Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is situated in the S Western part of Uganda, on the boundary of the Albertine Rift Valley, on an elevation array from 1.160 m to 2.607m. This is a genuine tropical rainforest, spread all over a series of steep ridges and valleys.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1994. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. It comprises 321 square kilometres of jungle forests and contains both montana and lowland forests.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve was set up in 1942 and later on renovated to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1992. In 1994, it was acknowledged as the world Heritage site. What makes Bwindi Impenetrable is the fact that it covers an area of about 321km2 of dense vegetation,steep landscapes,ridges as well as slippery valleys.
Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park has a population of more than 500 individual mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) The rest of the worldwide mountain gorilla population is in the nearby Virunga Transboundry and a 2018 census of the mountain gorilla population in the park is ongoing.
There are other species of primates, including chimpanzee, the monkey variants such as Hoest’s, red-tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, olive baboon living in Bwindi .
Gorilla tracking is the park’s main tourist attraction. Tourists wishing to track gorillas must first obtain a permit to do so. Selected gorillas families have been habituated to human presence and the number of visitors is tightly controlled to prevent degradation of the habitat and risks to the gorillas.
Tourists can visit the park any time throughout the year, although conditions in the park are more difficult during the rainy season. Available tourist accommodations include lodges, tented camps, and cheaper rooms run by the local community, located near the Nkuringo/ Rushaga/ Ruhija/ Buhoma entrance gates.
Things to do/Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable forest National park include ; Gorilla Tracking, Gorilla habituation experience, bird watching, Forest Nature Walk,Cycling and Cultural encounters.