Bwindi Impenetrable Gorilla Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a famous safari destination in Africa for gorilla safaris. Given the fact that the forest protects more than half of the remaining gorilla population, the forest has become of great mountain gorilla conservation value in Africa.

Bwindi was first gazzetted as a forest Reserve in 1942 and later upgraded to the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 1992 and recognised as a World Heritage Site in 1994. In the local Lukiga language, Bwindi actually means 'Impenetrable.' This double warning is apt, for Bwindi is all but impenetrable; 327km2 of tangled vegetation draped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep, slippery valleys and high, draughty ridges. A trek through this, one of Africa's most ancient rainforests, in search of the endangered mountain gorilla, ranks among the world's premier wildlife encounters.

Bwindi can be cold especially in the morning and at night. The annual average temperature range is 7C - 20C with the coldest period being June and July. On your safari, warm clothing is required, plus wet weather gear since Bwindi receives up to 2390mm of rain/ year. This is concentrated during two wet seasons, short rains in March-May and heavy rains in September-November.

Biodiversity In Bwindi Gorilla Forest

5windi supports a tremendous biodiversity. While most of today's forests are no more than 12,000 years old, Bwindi's vegetation has been weaving itself into tangles over at least 25,000 years, in the process accumulating a lengthy species list. The park protects over 310 species of butterfly, 51 reptiles, 200 trees, 88 moths and an exceptional 120 types of mammal including 10 primates. Primates in this park include chimpanzee, L'Hoest's, red tailed and blue monkey, black and white colobus, baboon, and Bwindi's most famous resident, the mountain gorilla.

Bird Watching in Bwindi Forest

Bwindi is a prime destination for birdwatchers. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN red data listed and 90% of all Albertine rift endemics, species which are difficult or impossibl e to see in any other part of East Africa. An experienced bird watcher can easily identify up to 100 species in a day!

Local people around Bwindi Gorilla Forest

The local people neighbouring the park are mos' and Bafumbira. Small communities of Batwa also present. The Bwindi area supports one of the rural population densities in Uganda with 350 people. Nature Walks can be arranged for you to tour the neighbouring areas sorrounding the park. Other interesting activities include Buhoma community walk and cultural performance, participating in community dances.
 

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