Arguably Uganda's most notable national park, the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to one of the most fascinating creatures on the planet, the endangered Mountain Gorilla. The park has well-established lodges, camps and eco-tourism operators and the thickly forested mountain slopes are traversed by guided safari groups strongly regulated by a certain number of permits per day. The aim is to get up close and personal on foot to semi-habituated family groups of Mountain Gorillas. The trekking is hard but incredibly rewarding as one comes face to face with these apex primates. The park hosts an incredible diversity of both fauna and flora and as it is accessed only on foot, it is relatively untouched. The lower lying regions of the park are also home to a chimpanzee population which are equally as interesting. In addition there are several other primate species making this area one of the best places on the planet for viewing the great apes and their smaller counterparts.

Why we like it

Protected and habituated Mountain Gorillas; Pristine Central African jungle; Prolific primate species

Facts & Figures

Park / Reserve Size: 32,000 ha
Reserve Type: National Park
Big 5: No
Specialist Specie: Gorilla and Chimpanzee
Malaria Area: Yes
Nearest Town: Kabale

Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi

Buhoma Lodge commands spectacular views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park. We have created an intimate, top quality lodge offering guests a cosy, relaxing environment. On occasion Mountain Gorillas have even been seen in the garden. The elevated lounge and bar area is cosy with a warm, homely fireplace in the evenings – but is open, so you can…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Gorilla Forest Camp

The luxurious Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for gorilla trekking in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as it is the only luxury concessionaire within the national park. Due to its location within the rainforest, gorillas often come into the camp itself. The camp is frequented by birds, butterflies, monkeys and baboons. Refurbished in 2012, the camp has a bar…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge

The delightful Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge is a beautiful rustic lodge located on the Nteko Ridge with beautiful views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda. Nkuringo offers a superb base from which to embark on your guided gorilla trekking excursion. The Nkuringo section of forest is home to a group of semi-habituated Mountain Gorillas which are seen…

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Accomodation Type: Full Board, Camping
Budget: Less than $150 p.p.p.d.

Tours and Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

4-Day Affordable Gorilla Trekking Safari

Trekking gorillas in the wild is one of the most thrilling and awe-inspiring safari experiences you can embark on in Africa. Being in the presence of these gentle giants in their natural habitats is a humbling and breathtaking experience. On this safari tour, you hike through the forests of Uganda's Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in search of these amazing creatures.…

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Duration: 4 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

4-day Gorilla Habituation Safari Tour

This unique safari tour is the first of its kind in the world. On the tour, you will have the chance to be in the presence of endangered mountain gorillas in the forests of Uganda. However, unlike other gorilla trekking safaris where only one hour is allowed, this safari tour allows you to spend 4 hours with the gorillas, for…

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Duration: 4 days
Budget: More than $500 p.p.p.d.

6 Day Uganda Birding Safari

Uganda is a country of stunning landscapes and incredible animals. Not only does it offer gorilla trekking and chimp trekking opportunities, but it is also one of the best birding spots in Africa. This 6-day birding safari will take you to the Mabamba Wetlands on the fringes of Lake Victoria, one of the best spots in the world to spot…

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Duration: 6 days
Budget: $300 - $500 p.p.p.d.

Lookout for

Mountain Gorilla
Grey-cheeked Mangabey
De Brazza’s Monkey
Red-tailed Monkey
l’Hoest’s Monkey
Patas Monkey
Uganda Kob
Giant Forest Hog

Key Species

Mountain Gorilla
Golden Monkey

Africa Green Broadbill
Black Bee-Eater
Red-chested Owlet
Handsome Francolin

Gaboon Viper
Forest Cobra
African Rock Python

Great Lobelia

Bamboo Forest

Wildlife Ratings

Big 5: 1
Mammals: 8
Birds: 7
Reptiles: 5
Trees: 7
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