Wednesday, 24 May 2017

DIVERSITY OF WILDLIFE IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK

Down in the remote south western corner on the border of Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo lies the mountain Gorilla home, which is Uganda’s foremost tourist destination. This gorilla trekking safaris to Uganda. But while zoologists and botanists marvel at the lengthy species counts, most visitors are drawn by just one animal; the mountain gorilla. This endangered primate has a total population of less than 800 and lives only in the forests of the Virunga volcanoes and Bwindi, making Uganda’s mountain Gorilla country the prime location to search for these magnificent animals.
Bwindi impenetrable national park is set in a regional landscape of extraordinary drama and variety of life which has attracted many tourists to come for Mountain gorilla trekking in Uganda is one of the world’s most exclusive and remarkable wildlife encounters. To minimize disturbance to these endangered great apes, only eight people may track each of the habituated gorilla group on a single day, while viewing time is strictly limited to one hour. As wildlife viewing goes, it is difficult to convince how or where on earth 60 minutes could be more rewarding. Gorilla trekking offers the privilege of encountering one of the world’s rarest animals in its natural habitat and, by doing so, helping to fund its continued survival. Although mountain gorillas are undeniably intelligent and impressive creatures to watch – a Silverback can weigh over 200 kg, the greatest rewards are less tangible. The mountain gorilla is one of our closest relatives and few observers emerge from the magic hour without feeling an unfathomable and often profoundly moving connection.
Bwindi impenetrable National Park has a unique wildlife experience. Biologically, the Bwindi impenetrable is one of Africa’s richest forests, owing to its great age and an altitudinal range spanning 1400 meters. There is an impressive list of species, with 200 different trees, 350 birds, 310 butterflies, 88 moths, 51 reptiles and 120 mammals including several primates, among them chimpanzees, black and white colobus, blue monkeys, grey checked Mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkey and the star attraction, the mountain gorilla. Bwindi has 10 habituated Gorilla groups, which are tracked from four trail heads. Eight permits are available for each group, giving a daily maximum of 80 permits. Trekking the mountain gorilla takes two to eight hours depending on the location of the group. This adventure also requires a reasonable level of fitness, as the impenetrable forest is well named. The gorilla’s homeland comprises dense, tangled vegetation on a mountainous landscape of deep valleys and steep ridges.

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