Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

A UNESCO natural world heritage site and home to over half the world's population of the highly endangered mountain gorillas

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in the southwestern part of Uganda on the rim of the Rift Valley. The hillsides which are mist-covered are sheltered by one of the ancient and very biologically varied rainforests in Uganda that dates back to more than 25,000 years, comprising of about 400 varied plant species. More notably, this “impenetrable forest” in addition protects an predictable 320 population of mountain gorillas – approximately half of the population in the world, among which are a number of habituated groups, that can be tracked by visitors. The word “Bwindi” means “darkness” and taking a hike in this magnificent forest will certainly unveil to you the reason why the forest was named so. You will as well be in position to fast tell why the forest is also regarded as Impenetrable. One requires to be realistically physically fit to take part in this mountain gorilla tracking / trekking adventure because it may involve climbing the steep terrain.

In addition to the endangered and impressive mountain gorillas there are also 346 bird species among which twenty three are Albertine Rift endemics, more than 200 butterfly species and about 324 species of trees, ten of which are only found in this area in the whole of Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve was gazetted in the year of 1942. In 1992 it was upgraded to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and in 1994 it was recognized as a World Heritage Site in Uganda. In local language (Lukiga), Bwindi actually means ‘Impenetrable', with 327 km2 of tangled plant life draped over a deep fissured landscape of steep, slippery valleys & high, draughty ridges. A trek through this, in amongst one of Africa’s most ancient rainforest, in search of the vulnerable mountain gorilla, ranks among one of the world’s premier wildlife encounters.