Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Map PDF
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All National Park tariffs indicated below are effective 01 January 2009 through 30th June 2010
UWA New tariffs document Jan 2009 - June 2010 (148KB)
| Gorilla Tracking Fee
|| East African Resident
|| East Africans
| No persons under 15yrs
For additional information on Gorilla Permits please read document 'Gorilla Permits'
Direct telephone communication with the National Parks office in Buhoma is not possible.
No persons under 15 years of age may trek Gorillas
Gorilla tracking begins at 08.30. Arrive at least 15 mins prior to this for registration.
Rates do include park fee, guide fee, a certificate of trekking and community levy.
Foreign Students with valid international identity cards are allowed 25% on entrance fees.
| Visitor Entrance Fees
|| Foreign Resident
|| East Africans
| Class - Category A
|| Visitation Fees US$
|| Visitation Fees US$
|| Visitation Fees Ush
|| 1 day/night - $30-
|| 1 day/night - $20-
|| 1 day/night - Ush5,000-
| Child (5-15 years)
|| 1 day/night - $15-
|| 1 day/night - $10-
|| 1 day/night - Ush2,500-
| Child (0-5 years)
One days entrance is valid for twenty-four hours from the time of entrance.
All visitors will be required to produce valid ID's in order to determine their resident status.
Vehicles Entrance Fees:
There are no vehicle entrance fees for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.
| Guided Nature Walks
|| Foreign Resident
|| East Africans
| Up to 4 hours
| Over 4 hours
Commercial Filming Fees:
Commercial filming permits need to be applied for in Kampala at the UWA offices before proceeding to Bwindi. The cost for this per day is US$200- per person per day. You do not need a filming permit for non professional Analogue Video or Digital Video.
Gorilla filming: Less than 3 days US$3,500; 3days US$5,000, above 3 days each additional day US$1,000 per day. (This excludes Gorilla tracking permits).
It is 108km to the Park Headquarters at Buhoma from Kabale which is 414 km from Kampala. Driving the Kabale-Buhoma road requires at times a 4 Wheel drive vehicle.
All junctions on the road from Kabale to Buhoma are well sign posted (Bwindi National Park). The route takes you 17 km from Kabale on the Kisoro road where you must follow the right fork at the junction at the trading centre which takes you down to and across the floating pontoon where a toll of Ush1,000- is payable to Kabale Council at the barrier
The route continues to Kanungu. At the traffic circle turn left direction Kanyantorogo where again turn left at this traffic circle. All directions are sign posted 'Bwindi'. Pass Ntumgarmo Tea Factory and through the village of Butogota. A right turn some 15 km from Bwindi which is well sign posted signals your nearly there. There are 2 additional routes.
Forest trail - Buhoma
Route 2 Via Kabale.
At the second junction on the Kisoro road sign posted Bwindi you will arrive at Buhoma via Ruhija. This is the most scenic route. 4 wheel drive is recommended especially during the rain season.
Route 3 via Ntumgamo.
1 km after Ntumgarmo town turn right sign posted Rukungiri. This is an all weather tarmac road that will eventually be completed through to the Ishasha border post. This is the fatsed route if travelling directly from the east. At Rukungiri follow signs for Kanungu where you will pick up the Kabale-Buhoma route at the traffic circle. This is the fastest route to Bwindi from Kampala since the completion of the Ntumgamo-Rukungiri tarmac road.
By Public Transport:
There is a direct bus between Kampala and Buhoma daily in both directions. Fare is Ushs25,000-. The bus leaves Kampala at around 06.00am, arriving in Buhoma around 6 pm. The bus leaves Buhoma at 05.00am. The other alternative is the irregular pick-ups and taxis that connect Kabale and Butogota. If there is no transport from Kabale to Butogota, take a Kihihi taxi as far as Kanyantorogo, from where you can pick up the bus as it comes through from Kampala or take a private hire vehicle. Thursday is market day in Butogota when transport to there is more abundant. From Butogota you will have to arrange a taxi/pickup to take you through to Buhoma. The asking price for the vehicle hire is usually around Ushs20,000- although with bargaining people have paid as little as Ushs13,000-. There are always vehicles around for hire. The alternative is to walk the 17 kms.
Getting to Nkuringo
Nkuringo is where those tracking the Nkuringo group of habituated Mountain Gorilla's come to commence the tracking activity. The village is 39 km from Kisoro town and 90 km from Kabale travelling via Rubuguri. The route is signposted off the main Kabale-Kisoro route at KM45. Driving time from Kabale is 3 hours. Driving time from Kisoro is 90 minutes and well signposted.
