Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. It is home to one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants and protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – about half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
The park also provides shelter to 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. Bird life isn’t left out either—there are around 350 species of birds documented in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
Culture & Community encounters
Bwindi is surrounded by different local tribes, the most common being the Batwa pygmies who lived in the forest with animals thousand years ago. They were hunters and fruit gatherers but were pushed out of the forest by the Government of Uganda who made Bwindi a national park to promote tourism. On a trip to the park, you will visit the friendly Batwa and observe how they cook and serve meals, enjoy the energetic cultural dance performances as well as traditional songs. You will get to meet the traditional healer who uses plants and leaves as medicine and miraculously heal his people.