Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in south western Uganda, 250 miles from Kampala, capital city of Uganda on the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bwindi National park covers an area of over 200 sq miles. As the name “Impenetrable” dictates, this park is real African jungle area, with dense undergrowth, vines and a wide variety of flowers and aphrodisiac plants.
The impenetrable forests of Bwindi National Park inhabit almost half of the world’s last remaining population of the critically endangered mountain gorillas. The part attracts several tourists from allover the world for gorilla trekking adventure. This is a great opportunity to trek gorillas in their natural habitat.
Bwindi National park is also a home to over 120 species of mammals, including chimpanzees, black & white colobus, blue monkey, bushpig, duiker, leopard, jackal and elephants in the south east of the park. There are also over 350 species of birds, 202 species of butterflies and over 200 species of trees found within the park.
SPECIAL NOTE: Mountain gorilla trekking is limited to small groups and it’s advisable to book well in advance of your intended visit. The number of visitors to Bwindi is restricted to 8 persons per gorilla group per day, and Permits are required for gorilla tracking. Gorilla permits in Uganda cost USD500 each. However, in low seasons like April, May and November, each Uganda gorilla permit cost USD350.
LODGING OPTIONS: Camping facilities and a deluxe tended camp is available at Buhoma. If you have camping equipment, camping is permitted in designated areas in the park. There are also accommodation options available in Kabale and Kisoro area. Among the accommodation options in buhoma include Gorilla Forest Camp, Mahogany springs lodge, Buhoma community rest camp, bwindi Basndas, Gorilla resort, Silverback lodge, Kitandara lodge and many more. Ruhijha area has Gift of Nature lodge, Gorilla Mist camp, Trekkers Tervan and Ruhija Gorilla Lodge among others. Rushaga area has Wagtail eco camp, gorilla safari lodge, Nkuringo gorilla camp and many more.