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This rather impenetrable park is positioned in south western part of Uganda on the edge of the western rift valley or commonly known as the albertine rift .The park with its dense ground cover of vines and shrubs is home to the world famous mountain gorillas of which they are less than 600 still left in the entire world. Gorilla permits are required for tracking the gorilla and it is, therefore, advisable to make reservations at least three months in advance. Bwindi is one of the richest area for flora in the Eastern Africa. The forest is also sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many bird types including some endangered species.

Biologically, the bwindi impenetrable is one of the Africa’s richest forests, owing to its great age(over 25,000years) and an altitudinal range that spans 1,400metres.The impressive list of species contains 350 birds, 310 butterflies, 200 trees, 51 reptiles, 88moths and 120mammals including several primates among them chimpanzees, black-and-white colobus, blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkey and the star attraction, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi has six habituated Gorilla groups, which are tracked from four trailheads.

Tracking mountain gorillas is a very exclusive activity. To minimize disturbance, only eight people can track each habituated gorilla group each day, while time with the gorilla is strictly limited to one hour. As wildlife viewing goes, it is difficult to conceive how or where in the world a more rewarding 60minutes could be spent.

Superb gorilla tracking also provides refuge to elephants, chimpanzee, monkeys and various small antelopes as well as 23 bird species restricted to the Albertine Rift. Outside the forest, Community walks provide and insight into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa(pygmy) peoples living besides the forest .

DISTRICT Rukungiri , Kabale and Kisoro SIZE 321 KM sq ELEVATION 1190 – 2607 m a.s.l. STATUS National Park since 1991. TEMPERATURE Annually it ranges 7 C degrees – 20 C degrees HABITANT Medium-altitude moist evergreen forest montane forest with patches of bamboo.