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Bwindi’s extraordinary altitudinal variation – rising and falling from deep river gorges and low hills to high-forested ridges – ensures a unique range of flora and fauna, in particular birds and primates.

Over 300 mountain gorillas live in the park, half of the world’s population, and two family groups have now been successfully habituated to human approach. Each day, two small groups of visitors are allowed to view these gorillas, for up to one hour – often in exceptionally dense cover.

Please bear in mind that tracking gorillas through the forest requires patience and stamina. Sometimes the trackers find the gorillas within a couple of hours, but it may take up to ten hours of off-trail tracking, in thick jungle, in order to find them. Steep slopes, intense humidity and regular rainfall add to the challenge, but the exhilaration of a close encounter with these magnificent creatures makes it all worthwhile. Access is always limited to an hour for the gorillas’ well being. For many, seeing a gorilla face-to-face is truly a life-changing experience!

Mountain gorillas are undoubtedly the forests prime attraction, in addition, L’Hoest’s monkey is a speciality of the lower level forest and the rare golden monkey is occasionally encountered at higher elevations. Like all rainforest inhabitants, these mammals and all of the birds are very difficult to see, and bird watching in such an environment requires stealth and patience! The list of species that you may hope to see is long, but a few tasters include African goshawk, Aggur buzzard and Equatorial akalat, plus a selection of forest woodpeckers, greenbulls (always a challenge to identification skills!), warblers, flycatchers, sunbirds and weavers.

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Key info

  • Ideal for viewing: chimpanzee, golden monkey, grey-cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s monkey, mountain gorilla
  • Where: Kanungu District, Uganda

Wildlife trips

This wildlife location is featured in the following itineraries:

Best of Uganda

Uganda is a land full of stunning landscapes and remarkable wildlife. This itinerary begins in the mists of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in search of mountain gorillas, and culiminates in a relaxing stay on the tranquil shores of Lake Victoria, with wildlife highlights such as lion, leopard, elephant and chimpanzee in between.

  • When to go: Dec-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £5,295 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Gorillas & Chimps

Take a unique primate safari, gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Parc National des Volcans and Bwindi National Park in Uganda, as well as tracking the equally fascinating chimpanzee in Uganda’s Kibale Forest. Observing these magnificent apes in their natural habitat is a wildlife experience of a lifetime.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 14 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,795 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Gorillas in Uganda

Immerse yourself in a life changing experience on this six night trip, tracking gorillas in the depths of Uganda. Trekking through the steep, densely forested hills and then finally coming across these amazing creatures camouflaged in the vegetation is an inspiring, unforgettable and privileged moment.

  • When to go: Jan-Dec
  • Duration inc. flights: 7 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £3,345 pp
  • Trip type: Tailor-made trip idea

Uganda’s Great Apes

Get to know Uganda’s primates - man’s closest relatives - in the company of renowned guide Harriet Kemigisha. Trek the forested mountainous slopes of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest to encounter mountain gorillas face-to-face and watch the antics of playful chimpanzees in the enchanting Kibale Forest.

  • When to go: Sep-Oct
  • Duration inc. flights: 13 days
  • Price inc. flights: From £6,695 pp
  • Trip type: Group tour
Suggested accommodation options are shown below. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Buhoma Lodge

This lodge is situated within Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and less than five minutes walk from the start point of the gorilla trekking. It comprises eight comfortable cottages, each with its own private verandah, which affords wonderful views of the surrounding forest canopy.

Bwindi Safari Lodge

This stunning eco-lodge overlooks the primeval forest of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, home to gorillas, chimpanzees, monkeys and birds. Accommodation consists of eight spacious wooden cottages, and guests often spend hours on the terrace watching the varied wildlife moving through the tree canopy.

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

This luxurious lodge is situated high on Nteko Ridge, on the southern edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, just a short walk from the control point for tracking the Nkuringo group of gorillas. Accommodation consists of eight stone cottages , two of which are double-roomed family units.