Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is celebrating the ranking of Bwindi forest as the most beautiful place on the world by CNN travel, a US-based magazine.
The revelation comes a few months after the National Geographic ranked Uganda as one of the top travel destinations every traveler should visit before he or she dies.
The recognition of Uganda worldwide is good news and achievement for Uganda Tourism Board and Uganda as far as tourism is concerned.
Located in the south-western district of Kanungu the forest is home the 331 square kilometer Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and is a biodiverse, mountainous area and home to a number of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.
According to CNN, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the world’s spectacular places, full of hidden and overt beauty in every corner.
“Dense, lush and otherworldly, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the last redoubts of the mountain gorilla. Over 400 call this UNESCO-protected national park home, with the chance for visitors to trek to and meet habituated groups,” CNN says in its description for Bwindi.
“Its biodiversity extends far beyond its most famous inhabitants, however; 348 bird species and 220 butterfly species can be found within its 331-square-kilometer expanse.”
The forest with a national park designated as a UNESCO world heritage site is a habitat for 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos, and many other endangered species.
It is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees, hornbills, and turacos.
The park is also 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.
There are 14 habituated mountain gorilla groups that are open to tourism in four different sectors including Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga, and the Nkuringo.
“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 said.
“As part of a wider itinerary, Yellow Zebra Safaris offer walks in which visitors are taken on hikes across the forest to meet habituated gorillas used to the presence of humans. Groups are typically limited to eight people.”
By NINSIIMA JULIAN