Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) is located in southwest Uganda. The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and is located on the border of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. It consists of 321 square kilometers of mountain and lowland forest and can only be reached on foot. BINP is a designated World Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds such as hornbills and turacos. Most notable are the 400 Bwindi gorillas. They represent half of the world's population of endangered mountain gorillas. In the districts of Kanungu, Kabale and Kisoro, 14 active mountain gorilla groups in the four different sectors of Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and Nkuringo are accessible to tourism.
The park is inhabited by around 600 individual mountain gorillas (gorilla beringei beringei), known as the Bwindi population, which accounts for nearly half of all mountain gorillas around the world. The remainder of the worldwide mountain gorilla population is in the nearby Virunga Mountains.