Part of the great green swathe of rainforest that cloaks the Rift Valley mountains shared between Uganda, Rwanda and the DRC, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is acknowledged as one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. And happily, it’s not as inaccessible as its name suggests.
Home to around half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park offers Uganda’s best gorilla trekking. Professional guides will take you into the heart of this teeming ecosystem in search of habituated gorilla families, whereupon you’ll spend a magical hour with the greatest of the great apes. The success rate of finding gorillas on a daily basis is around 90% and such is the positive impact of these conservation-driven treks that the gorilla population is actually increasing.
But a Bwindi safari isn’t just about gorillas: there are 11 other species of primate and numerous mammals ranging from shy forest elephants to giant forest hogs. The bird watching is excellent – keep a look out for any of the 23 endemics among the 350 recorded bird species – while even the most seasoned of nature-lovers will be amazed by the dazzling colours of Bwindi’s 200 butterfly species.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is a destination on most Ugandan safari itineraries and combines easily with the country’s savannah reserves such as Murchison Falls and Queen Elizabeth National Park. There is specialist gorilla trekking accommodationin and next to the forest – talk to us about the best accommodation options for your requirements and we’ll make sure your Bwindi Forest gorilla trek will deliver an unforgettable adventure.