Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

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Uganda’s oldest and “Impenetrable” forest lies in the southwest corner of Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Bwindi impresses with a truly theatrical landscape - this is a region of volcanoes, jagged valleys, waterfalls, lakes and dramatic mountain ranges.

Boasting wildlife not found anywhere else, Uganda is also home to the world's greatest concentration of primates and offers a more intimate and adventurous type of safari. Alongside traditional game viewing there are also opportunities to meet the many people who make up this welcoming nation.

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BWINDI wildlife

Bwindi National Park, a UNESCO Natural World Heritage site is an awe-inspiring area with over 200 species of butterflies and 350 species of birds. There are many primates in the park including chimpanzees, black and white colobus, red colobus and blue monkeys, grey-cheeked mangabey and L'Hoest's monkeys, which are classified as near threatened and only seen in the Albertine Rift Valley. Bwindi provides further shelter to antelopes, elephants and almost 400 species of plants.

It is however the elusive Mountain Gorilla that is the park's main attraction where roughly half of the world's population, an estimated 340 mountain gorillas, live in this forest. An estimated 116 of these gorillas are habituated. 

Uganda Gorilla Forest Camp

gorilla tracking

The gorillas of Bwindi are completely wild but have become used to seeing a few humans after years of habituation. Many of the expert guides have been involved in this process since the beginning, and are able to explain the complicated etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback. This is an opportunity afforded only to a select few, as just eight visitors are allowed to view each group every day.

Such a special experience demands accommodation to match, and that can be found at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp. As the only luxury accommodation within the park boundaries, this award-winning camp is the perfect base from which to meet mountain gorillas.