Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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Gorillas in Bwindi National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the home base of the mountain gorillas and is  situated in south western Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley (Albertine Rift) and is shared by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro districts. The park also stretches to the boundaries of the Democratic Republic of Congo.It is 321sq km in size and on an altitude range of 1160m (Ishasha gorge) to 2607m (Rwamunyonyi Peak). The park was gazetted in 1991 as a forested park and is currently under the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The annual average temperature range is 7 degrees centigrade – 20 degrees centigrade.

Bwindi is home to the 360 Gorillas, a half of the world’s population of mountain gorillas (there is nothing memorable and exciting like looking deep into the brown eyes of a Gorilla!). The park also hold 346 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics, difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa!! Additional attractions in Bwindi are the 200 species of butterflies, different recorded tree species (10 of which occur no where else in Uganda for example Cyncia mariana Harungana, Ritigino kigeziaensis, Polecius fulva, ficus among others), the water catchment area where the water falls can be seen for example Munyaga & Ivi river and the Batwa.

  • Gorilla Tracking: the park is 321sq km in size and on an altitude range of 1160m to 2607m. The park was gazetted in 1991 as a forested park and is currently under the Uganda Wildlife Authority. The annual average temperature range is 7 degrees centigrade – 20 degrees centigrade. The major activity in Bwindi National Park is Gorilla tracking and this is limited to a maximum of 8 people per particular gorilla family per day.

 

  • Birding: The Park is known to hold 350 species of birds and contains 90% of all Albertine Rift endemics such as the Short-tailed Warbler and Blue-headed Sunbird as well as seven IUCN red data listed species difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa.

 

  • Hiking/Nature Walks in Bwindi: There are six main nature trails in Buhoma for those who wish to explore the Impenetrable forest. Additional attractions in Bwindi are the 200 species of butterflies, different recorded tree species (10 of which occur no where else in Uganda for example Cyncia mariana Harungana, Ritigino kigeziaensis, Polecius fulva, ficus among others), the water catchment area where the water falls can be seen for example Munyaga & Ivi river.

 

  • Cultural Encounters: introducing you to another unique local culture of the Batwa – pygmies.
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