Vegetation in Bwindi Impenetrable national park
Vegetation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park: The vegetation covers mostly comprises of both Montane vegetation Zone and lowland vegetation zone. Bwindi Impenetrable national park is one of the most visited park in Uganda the pearl of Africa situated in south western part of Uganda. The park consists of very rich bio diversity of both fauna and flora species that make it one of the most beautiful park to explore while on a Uganda safari. Bwindi Impenetrable national park became a UNESCO World Heritage Site to protect its unique vegetation and all that thrill with in this stunning in Bwindi Impenetrable national park.
Bwindi impenetrable national park has one of most stunning montane forest in Uganda and East Africa at large consisting of over 220 tree species, over 100 species of ferns, shrubs, vines and many more. Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is famously known for existence of both montane vegetation zone as well as Lowland vegetation zone.
The vegetation cover in Bwindi impenetrable national park is not only the best habitat for wildlife species but also act as a water catchment that sullies water to the neighboring communities thus supporting their agriculture inform of irrigation and many more with the major sources being the rivers that thrill within the park such as river Ivi, River Munyaga and many more whose water drain into Lake Edward. Other Rivers that like River Shogi drain into Lake Mutanda.
Several visitors flock Bwindi impenetrable national park not only for Gorilla trekking as the major tourist activity done in Uganda but also to enjoy the stunning views of the most beautiful vegetation of the park which offers a once in the life time experience.
Can you imagine that almost a half of the entire Bwindi impenetrable national park is covered with the forest mixed with both montane forest and tropical forest that are usually categorized by the tree canopies of different plant species such as Strombosia scheffleri, Red stinkwood, Symphonia globulifera and other plant species that thrill along the main forest such as Myrianthus holstii, Xymalos, Monospora, and many more.
The Vegetation cover of Bwindi Impenetrable national park thrills at an altitude between 1500M to over 2600M above the sea level out of which about 11% of the entire vegetation is occupied by Newtonia buchananii, about 10% of the vegetation is covered by Parinariexcelsa, 8% of the vegetation thrills with Chrysophyllum gorungosanum, 1% of the vegetation in Bwindi impenetrable national park is covered by Bamboo, and the remaining 30% of the vegetation in Bwindi takes Swamps, and the colonized forest s among others.
The best way to fully views most of these vegetation in Bwindi impenetrable national park is by taking on a guided walk along Bamboo trail.
You may choose to go birding in the impenetrable forest, take on a guided nature walk via different well designated walking trails in the park and many more. But whichever activity one chooses to do in Bwindi impenetrable national park, the views of the vegetation is remarkable and worth the adventure at least once in a life time.
Apart from having the best vegetation cover, Bwindi impenetrable national park is yet a home to lots of wildlife species including primates such as Mountain gorillas, Red-tailed Monkey, Blue Monkey, L’Hoest’s Monkeys, Black and White Colobus Monkeys, Pottos and Galago, mammals such as Elephants, Duiker, Civet, Giant Forest Hog, Bush Pigs, Otter, Jackals and plenty of birdlife such as Grauer’s Broadbill, Shelley’s and Dusky Crimson wing, Archer’s Robin-Chat, Rwenzori Double-collared sunbird, Rwenzori Batis, Collared Apalis, Yellow-eyed Black Flycatcher, Blue-headed Sunbird, Kivu Ground Thrush, Montane Masked Apalis, Red-faced Woodland Warbler, Grauer’s Rush Warbler, Rwenzori Nightjar, Rwenzori Turaco, Handsome Francolin, Red-throated Alethe, Stripe-breasted Tit, Kivu Ground-Thrush, Turner’s Eremomela, Chestnut-throated Apalis, African Pitta, Cassin’s Hawk-Eagle, Crowned Hornbill, Dusky Crested Flycatcher, Greater Blue-eared Starling, Green Hylia, Grey-headed Sparrow, Honeyguide Greenbul and many more that thrill in Bwindi impenetrable national park. The park also harbors beautiful butterflies, moth, reptiles and many more.
How best can one get to Bwindi impenetrable national park,
Bwindi impenetrable national park is best accessed either by road or by air.
By road, it takes about 8-9 hours’ drive from Kampala the capital city of Uganda to Bwindi via Mbarara- Rukungiri- Kihihi- Butogota and finally to the park headquarters.
Another alternative road is by taking a drive from Kampala via Mbarara- Kasese-Kihihi- Butogota and finally to the park, this offers a great opportunity for travelers to stopover at the Ishasha sector of Queen Elizabeth national park to view the tree climbing lions before proceeding to Bwindi impenetrable national park.
By air, there are both chatter and domestic flights from either Kajjansi or Entebbe international airport to either Kisoro airstrip or Kihihi air strip then connect to the park.
With the stunning vegetation cover, Bwindi impenetrable national park is undoubtedly the best destination to visit while on a Uganda safari to watch the bio diversity and the unique attractions that thrill within this park. Do not hesitate to contact us for your memorable Uganda safari to Bwindi impenetrable national park and any other destination in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Democratic Republic of Congo.