Gorilla National Parks

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda

The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda.

It comprises 331 square kilometres of jungle forests and contains both montane and lowland forest.

Only accessible on foot.

The park provides habitat for 90 species of mammals, including 11 primates, 346 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies, 163 species of trees, 100 species of ferns, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species.

The park has about 340 individual mountain gorillas. There are four habituated Mountain Gorilla groups open to tourism: Mubare, Habinyanja, Rushegura near Buhoma; and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.

Area: 331 km²

Volcanoes National Park – Rwanda

Volcanoes National Park (French: Parc National des Volcans) lies in northwestern Rwanda and borders Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park in Uganda.

The national park is known as a haven for the mountain gorilla. It is home to five of the eight volcanoes of the Virunga Mountains (Karisimbi, Bisoke, Muhabura, Gahinga and Sabyinyo), which are covered in rainforest and bamboo.

The park was the base for the zoologist Dian Fossey