Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Uganda’s celebrated tourist attractions, safari holiday and wildlife tour destinations. The park which spans over a surface area of 321 square kilometres was gazetted as a national park in 1991 and later on in 1994designated a World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The park is situated in the South-western Uganda on the edge of the Albertine rift, along the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) boarder next to Virunga National Park.Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is part of the over 25,000 years old Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a biologically diverse rainforestharbouring about 400 tree species, an estimated 400 individual mountain gorillas – almost half of the world’s population of the endangered species, 120 mammal species and over 350 bird species, including 23 Albertine rift endemics. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the ideal choice for a classic African safari encounter.
Activities to do in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Mountain gorilla trekking
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is most famous for being one of the few habitats protecting the endangered Mountain gorillas. Gorilla trekking is undoubtedly one of the park’s major attractions. About 12 gorilla families have been habituated in Bwindi and they are readily available for tracking by visitors after they have accessed trekking permits.
The habituated families include; Mubare family which is found in Buhoma and has 9 members including 1 silverback, also found in Buhoma is the Habinyanja family which has 18 members including 2 silverbacks, Rushegura family is also found in Buhoma and has 19 members including one silverback. The other groups include; the Oruzogo family which is found in Ruhija sectorand has 23 members including 1 silverback, Nkuringo family found in Nkuringo and has 9 members including 1 silverback, Nshongi family situated in Rushaga is a family of 18 members, Mishaya is also situated in Rushaga and has 7 members including 1 silverback, Kahungye is also a family situated in Rushaga with 13 members including 3 silverbacks, Bweza is also found in Rushaga and has 7 members including 1 silverback, and also found in Rushaga is Busingye, a family of 9 individuals including 1 silverback. The other gorilla group is Kyaguriro, a family of 15 members found in Ruhija region.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a home to as many as 120 mammal species which are occasionally sighted in the thick forest thickets. The best time to see these animals is during guided forest walks, they include; elephants, duikers, buffalos, giant forest hogs, golden cats, side-striped jackal, clawless otter, bush pigs, civets, peculiar rodents and bat
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