Everything you need to know about trekking gorillas in Uganda

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a biodiverse, mountainous area situated in South-West Uganda on the edge of Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 speciesof plants. It is home to many of the remaining protected Mountain Gorillas, which feed on the roots, leaves and fruits from the park’s many tree and fern species. Gorilla Trekking is a major highlight to visiting Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

In the Park, rough paths weave amongst dense forests, which is also home to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. The Endangered Mountain Gorilla (subspecies known as Gorilla Beringei Beringei) in Uganda are not found in any Zoo (these would be predominantly the Lowland Gorilla) and can only be found and seen in Africa (Uganda, Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo). There are approximately only 840 Mountain Gorillas left, with just under half of that number staying in Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest. Fortunately, the Gorillas are growing in numbers as they are under extreme protection