BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest national park is a 321 sq. km forest declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994. The park lies at an altitude ranging between 1,160m – 2,607m above sea level.
The first gorilla group to be availed for tourism in Bwindi was the Mubare gorilla group of Buhoma sector in April 1993.
Nine groups are now habituated for tourism and one for research.
Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, Bwindi impenetrable forest is the source of five major rivers, which flow into Lake Edward.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park lies 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.
The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the over 400 Bwindi gorillas, half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas. 14 habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo in the Districts of Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro respectively.
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 neighboring 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.
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