Echuya Forest Reserve is situated in Bufumbira county in Kisoro District and Rubanda county in Kabale District. The southern end runs along the north-eastern border of Rwanda. The forest lies between 1'14' - 1'21' S and 29'47' - 29'52'E, covers an area of 34 km, and has an altitudal range of 2270 - 2570 m. It is situated on the high altitude range running between Lake Bunyonyi, 5km to the East, and Mgahinga Gorilla National Park, 13 km to the south west. It is 11 km east of Kisoro and 15 km west of Kabale town.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, famous for gorilla trekking safaris, is a UNESCO World Heritage site occupying 331 sqkm. It is famous for its rare species which include mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei). Bwindi is a diverse natural forest area with a continuum of habitats ranging from 1190 meters to 2560 meters above sea level. The park lies within the Kigezi Highlands that were formed through up-warping of the western rift valley (“Albertine Rift” see below).
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