This jungle of steep mountains covered in thick forests is as magnificent and impenetrable as its name suggests. It is considered the most important forest reserve in Uganda.
Consequently, Bwindi Impenetrable national park covers an area of about 320 kilometres (32,092 hectares) and is one of the ancient habitats in Africa that even survived the last ice age as most of the continent’s forests disappeared. The park is famous for being home to over five hundred (500) mountain gorillas, 50% of the world’s total population.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of Uganda’s major national parks and habitat to over five hundred (500) mountain gorillas, comprising of nineteen (19) habituated gorilla families available for gorilla trekking expeditions.
The park is situated in the mountainous areas of southwestern Uganda close to the border of Rwanda. It sits on an area of three hundred and thirty-one (331) square kilometres and is famous for harbouring mountain gorillas and other mammal and bird species. The tropical forest of the park is spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys and they are some of the largest areas in the region of East Africa that still have Afro-montane lowland forests that extend well within the montane forest belt.
As a UNESCO heritage site, Bwindi Impenetrable national park is regarded as a biodiversity hotspot with possibly the most significant number of tree species best for its altitude. It is also waged on the eastern edge of the Albertine rift valley region and is believed to be a “Pleistocene refugium.”
In addition to providing homage to almost half of the world’s mountain gorilla population, Bwindi’s impenetrable national park has been a front liner as far as community benefits are concerned; the forests support the neighbouring communities in rainfall formation that facilitates agriculture and food production. The park has also played a bigger part as far as environmental conservation is concerned and boosting tourism not only in Uganda but also in Africa.
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