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The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is thought to be one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa and one of the oldest dating back to over 25,000 years ago.

On the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, the rainforest is attractively swathed over steep ridges and valleys rising up to an altitude of 2,600m. The forest used to stretch down to the Virunga Mountains on the Rwandan border but this huge tract of forest was broken up about 500 years ago when agricultural people moved into the area.

Wildlife of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Chimpanzee
More than half the world's population of mountain gorilla reside within Bwindi and these are the main focus of visitors. However, there are also healthy populations of chimpanzees, L'Hoest's monkey, red-tailed monkey and colobus as well as five species of duiker and bushbuck. A small population of forest elephants also live within the forest and although the animals themselves are rarely seen, the tell-tale signs of their presence are often encountered.

Bwindi is also home to around 350 bird species of which 23 are endemic to the Albertine Rift and at least 14 are found nowhere else in Uganda.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Accommodation choices for Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

    • Bwindi Lodge

      Bwindi Lodge

      First Class

      Bwindi Lodge is an attractive eco-friendly lodge set on a steep hillside amidst lush vegetation just outside the border of Bwindi Forest. There are eight comfortable bandas with great views.

    • Buhoma Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

      Buhoma Lodge

      Medium

      This is a great option for your stay for gorilla tracking, as it's only a stone's throw from the park headquarters where you start and end your trek.

    • Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

      Gorilla Forest Camp

      First Class

      The service is excellent and the food is outstanding. There are some lovely views from the main lodge and overall it's an excellent camp within easy reach of the departure point for gorilla trekking.

    • Engagi Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

      Engagi Lodge

      Simple

      Engagi Lodge is a small, simple lodge located approximately four kilometres from the Bwindi park headquarters at Buhoma, where you start and end your gorilla tracking excursions.

    • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

      Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

      Deluxe

      Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is new luxurious accommodation in a beautiful position in the southern part of Bwindi National Park. From here you can go gorilla tracking.

    • Superior Suite, Mahogany Springs, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park

      Mahogany Springs

      Medium

      This small lodge is situated overlooking the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, close to the Munyanga River. All of the rooms are suite, most are superior suites and there is one presidential suite which has two ensuite bedrooms, making it ideal for families.

    Ideas for experiencing Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, and which use the best local guides.

    • Mountain gorilla in the rain, Bwindi National Park

      Gorilla Tracking

      Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

      Tracking Mountain gorilla is one of Africa's most superb wildlife experiences. It is difficult to describe the exhilaration attached to first setting eyes on a wild mountain gorilla.