Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park


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Overview & Features

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park 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 320 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 neighboring 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.

Getting there:

Bwindi can be reached from QENP in the north (2-3 hours), from Kabale to the south (1-2 hours), or from Kampala via Mbarara (6-8 hours). The roads meet at Butogota, 17km from the Buhoma entrance gate. 4×4 recommended during the rains.

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2 Reviews

  1. Paula Florida says:

    The 3 hour hiking through closed forest is extremely demanding, but having a 180kg gorilla walk right by you (amongst 6 others, including the silverback, their leader, weighing about 230kg), sit beside you and start having his vegan meat, while up in a tree a mama gorilla with a little baby hanging to her belly climbs up and down in search for the higher leaves is worth every single drop of sweat!
    Recommendation: Hire a porter per person at least! Their services costs only 15$ and they are life savers when, even carrying your back, they can easily pull you up when you cannot take another step!!!!

  2. Garry Melbourne says:

    Just completed the trek up the mountain to see some of the worlds last remaining gorillas. Expensive and now $600 (aud) for the permit, but well worth it and would not have missed it.
    Our small group (5) saw a family of five – Silverback, 2 females and 2 young. The youngest certainly loved an audience and kept us entertained.
    It can be a tough trek, but with the enlisted help of porters, the trek is much easier. Not to be missed and is very safe.
    Tour was organised very efficiently by Gorilla Tours in Kampala. Violet is the lady to contact as everything was so well organised in a friendly manner. Highly recommended.

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