Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is on a size of 321km2 and an altitude ranging between 1,160-2,607m above sea level. Bwindi impenetrable was gazetted as a national park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO natural world heritage site in 1994. The Mubare gorilla group was the first to become available for tourism in Uganda in April 1993. Nine groups are now habituated for tourism and one for research.

Spread over a series of steep rigdes and valleys, Bwindi impenetrable National Park is the source of five major rivers which flow into Lake Edward. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lays in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda‘s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas - roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.

This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

The neighbouring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is best known for its Mountain Gorilla populations and gorilla tracking although, it also offers some of the finestest montane forest birding in Africa and is a key destination for any birder doing a safari to Uganda. Amongst the numerous possibilities are no fewer than 23 of Uganda’s 24 Albertine Rift endemics, including spectacular, globally threatened species such as Shelly’s Crimson wing and the African Green Broadbill. Bwindi Impenetrable Park is one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age and it is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is best known for its outstanding gorilla tracking. But it also provides refuge to elephant, chimpanzee, monkeys and various small antelope and bird species. If you book a Uganda safari without Gorilla tracking then you will have missed an opportunity to see these rare and threatened gorillas. The variant biodiversity is supported by the fact that Bwindi is extremely old and also its slopes extend over a broad altitudinal range of 1,447m above sea level, enabling habitats ranging from lowland forest to Afromontane vegetation.

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