Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park


BWINDI IMPENETRABLE NATIONAL PARK: well known for being home of the mountain gorillas in the Wild. It is located in south western Uganda in the Albertine rift. It’s more so shared by three districts that is to say, Kisoro, Kanungu and Kabale districts. It covers a size of 331 sq kilometers. The altitude of this park ranges from 1,160 meters (ishasha gorge) to 2,607 meters ( Rwamanyonyi Peak ). There are two tribal groups living near the Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park, these are Bafumbira and Bakiga. They constituting the most dense settlements Uganda. Additionally a few Batwa (pygmies) are also found mixed within these same tribes.


Bwindi impenetrable inhabits about 459 gorillas almost half of the world’s population mountain gorillas. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the national park with the biggest number of mountain gorillas. Almost 200 species of butterflies and also 346 species of birds. As regards the flora and fauna, it has the afro-montane forest with dense under story of fern, vines and shrubs. It has about 324 tree species recorded, 10 of which occur nowhere else in Uganda.


One of the major tourism adventures in Bwindi is gorilla tracking safaris done here. There are four gorilla trekking sectors around Bwindi for tourist to do gorilla trekking everyday. Each gorilla trekking sector has different gorilla trekking families / gorilla groups. These are; Buhoma, Ruhijja, Rushaga and Nkuringo. Because gorilla groups / gorilla families keep forming and disintegrating, we will not list the different gorilla groups in these different sectors. Since gorilla tracking is tiresome and challenging you must ensure physical fitness. Gorilla tracking Safaris start after an early morning breakfast after registering at the park office at 7.45am and can take almost the whole day. During the course of gorilla tracking safaris, you must carry your self with the following; carry packed lunch, wear ear plugs (Optional) for those feeling jungle sounds unsuitable, put on jungle shoes suitable for muddy slopes and carry a rain jacket because the park is often wet, also a hat is required since the weather is unpredictable.

There are also various rules and regulations put in consideration when your to visit the mountain gorillas and these are; no person under 15 years is allowed to track gorillas, don’t use flashes while photographing the gorillas, some one with a communicable disease is not supposed to enter the park e.g. diarrhea, do not smoke or eat when your with easy reach to the gorillas, don’t make loud noise or move suddenly, also move together in a tight group and do not surround the gorillas and many others.

Fore your packing list before coming for your safaris see our safari packages after the booking form.