Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda Gorilla Forest
Also known as Impenetrable Forest, the national park is one of Uganda’s most as recently established parks. Bwindi forest in the southwestern Uganda situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift, it also covers 331 sq km, encompasses one of the last remaining habitats of the rare and endangered mountain gorilla, and is home to over half the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas.
A major conservation effort has been taking place in this national park for various years to protect the gorillas’ habitat. Mountain gorillas are not the only wild animals to have profited from this project. The national park also contains around 20 forest elephants, about 10 species of primate (counting chimpanzees, colobus monkeys and primates), duikers, bushbucks and the rare giant forest hog, as well as 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species.
A visit with the gorillas is a fantastic experience but it can be hard to organize and the walking is not for strollers. All bookings must be made through the Uganda Wildlife Authority office (041-346287) in Kampala, you can also book through a travel agent to avoid inconvenience. Only 32 permits per day are available for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
The landscape in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is hilly and heavily forested and you might be walking for up to four hours before you meet the mountain gorillas, but on the way, you will enjoy seeing different wildlife in the forest, like monkeys, different bird species among others. Be sure to prepare well and take the fast film to get good photos in the shade of the forest.