CNN Names Bwindi Among Top 23 Places with Best Hiking Experience

An adult mountain gorilla cozies up with its young one in Bwindi national park.

Bwindi impenetrable national park in Uganda has been named by CNN Travel among the top places in the world with the best hiking experiences.

Uganda is listed in CNN’s guide on 23 of the world’s best hiking trails.

Bwindi, Southwest of Uganda, is in 15th place on the list (although the article does not indicate whether ranking is in numerical order) for the “fascinating trip” it guarantees a tourist.

“Wildlife walks don’t come more fascinating than a trip into Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, where you can get up close and personal with the area’s mountain gorilla population,” CNN wrote.

“As part of a wider itinerary, Yellow Zebra Safaris offers walks in which visitors are taken on hikes across the forest to meet habituated gorillas used to the presence of humans”.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is home to over 400 mountain gorillas, accounting for over half of the total gorilla population in the Virunga Masiff. The Virunga Masiff makes up the total population of the world’s mountain gorillas.

At least 14 habituated mountain gorilla groups (in Bwindi) are open to tourism in four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and the Nkuringo.

Covering an area of 128 square miles, the park is made up of a variety of species (both flora and fauna). It provides a habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many endangered species.

The park is among the most diverse forests in East Africa, with more than 1,000 flowering plant species, including 163 species of trees and 104 species of ferns.

Visitors will also come across colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, and many birds such as hornbills and turacos.

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