Climate & Weather in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Climate & Weather in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda is mostly wet all year round and this is largely because the park is situated within the tropical rain forest known as, Bwindi Impenetrable forest.

The national park receives tropical climate with annual average temperatures ranging between 7°C to 20°C and a maximum of about 20°C to 27°C. It experiences its coldest months between June and July; and also receives up to 2,390 mm of rain annually. 

During the dry season in Bwindi impenetrable national park, the climate in the park gets hot during the day with temperatures of about 30 degrees Celsius and in the morning it gets so cold with mist and fog covering the forest and the temperatures drop to about 9 degrees Celsius. 

The park receives rainfall all year round which is characterized by short rains in the months of March to April, and receives heavy rains in the months of September to November. However, during the rainy season the climate in the national park gets mild and wet with heavy rains and sometimes can drizzle the whole day. 

The rainy season in the national park makes gorilla trekking quite difficult and challenging in that the grounds will be wet, muddy, and slippery thus making the gorilla trekking trails almost impassable. However the rainy season is good for birding because the migratory birds will come to breed in Bwindi forest hence giving visitors a great experience while in the park and thus you have to know the Climate & Weather in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable national park is one of the tropical national parks in the country with the others being Mgahinga Gorilla national park and Kibale national park. It was established as a national park in 1991 and later declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994. It is part of the renowned ‘Bwindi Impenetrable Forest’ and is located on the edge of the Albertine Rift. The forest is known to be rich in bio-diversity of flora and fauna species. 

Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda spans over a radius of 321 square kilometers making it among one of the smallest national parks in the country. This national park is famous for its large population of mountain gorillas which are the main tourist attraction in the park. The park is home to over 400 mountain gorillas, which is roughly half of the world’s population. A great majority of the park’s mountain gorillas have been habituated and can be tracked by visitors in groups of eight people at most.

Activities offered in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Tourists visiting the national park can take part in interesting activities such as; gorilla trekking, primate tracking, Batwa trail experience, gorilla habituation experience, bird watching, guided nature walks, hiking, and community cultural tours among others.

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable national park.

When it comes to accommodation in Bwindi impenetrable national park, there are quite a number of lodges where visitors can spend a night or two in the park. These accommodation facilities in Bwindi national park range from budget to mid-range and luxury lodges and include; Silverback Lodge, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Gorilla Resort, Buhoma Community Rest Camp, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Nkuringo Gorilla Camp, Ruhija Gorilla Mist Camp, and Ruhija Gorilla Safari Lodge among others.

Climate & Weather in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

What to pack for your trip to Bwindi Impenetrable national park.

When planning your trip to Bwindi Impenetrable national park in Uganda, ensure to carry the following items;

  • A rain coat and warm sweaters.
  • Sunscreen cream and insect repellent.
  • A hat or cap.
  • A good pair of hiking boots.
  • A water bottle.
  • Camera 
  • Warm long sleeve shirts and trousers. Please avoid bright color clothes and instead opt for warm colors that easily blend with the forest environment.
  • Don’t forget to carry a mask and hand sanitizer if you are travelling during the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Carry your gorilla trekking permit on the day that you are scheduled to do gorilla trekking in the park.

You can always combine your trip to Bwindi impenetrable national park with other activities in other national parks such as; a boat cruise, game drive or lion tracking experience in Queen Elizabeth national park, Chimpanzee trekking in Kibale national park, Golden monkey trekking in Mgahinga Gorilla national park or a boat cruise on Lake Bunyonyi in Kabale district.

Conclusion: Contact our team of expert tour consultants at Explore Rwanda Tours for any travel enquiries that you may have and also get the best offers on tour packages to amazing destinations like Bwindi Impenetrable national park.

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