Camping facilities, bandas, and a deluxe tented camp are available at Buhoma. There are no camping sites within the National Park at Buhoma. There is a simple campsite and banada accommodation currently at Nkuringo.
Nature Access Lodge (Bwindi Backpackers) Tel 0772 549088, 0782 494823, 0753 192986. This is your cheapest accommodation deal in Buhoma where the word lodge is a bit grand for what is a much needed budget travellers hostel. You will find 18 rooms with shared bathoom and toilet facilities. The first story dining room is cosy with a view that looks out over the forest. You will find the hostel just before the start of trading centre at Buhoma on the right rde of the road some 600m before the park barrier.
Single room on full board basis US$30-
Double?Twin on full board basis USD50-
Buhoma Community Rest Camp Tel. +256 (0)772 384965, +256 (0)772 529081, email: email@example.com
Safari Tents Self Contained Full Board Meal Arrangment.
Single Occupancy US$96-
Double Occupancy US$120-
Bandas and non Self Contained Rooms Full Board Meal Arrangment.
Single Occupancy US$78-
Double Occupancy US$96-
Dormitory bed US$48-
Camping US$10- per person, per night, Breakfast US$10- Lunch US$10- Dinner US$17-
Bwindi View Banda's & Gorilla Nest Campsite: Tel +256 (0)776 821998, +256 (0)772 399224, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping US$10- per person. Breakfast US$8-, Lunch US$10-, Dinner US$14-
Self Contained Rooms Full Board Meal Arrangment
Single Room US$70-
Double Room US$100-
Twin Room US$100-
Triple Room US$160-
Non Self Contained Rooms Full Board Meal Arrangment
Single Room US$50-
Double Room US$75-
Twin Room US$75-
Triple Room US$140-
Lake Kitandara Tented Camp: Tel. 0312 276878, e-mail email@example.com. Located just outside the park gate at Buhoma. The camp has recently been upgraded in 2006 with each tent supplied with piped hot water, has a flushing toilet, a hand washing and bath tap, bath room mirror, towel rack and solar power. The dinning and reception has also been refurbished
Full board rates 2009 Double US$300-, Single US$200-
Full board rates 2010 Double US$335-, Single US$225-
Buhoma Lodge: Tel (0) 414 321479 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Located within the boundary of the forest and formally known as Buhoma Homestead this upmarket lodge was completely renovated and rebuild in 2007/2008. The new main building housing the restaurant and bar has stunning views of the valley as do each of the new accommodations. This lodge is operated by Wild Frontiers Uganda.
En-suite Cottages Double occupancy US$580- per person, Single occupancy US$330-.
Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge: This is an upmarket tented camp. Bookings can be made through the Kampala office (tel 041 434 6464/5) email@example.com. The tariffs are on an all-inclusive basis including unlimited consumption of all alcoholic and soft drinks; laundry services; and any activities clients wish to do around the lodge. A complimentary massage is also offered
Twin luxury tent - US$300- resident, US$400- non resident per person full board.
Single Occupancy - US$360- resident, US$480- non resident full board.
Engagi Lodge: Tel +256 (0)41 432 0152, (0)41 432 1552, +256 (0)772 525 736, +256 (0)772 401391, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Newly opened in late 2008 and owned by Mantana African Safaris replacing the former tented camp. This 8 cottage upmarket lodge is located in a wonderful location on the fringes of the forest with views of canopy forest and the Munyaga river. Full board packages rates for 2009 East African Residents US$165- single, US$250- double, Foreign Non Residents US$325- single, US$215- double.
Gorilla Forest Camp: Tel +256 (0)414 340290 email: email@example.com, operate a luxury tented camp within the boundary of the forest. Full board packages Foreign non residents US$370- per person double, US$480- single
Gorilla Forest Camp
Gorilla Resort: The camp is composed of a main lodge building with lounge, restaurant, bar, and a suspended deck that features a campfire overlooking the rain forest. For bookings tel +256 (0)414 578209, +256 (0)312 276414 email. firstname.lastname@example.org.
The accommodation is provided in large walk-in safari tents with their own en-suite bathrooms with hot and cold water. Each bathroom is fitted with a Victorian Ball and Claw-foot brass bathtub. There are also cottages which include similar facilities to the tents. Both tents and cottages command spectacular panoramic views of the forest.
The camp currently sleeps 8 persons
Double twin occupancy room US$300- full board
Single occupancy room US$200- full board
Rates includes all alcoholic beverages and laundry services.
Silverback Lodge: Up market 14 bed, 7 cottage lodge. This small and cozy venue built from natural materials and opened in 2008 is perched on high, atop the valley overlooking the forest. Bookings through Geolodges Uganda Tel. 041 4258273 or email email@example.com.
