BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda, near the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are surrounded by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rain forests, dating back over 25,000 years and containing nearly 400 plant species. This "impenetrable forest" also protects an estimated 459 mountain gorillas – roughly half the world's population, including several habituated groups that can be tracked. Another 120 mammals live in this biologically diverse region, including several primate species such as baboons and chimps, as well as elephants and antelopes. This forest is home to approximately 350 bird species, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. At least 200 butterfly species live in Bwindi, including eight albertine rift endemics. Many reptiles call it home. There are numerous opportunities to learn about the Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops, and village walks.