Home of the last mountain gorillas – Protecting the mountain gorillas
Home of the Last Mountain Gorillas
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
The 331 km² Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in south-western Uganda has been a Unesco World Heritage Site since 1994. This protected habitat is home to around 400 mountain gorillas, which make up almost half of the world’s population.
Protecting the mountain gorillas
Probably the greatest threat to the great apes is habitat destruction and poaching. Strict regulations and protective measures are intended to minimise this danger and have helped to increase the number of mountain gorillas known worldwide in recent years. Per day, tourist groups of a maximum of 8 people can spend one hour with a mountain gorilla group accustomed to humans, with a special permit. This permit currently costs around USD 600 in Uganda. Because the income also flows into nature conservation and the payment of gamekeepers, this form of tourism is a valuable contribution to species conservation.
Support for the population in the surrounding area
Our gorilla tracking and exchange with Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in 2017 is probably one of the most memorable experiences on our Africa trips.