Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi National park is located in the western Uganda; it’s among the most visited parks in Uganda because it is a home to rare primate called the Mountain gorillas. The park is separate from the Virunga massif which is shared between three countries Uganda, Rwanda and Congo DRC.
It’s sometimes called the Bwindi impenetrable forest national park because of the thick forest which is not easy to penetrate.
The park is situated along the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. Composed of 321 square kilometers of both montane and lowland forest, it is accessible only on foot.
Species diversity is a feature of the park. It provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species. Floristically, the park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low elevation) sector has many species of Guineo-Congolian flora, including two endangered species, the brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. In particular, the area shares in the high levels of endemisms of the Albertine Rift.
Bwindi National park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. It is most notable half of the world’s population of the endangered mountain gorillas stay in this park. The rest of the worldwide mountain gorilla population lives in the nearby Virunga Mountains. Habituated mountain gorilla groups are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo.
Accommodation around the park include, Rushaga gorilla camp, Bwindi Lodge, Lake mutanda resort, Cameleon hill lodge, Gorilla mist camp etc