Bwindi, declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994 is home to almost half the world’s surviving mountain gorillas. 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.
This biologically diverse protected area also provides shelter to other inhabitants including: the red-tailed monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, as well as forest elephants and antelopes. There are also around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. Take a look at this recount: “The mystical Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the last places on earth where the legendary mountain gorillas live and with it the highlights of our Uganda national parks”.
Getting there: Road transfer or flight (if available) to Kihihi or Kisoro Airstrip.
What to do: Gorilla tracking or habituation (Rushaga sector), community & cultural encounter, forest walk, bird watching.