Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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The Bwindi Impenetrable, Home of the Mountain Gorillas - This park is situated in in the south Western Park of Uganda bordering the Democratic Republic of Congo just 50 Kilometers south of the Ishasha area in Queen Elizabeth National Park. This is a typical tropical African rain forest supporting some of the richest eco systems in the World. Access to Bwindi is either by air from Kampala or Entebbe utilizing private air or by road. Presently, 11 Groups of Gorillas are available for Gorilla trekking and these average 4 - 35 gorillas, (1)Rushegura group of about 10 individuals, (2)Habiyanja group of 23 Gorillas, (3)Bitukura group of 13 Gorillas, (4)Nkuringo group of 18 gorillas (5)Nshongi group of 28 gorillas. (6) Bikingi group of …. Gorillas (7) kyaguriro group of 17 is a research group. (8) Mubare group of about 5 gorillas. (9) Kahungye (10) Mishaya gorilla group (11) Kahungye (12) Oruzoogo group with over 20 gorillas. In total, over 100 tourists can view Mountain gorillas on a single in Uganda. Gorilla trekking starts by assembling at the park offices to have the briefing and allocation of the gorilla group. There after, each gorilla trekking group is assigned a tracker, guide and security personnel that would be accompanying the trekkers on the Hike. The trek starts from the area there the gorillas were left feeding the previous day. From the nests from the previous nights accommodation, the trail of chewed up plant material, dung, hairs and the damaged vegetation trail leads to the location of the gorillas that would be feeding, playing, napping or simply relaxing. An hour is allocated for viewing and photographing these gentle Giants before heading to a safe Distance where picnic lunches are provided. The Gorilla safari of the day, ends with a shorter route back to camp to be issued with certificates of gorilla trekking. The price of the Gorilla ticket or permit is currently US$500 which includes Park entry fees for the day and entitles one to a maximum of one hour with the Gorillas, guide services and a trekking certificate. The bird count of Birds at Bwindi is over 370 species among these, 23 of the 24 endemic Albertrine Rift bird species. The Butterfly count is presently over 200 species. This Afro Montane Rain Forest also supports very rare plants, and other wildlife including the Rare Lhoeste Monkeys, Blue Monkey, Black and White Colubus, Red tails, Blue Duiker, Giant forest Hog, Forest elephant and Buffalo. Other than Gorilla trekking, activities at Bwindi Include: Self Guided trails around the park offices subject to gorillas not being in the vicinity, A water falls trail to the River Munyaga and the Village walk to have a feel of An African way of life.

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