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Government to Construct an All Weather Road to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Government to Construct an All Weather Road to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, One of Uganda ‘s tourist favourite parks, could soon have an all-weather road. The government of Uganda has taken a step ahead to design the roads leading to this National Park. Once constructed, this proposed 40-kilometre road from Kisoro to Kanungu will help ease access to all tourist attractions in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park. This new proposed road will replace the existing murram road which had no safety signage. It had also become impassable during the rainy seasons.

Residents of the region have previously accused the government of neglecting this road from Kisoro via Nyarusiza to Muhabura in the district of Kisoro forcing them to traverse a longer route from Kisoro via Rubanda to Kanungu which is 137 km.

Eng. Emmanuel Twinamatsiko, the Assistant Commissioner at the Ministry of Works and Transport said that the ministry has finalized design studies for the new road, shared cabinet documents and held planning meetings with Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) to have the road works start next financial year.“We have finalised plans and UNRA has been involved to expedite plans for an all-weather road to be constructed in the Bwindi, Mgahinga conservation area,” Eng. Twinamatsiko said.

Speaking to the UNRA spokeswoman Allan Ssempebwa, he said that the road is required to ensure that Uganda safari activities (tourism) and other construction activities are carried out well and in a timely manner in the conservation areas. However, people who are familiar with the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & the Mgahinga conservation area claim an all-weather road alone is not enough to solve the current problems facing the most common tourism conservation areas in the world.

According to Bashir Hangi, communications manager for the Uganda Wild Life Authority (UWA), the roads in Bwindi, Mgahinga conservation area need to be strengthened to increase connectivity for both visitors and locals. He added that roads which will provide protection for wildlife and habitats and their preservation are also required.

According to the Strategic Plan 2017 to 2022 of the Ministry of Tourism, road building has been planned in many tourism areas. The South-Western region, including the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and the Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, and its associated ecosystems, has nine 340 km long roads.

Gorilla Trekking in Uganda – Gorilla Safaris in Uganda

Have you met mountain gorillas before? A Uganda Safari gives you a moment of a lifetime as it puts you in a prime position to do a wild Uganda gorilla trekking safari. A visit to Bwindi impenetrable national park Uganda takes you for a wild Uganda gorilla safari adventure giving you chance to encounter with any of the 18 habituated gorilla families.
These are found in the four sectors of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park which are Ruhija with 3 families which are; Orozogo, Bitukura and Kyaguliro. In the Buhoma sector, there are 4 families which are Habibanja, Rushegura, Mubare and Katwe. Rushaga sector has 6 families which are Nshongi, Bweza, Kahugye, Busigye, Mishaya and Bikiyingi. In the Nkuringo sector, there are 3 families which are Nkuringo family, Bishaho family and Christmas family.
Although there is only one family of gorillas; Nyakagezi; living in Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, this Uganda safari destination offers great Uganda gorilla trekking tours for you to experience striking vistas of the Virunga Mountains, bamboo forests, volcanoes, and the endangered golden monkeys.

Best time to safari Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The best time of the year for Mountain gorilla trekking tour in Uganda is during the dry months of June to September and December to February when the trails are more passable. In the dry season trekking hours are long since the gorillas are not in the lowlands hiding and pictures are clearer so it’s more exciting and adventurous since you get a walk in a bigger portion of the forest. These seasons are the best though big numbers of tourists come to visit the park, therefore, it is advisable to book your permit early with your tour company.


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