Home to half of the World’s remaining Mountain Gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the South West of Uganda is a unique, unspoiled reserve with a broad range of wild animals and birds – including a number of endangered species. Bwindi has breathtaking scenery with huge expanses of pristine forest, a number of spectacular waterfalls and fascinating river walks.
A highlight of the Forest is the chance to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas, but the reserve is also of interest as it has chimpanzees, mountain elephants, a very rare group of bird species called the Albertine Rift Endemics and rare butterfly species, 10 of these only found in Uganda. Monkeys that can be seen include the guereza colobus, vervet monkey, blue / gentle monkey, l’hoest’s monkey and the red-tailed monkey.
Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi
Tourists can visit a small number of habituated gorilla groups. These are family groups that have been gradually introduced to humans for limited periods of time. Usually each group is between 10 and 20 individuals with one Silverback (dominant male leader).
Bwindi is a bird-lovers’ paradise with one of the greatest number of bird species of all the reserves in East Africa. 23 of the 24 Albertine Endemics (which are only found in Uganda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Rwanda) are evident, including the red throated alethe, archer’s robin chat, Kivu ground thrush, strange weaver and even the endangered yellow-crested helmet-shrike, African green broadbill and Congo Bay owl.