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Explore Bwindi, the Mountain Gorillas’ Paradise

Located in South Western Uganda, the UNESCO world heritage site of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of the best hotspots for adventure travel in Africa. This renowned impenetrable forest is home to nearly half of the remaining total population of the majestic mountain gorillas. Gazetted as a national park in the 1990s, these mist covered hills intertwined with large plains blanketed are the best destination to go gorilla trekking in Africa. Join us on a journey and explore one of Uganda’s oldest tropical forest that has survived through the last ice age for about 25000 years.

About the Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National park covers an area of about 327 sq km. Characterized by tangled vegetation draped over a deeply fissured landscape of steep slippery hills, the forest is home to incredible wildlife though it is most renowned for hosting the endangered mountain gorillas. The park’s highest altitude is at 2,607m above sea level (southern part) and the lowest at1,160m above sea level in the northern part.

This thick impenetrable forest was first gazetted as two crown forest reserves one being Kayonza and another being Kasatora in 1932. The two forest reserves were later combined in 1942 to form the Impenetrable Central crown forest. In 1964, the reserve was designated as an animal sanctuary to boost the protection of mountain gorillas and was renamed Impenetrable Central Forest reserve. In 1966, two other forest reserves became part of the main reserve, increasing its area to almost 321 square kilometers (124 sq mi) and was managed as both a game sanctuary and a forest reserve.

In 1991, the Central forest reserve was turned into a national park and named Bwindi Impenetrable National park. Gorilla tracking became a tourist activity in April 1993 with one habituated gorilla family of Mubare but since then other 8 groups have been habituated for tracking including Rushegura, Kyaguriro, Oruzogo, Habinyanja, Nshongi, Bitukura, Nkuringo as well as Kahungye groups.

The park was declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1994 because of its rich biodiversity which includes a variety of threatened and endangered species on the IUCN’s red list.

Things to See in Bwindi Forest

The park’s rich biodiversity includes about 120 mammal species of which 10 are primate species, and 45 are small mammals and is believed to be one of East Africa’s richest faunal communities. The park also has a long list of birds, about 350 species including the Albertine rift endemics, 310 species of butterflies, 51 reptiles, 88 moths and 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species.

The park is believed to have one of East Africa’s richest flora that includes over 1000 flowering plant species including 200 species of trees and 104 species of ferns. The northern (low altitude) sector is rich in species of the Guineo-Congolian flora. These include two species internationally recognized as endangered, the Brown mahogany and Brazzeia longipedicellata. This rich flora has been a result of the forest’s location being at the meeting point of the plain and mountain forests producing the afromontane vegetation that is rare in Africa. The area harbors a high population of endemic species of the Albertine Rift.

Bwindi is the remaining home to some of the globally threatened species that include, high-profile mammals such as mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, l’Hoest’s monkey, the giant forest hogand African elephant; birds such as African green broadbill, Grauer’s swamp warbler, Turner’s Eremomela, Chapin’s flycatcher and Shelley’s crimson-wing; butterflies such as African giant swallowtail and Cream-banded swallowtail; carnivores like the side-striped jackal, African golden cat and African civet.

Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Forest

The park’s most popular specie is the Endangered Mountain Gorilla believed to be man’s evolutionary cousin and the largest ape in the world. Bwindi shelters almost half of these gentle apes whose population in the world is estimated at about 750 individuals and their existence and survival is endemic to Bwindi and Mgahinga in Uganda, Virunga area in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Volcanoes in Rwanda. It is believed that Bwindi Forest shelters a population of about 340 gorillas according to the Gorilla census in 2006. The reduction in number of this critically endangered species is attributed to habitat loss and poaching by human beings.

Also present in this thick forest are 10 species of primates 7 of which are diurnal. They include common chimpanzee, L’Hoest’s monkey, black and white colobus, red-tailed monkeys, vervets, blue monkey and olive baboon.

Would you like to go gorilla trekking in Uganda? Join us at Go Gorilla Trekking as you embark on one of the most rewarding and highly sought after African safari. Trek our cousins and take a look at other wildlife species in the Pearl of Africa and East Africa at large. You will be able to assess the evolution theory of mankind as you take a glance at the 13 primate species in this magnificent country including our closest cousin the chimpanzee.

