Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is found in Southwestern Uganda, in the mountainous region of the Kigezi sub region,the park’s altitude rangesfrom1,160m – 2,607m above sea level and it covers an area of approximately 321 Sqkm.
Bwindi Impenetrable NationalPark was gazetted in 1991, and in 1994 it was declared a world heritage site. In In 1993 the park embarked on its first habituation exercise with Mubare gorilla group. There are eleven habituated groups, namely; Mubare, Habiyanja, Rushegura, Orruzongo, Nshongi, Mishaya, Kahungye, Bweza, Busingye, Nyakgezi and Kyagururo for research.
The parks high altitude makes it extremely cold during the night, and its rainforests, date back over 25,000 years. There are over 400 species of plants species and a variety of wild life, elephants, antelopes, bush pigs, chimpanzee, Colobus Monkey, Baboons,Black and White Monkey, over 220 butterfly species,348 bird species, 27 frog species and most impressive of all the park has over 400 mountain gorillas – approximately half of the world’s population.
Beside gorilla tracking, birding is popular in this park with birders watching out for African Emerald, Cuckoo, fly catchers, Blue headed sun bird, short tailed warbler and many more, the main birding spots are in Buhoma- Water fall trail bamboo zone and Mubwindi swamp- Ruhija,
The cultural tour is quite informative as visitors get the real feel of the local natives, the local doctor performs his trade and you get to have a taste of the local food, see the how it is prepared, visit forest pygmies commonly known as the Batwa- You also visit the local schools which have directly benefitted from tourism.
All in all the, the Gorilla tracking experience is a life changing experience which is will leave in in memories for years to come.