Bwindi Forest Uganda

The forest is situated in the south western sides of Uganda on the border of Congo

Bwindi Forest Uganda

Bwindi impenetrable forest National Park is situated in the south western sides of Uganda on the border of Congo and it is close to the border of Virunga National park at the edges of the Albertine Rift. Bwindi lies on 340 sq. kilometers of the lowland forest and montane, it is also a world heritage site and can be accessed on foot. Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park is the home of over 340 bird species, 120 mammals, and 230 species of butterflies, 30 species of frogs, chameleons, and geckos and among others.

Bwindi is the best forest in East Africa which inhabits over 1000 plant species like 105 species of ferns, 170 tree species.

The park is mostly known for mountain gorillas but it is also a home of various primates such as colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, bird species, hornbills and many others.

Bwindi is also a home of 480 endangered mountain gorillas in the world. 14 mountain Gorilla families are habituated in the park and open for gorilla trekking in four gorilla trekking sectors, that is, Rushaga, Buhoma, Ruhija and Nkuringo and are all managed by Uganda Wildlife Authority.

In 1964, the reserve was established as a sanctuary and the main purpose was to offer protection to the mountain gorillas. The reserve covers 208 km.

Bwindi is made up of 330 sq.km and Mountain gorillas are the largest population species in the park. Batwa pygmy were the first native people to live in the forest as hunter-gatherers and later they were evicted from the forest and currently they do not stay within the park.

The main activity in the park is Gorilla trekking and it started way back in 1993. Bwindi became a tourist destination due to gorilla trekking and is located at the edge of the western rift valley in the highlands.

Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is a home to over 430 mountain gorillas which is half of the world’s populations. The park is believed to be holding subspecies of gorillas apart from the Virunga.

During 2006, mountain gorillas were 300 but currently they are 430, mountain gorillas also have their challenges like habitat loss, diseases and poaching. The park has a lot of fruits than other parks and that is why Bwindi has more gorillas  than elsewhere in other parks because here silverback are able to climb tree and get food to feed on and the same to the chimpanzees hence mountain gorillas in Bwindi move each day than in other park.

In the whole world about 980 individual’s mountain gorillas are endangered.

The major activity in Bwindi impenetrable forest national park is mountain gorilla trekking but the park  also has other activities which someone should not miss when he/she is planning to visit Bwindi, these activities include the Batwa culture, nature walks, bird watching, primates walk, see the tree species, butterflies, mammals and among others.

Bwindi impenetrable National park is situated in the southwest parts of Uganda and it takes you almost 9 hours from capital city Kampala to reach the park.

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