Part of the great green swathe of rain-forest 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 colors 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 accommodation 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.

 

Accommodation In Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Volcanoes Bwindi Lodges

Volcanoes Bwindi is an eco-lodge that overlooks the forest canopy of Uganda’s beautiful Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and specializes in gorilla-trekking expeditions. Built and run on sound ecological principles, the lodge uses natural energy sources such as solar power and controls water consumption to reduce its environmental footprint.

Highlights
  • Beautiful views and location overlooking the forest Bwindi Impenetrable National Park
  • Incredible wildlife: gorillas, monkeys and prolific bird life.
  • Unforgettable encounters with gorilla families in World Heritage Site.
  • Guided nature walks and local community interaction.
  • Interesting tea-picking tour.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp

Situated high on a flat ridge in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in a private concession, Gorilla Forest Camp perfectly combines remote beauty with luxury and style. Ideal for those who want to truly experience this World Heritage Site, this elegant tented accommodation will bring you as close to nature as possible without compromising on luxuries.

Engagi Lodge
Engagi Lodge

Situated in the area bordering the magnificent Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda, Engagi Lodge not only boasts uninterrupted views over this green forest canopy but also has a low impact on the environment. Built from locally sourced materials by members of the surrounding communities, Engagi blends in with its surroundings and offers a naturally rustic atmosphere that complements the beautiful forest.

Buhoma Lodge

Buhoma Lodge is one of the original camps in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home of the some of the last remaining bands of endangered mountain gorillas. The camp is located within the park and enjoys views over the lush forest canopy.

Buhoma has an intimate, homely atmosphere; during the cool evenings, you can sit by the fire in the lounge and chat about your day’s adventures. Return to your room, which is heated by hot coals and hot-water bottles in your bed, for a peaceful night’s sleep. This is a good base from which to trek into the ancient rain-forest in search of gorillas, a truly life-changing activity. Other less strenuous activities include scenic forest walks, bird-watching, and searching for smaller primates.