In the south-west of Uganda, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has formed the stronghold for the country’s gorilla safaris since 1993. Boasting of a minimum of 400 mountain gorillas, which is close to a half of their entire world population – estimated at 880, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park features fourteen habituated gorilla families (though two are still under habituation) which is the highest number of habituated groups in the individual parks among the three African countries where mountain gorillas are known to thrive.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park comprises of four semi-autonomous sectors where world travellers on Uganda gorilla safaris take up the gorilla trekking activity from. These include; Buhoma to the north, Ruhija to the east, Rushaga to the south and Nkuringo to the south-west. The region to track is determined at the time of gorilla permit booking.
The fourteen habituated gorilla groups are spread in the four mentioned regions and they include; Mubare – the pioneer group habituated in Uganda, Habinyanja and Rushegura in Buhoma region; Orozogo, Bitukura and Kyagurilo in Ruhija region; Mishaya, Nshongi – the largest gorilla group ever been habituated in Uganda, Kahungye, Bweza, Busingye, Bushaho and Bikingi in Rushaga region; and Nkuringo in Nkuringo region.
Besides gorilla trekking in Uganda, which provides for one hour with the mountain gorillas, the two gorilla groups that are still undergoing habituation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park are open to gorilla habituation experiences – providing for an extended four-hour encounter with these critically endangered apes.
The fame of Bwindi is not hinged on the mountain gorillas alone, but also its remarkable terrain marked with rugged hills, narrow valleys and dense, forested landscapes that always make the trek through it beyond the ordinary! The great numbers of birds (350 bird species), including the 23 Albertine Rift endemics, like the African green broadbill, are some of the complimentary sights you can enjoy while gorilla trekking on your Uganda safari tour.
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