What to Know About Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park lies in south western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. It provides shelter to 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.

One could spend many days on a Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Safari taking 04 Day Uganda Double Gorilla Trek or more length; this is simply one of the most fantastic places in all of Africa not to be found elsewhere. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is simply unique and has much more to offer than the magnificent Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of the oldest Forests in East Africa, it survived the platonic shift that created the Albertine Rift that is all around it – It is thought that Bwindi Impenetrable Forest may have been inhabited 370,000 – 400,000 years ago by the Batwa People, the original people of the Rain forest.

Due to its age, one can find plants and trees here, which are not found elsewhere.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a hidden pearl in Uganda awaiting to be discovered by you, though many come here, the focus is gorilla tracking the magic and wonder of the ancient forest are missed.  This 128 square mile park has much to offer, there are many activities here one can partake in, amazing scenery, plants, wildlife, birds, primates, the list is endless. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the most bio-diverse forests with one of the best ecosystems in all of Africa.

Here at Bwindi you can find over 120 species of mammals including Primates such as the Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, Black and White Colobus, Red-Tailed Guenon, Vervet Monkeys, L’Hoest’s Guenon, Baboons, Nocturnal Prosimians, Forest Elephants (hairier, smaller, smaller tusks, 1 extra toe on each foot), small antelopes such as Duikers, Bush pigs, Giant Forest Hogs, several small species of Cats, 348 species of birds including African Green Broad bill and Shelley’s Crimson wing.

Other birds include the Francolin, Cinnamon-chested Bee eaters, Green Tinker bird, Mountain and Yellow –streaked Green buls, Mountain Masked and Chestnut –throated Apalises, Red faced Woodland Warbler, White-browed Crombec, Ruwenzori Batis and White tailed fly catcher among others.  220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos. There is simple a lot of Discovery awaiting you at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

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