BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

The best chance of spotting a mountain gorilla

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is where you have the best chance of spotting a mountain gorilla family going about their business. Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in southwestern Uganda in East Africa.

The park is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and is situated along the Democratic Republic of Congo border next to the Virunga National Park and on the edge of the Albertine Rift. It comprises 331 square kilometres (128 sq mi) of jungle forests and contains both montane and lowland forest and is accessible only on foot. The Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO-designated World Heritage Site.

Once you have your permit you are led across the rugged terrain and though the awe inspiring jungle to where the gorillas were seen yesterday and then you track them down. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions there are numerous forest walks and 346 species of birds to track down, many of which are amazingly coloured.

The forest is one of the richest ecosystems in Africa and the diversity of species is a feature of the park. The park provides habitat for some 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, chameleons, geckos and many endangered species. 

The park is a sanctuary for colobus monkeys, chimpanzees and many birds (such as hornbills and turacos). It is perhaps most notable for the 340 Bwindi gorillas, half the world’s population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. There are four habituated mountain gorilla groups open to tourism: Mubare; Habinyanja; Rushegura near Buhoma; and the Nkuringo group at Nkuringo.

Best time to travel to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi can be visited all year long, but the best times are from June to August and December to February. At these times, the forest trails are drier and easier to walk on.

Wildlife

Animals that can be found in this forest include half of the worlds endangered mountain gorilla, chimpanzee, rhino (black & white), black and white colobus monkeys, several species of antelope and l’Hoest monkeys.

Special interests? Talk to us and we can include these in your itinerary.

WHAT TO EXPERIENCE IN BWINDI IMPENETRABLE FOREST

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Buhoma Lodge is a top quality property, with spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park.

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Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is situated at the trail head for visiting the Nkuringo gorilla family in the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

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