Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

rwanda-mountain-gorilla3where is Bwindi Located?

Bwindi Impenetrable national park is located in South Western Uganda and occupies 331 sq km. It lies on the edge of the Western Rift valley (Albertine rift) and shared by Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro districts. The park occupies different vegetation zones but predominantly a tropical rain forest. This is one of the few remaining forests in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age. Bwindi Impenetrable national park is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain gorillas (326 gorillas). In the World today, it is estimated that there are only 700 remaining mountain gorillas.

What to see in the Bwindi National Park

Apart from the rare mountain gorillas, the park also has over 120 mammalian species including 11 primates, 200 species of butterflies and about 324 different tree species. These primates include the black-and-white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail, L’Hoest Monkey, Red Tailed monkeys among others. The forest is also rich in birdlife (360 species) with 23 highly localized Albertine Rift endemics being present in the park. Among the notable bird species include the Short-tailed Warbler, Gruer’s Rush Warbler, Bar-tailed Trogon, Yellow-eyed black Fly-catcher, Dusky Crimson Wing, White-tailed Blue Monarch, Wilcock’s Honey-guide, Rusty-faced woodland Warbler Kivu Ground Thrush, among others. These birds cannot be easily cited anywhere in East Africa. Ihimbo hot springs is another tourist attraction, it was discovered by the Bakiga settlers in the 1950s, and the boiling water that bubbled from the spring rapidly acquired national fame for its therapeutic powers. One legend tells of a flat chested girl who bathed there and emerged with an enviably voluptuous bosom, another man who lost his leg in accident and regained it after swimming in the hot water. Because of its popularity, Ihimbo has attracted up to 1000 individuals annually from all around the country.

Visitors to Bwindi Impenetrable forest can also visit Kanungu town to see the church where more than 500 members of the Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God (MRTCG) vanished from the fire after being convinced that they were going to heaven through fire. This event occurred on 17th March 2000 and it is one of the massive religious massacre events in the whole world.