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Guide to Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park, established by the U.S. Congress, is a national park located primarily in the state of Wyoming, which now extends into Montana and Idaho.
Built in 1872, the Yellowstone National Park is famous for wildlife and various geothermal features, especially the Old Faithful Geyser. It also owns different types of ecosystems, with the dominant sub-alpine forests.

As the first national park in the world, the Yellowstone National Park is the most abundant landscape of United States, of which exists snow mountains, forests, lakes, canyons, as well as rivers. The movie 2012 about the Yellowstone National Park raised the reputation once again.
Yellowstone National Park, covering an area of 3,468.4 square miles, is one of the largest high-altitude lakes in North America and centered on the Yellowstone Caldera, the largest super active volcano on the continent. It has erupted several times in recent two million years with tremendous force.

The geothermal features are fueled by ongoing volcanism, covering most of Yellowstone. Thousands of mammals, birds, fish and reptiles have been documented, including the endangered. There are also a large number of animals like grizzly bears, wolves, and free-ranging herds of bison and elk. The oldest and largest public bison herd are in the United States too. Every year, forest fires take place in the park; especially the 1988s forest fire, almost one third of the park was burnt up.
There exists a great many recreational facilities, such as hiking, camping, boating, fishing as well as sightseeing. There also provides close access to the major geothermal areas and various lakes and waterfalls.

There are so many choices for visitors to make in the Yellowstone National Park. For instance, go to the Dining Room, or have a snack in the Snack Shop, even the Cafeterias. In general, most of the restaurants are near the hotels, such as dining hall near the Mammoth Hot Springs Hotel, as well as Old Faithful Inn, with about $20 per meal.

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Visit the Siam Square in Bangkok

Founded in 1965, the Siam Square is the most famous shopping center in Thailand, like Shinjuku District in Japan, Ximending District of Taiwan province, gathering a lot of international chain stores and schools, bookstores, as well as bars, attracting lots of young people in Bangkok.

In the center of the Siam square stands a performance stage, with a variety of performances and small concerts. It becomes a fashionable gathering place for students and fashionistas.The most famous shopping malls include MBK shopping center which provides customers with a substantial discount, Siam Paragon shopping district which operates high-end luxury goods, fashionable Banglamphoo shopping district as well as the Panthip Electronic Plaza which sells electronic products.
Initially there were only some usual tenants in the Siam Square, later a large number of brand coming to Siam Square, which began a peripheral expansion. The Thailand film love of Siam is taken in the Siam Square in in 2007.

At the first glance of the Siam Square, a lot of people may consider themselves in Taipei City or the Harajuku street. If there are several cities for you to choose for work , I believe most people should have select Milan, Paris as well as New York. Maybe Bangkok is the last city for people to choose. In fact, Bangkoks fashion vitality are better than other cities for many years. The Siam Square is gathered with all of Bangkoks tidal current.

The Siam Square is a gathering place for young Thai designers and independent brands. Many of these characteristic shops display a large number of creative clothing, fashionable baubles with low price and high quality. Therefore, more and more young Thai people like to go around Bangkok. Foreign tourists preferred sauntering and purchasing here with a feeling of fashionable ideas of young Thai generation.

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Explore the Amazing Penghu Islands

Located on the Taiwan Strait between Taiwan and China, Penghu Islands, called Pescadores Islands, means the islands of fishermen in Portuguese, with regarded as the pearls scattered in the sea by fairies.

The Penghu Islands are made up of 64 isles, with about 92,253 people living on 20 different isles. Paisha is famous for folktales and seaweed. The classical sculpture and paintings of Hsiaomen Island created a masterpiece of an artist, making people all around the world fascinated with it. The unique natural environment of Wangan Island attracts not only tourists but green turtles to lay their eggs.

Makung City is the largest in Penghu Islands, known as the goddess of sea by locals. Fifty-four thousand people live here. The main sightseeing spots contain ancestors temples and the longest coastline among all the towns of Penghu Islands.

The special plants growing vastly in Penghu Islands are cactus, which were originated in Mexico and West India. There are six different kinds of cactus in Penghu Islands. Cactus fruits are collected when ripe to make cactus ice creams to earn a living for decades.

The Penghu archipelago owns a superior geographical position, with the East separated from the Penghu channel, opposite the island of Taiwan Islands. The islands are very different in climate from the island of Taiwan, with an annual average temperature of 27.7 .

The Penghu Islands are also rich in marine resources, with nearly 300 kinds of migration and benthic fish, as well as lobsters, shellfish, coral reefs, algae, etc.