Bwindi: The Ultimate Gorilla Experience
One of the world’s most remarkable wildlife encounters and Uganda’s foremost tourist attraction: is tracking the rare mountain gorilla.
You can track them in the forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the southwest of Uganda. The global population of the mountain gorillas numbers just 800, half of which live in Bwindi and the remainder on the nearby Virunga Volcanoes. Bwindi has 9 habituated gorilla groups that are tracked every day for tourism. Only 8 tourists are allowed per group.
Impressive list of species
Besides the gorilla tracking Bwindi is Africa’s richest forest, with an impressive list of species. The forest has 350 birds, 310 butterflies, 200 trees, 51 reptiles, 88 moths and 120 mammals including several primates. The primates are chimpanzees, black and white Colobus, Blue Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkey, and of course the mountain gorilla.
Bwindi’s forest trails lead to scenic waterfalls and rift valley view points. Community walks through local villages provide insights into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa (Pygmy) people living beside the forest.
Bwindi is also one of Uganda’s top bird watching destinations. Its 350 species include seven which are IUCN data listed and 90 of all Albertine Rift endemics. Species those are difficult or impossible to see in any other part of East Africa. An experienced bird watcher can easily identify up to 100 species in a day.
Safaris including Bwindi National Park