Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the 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 species of plants.
More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 Mountain Gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked. Mountain Gorillas dominate the biggest percentage of animals in Bwindi which makes Gorilla Trekking the most common activity in the national park.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as Baboons, Chimpanzees, Mountain elephants, Duikers, Buffaloes, Golden Cats, Bush Pigs, Giant Forest Hogs, Black-Fronted Duiker, Yellow-Backed Duiker, Clawless Otter, Side-striped Jackal, Civet, antelopes, and several Bat species.
There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics. The neighboring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas, and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls, and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops, and village walks.
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If you are considering Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, consider that this is a 3-5 days activity that can be paired perfectly with other adventures. Chartered flights are also fabulous to book from one place to the other if you are limited on time or even better experience an aerial tour of Uganda’s lush landscape. Most of our clients opt to take chartered flights because the experience is priceless.
The Kisiizi Falls are located in Kisiizi Parish in Nyarushanje Sub County in Rukungiri District of Western Uganda. The falls drop approximately 30 meters off a cliff at Kisiizi on the Rushoma River that snakes its way to Lake Edward.
Kisiizi has both historical and geographical significance.
Geographically, the falls are located in a forested area and gorge famous for birdlife including endemic species like the Ross Turaco, Double Toothed barbet, and the cinnamon Bee-eater. As a tourist area, it is famed for the scenic environment and trekking activities.
The monument at Kisiizi Falls overlooking the community present strong tourist potential because of the historical, geographical, and social significance, the falls are located along the tourist route linking the Virunga ranges famed for the Mountain Gorilla attraction, and the Ishasha sector of the Queen Elizabeth National Park. The location is attractive to nature lovers because of its rich concentration of bird species, site viewing, and nature trekking. Visitors can also enjoy canoeing along River Rushoma and a trek to the Top of the Falls.