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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the most sought-after when it comes to gorilla trekking in Uganda. The conservation area is situated in the southwestern corner of Uganda, placed along its border with Rwanda, it was gazetted in 1991 as a national park to protect the critically endangered species of mountain gorillas and other mammals and birds living within the ecosystem, and by 1994 the conservation area was declared a UNESCO world heritage site, it hosts half of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorilla kinds living within the bamboo forested region freely without being captivated.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is divided into four sectors the Buhoma, Ruhija, Nkuringo, and Rushaga, each of these is placed with habituated gorilla families to track, the forest is one of the remaining few tracts of tropical rain forest in Uganda, it is comprised of a different vegetative growth including the montane forest, bamboo forest, lianas, ferns, and other growing plants these are the habitat of the amazing wildlife that lives here, for example, the Mountain gorillas, black and white colobus monkeys, L’hoest monkeys, forest elephants, forest hogs, mountain duikers, some of these animals are present although they are so shy and can rarely see. There are several kinds of birds in the national park some of which are endemic to the region for example the African green broadbill.

Gorilla trekking is the major activity of the national park, this begins early at 8:00 am with a briefing from the Uganda wildlife park rangers, they will tell you how to conduct yourself while with the gorillas, all the does and don’ts will be explained, gorillas are characterized by their gentleness, fur bodies, brown eyes, and strong species, they live in families of up to 20 members led by male silver back, baby gorillas live under the care of their parents until the age of 2 years, time is taken to do the activity entirely depends on how far the gorilla families have moved as they keep roaming in the forest, this takes 2-8 hours or even the whole day in search of the primates, an hour is allowed while with the primates to enjoy them live their day to day life, trekking is done in groups of eight per gorilla family.

Batwa cultural experience. This is the group of the last remaining short-structured people in Uganda, they lived in the forest together with other creatures in harmony until they were evicted due to conservation purposes, these continued to live around the scopes of the mountain passing their generational tradition unto the young ones, they are also termed as the keepers of the forest, these amazing people will show you the forest through their eyes, it is a great experience which can take place along the Buninga forest on a guided nature walk. Birding is the other best thing one can consider while in the national park, through the well-distributed trails, you will have a chance to meet many birds of the forest some of which are endemic to the destination.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park can be accessed by road which takes approximately 9 hours’ drive to reach the destination, scheduled or charter flights can be arranged to Bwindi from Entebbe to Kisoro airstrip, and ground accommodation is then arranged to the respective lodges that have been booked for your stay. It is advisable to book accommodation in locations where gorilla permits have been purchased.

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