Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

Park Facts:

Size: 321km2
Altitude: 1,160m – 2,607m above sea level.

Bwindi was announced as a National Park in 1991 and was also declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994. In 1993, the first gorilla group – the Mubare group, became available for tourism in Uganda. Currently, there are nine gorilla groups available for tourism, and one for research. Bwindi is also a river source. It is a source of 5 rivers which all flow into Lake Edward.

About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is situated in the southwestern part of Uganda, near the edge of the rift valley. Bwindi’s hillsides are covered by a very old and biologically diverse “impenetrable” rainforest, which has been around over 25,000 years and comprises of almost 400 species of plants. More importantly, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to the country’s famously known Mountain Gorillas, estimated to be around 320 in number. This includes several habituated gorilla groups which can be tracked. Not only does Bwindi National Paark house the gorillas, but is also home to over 120 primates which include baboons, chimpanzees, antelopes and elephants. There are over 300 different species of birds in the forest. Expect to find your accommodation at any of the two neighboring towns – Nkuringo and Buhoma. They both have all ranges of accommodation ranging from luxury lodges to budget campsites. You’ll also find crafts, restaurants and an opportunity to discover about the local traditions, for example the culture of the Pygmy people, the culture of the Bakiga people through village tours and performances by the locals.

Featured Sights and Animals

Activities to look out for.

  • Gorilla Tracking
  • Guided Forest Walks
  • Game Drive within the Park

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