Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Posted by on July 22, 2017

An Ancient Forest becomes a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Visit the Endangered Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of the oldest Forests in Uganda, if not in East Africa.  It survived the Platonic Shift that shaped much of Surrounding Areas such as the Virunga Volcanoes and the Western Rift Valley.  Today it is known as a premier Gorilla Trekking Destination in the heart of Africa.  

Today it is known as a premier Gorilla Trekking Destination in the heart of Africa and visitors flock here from all over the world to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas who live here in the Wild of this untamed, natural Wonder in Southwest Uganda. Home to over 400 plus Gorillas, Chimpanzees, 8 other species of primates, birds, butterflies, forest elephants, leopards, forest hogs, and a collection of Chameleons.  

 Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – UNESCO World Heritage Site is located 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 it a place of natural wonders that is without compare in the rest of Africa.

This 25,000 plus-year-old forest 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 and 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 what is considered a lowland area.

There are over 120 mammals in Bwindi including forest elephants, chimpanzees, leopards, rare species of monkeys, over 200 various butterflies and over 347 species of 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 concentration of people surrounding the forest and yet when you enter it – you leave all that behind.  The community surrounding the forest mostly respect the boundaries of the forest since they benefit from the forest, the gorilla visitors in regards to 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 original people of the forest who have dwelled here for thousand 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.