Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest is true African Jungle. It is so called because the dense undergrowth, vines and other vegetation make it almost ‘impenetrable’. It’s mysterious and awesome. The lowland rain-forest and montane forest vegetation constantly struggles to reach heights that will allow it to receive more light. Trees are festooned wtih creeper and parasitic plants like orchids and mistletoes. In the humid atmosphere, bamboo thickets thrive. Little sunlight still makes its way through to the bottom. The elegant heliconia, or lobster claw, spreads its colorful petals. Colobus monkey can be seen jumping from branch to branch, chattering its warning to its fellows hidden by the foliage. A family of chimpanzee with members of 20 to 30 can be seen searching for fruits and edible plants. Many species of birds can be seen, including various turacos and a great many birds of prey. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park Gorilla Family.
The forest is sanctuary for almost half the world’s population of mountain gorillas (about 330 of 600), which is the rarest race of gorilla. The sanctuary is established as a safe habitat for the gorilla families and is now use for scientific conservation programs. Gorilla tracking visits are limited to small groups. As you walk among the shadows of the leafy canopy, this rain-forest reveals the smells and sounds of Africa, just as it has been for centuries.
The road coming in from Kabale passes through forest’s eastern edge and offers magnificent view on both sides. Both the entrance and the park headquarters are at Buhoma. To go in, a four-wheel drive vehicle is required.