Gorilla up close

Welcome to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

  • Home to half of the world’s remaining Mountain Gorilla population.
  • Gorilla Trekking available for 11 habituated families from 4 unique tracking points.
  • Buhoma and Ruhija Sector easily accessible from Queen Elizabeth National Park and airstrips.
  • Nkuringo and Rushaga easily accessible by air and road with a stunning view over the Virunga Volcanoes.
  • Very scenic part of the world with crater lakes frames by patchwork agriculture.
  • Hike from one side of the 30,000-year-old forest to the other on an old pygmy trading route.

Visitors to Bwindi soon realise why the word “impenetrable” is included in the title. A dense swath of alpine rainforest blankets a steep mountainous terrain. At certain times of day, clouds can literally be seen forming from the top of the forest canopy. 

This is home to our gigantic but gentle relatives, some of the last Mountain Gorillas remaining on the planet. A trek through dense jungle is rewarded with a once-in-a-lifetime experience; to be in the presence of these awe-inspiring creatures in their natural habitat.

Trekking can be done from various points around the forest, from the easily accessible northern side, right at the edge of the forest, to the scenic, mountainous southern side that looks out over the Virunga Volcanoes.

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