Wildlife in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
Of the roughly 800 mountain gorillas left in the wild,half of these live within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Of the 400 individuals, more than 100 are habituated, meaning they openly interact with humans, and are not scared of us.
Each day, two small groups of visitors venture into the mist, in search of these elusive primates. Living up to its name, gorilla trekking in the Bwindi is an arduous affair that requires equal parts patience and stamina.
Treks can last up to ten hours, and the trails cut through thick jungle and up steep passes, pioneering new hiking trails as you go. The humidity is intense, and the hikes can be punctuated by semi-regular rainfall.
Once contact is made, you'll have a maximum of one hour to spend with the gorillas. It's one of the most exhilarating wildlife experiences in the world.
Bwindi is home to huge bio-diversity, and you'll spot plenty of other creatures on your quest to find the gorillas.
Endemic butterflies are somewhat of a speciality here, with an impressive list of 220 species, many of which are only found within this park.
Bwindi is also home to ten primate species including the rare l'Hoest's monkey and black-and-white colobus. Troops of chimpanzees are present, but not habituated, therefore rarely seen. If you want to get up close to chimp in the wild, head to Kibale National Park.
In an area with such altitudinal variation – rising from low-lying ravines intersected to mountain peaks – a range of habitats support a huge variety of fauna and flora.
Bwindi has more than120 mammal species, including the African elephant, and smaller mammals. L’Hoest’s monkey is often seen at the lower level forests and the rare golden monkey is occasionally encountered at higher elevations.
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