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Meaning “impenetrable” in the local Lukiga language, Bwindi is one of the most beautiful forests in East and Central Africa. It owes its nickname to the density of its wild vegetation combined with the steepness of its valleys. Rich in exceptional biodiversity, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda, along the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, on the Albertine Rift.
Classified as a national park in 1991 in Kanungu District, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to many endemic species of fauna and flora. Its thick and intricate jungle contains around 400 mountain gorillas. This represents just under half of the world’s population (estimated at around 1,000 individuals). Four sectors of the park are dedicated to the observation of this endangered species in their natural habitat, in small groups, within a strict and highly regulated framework: Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga and Nkuringo. Accustomed to the presence of humans, these gorillas, whose DNA is 98 to 99% identical to that of humans, are among the most fascinating creatures on the planet.
A true tropical jungle covering 321 km², the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is also one of the best birding areas in Africa for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and butterflies. From its lowest point (Ishasha Gorge at 1,200 metres above sea level) to its highest point (Rwamanyonyi Peak at an altitude of 2,600 metres), this protected area has some of the most diverse forest on the continent. Bwindi primary forests contain several hundred species of flowering plants, trees and ferns on the edge of the famous Great Rift Valley. Its terrain is notoriously hostile due to the mountainous relief, lack of roads and a large amount of nettles, brambles and thorns that put off many African reserve enthusiasts. Since the end of the 1990s and the implementation of the first environmental protection measures, the population of mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest seems to have increased significantly. Thanks to the daily involvement of the park’s services and rangers, this emotional visit will remain in your memory forever.