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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park - Uganda

Map showing the location of Bwindi Impentrable forest National Park world heritage site in Uganda

Area: 321 km2

Inscribed: 1994

Criteria: (vii) aesthetic; (x) biodiversity

Values: Located in rugged uplands on the eastern flank of the Albertine Rift, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a densely forested park covering a wide range of altitude and known for being home to half the world's mountain gorillas, as well as other exceptional biodiversity.   Many species are endemic to the Albertine Rift, surviving in just a few highland forests on either side of the valley in this part of central Africa. More than 160 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 350 birds and over 200 butterflies have been recorded, many of them internationally endangered species.






Slideshow of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Maps & Google Earth Satellite Images of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda


MAPS & SATELLITE IMAGES:  A portfolio of maps and Google Earth satellite images is available for download by clicking here.  The maps show the location of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in a regional context, the road network serving the area, and the walking and hiking trails within the park.  The satellite images provide some informative perspectives on the Bwindi Impenetrable forest, showing the rugged topography in this part of Africa's western Rift Valley and the ecological isolation of this and other forests along the eastern rim of the Rift Valley in Uganda.   These 'habitat islands' of forest exist within one of Africa's most densely populated rural landscapes. 


Visitor's and Birding Guide to Bwindi Impentrable National Park

VISITOR'S GUIDE TO BIRDING:  An excellent guide on 'Where to Watch Birds in Uganda' by Jonathan Rossouw and Marco Sacchi was published by the Uganda Tourist Board in 1998 and the Bwindi Impentrable Forest chapter can be downloaded by clicking here.  It provides information on visitor access and facilities in different parts of Bwindi Impentrable National Park, as well as the 'special' bird species (e.g. Albertine Rift endemics) that can be seen at these locations.  Maps of the walking trails within the park are included.


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Links:  Google Earth | UNEP-WCMC Site Description |Official UNESCO Site Details | Management Authority: UWA | Birdlife IBA

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park world heritage site supports an extraordinary diversity of tropical rainforest plants such as these begonias and ferns A mountain gorilla peers through the dense undergrowth in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park world heritage site in Uganda The Rwenzori Apalis is one of 22 Albertine Rift endemic birds which occurs in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park world heritage site, Uganda Mubwindi swamp in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable forest world heritage site provides habitat for Grauer's rush warbler, while the surrounding forest supports 8 other globally threatened species



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