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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of the few old rainforests in Africa to have survived the last Ice Age,  it is a spectacular lush swath across the rocky slopes of the Albertine Rift Valley. It is home to around half of the world’s mountain gorillas. The most thrilling and moving animal experience that Africa has to offer is undoubtedly staring into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants on a gorilla trekking exercise. Still, we shouldn’t allow that to distract us from Bwindi’s wider biodiversity due to its enormous age and elevation range of 1,160 to 2,607m.
With 23 endemics to the Albertine Rift present, forest birding is among the best in Uganda

Moutain Gorillas In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

According to the most recent Gorilla Fund (Gorilla beringei beringei) census, the Bwindi population, which accounts for about half of all mountain gorillas worldwide, the park is home to 459 individual mountain gorillas. The neighbouring Virunga Mountains are home to the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. According to a 2006 census, the number of mountain gorillas in the park climbed gradually from an estimated 300 individuals in 1997 to 320 in 2002, 340 in 2006, and 400 in 2018. The biggest threats to gorillas are habitat loss, sickness, and poaching.

Size of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

331 sq km

Location of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Southwest. The closest large town is Kabale.

How to get to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi can be reached from QENP in the north (2-3 hours), from Kabale to the south (1-2 hours), or from Kampala via Mbarara (6-8 hours). The roads meet at Butogota, 17km from the Buhoma entrance gate. 4×4 is recommended during the rains.

Main attractions and Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Gorilla tracking is the main attraction; permits must be pre-booked at the UWA office in Kampala. Other guided forest walks are available: one popular trail leads to a pretty waterfall, and others focus on birding and monkey-viewing.

Best times to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Any time, though conditions are more challenging during the rainy season.