With an area of 331 km. Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest is true African Jungle. It is so called because of the dense undergrowth, vines and other vegetation make it almost ‘impenetrable’. It’s mysterious and awesome.
The lowland rainforest and montane forest vegetation constantly struggles to reach heights that will allow it to receive more light. Huge trees are festooned with creepers and parasitic plants such as mistletoe and orchids. Uganda’s star attraction is the endangered mountain gorilla, the bulkiest of living primates and among the most peaceable. Staring into the pensive brown eyes of these gentle giants, who share 95% of their genes with humans, is as humbling as it is thrilling, no less so when one realizes that fewer than 700 individuals survive, divided between Bwindi and the Virugas mountains.
There are five habituated gorilla groups – four in Bwindi and one in Mgahinga National Park, which can be visited by a total of 30 Tourists daily. Amongst the dense vegetation the Columbus Monkey jumps from branch to branch, chattering its warning to its fellows hidden by the foliage. Chimpanzees, in families of 20 or 30, make their rounds, searching for fruit and edible plants.