A magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine rift valley, this ancient 331sq kms rainforest, one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age is home to roughly half of the world’s mountain Gorillas. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer, but we should not let it distract from Bwindi’s broader bio-diversity, a result of it’s immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160m to 2,607m. The national park has 90 mammal species including 11 primates, such as the black and white Colobus, common chimpanzees, L’Hoest’s Monkey, red tailed Monkeys and the well known vervet Monkey but also the elusive giant forest Hog. The park has more than 350 bird species and more than 200 butterfly species.