Uganda is a landlocked country situated on the equator, rich in biodiversity and varied in landscapes. It is a country of amazing topographical contrasts - from open savannah and dense forest through to tall, misty mountains. The western part of the Great Rift Valley runs through western Uganda, with the beautiful mountain lakes of Albert and Edward providing catchment areas for the mountain rains and draining into the tributaries of the great Nile River. The country is home to over 1000 species of birds and 338 recorded mammals. Uganda's protected areas and national reserves are also home to a superb array of tree species and breathtaking scenery. The most famous species is the Mountain Gorilla, now carefully protected in Uganda’s dense forests: in Bwindi National Park and Mgahinga National Park in south-west Uganda. A unique and beautiful species, there are less than 1000 left in the wild. A trip to Uganda provides the chance of a once-in-a-lifetime sighting. Stay in a luxurious lodge on the edge of Bwindi National Park for stunning views across the forest canopy, and the chance to see these beautiful mountain gorillas, and many others animals, in their natural habitat.