It lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda’s oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
The neighbouring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges, rustic bandas and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guiding services. Opportunities abound to discover the local Bakiga and Batwa Pygmy cultures through performances, workshops and village walks.
- Gorilla Tracking – the number 1 activity in the Park
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is best known for Gorilla Tracking, which is the reason that most visitors come to this park.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest provides an incredible backdrop for this once in a lifetime adventure. There are four trailheads from which one tracks one of the gorilla families for which we have obtained permits for you.
More Gorilla Families have been habituated for visitors. That means that there are over 100 daily gorilla permits available in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.
Be sure to wear the right clothing for the trek and bring the things needed.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the best Safe, Secure Park in Africa for Gorilla Trekking – plus the added benefit of lower permit prices.
- Gorilla Habituation Experience in Rushaga- More Time with Gorillas:
It is only in Uganda that you can be with a Mountain Gorilla Family for 4 hours on a Gorilla Habituation Experience along with researchers in Bwindi’s Impenetrable Forest – this amazing experience – to be with a Mountain Gorilla Family as it is being habituated is a one of a kind experience in Africa.
Wildlife: The main attraction in Bwindi is its mountain gorillas. Of its population of approximately 400 individuals, more than a hundred are habituated. Bwindi has more than 120 mammal species, the second most of any park in Uganda (after Queen Elizabeth NP).
Most of these are small forest species. An elephant is the only one of the Big Five that is present, although they are rarely seen. More regularly encountered are some of the six antelope species, which include bushbuck and several types of duiker.
Bwindi forest can be accessed from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the northern just 2 to 3 hours drive, from Kampala through Mbarara about 6 to 8 hours drive or from Kabale town to the south just 1 to 2 hours. These roads then converge at Butogota, just 17 kilometres from the Buhoma entrance-gate. A 4×4 vehicle is needed through the rainy months. Daily bus service leaves Kampala for Butogota via Rukungiri and Kihiihi. We recommend booking your gorilla trekking safari with a recognized tour operator.
Travellers can choose to fly from Entebbe or from Kampala at Kajansi airfield to the up to date tarmac airstrip found at Kisoro. Additionally Planes may as well be chartered to the Savannah or the grass Kayonza airstrips.
Bwindi is actually well served by 3 airfields at Kihiihi plus Kayonza for the northern area in addition to Nyakabande found in Kisoro for people going to track mountain gorillas within the southern area (Mishaya, Nshongi plus Nkuringo).
Bwindi is located in the south-western part of Uganda with approximately 7 h 35 min (463.7 Km) via Masaka Road from Kampala.The easiest means of transport to Bwindi is by road.
Where to Stay: There are lots of places to stay in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. From luxurious 5 star lodges to budget camping, there are lots of options for tourists visiting the park. Mountain gorilla or birding safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park are incomplete without lodging or accommodation facilities for tourists to spend a night.
The availability of these facilities is what makes travellers enjoy their safari in the destination with minimal disturbance. This park covers about 331 square kilometres and offers refuge to the critically endangered mountain gorillas, which is why it is one of the best destinations for gorilla trekking in the world.
Located in the misty valleys in Southwestern Uganda is Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. If you are planning for your safari to this park, their numerous lodges and accommodation facilities for you to spend a night thereafter your strenuous adventures in the jungles.