Uganda’s foremost tourist attraction, and indeed one of the world’s most remarkable wildlife encounters, is tracking the rare Mountain Gorilla in the remote forests of south-western Uganda. These magnificent animals, found exclusively in the forests of Bwindi Impenetrable and Virunga National Parks, number less than 800 – over half of them in Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Africa’s richest forest, with an impressive list of species, has 350 birds, 310 butterflies, 200 trees, 51 reptiles, 88 moths and 120 mammals including several primates, among them Chimpanzees, black and white Colobus, Blue Monkeys, Grey-cheeked Mangabey, L’hoest’s Monkey, and the star attraction, the Mountain Gorilla.
Bwindi has 10 habituated gorilla groups, Eight permits are available for each group, giving a daily maximum of 80 permits.
Bwindi is also one of Uganda’s top bird watching destinations with 350 birds, including many localized Albertine Rift endemic species. Outside the forest, Community Walks provide an insight into the lives of the Bakiga and Batwa peoples living beside the forest.