Bwindi forest national park is located in southwest of Uganda on the border of Uganda and Democratic republic of Congo. This rainforest was gazetted as a reserve in 1932 today it is a world heritage site recognized by UNESCO for Mountain Gorilla tracking excursions. Bwindi forest ranges at an altitude of 1,200m and 2,700m above sea level. The Bwindi forest covers a series of steep ridges and valleys that form the eastern starting point of the Albertine rift valley. With annual rainfall on average at 1600mm supplying five rivers that flow into Lake Albert as a source since it is a catchment area.
More than half the world’s wild mountain gorilla population is resident in Bwindi. Estimated at 440 individual gorillas in Bwindi forest, living in separate 23 families. Though the focus is mountain gorillas in Bwindi, there is a staggering 93 mammal species living in this forest more than any other national park in Uganda except Queen Elizabeth national park. Although the list of mammals consists of mainly small ones such as rodents and bats, you will find chimpanzees, varieties monkeys with common viewings of the blue monkey and black-and-white colobus. Occasionally forest elephants can be spotted or heard, there are six species of antelopes; the bushbuck and five types of forest duiker. For bird lover, Bwindi has 23 particular species characteristic to the Albertine Rift with 14 species found nowhere else but Bwindi forest, among them African green broadbill, white-tailed blue flycatcher, brown-necked parrot, white-bellied robin chat and Fraser’s eagle owl. Bwindi forest is best known for mountain gorilla tracking safaris.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi is conducted in four main sectors namely Ruhija, Buhoma, Rushaga and Nkuringo.
Gorilla tracking in buhoma will bring you to either one of the following gorilla families Rushegura, Mubare and habinyanja.
The Ruhija sector is located east of Bwindi forest and it has the following families Ruhija, Bitukura and Kyaguriro.
While Rushaga located south of has Kahungye, Busingye, Nshongi and Mishaya.
Nkuringo is in the southwest of Bwindi forest with one family the Nkuringo family.
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