Bwindi is home to the world’s biggest mountain gorilla population .
Mountain gorillas are only in three African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo! Safari Uganda and meet the rare mountain gorilla during the well-known gorilla trekking safaris in Bwindi impenetrable forest.
The mountain gorillas’ home, Bwindi impenetrable National Park has the word “Bwindi” originating from a local phrase “Mubwindi bwa Nyinamuraki” with an association to darkness. This phrase is literally from a tale associated to a family that was migrating from the Kisoro area in the south. They found themselves stranded in an almost impassable swamp south east of the existent park today. The elders of the family resorted to asking for guidance from the spirits and the response was, to sacrifice their only beautiful daughter “Nyinamuraki”.
Two days after this response from the spirits, the parents of the girl decided that they could no longer go backwards and therefore decided to drown their daughter Nyinamuraki to “Mubwindi”. The news of sacrifice later spread and people started to avoid the swamp calling it “Mubwindi bwa Nyinamuraki” meaning the dark place of Nyinamuraki. The south from which this family was leaving is great for gorilla trekking safaris in Uganda today known as Rushaga with an exclusive gorilla habituation experience.
The word “Bwindi” is also believed to mean impenetrable in the local “Runyakitara” language. The forest isn’t impenetrable as by the name because Uganda safaris for tourists on gorilla tours in Uganda are done in the trails within the forest. The forest though is really thick to protect the great jungle ape.
The Batwa within Bwindi forest
The richly diverse Bwindi forest had its indigenous inhabitants as the Batwa pygmies who co-existed with the mountain gorillas in harmony for many years. Their stay in the forest became controlled in order to conserve the forest and keep it pristine for the mountain gorillas and other forest species like the birds. The Batwa actually take tourists through their old beautiful home that they best understand.
Bwindi Impenetrable National park was gazetted in 1991 and declared a UNESCO national world heritage site in 1994 because of its varied ecological importance. Bwindi forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas on earth. The park became popular to the world as the best Uganda gorilla safari destination because of its big number of the remaining endangered mountain gorillas. They are more than half of the world’s (480 of the 880 remaining as of the 2016 count) conserved in Bwindi Impenetrable Park.
The good olden times of Bwindi Impenetrable National park did not change so much and the forest is still a great diverse impenetrable forest. The mountain gorillas that are Uganda’s tourism treasure can certainly be tracked and sighted at work, rest and play during a Uganda safari to their home.