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Bwindi Gorilla Forest in Uganda

Size: 331 sq km
Location: Southwest of Uganda. The closes large town is Kabale.
Accessibility: Bwindi's Impenetrable Gorilla Forest 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. 4x4 recommended during the rains.
Activities: In Bwindi's Impenetrable Gorilla Forest, Gorilla tracking is the main attraction; permits must pre-booked at the UWA office in Kampala. Other guided forest walks are available: one popular trail leads to a pretty waterfall, others focus on birding and monkey-viewing.
When To Visit: Any time, though conditions are more challenging during the rainy season.
Accommodation: In Bwindi's Impenetrable Gorilla Forest we have two up-market tented camps, a lodge, community-run budget rooms and camping are available near the Buhoma entrance gate.

Bwindi Gorilla Forest - Location and Habitat
Bwindi's Impenetrable Gorilla Forest is true African Jungle. It is so called because of the dense undergrowth, vines and other vegetation make it almost 'impenetrable'. Bwindi's Impenetrable Gorilla Forest is mysterious and awesome. The lowland rainforest and montane forest vegetation constantly struggles to reach heights that will allow it to receive more light. Bwindi Gorilla Forest in Uganda

Huge trees are festooned with creepers and parasitic plants such as mistletoe and orchids. Giant thickets of bamboo thrive in the humid atmosphere and, where sunlight breaks though, the elegant heliconia, or lobster claw, spreads its colourful petals. Amongst the dense vegetation the Colobus Monkey jumps from branch to branch, chattering its warning to its fellows hidden by the foliage. Chimpanzees, in families of 20 or 30, make the rounds, searching for fruit and edible plants.

The Park is located in south western Uganda, covering parts of Rukungiri, Kisoro, and Kabale Districts It was gazetted in 1991 with an area of 331 km2. It is situated in a hilly country-side that, together with some remnant lowland forest outside the boundary, constitute an important water catchment area for many rivers, supplying the agricultural land of the surrounding region. As you walk among the shadows of the leafy canopy, this rainforest reveals the smells and sounds of Africa, just as it has been for centuries. Without doubt, your first impression of the dense jungle will be its almost audible silence. Jungle creatures are very, very shy, but, as you pick your way along the trail, through the dense undergrowth, you'll realise that the jungle is alive.

Vegetation and Wildlife in Bwindi Forest
Bwindi Gorilla Forest in Uganda
Bwindi also provides a habitat for 120 species of mammals. It accounts for about 340 species of birds and 202 species of butterflies. There are 27 species of frogs, chameleons and many other species which are endangered. The highlight of this sanctuary is the existence of about 330 Mountain gorillas. This accounts for half of the world’s population of this amazing
Primate. It should be noted these gorillas are highly endangered. As of April 2007, the total population of Gorillas in the world stands at 720. There are four habituated Mountain gorilla groups in Bwindi, namely, Habinyanja, Rushegura, Mubare and Nkuringo. Each of these habituated groups hosts a maximum of eight visitors daily. There are nine other primate species found in Bwindi which include black and white Colobus monkey, red Colobus and blue monkeys among others.

Bwindi is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa including mountain gorilla, chimpanzee and 8 other species of primate. Elephant, bush pig, giant forest hog, many species of bats and rodents, at least 346 species of birds including rare forest birds, at least 14 species of snakes, 27 species of frogs and toads, 6 chameleons, 14 lizards, skinks and geckos, at least 202 species of butterfly. There are also several endangered species of birds with limited ranges. This forest is a sanctuary for almost half the world's population of mountain gorillas (about 330 of 600), which is the rarest race of gorilla.
Gorilla Tracking in Bwindi Forest
The gorilla tracking activity which started in April 1993 is a very captivating activity which involves walking in the wilderness as well as hiking along the hills of the park in search of these amazing Apes. Gorilla tracking is done in Uganda and Rwanda by Amazing safaris. The Gorilla tracking experience starts at eight in the morning and occasionally lasts the whole day. The Bwindi Gorilla Forest in Uganda

park management organizes a briefing about the general conduct or behavior of trackers when visiting the Gorillas. Currently, there are four habituated groups in Bwindi. Ranger guides lead the visitors to the forest traps in search of these amazing creatures. The trackers follow the flattened foliage and piles of dung and sometimes the previous night’s nest to get the sense of direction in which the Gorillas headed. This involves passing through giant thickets of bamboo, dense vegetation in view of monkeys jumping from branch to branch, chimpanzees in search for food and edible plants. The trackers hack through the under growth with machetes in a bid to make bearable paths for visitors.

The Gorilla tracking activity can last for a couple of hours or minutes depending on the movement of the Gorillas the previous day. On discovering Gorillas, visitors are urged to keep a distance of five metres and not to use flash while taking photos. More >>>

Further Information and Travel Planning
A minimum of three days are required to visit and track the gorilla in Bwindi National Park. We have a wide range of carefully designed gorilla tours to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda that will give you a rewarding Uganda wildlife safari or Gorilla Tracking Adventure. Your safari consultant will always be at your assistance should you need a tailor-made holiday to any of these locations within Uganda. For more information regarding this topic, please DO NOT hesitate to contact us.
 
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