Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the western Great Rift Valley. It covers an area of 327 km².
What Does Bwindi Mean?
Bwindi means “impenetrable” given its muddy, swampy & dark forest that is full of darkness! Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a tropical rain forest largely contained within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP). It is located in south western Uganda, within the triangle of mountains where Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) converge. It is about 25km north of the Virunga volcanoes and on the edge of the western Rift valley.
In 1991 the Ugandan part of the forest became a national park, ‘Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’ protecting 127 square metres of rain forest, home to around 340 endangered mountain gorillas – about half of the world’s mountain gorillas remaining in the wild.
Attractiveness of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is included on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. The park gives home to 120 mammal species, including 10 primates, 350 species of birds, 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 88 type of moths, 200 species of trees and 100 species of ferns. Most notable are the endangered Mountain Gorillas. Gorilla tracking is the main attraction.
The park is owned by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.