Rack Rates 2012
Twin Share( per person per night)/Single( per night)
Double tiwn occupancy US$280- full board
Double tiwn occupancy US$200- full board
*Children's Rates: under 5 years are free.
Children ages 5 years to 12 years pay 50% of the adult rate
NB: Rates are subject to change without notice.
Gorilla tracking commenced here in 2004 with 8 permits available per pay to visit what in known at the Nkuringo group. Pilot tracking commenced in July 2008 of the Nshongi group close to Rushaga some 17km from Nkuringo also in the southern sector of the park. The Nshongi group opened to visitors Septemebr 2009 where 8 permits are available per day. Two additional habituated groups namely Mishaya and Kahungye are also tracked from the Rushaga vistors reception.
Nkuringo is 45 kms from the sign-posted junction on Kabale to Kisoro road. The travel time from Kabale is 3 hours.
For those travelling by public means Nkuringo is accessed from the Kabale - Kisoro road. Take the public bus from Kampala to Kisoro a 500KM journey, approximately 11 hours. On arrival in Kisoro you will need to arrange a private hire vehicle to take you to Nkuringo some 90 minutes journey (39 kms) Ushs90,000- each way.
Public transport to and from Kisoro is available on Monday's and Thursday's, market days in Kisoro. The vehicle leaves Nkuringo at first light in the morning. The vehicle returns to Nkuringo from Rubuguri Car Parking Yard at Mr Kanyaruju House on Mutanda road. The one way fare is Ushs4,000-. Please note this vehicle is transporting villagers and their goods so is not for people expecting any degree of comfort.
Visitors can also get to Nkuringo by travelling to Buhoma via Kihihi or Butogota on the daily bus from Kampala. It is necessary to take a private hire taxi from either Kihihi or Butogota to Nuhoma. After staying in Buhoma one night the next day walk through the park 12kms 5 to 7 hours to Nkuringo with Nkuringo Walking Safaris. You can return the same way or proceed to Kisoro. National Park and UWA ranger/guide fees must be paid.
Nkuringo Gorilla Camp: Tel. +256 (0)0774 805580, (0)702 805580, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The camp provides visitors to the Nkuringo sector of the park a wonderful venue from which to access both the Nkuringo and Nshongi gorilla familes. The camp with 270 degree views of rain forest, volcanoes and the rift valley is the night stop venue for those on the Nkuringo Walking Safari.
Two hand crafted self-contained cottages have been built to take advantage of the beautiful views. The adjoining Virunga terrace building provides visitors with 6 twin bedded rooms all with shared toilet and wash room facilities.
There is no provision for self camping. Those wishing to sleep under canvas can reserve the camps own 'Lazy Camping' arrangement. A canvas 2,5m x 2,5m tent is provided with full size 6 inch mattresses and bedding.
There is a reataurant at the camp providing wholesome meals for guests.
Lazy camping - single occupancy US$42-, twin occupancy US$65- accommodation only.
Virunga terrace single room US$85-, Twin Room US$111- per night room only
Cottages self contained: Single occupancy US$215-, Double/Town occupancy US$276- on full board basis including Value Added Taxes
Meals at Gorilla Camp
Full board - US$33-, Half board - USD28-, Bed and breakfast USD10- per person.
Cloud's Ecolodge: Tel. +256 (0)414 251182 / +256 (0)772 489497, email: email@example.com. Beautifully located upmarket lodge with stunning views of the Virunga range from 8 luxury stone built cottages and 2 family cottages. Each has it's own lounge, a fireplace, bedroom/s, twin basin bathrooms and wonderful bath tub.
Non Residents Rates 2011
Double occupancy US$470- per person per night.
Single occupancy cottage US$700- per person per night.
Rates are on a Full board basis (all meals), including drinks, local community fees.
Activities - Nkuringo Village Community Walk
Local guides from Nkuringo Community motivated by the success of the 'Village Walk' at Buhoma in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest have now developed a community village walk for visitors to Nkuringo. This guided walk provides visitors to Nkuringo as an additional activity to gorilla tracking.
The duration of the walk is 3 to 4 hours and starts at the NCDF office.
- Nkuringo Hill View point - Experience a 360 degree view of Bwindi, the Virunga and far into the Dr Congo
- Be introduced to local trees and birds
- School visit - Be welcomed at our primary school
- Observe sorghum beer being produced
- Visit a homestead to sample some local foods
- See the local Blacksmith at work
- Visit the Women's craft centre
- Dances performed by local orphans group
A nominal charge of US$10- per person is levied with all monies going back to community support projects.
