Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Massacre

Bwindi impenetrable national park massacre is one of the most tragic occurrences ever happen to the tourism industry of Uganda because it led to the loss of life. The bwindi impenetrable national massacre is always remembered in order to allow the visitors to take caution and also to follow the different park rules as given to them by their guides before mountain gorilla trekking in bwindi impenetrable national park.

Bwindi impenetrable national park massacre

Bwindi impenetrable national park is located in south western Uganda with in kanungu district. Bwindi impenetrable national park is mainly covered with steep hills with a thick tropical rain forest. Bwindi impenetrable national park is one of the small national parks in Uganda and covers an area of about 331 square kilometer, which is part of the Virunga conservation area; which are also shared by Volcanoes national park in Rwanda, and Virunga National park which is located in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Bwindi impenetrable national park has been the best mountain gorilla trekking destination in Africa for a long time. This is because it is a home for over half of all the world’s mountain gorilla total population;  bwindi impenetrable national park is a home for about 480 mountain gorillas staying up in the hilly parts of this thick forest. This big population of mountain gorillas has been a reason, as to why a lot of travelers visit Uganda annually. Possibly, the fact that Bwindi impenetrable national park is has been and is a famous tourism destination, might be the reason as to why it was a target for the rebels in 1999, which made if famous in news for the massacre that happened.

The Bwindi Impenetrable massacre

The title for the incident that happened is enough to show the weight of what befell bwindi impenetrable national park in 1999. About eight western travelers who had come for mountain gorilla trekking in bwindi impenetrable national park plus other four Britons, where attacked at their camp and torture plus some being raped by what was later found out to be militants from Rwanda. The news circulated all through the entire world about the rebels who were recognized as some of the Hutu militants from the Rwanda genocide who have escaped to the forest via the Rwanda – Uganda border.

It was reported by a number of newspapers that the Hutu rebels chose the Americans and Britons for a reason; they said that they left a note that they wanted to revenge to America and Britain for helping out the French and Tutsis during the genocide in Rwanda. The manager of the campsites raided by the rebels, Hussein Kivumbi, said that “the rebels came looking for the Americans and the British”, meaning it was not an incidental attack. He continued and said that the rebels shot no gunfire, but they had machetes, knives, and axes.

Kivumbi Hussein narrates that the rebels forced the victim to move very fast, and when some failed, they were killed using the machetes; one man and one woman. After, they also killed the other three of their captives; there were no immediate rescue since the park rangers were all disarmed and taken together as captives. Some of the bodies of the killed tourists were found in Congo and 6 were found downhill the mountain. There were some of the captives that escaped from the rebels and they report that “the execution-style killing started immediately after they raped a woman.

It is reported that the rebels went on leaving a note, to the French ambassador in Uganda, on the dead bodies of the people they killed. The massacre executed by these Hutu rebels was said to be similar to the 800000 people killed in Rwanda; the use of machetes and blunt axes to kill their victims. Luckily enough, six tourists escaped and it is said there were 2 Britons, an American, a Swiss woman,  a NewZealand national among others that were rushed to Kampala, capital city of Uganda, for treatment.

The killing all happened on one of the mornings of March 1999; “it was such a horrific misfortune that befell the pearl of Africa”, as narrated by most of the reporters. However, on the following evening, the victims were rescued and taken to the hospital as the bodies kept in Mulago mortuary. The news reported that there were four Ugandans who included a game warden and three of the rangers; these were all killed by the men who were believed to be Hutu militants from Rwanda, as they tried to stop the rebels from attacking the campsites.

The bwindi impenetrable national park massacre was such a setback or a kink in the tourism industry of Uganda especially the western parks. Gorilla trekking in bwindi impenetrable national park came to a standstill for a while until the rebels where caught and presented to the international criminal court. However, the next year the peace was regained in nearby Rwanda, and the genocide came to an end.

Bwindi impenetrable national park massacre
Bwindi impenetrable national park Gorilla

Currently, the park is very safe for primate safaris like mountain gorilla trekking. Therefore, you can take time and let us plan for you an amazing primate safari to Uganda, the pearl of Africa, including the mountain gorilla trekking in bwindi impenetrable national park. You can also enjoy the other activities in bwindi impenetrable national park, like the forest walks, birding, and the cultural encounter which include the memorable Batwa trail. Visit Uganda any time of the year for an interesting adventure in the Wild West.

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