Wildlife & Animals – Bwindi NP

Ariadne van Zandbergen
Expert
By Ariadne van Zandbergen

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who write and update many Bradt guides, including the guide to Uganda.

Ariadne is a renowned Africa expert. She and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

Ariadne and her husband form a team who author the Bradt guide to Uganda.

The main attraction in Bwindi is its mountain gorillas. Of its population of approximately 400 individuals, more than a hundred are habituated. Bwindi has more than 120 mammal species, but most of these are small forest creatures. Elephant is present, although they are rarely seen. More regularly encountered are bushbuck and several types of duiker.

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GorillaCommon
LionNone
HippoNone
ZebraNone

Wildlife Highlights

Bwindi contains a huge number of threatened species and is therefore considered a hotspot in conservation. Butterflies are something of a specialty, with an impressive list of 220 species, of which three only occur in the park. Bwindi is home to ten primate species including the rare l'Hoest's monkey and black-and-white colobus. Chimpanzee are present but not habituated and therefore rarely seen.

Best Time for Wildlife Viewing

Rainfall is the main factor to consider when deciding the best time for gorilla trekking. Heavy rains result in slippery and challenging hiking trails. It can rain at any time of the year, but June to August and December to January have less rain and are therefore considered the best time to go. The park stays open throughout the year.

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