Kabale to Ruhija 36 kms
Kabale/Kisoro junction to Ndego gate 13 km
Ndgego gate to Ruhija 13 km
Buhoma to Ruhija 59 km
With the opening of the Bitukura group of gorillas in July 2008 no longer is Ruhija the preserve of the ardent birder. Birding enthusiasts had made up the majority of visitors to Ruhija in their quest to spot several Western Rift Valley endemics. The Green Broadbill is the top of all birders must see birds that come to Ruhija. The forest trail to the swamp must rate as one of the most spectacular day walks possible on the continent. The trail follows the crest of a ridge steeply down with uninterrupted views of virgin rain forest both left and right. On arrival on the valley floor irritating pin head sized insects attracted to your perspiration make dwelling too long to take in the aura of the spectacle akin to hell. The requirement for an insect repellent in the day pack is a prerequisite as is plenty of water for the trek back out again.
Those self driving to Ruhija will find sections of the road quite challenging especially after heavy rain. The drive is very spectacular noteably the section between the turn off from the Kabale-Kisoro road up to Ruhija itself. If your reliant on public transport this is one of those nightmare to get to places. You most certainly have a mission on your hands that could involve some very long walks if time is not on your side.
Any visit to Ruhija should include a must do bird walk a short distance from the ITFC Guest House. Follow the road down the hill from the Guest House to the junction to the Bitanwa Primary School and follow this track for 300 metres to a spur off the main track that leads you up a steep path onto a ridge. The path along which you return takes you through 500m of tropical forest where Regal Sunbirds abound and Doughtery's Bush Shrike can be located.
The International Tropical Forestry Commission (ITFC) have 2 simple guest houses with dormitory style bunk bed accommodation available which visitors to Ruhija utilise. One property adjacent the parks staff camp can accommodate 8 people and a second property in what is the local trading centre can sleep 12 people. Camping is also possible on the lawn in front of and next to the Guest House located by the parks staff quarters. Bedding, firewood and paraffin lanterns are made available for those staying in either guest house. Bookings although rarely necessary can be made through UWA in Kampala. Only basic foodstuffs are available in the trading centre. Meals are not provided by ITFC and you will need to self cater. At over 2000m in altitude it can be very cold when camping at Ruhija. Having a suitable sleeping bag will add some comfort to what could be a cold night.
Dorm bed US$15- per person per night
Camping US$5- per person
ITFC Guest House
Accommodation away from Bwindi:
Butogota (15 kms).
Green Tree Hotel: 3 twin rooms (Ushs15,000-) and 8 single rooms (Ushs5,000-), and 4 double rooms (Ushs10,000-). All rooms have shared hot water shower/bathing facilities. Breakfast is not included in the above rates. Parafin fridge, local meals. Located opposite the bus park in Butogota town
A cheaper alternative is The Pinapple Club where doubles and single are available for Ushs4,000/6,000-.
Rukungiri (kms/ 2 hours)
Rondavels Hotel: Tel. 0772 420344, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The hotel is located on the Ntumgamo road on the outskirts of town, at the bottom of the hill from Nyakiibare hospital. Accommodation in comfortable rooms in rondavels or the main building all with self-contained bathrooms. Facilities include a TV lounge, dining area and large garden.
Rondavels Ushs35,000- to Ushs60,000- per room.
Main building rooms Ushs30,000- per room.
Kabale (108km/3 hours). Read document on Kabale for details.
The White Horse Inn: Tel. 0486 423336, Fax 423717 (Single US$34-, Double US$46-). Rates inc breakfast.
The Highland Hotel: Tel 0486 422175. (Single Ushs10,000-, Double Ushs24,000-, Triple Ushs30,000-), location far end of town direction Kisoro next to the Highland Business Centre.
Sky Blue Annex: Tel 0486 423134 (Single Ushs18,000-, Double Ushs25,000-). All rooms are self-contained and the room rate includes breakfast.
Sky Blue: Opposite market. Tel 0486 422154 (Single Ushs8,000-, Double Ushs10,000-)
Skyline: Next door to the Sky Blue. Tel. 0486 422772 (Single Ushs6,000-, Double Ushs8,000-)
Visitor's Hotel: (Single Ushs4,000-, Double Ushs8,000-), location on the main road next to market and bus station
Kihihi (40 kms,/1 hour)
Savannah Resort Hotel: Accommodation and camping available. Convieniently only 11 kms from the Ishasha sector of QENP. Bookings can be made through the Kampala Office Tel. 0414 285687, Fax. 041 220486 or Savanah Resort direct on 0772 645639 although probably rarely necessary. Restaurant with meals at very fair prices. Satelite TV.
