Bwindi the home of Mountain Gorillas.
Bwindi the home of Mountain Gorillas.

Bwindi the home of Mountain Gorillas-Gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda- Bwindi Imentrable forest.

Discover Bwindi the home of Mountain Gorillas. Bwindi impenetrable forest derives its name from a local phrase.  “Mubwindi bwa Nyinamukari” which originally referred to the Mubende Swamp in the South Eastern part of the park. The story behind the name goes back to many years ago when a family migrating northwards from Kisoro found themselves standing at the end of the seemingly impenetrable forest. It’s believed that the parents asked the spirits of the forest for guidance on how to go through it and were told to sacrifice their beautiful daughter Nyinamukari So as to go through the forest without mishap. The family decided that they should not go back South and therefore threw their daughter in the water to drawn and finally went safely through the forest. When the news of sacrifice spread, people begun to avoid the swamp calling it Mubwindi Bwa Nyinamukari.

Discover Bwindi the home of Mountain Gorillas.

The Bwindi the home of mountain gorillas is regarded to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in the whole of Africa. It’s a true rain forest spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys that form the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift valley.

Bwindi forest National Park is a true definition of a beautiful wild jungle. But what makes Bwindi Impenetrable National park special, is the fact that it’s home to slightly more than half of the world’s remaining population of mountain gorillas and an estimated number of 408 individuals live in trees within the forest.

Given the focus on gorilla tracking in the four locations of Buhama in the North west, Ruhija in the East, Rushaya in the South and Nkuringo in the South West,  it may come as a surprise to learn that Bwindi harbors at least  120 species of mammals, 11 types of primates including, Red tailed monkeys, Black and white colobus monkeys,  olive baboons, L’etoest and blue faced monkeys and a healthy population of chimpanzees.

Bwindi the home of mountain gorillas is also home to a total of 350 bird species, remarkably high figure compared to other National Park check lists.  These include a few water associated birds, the African green broadbill,  White bellied Robin chat, Frazier’s owl white tailed blue flydather and so much more.

Booking a Gorilla Trekking Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National park with Katland Safaris not only gives you an opportunity to encounter  cultures of the Batwa living around the park, it gives you the opportunity to spend time with some of the few remaining giants of the jungle and closest relatives to mankind, the Mountain Gorillas of Bwindi.

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April 15, 2024
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