The Forest that Gorillas have Made

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in southwestern Uganda, just on the border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo, is a ‘place full of darkness’ as its name suggests in the local Runyankole-Rukiga dialect. It is home to a variety of interesting fauna and flora, including the endangered mountain gorillas, that are part of the about 1000 […]


The roads to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in southwestern Uganda meander through spectacular landscape sceneries including the plains and the escarpments of the Great East African Rift Valley before reaching this famous home of endangered mountain gorillas. One of the must-see sceneries is Enengo, the meandering ridges of the Western Rift Valley escarpment.

Securing Gorillas’ future through Coffee

Armed with coffee, an organization in Uganda is looking to secure the future of the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in southwestern Uganda. The Gorilla Conservation Coffee, is a social enterprise of Conservation Through Public Health, an award-winning NGO and nonprofit. It was launched in late 2015 and targets improving the livelihoods of […]

The Twa Conservation Refugees

The over 6,200 landless Batwa pygmies, a forest-dwelling group of over hunter-gatherers in southwestern Uganda, are a perfect example of conservation refugees. They were displaced from their lands in Echuya, Mugahinga, and Bwindi Impenetrable forests in southwestern Uganda in 1991 to pave way for the creation of protected areas to conserve the engendered Mountain Gorillas. […]

Aiding Batwa People to Adapt

In times past, the indigenous Batwa pygmies used Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable forest as their home; immediate source of firewood, medicinal herbs, and food such as fruits, mushrooms, honey, edible plants, and even hunting of certain species. However after the park was gazetted for the protection of endangered mountain gorillas in 1991, these indigenous people lost […]

Threats to Gorilla: COVID 19 and Poachers

COVID 19 pandemic poses serious threats to the endangered mountain gorillas just like it does to their cousins, the human beings. We talked to Bashir Hangi, the Communications Manager at Uganda Wildlife Authority and Dr. Gladys Kalema-Zikusoka, a veterinarian and founder of Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH), organization that promotes biodiversity conservation by enabling people, […]

Buhoma, a town Gorillas have made

The rapid growth of Buhoma village close to the main entrance of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kanungu district south western Uganda into a relatively big town is a perfect example of local economic development through tourism. According to the International Institute for Environment and Development, before the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic, the number of […]

The making and conserving of the Mountain Gorilla Home

In 1932, the Bwindi forest in southwestern Uganda was gazetted as a forest reserve to conserve the mountain gorillas. It was later gazetted to a national park in 1991 and in 1994, it was declared a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site. What would have happened to this impenetrable forest and the endangered mountain gorillas that […]