BWINDI NATIONAL PARK

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in south western Uganda Kigezi sub region and it covers 3 districts of Kisoro, Kabale and Kanungu. The park is famous for inhabiting half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas and gorilla trekking is the main tourist activity here. It covers an area of 331sq.km and also inscribed on the UNESCO world heritage site. The park is at the edge of the western rift valley and it provides habitat for 120 species of mammals, 356 bird species including the 24 Albertine endemics, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and more than 1000 flowering plant species. Bwindi locally refers to ‘darkness’ and has many rivers like Munyanga, Ivi, Ishasha, Ihihizo and Ntengyere rivers which flow into lake Edward and others into Lake Mutanda. Bwindi is approximately 517km from Kampala city which is about 8-9 hours drive via the Rukungiri – Kanungu road.

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