Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

This park is located in Southwestern Uganda. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is on the edge of the western arm of the Great Rift Valley, only a few kilometers from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) border and about 25 kilometers (16 mi) north of the Virunga Mountains.

It sits on a land area of 321 square kilometers (124 sq. mi) of both Montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only by foot. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has been recognized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as a World Heritage Site for its biological significance.

Species diversity is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many other different endangered animal species.

The park is highly endowed with large flora being among the most diverse forest in East Africa, with more than 1000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 plant species of ferns.

The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guinea-congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany, and Brazzeia long pedicellate. In particular area shares in the high levels of Endemism the Albertine Rift!

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable for the 400 Bwindi Gorillas, half of the world’s population of endangered mountain Gorillas.

Habituated mountain gorillas groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga, and the Nkuringo in the Districts of Kanungu, Kabaale, and Kisoro respectively all under the management of Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

NOTE:

Gorilla trekking best time to go in Uganda is usually in the dry seasons: December-January and June-August

The price for a Gorilla trekking permit in Uganda is $700

Bwindi is home to over 350 Gorillas, 350 bird species

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