Africa  | 02/02/2016

BWINDI Impenetrable Park

Home to almost half of the world's surviving mountain gorillas, the World Heritage-listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of East Africa's most famous national parks. Set over 331 sq km of improbably steep mountain rainforest, the park is home to an estimated 330 gorillas: undoubtedly Uganda's biggest tourist drawcard.

The Impenetrable Forest, as it is also known, is one of Africa's most ancient habitats, since it thrived right through the last Ice Age (12.000 to 18.000 years ago) when most of Africa's other forests disappeared. In conjunction with the altitude span (1160 m to 2607 m) this antiquity has produced in an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, even by normal rainforest standards. And we do mean rainforest; up to 2,5 m of rain falls here annually.

It contains 120 species of mammal, more than any of Uganda's other national parks, though sightings are less common due to the dense forest. Lucky visitors might see forest elephants, 11 species of primate (including chimpanzees and L'Hoest's monkeys), duiker, bushbuck, African golden cats and the rare giant forest hog, as well as a host of bird and insect species.

     
     
   

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