Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park covers an area of 330 square kilometres and sits at an altitude that varies between 1100 metres to 2,600 metres. With annual rainfall of up to 239 cm, it is a wet and thick forest that is home to c.325 mountain gorillas, almost half of the worlds population. It is an Afro-montane forest, beneath which a dense layer of ferns, vines and shrubs give the park its name. It has 324 recorded species of tree. As well as the gorillas it is also home to 7 other diurnal primates and over 100 other species of mammal. Add to this over 350 types of bird and 200 types of butterfly and there is an amazing variety for such a comparatively small area.

The main attraction in the park is of course the gorillas and there are currently 4 groups open to visit, subject to the booking of permits. As only 6 permits per group per day are sold, it is vital to reserve early so that they can be acquired. Its also a good idea to get yourself into shape. The area is mountainous, the undergrowth is thick and the ground slippery. Remember, you have to go to the gorillas and not vice versa.

If you have more time than a quick visit to try to find the gorillas, there are some excellent walking and hiking trails that can be done with a guide. Especially good for bird-watchers and flora lovers, the diversity of the terrain and the sheer rugged beauty of the landscape makes it a memorable experience.

We can book gorilla trekking permits for you and make all necessary arrangements. Permits currently cost $450 USD in low season (April, May, November) and $600 USD in high season.

**Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda is the other option for gorilla trekking, with the habituated groups often closer to the park headquarters than in Bwindi - please see Rwanda, Volcanoes NP entry for more information.**

Safaris visiting this attraction

8 days
From £2,365
Best of Uganda Escorted Tour

A small group tour covering Bwindi, Kibale Lake Mburo and Queen Elizabeth Parks and chimp and gorilla treks

8 days
From £2,825
Classic Uganda

A week long private tour of Uganda's highlights including big game safaris, chimps and gorillas as well as wonderful scenery

5 days
From £1,895
Gorilla Fly In Safari

A short once in a lifetime trip to see the gorillas of Bwindi National Park

11 days
From £3,290
Uganda Escorted Safari Tour - Big 5, Gorillas and Chimpanzees

A small group escorted safari tour of Uganda to see the best wildlife including mountain gorilla trekking

12 days
From £4,175
Uganda Primates and Wildlife

An exceptional private tour which encompasses both mountain gorillas and chimpanzees as well as big game on safari

13 days
From £3,995
Ultimate Uganda

A private tour of Uganda's most famous parks including gorillas and chimpanzees

Nearby Camps

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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Nearby Camps