BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK
This delightfully named park is positioned in the south western Ugandan town of Buhoma on the edge of the western, Albertine rift valley. Bwindi Forest protects around half of the remaining mountain gorilla population. It is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa largely due to its antiquity (over 25,000 years old). It is a source of five major rivers and harbours at least 120 mammal species including chimpanzees and an astonishing 350 bird species.
Gorilla tracking focuses on two locations; Buhoma and the contemporary Nkuringo, which harbour an estimated 320 individuals living in 15 troops. For this reason, we recommend tracking in Bwindi instead of Mgahinga, which only has one group. Moreover, the Bwindi population is probably more immediately secure than are the gorillas in the Virungas. Bwindi is not divided by arbitrary political borders meaning that the entire population can be protected within one carefully managed and well-
From the orphanage you should aim to travel to Butogota using public transport from Kabale. Buses from Fort Portal to Kabale run daily and the Pastor will be happy to take you to the bus stop or at least find out the times for you. The final 17km to Bahoma (park Entrance) is hard without a private vehicle. Bear in mind public transport often reaches Butogota in the late afternoon or after dark, travellers with pre-
Gorilla Forest Camp (+256 (0)414 340290)
For budget places try:
Buhoma Community Rest Camp (Day visitation fees are c.US$25/35/50 for 1/2/3 nights)
For tour bookings check: