Bwindi impenetrable National Park is 321km at an altitude of 1,160m -2,607m above sea level. It was gazetted as a national park in 1991 and declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage Site in 1994. The park is spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys, and it’s the source of the major five rivers that flow into Lake Edward.
This national park lies in south western Uganda on the edge of the Rift valley and its covered in hillsides that are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, that date back over 25,000 years and has almost 400 species of plants and has got half of the world’s population including the habituated groups that can be tracked. This biologically diverse region offers shelter to chimpanzees and baboons as well as elephants and antelopes. There are over 350 bird species that are hosted in this forest including the 23 albertine Rift endemics. The nearby towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and the budget campsites, and the restaurants, craft and guiding services. The opportunities here are to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa pygmy cultures through performances, village walks and the workshops.
Is altitude sickness a possible problem on gorilla treks in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest?