Although best known for the mountain gorilla trekking safaris, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park also provides refuge to elephant, antelope, monkeys and chimpanzee.
The national park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black-and-white Columbus, with its lovely flowing white tail, is prominent. Increasingly endangered, there are only about 700 individual mountain gorillas surviving in Uganda in five habituated gorilla troops, four of which are found in Bwindi. Therefore, visitor numbers are limited to only 30 guests per day. Trekking through the moist, dense forests of Bwindi can be an exhausting challenge and is recommended for the physically fit. However, and up close encounter with a large silverback can be as humbling as it is exhilarating.
Amongst the dense vegetation the Columbus Monkey jumps from branch to branch, chattering its warning to its fellows hidden by the foliage. Chimpanzees, in families of 20 or 30, make the rounds, searching for fruit and edible plants.
As you walk among the shadows of the leafy canopy, this ages-old rain forest reveals the smells and sounds of Africa. Bwindi also encompasses one of the last remaining habitats of the mountain gorilla, and is home to half the surviving mountain gorillas in the world an estimated 320 individuals.