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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Posted by on November 9, 2020

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – the ancient Forest is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

The Natural Wonders of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest make it a UNESCO World Heritage Site


Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - UNESCO World Heritage SiteBwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  It is one of the oldest Forests in Uganda, if not in all East Africa.  It survived the Platonic Shift that shaped many Surrounding Areas such as the Virunga Volcanoes and the Western Rift Valley.  

To most, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the Premier Gorilla Trekking Destination in the heart of Africa.   Visitors flock here from all over the world to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas who live here.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the Natural Wonders in Southwest Uganda. It is home to over four hundred plus Gorillas, five two hundred plus Chimpanzees, eight other primates, birds, butterflies, forest elephants, leopards, forest hogs, and a collection of Chameleons.  

The Forest is one example of the biodiversity that is found in the Pearl of Africa.  No wonder that it has become one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites.


Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site is in the Switzerland of Africa, the Gorilla Highlands of Uganda.  Cool nights, misty mornings, a place of mystery from a distance, but get closer, trek in the forest, and a place of natural wonders without comparison in the rest of Africa.

These 25,000 plus-year-old forests was the home of the first people of the forest, the original people, the Batwa Pygmies, who first lived in this forest until 1991 when the forest became a park, and they were evicted.  They knew the forest for thousands of years and it was not so impenetrable. It was their home.  Today they can lead you back into the Forest – this UNESCO World Heritage Site and show you their ancient ways and traditions, how they used to live in harmony with nature, and the wildlife found here.

 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is considered a biodiversity hotspot. It is believed that it has the greatest number of tree species at this altitude in East Africa, which you can readily see as you enter the forest.  It is one of the largest areas in East Africa where one can find Afro-montane vegetation in a lowland area.

There are over 120 mammals in Bwindi, including forest elephants, chimpanzees, leopards, rare species of monkeys, over two hundred various butterflies, and over 347 birds.

 

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site. What is amazing about this oasis called Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is that there is one of the highest concentrations of people surrounding the forest. Yet, when you enter it – you leave all that behind.  The forest community mostly respects the boundaries of the forest since they benefit from the forest, the gorilla visitors regarding jobs, and revenue sharing by Uganda Wildlife Authority with the local communities, including the Batwa Pygmies.

You can hike through the forest from one end to the other. You can go birding, climb mountains, walk along refreshing streams, visit endless swamps, bamboo forests, and have guided interactive cultural walks with the forest’s original people who had dwelled here for thousands of years before UNESCO made the Forest – a World Heritage Site.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site – The Park is not to be missed and you will find a lot more here than the Mountain Gorillas for which the park is known for today.  It is a lot more than Gorillas; it is a natural wonder which even UNESCO recognized.


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