Uncover the verdant secrets of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Patches of mist are often seen rolling through the verdant valleys of rich afro-montane forest in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Bordering the DRC and in the south-west corner of the country, some parts of the park extend over 2,600m above sea-level and showcase impressive clashes between afro-montane forest and plains forest. Bwindi’s vine-covered, fern-rich canopies create a haven for the critically-endangered mountain gorilla. It is also one of three places in the world where visitors can track these magnificent primates.

Thanks to a diverse ecosystem with over 1,000 different types of flowering plants, 310 butterflies, 350 birds, and 120 mammal species, the park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Colobus monkeys and chimpanzees can be seen swinging between tree branches, disturbing turacos and hornbills en route. 

Although Bwindi’s star attraction is undoubtedly gorilla tracking, visitors can also go bird-watching, mountain biking, hiking, or visit nearby villages. Accommodation in the park ranges from lodges and tented camps to community-run guesthouses. Guests can charter flights from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi, or take the 7-8 hour drive from Entebbe. Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park are around 3hr and 6hr away from Bwindi respectively, making it a possible add-on to an itinerary exploring this part of Uganda.

Highlights

  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of three places in the world that guests can track the critically-endangered mountain gorilla
  • Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its incredible biodiversity and mountain gorillas  
  • Visitors can take gorilla tracking tours and come within feet of mountain gorillas 
  • The park is also home to monkeys, chimpanzees, elephants, and a myriad of bird species
  • Charter flights to Bwindi are available from Entebbe International Airport
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