Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – The Ultimate Gorilla Experience
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the Uganda’s foremost tourist attraction, and indeed one of the world’s most remarkable wildlife encounters, is tracking the rare mountain gorilla in the remote forest of south-western Uganda. These magnificent animals, which are found only in the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable and the Virunga volcanoes, number less than 800, over half of them in Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is Africa’s richest forest, with an impressive list of species has 350 birds, 310 butterflies, 200 trees, 51 reptiles, 88 moths and 120 mammals including several primates, among them chimpanzees, Black and white Colobus, Blue Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey,”L’Hoest’s monkey, and the star attraction, the mountain gorilla.
Tracking mountain gorilla is an exclusive activity; with 10 habituated gorilla groups only eight permits are available for each group, giving a daily maximum of 80 permits. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also one of uganda’s top bird watching destinations with 350 birds including many localized Albertine Rift endemic species. Outside the forest, Community walks provide an insight into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa (pygmy) people living beside the forest.
Gorilla tracking is a captivating and unforgettable experience which more than repays the efforts needed to reach Bwindi and to trek through the forest Bwindi has 9 habituated gorilla groups that are tracked every day 8 tourists per group; Mubare, Rushegura and Habinyanja are in the vicinity of Buhoma. Bitukura and Oruzogo at Ruhija; Nkuringo at Nkuringo. Nshongi, Mishaya and Kahungye at Rushaga.
Bwindi is a prime destination for bird watching. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa. An experienced bird watcher can easily identify up to 100 species in a day.