Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, lies in Southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. occupies an area of 321 square kilometers. Bwindi was protected as a National Park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in1994. This ancient Rain-forest is the home to half of the world's Mountain Gorillas. The world, humans and Gorillas share 94.8% of the same genetic makeup. This national park is not only a home to Gorillas but also to a number of 120 mammal species, 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos many which are endangered, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. The main activity in Bwindi is Gorilla Tracking.
There are nine (9) groups of Mountain Gorilla families that have been habituated. Only 8 tourists per Gorilla family are permitted to engage in a single day. There are 4 trailheads in Bwindi for Gorilla Tracking, which lead to other attractions such as rivers, waterfalls, swamps-all of which have a high level of wildlife concentration. Gorilla tracking Permits must be booked in advance; Route Wild Safaris is ready and happy to arrange these permits for our clients. Other activities that are offered in Bwindi National Park are forest guided walks, and Mountain hiking.
The neighboring towns of Bwindi are Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodge, rustic bands and budget, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.