Rooms: US$70- B&B double
US$60- B&B Single
Bwindi Forest and adjacent tea plant
High speed Internet has arrived in Bwindi (Buhoma). Services are provided by the CTPH Telecentre in Buhoma village, across the road from the Bwindi Community Health Centre.
A selection of Internet plans ranging from 30 minutes, 1 hour, weekly, and monthly unlimited Wi-Fi access within the facility are offered. Visitors with their own laptops with an 802.11b adapter may utilise their own machine or use one of the rental machines.
Online rates for ecotourists, government and enterprises subsidise the local community computer training and internet usage. Rates as follows:
30 minutes: Ushs15,000-
1 hour: Ushs30,000-
"Support the Bwindi Community and Gorillas by sending an email today from the CTPH Telecentre".
For more information, please visit: www.ctph.org/telecentre-bwindi.
At Buhoma the National Park does not have a workshop of any description. There would be a workshop at the Kayonza and Ntumgarmo Tea Factories(15 kms) and in Kihihi. There are facilities in Kabale and spare parts available.
Bwindi Community Health Centre (BCHC) is a Church of Uganda (CoU) Health Centre operating on a private not-for-profit basis. It was established in 2003 and currently provides health care to approximately 40,000 people living in Kayonza and Mapungu sub-counties of Kanungu District.
BCHC provides outpatient, maternity, inpatient medical and surgical, x-ray, ultrasound and dental services. The most prevalent diseases in the area are malaria, malnutrition, HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, other respiratory and gastrointestinal infections.
The Health Centre is partially funded through user fees, although the local Batwa people are not charged and other people who cannot afford charges are still treated. The rest of the running costs of the unit (approximately $400,000 per year) and all of the development costs are met by donations.
To find out more about Bwindi Community Health Centre please go to the website www.bwindihealthcentre.com. If you wish to support the work of BCHC you could become a ‘Friend’ of Bwindi Community Health Centre by visiting the website or sending an email to BCHCfriends@googlemail.com
The Ntumgarmo Tea Factory does have an airstrip to which charters from Entebbe arrive bringing clients for trekking in Bwindi. The national Park does have a radio set to which it can communicate with Kampala and the National Parks office in Kabale. Some of the tented camps also operate HF radio sets.
Bwindi National Park is one of the country's newest national parks. It was gazetted in 1991 with an area of 331 sq km to conserve the last rarest remaining of Mountain Gorillas. It is a home to half the world's surviving several families of the Mountain Gorillas and an important sciencetific conservation program. The Park is located in south western Uganda, covering parts of Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kabale Districts.
It is situated in a hilly country side which, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary, constitute an important water catchment area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region.
Bwindi Forest at Buhoma
Best time to visit:
Bwindi is a rainforest and thus is wet all year round, although of course the rains increase during the seasons of April-May and October-November. When you go may be dictated by when you can get tracking permits. As in the case of Mgahinga; these are strictly limited. It is advisable to make reservations at least 3 months before your intended date of visit. These reservations can be made directly to Uganda National Parks Headquarters in Kampala (email@example.com).
NB. Please see the 'Gorilla Permits ' document.
This is one of the richest faunal communities in East Africa. There exists about one half of the world's population of the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Gorilla tracking began on 1st April, 1993. Other animals including the Black and white colobus monkey, chimpanzee, elephant, bushbuck, duiker, buffallo, golden cat, civet, bushpig, giant forest hog, black-fronted duiker, clawless otter, genet and many species of bats and rondents.
Juvenile Mountain Gorilla
Bird life in Bwindi is prolific. Most certainly one of the best birding locations in E. Africa. Bwindi specials include Black Billed Turaco, Yellow Eyed Black Flycatcher, Black Bee Eater, Kivu Ground Trush, Grauers Wabler, Bar Tailed Trogon and really too many more to mention. The Ruhija area of Bwindi is home to the Green Broadbill a very rare but ever present bird.
This is the richest forest in Uganda, in terms of the number of plant species, as the area is one of the few large expanses of forest in East Africa where lowland and mountain communities merge. The valley bottoms contain a dense ground cover of herbs, vines, and shrubs with only a few trees hence its name, the impenetrable forest.
Walking trails: Munyaga River, Rushura, Muzabajiro loop and The River Ivi trail will occupy a few hours to a whole day.
Buhoma Village Walk: A guided walking trail starting at the Buhoma Community Rest Camp. Bookings through the Rest Camp. The trail takes in visits to a local bee keeping venture, a Batwa traditional dancing group, a primary school, see banana beer brewing, a medicinal healer, a Butterfly pool and ends at a handicraft site.
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