Bwindi, located in western Uganda is heavily covered by Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests. It contains 400 species of plants and the most exciting thing is that it houses 320 mountain gorillas, roughly half of the world’s population of those primates.
It also houses 120 mammals consisting of species of chimpanzees, baboons and giant elephants and the pacy antelopes.
There are also around 350 species of birds, in these there 23 species which are only common in the Albertine Rift.
AREAS NOT TO BE MISSED ONCE THERE.
Buhoma is located on the northwestern side of the park.3 gorilla families can be tracked here.
Nkuringo on the Southern end of the park became Bwindiøs second gorilla tracking trailhead in 2004. While here,it is very easy to get an opportunity to learn more about the Bakiga Culture. Through Village walks, exciting dance performances etc.
Tracking the Nkuringo family is exhausting for their forest preachings( funny sounds) for 600m below the trailhead on Nteko Ridge.
Nshongi trail head in the South East of the Park was open for tracking, effective 2009.3 families, i.e; Nshongi, Kahungye and Mishaya can be tracked from this location.
Ruhija is the home to Bitukura,Oruzoojo and Kyaguriro families.This is the highest gorilla tracking trail. A 6-hour trail through thick bamboo leads to Rwamunyoni Peak, which is the highest point in the park, and it is good for birders.
This community, just a short distance north of Buhoma is on the Congo Border and offers wonderful hikes along hillcrests.
The Bwindi Mountain Gorillas are the star attraction of Uganda. These great apes are classified as the endangered mountain gorillas. did you know that there are as few as 900 mountain gorillas left in the whole worrld? The Bwindi gorillas constitute almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas. According to the 2012 Census about 420 mountain gorillas live Bwindi. The remaining population lives in the Virunga mountains spread through Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
As earlier said, the Bwindi gorillas are the star attraction attracting most visitors seeking for leisure in Uganda. A visit to the gorillas is possible all year round and lots of great deals are available to those looking for safaris that include this memorable experience.
Please note that gorilla visits are guided by strict guidelines and require good preparation. There is a limited number of people allowed to visit the Bwindi Gorillas and a gorilla permit is required. There are several habituated gorilla groups of gorillas that can be visited. Each gorilla group allows only 8 tourists and watching the gorillas is limited to only one hour day a day.