Located in southwestern Uganda 321sq.km,is home to half of the world’s most endangered mountain gorillas. Its is a very rich thick rainforest across the albertine rift valley.
Bwindi Impenetrable national park, 331 kms, is located in South Western Uganda, on the edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, on an altitude range from 1.160 m to 2.607m. This is a real tropical rainforest, spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys. It is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forest in Africa. In the local language “Bwindi” (from “mubwindi”) means “dark place”, referring to the impenetrable nature for human beings to the swamp located the South East of the actual Park, according to legends.
There are 11 species of primates, including Gorillas, chimpanzee, Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white Columbus, olive baboon. Particularly, Bwindi is home to 360 mountain gorillas, a half of the total remaining world population. There are 346 species of birds recorded (Bwindi contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, rarely seen in any other place in East Africa) and 200 of butterflies. Mammals count only 30 (buffaloes, leopards, elephants). There are 324 species of tree.
The Bakiga and Bafumbira are the majority local people neighboring the park.
Things to Do
Gorilla tracking is the major tourist attraction which has positioned Uganda as a unique tourist destination. There are 10 habituated families of mountain gorillas (Habinyanja, Nkuringo, Rushegura, Nshongi, Mishaya, Mubare, Bitukura and Oruzogo), Gorilla filming is also possible.
To track gorillas one needs to be physically fit since its a challenging but memorable experience.
Nature walks in the park gives opportunities to see different unique bird species difficult or impossible to see any where else in east Africa, butterflies and primates like olive baboons, red tailed monkey, black and white colobus monkeys.
The village tourist walk is interesting to see the typical rural homestead, local traditional healer and banana beer brewing site.
Hiking trails are open to people to sight birds, butterflies and primates, trees (along the Munyaga, Waterfall, Rushura, River Ivy and Bamboo zone trials).
There are several trails that have been developed for bird watchers and these are the River Ivy and Mubwindi swamp nature walks.
Cultural walk to Buhoma village community, to see the traditional homestead, the local healer, the banana brewing, handicraft and cultural performances for Batwa. The mountain biking is also evolving.