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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Impenetrable Forest Reserve was gazetted in 1942, upgraded to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1992 and recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1994. In the local Lukiga language, Bwindi actually means 'Impenetrable.' This double warning is apt, for Bwindi is all but impenetrable; 327km2 of tangled vegetation draped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep, slippery valleys and high, draughty ridges. But if the terrain is far from easy to negotiate, it is well worth the effort. A trek through this, one of Africa's most ancient rainforests, in search of the endangered mountain gorilla, ranks among the world's premier wildlife encounters.

Bwindi Impenetrable national park covers an area of about 331 square kilometres with an altitude Range of approximately 1160 metres (Ishasha gorge) and 2607 metres (Rwamunyonyi Peak). Nestled down in the south west of the country, on the edge of the Western Rift Valley this 331km˛ of montane rainforest is the only forest in Africa where gorillas and chimpanzees occur together. The world population of mountain gorillas is currently estimated at 600, half of which live in Bwindi, alongside an estimated 350-400 chimpanzee. In addition to the gorillas and chimps this ancient rainforest – one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age (making it over 25,000 years old) – is home to several other mammals (approx. 93 species) as well as roughly 360 species of bird.

Wildlife and Game viewing in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a home to 326 gorillas, almost a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas. It has about 120 species of mammals including 7 diurnal primates and about 30 elephants. There are about 360 species of birds and over 200 species of butterflies. This Afro -montane forest has dense under storey of fern, vines, shrubs. About 324 tree species have been recorded here,
10 of which occur no where else in Uganda.

How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi lies in south-western Uganda, about 530km from Kampala. The park can be reached by road from several directions.

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