane Bwindi lodge among others
Buhoma sector – Buhoma Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Trekkers Tavern, Engagi lodge, Jungle View Lodge, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi View Lodge, Mahogany Springs, Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp, Gorilla Conservation Camp, Gorilla resort, Jungle View Lodge, and Volcanoes Safaris Bwindi Lodge among others.
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