Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


Situated along the Great Rift valley, Bwindi extends over a series of steep ridges, its massive rainforest almost impenetrable, its interior providing the perfect habitat for the gorilla population. Terrain varies from swamp and bamboo forest to dense thicket from the ankle up, which makes up 90% of the park.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to a population of around 330 Mountain Gorillas, roughly half of the worlds' total population. Bwindi is the only forest in Africa to have Chimpanzees and Mountain Gorillas co-existing.

The park is on UNESCO's list of world heritage sites due to its ecological uniqueness and natural beauty. Bwindi is home to a number of other primate species, including black-and-white colobus monkey L'Hoest's monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, vervet monkey and baboon. In addition there are 79 mammal species including duiker, elephant, bushbuck, bush pig, giant forest hog and several small cat species.

More than 350 species of birds have been recorded, of which many are regional endemics. The forest birding ranks best in Uganda with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemic present.



Buhoma Lodge

Buhoma Lodge has spectacular and uninterrupted views of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the rare and elusive Mountain Gorilla...


Bwindi Safari Lodge

Bwindi Safari Lodge overlooks the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, home to gorillas, monkeys, chimpanzees and birds. Gorilla tracking in the "impenetrable" forest is an exhilarating experience...


Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge comprises of 8 stone cottages with two of these being double-roomed family units ideal for people travelling together...


Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is nestled deep inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site in southwest Uganda, home to just over half the world's last surviving mountain gorillas...


Mahogany Springs

At Mahogany Springs it is the little touches that make the big difference, from the tiny details in the design of the lodge through to the unrivalled service levels provided by the highly trained mana...


Day 1: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Meal Basis: Bed & Breakfast

The former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. Tourists can while away days on the beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll around the fields and forests of the Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s remaining chimps.

Day 2 - 4: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Meal Basis: Full Board plus Activities

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is where you have the best chance of spotting a mountain gorilla family going about their business. 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.

This itinerary is a guideline, Africa & Beyond tailor every trip to your individual specifications including all accommodation, flights, transfers & activities, please contact us to discuss your ideas.

Day 5-6: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Accommodation: Kibale Primate Lodge

Meal Basis: Full Board

Kibale Forest National Park plays host to a wide array of tropical plants and trees, making it home to the highest concentration and variety of primates in Africa.

Primate sightings are therefore plentiful, whether chimpanzees in the park itself - with the gate and visitor briefing centre just 400m from the lodge - or on the easy-going Marsh Walk, where 5-6 different monkey species, such as colobus, red-tailed monkeys and grey-cheeked mangabeys are regularly seen on a single visit.

Day 7-8: Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Accommodation: Ngamba Island

Meal Basis: Full Board

Ngamba Island is a project of the Chimpanzees Sanctuary and Wildlife Conservation Trust (CSWCT), established in 1997 by the Born Free Foundation (UK), International Fund for Animal Welfare (USA), the Jane Goodall Institute (Germany and Uganda), The Uganda Wildlife Education Centre Trust (UWECT) and the Zoological Board of New South Wales (Australia). It provides orphaned chimpanzees with a secure home to live out their lives, since a return to their natural habitat is not possible, while educating visitors and local communities about the remarkable species and the importance of conserving their fragile forest habitat.

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