Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The jungle is an ancient refugium believed to have survived the last ice age—a biodiversity hotspot with possibly the highest number of tree species for its altitude in East Africa, and the last stronghold for almost half of the last mountain gorillas.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Covering over 32,000 hectares, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the most extensive protected areas in East Africa that still has Afromontane lowland forest extending to well within the montane forest belt on the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley. The jungle is an ancient refugium believed to have survived the last ice age—a biodiversity hotspot with possibly the highest number of tree species for its altitude in East Africa.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is also host to a rich fauna, including many endemic animals and one of Africa’s most significant clusters of mammals.
Sanctuary to almost half of the world’s last mountain gorillas, the property represents a conservation banner as an isolated tropical forest of exceptional biological richness surrounded by a rugged landscape supporting one of the densest remote populations in tropical Africa.
Community benefits arising from the mountain gorilla trekking and other ecotourism programs around the park may be the only hope for the future survival of this unique site and its inhabitants.
ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA
- Gorilla Trekking
- Gorilla Habituation
- Bird Watching walks
- Cultural Encounters
- Guided Forest Walks
WHERE TO STAY
There are numerous lodges with standards ranging from home-stays, decend budget, to world class forest resort mashroomed at all the four visitor centers. The south has incredible views of the Virungas while the northern lodges hange above the Bwindi jungle.
HOW LONG TO STAY
Two to three nights
HOW TO GET THERE
it's possible to fly to fly to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park using Kihihi Airport in the north of the park or Kisoro Airport in the south of the park. The 10-hour drive from Entebbe is also a faboulous way to enjoy Uganda's gorgeous countryside.
WILDLIFE AND ANIMALS
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is very significant as a home to almost half of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. One of the only two places where mountain gorillas still survive.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest hosts numerous globally threatened animal species, including high-profile mammals such as mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, l’Hoest’s monkey, and African elephant. Ocasional animal sightings in bwindi inlcude the red-tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, blue monkey, red colobus monkeys, bushbuck, duiker, side stripped jackal.
Bwindi shelters over 347 forest-bird species, including the African green broadbill, great blue turaco, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Turner’s Eremomela, Chapin’s flycatcher, and Shelley’s crimson-wing; and butterflies such as African giant swallowtail and Cream-banded swallowtail.
This untamed jungle has the highest diversity of tree species and ferns in East Africa, and maybe the most important forest in Africa for montane forest butterflies with 202 species (84% of the country’s total), including eight Albertine endemics.
20 Habituated Gorilla Groups
Daily gorilla excursion go out at four trailheads in Buhoma, Nkuringo, Rushaga, & Ruhija.