Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is known for its Mountain Gorillas and the possibility for tourists to trek them. Groups of gorillas have been habituated to people. The park is 331 sq km and consists of thick rain-forest, in local language (Lukiga) Bwindi actually means impenetrable. However a trek here is well worth the effort considering the beautiful nature and possibility to see the Mountain Gorillas. Gorilla Trekking offers you the unique opportunity to meet the endangered mountain gorillas in their natural habitat in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. You will experience a trek through the forest and finally spend a magical hour with the gorillas. Take a look at our page about Gorilla Trekking in Uganda to learn more about this experience.
Other activity options in the area is to go for a guided forest walk, a walk with birding focus or to make a visit to the Batwa people. The Batwa people traditionally stayed in the forest of Bwindi, making their living from what the forest could offer. Today they are staying on the edge of the national park and special Batwa experiences where you learn about their culture and way of life has developed to support the communities.
Bwindi can be cold especially in the morning & night. The annual mean temperatures range is 7°C to 20°C. Hence warm clothing are required, plus wet weather gear because Bwindi receives up to 2390mm of rain every year. This is centred on during 2 wet seasons, short rains in March- May & heavy rainfall in the months of September-November. In Bwindi, rain often falls as long hours of soft drizzle, instead of short tropical deluge.
– Gorilla trekking
– Nature walk
– Batwa experience
It is a drive of 9 hours to reach the park from Kampala. An alternative is to take a shuttle plane from Entebbe, this takes 1,5 hours.
Safaris with Bwindi Impenetrable NP
Take a look under “safaris” in the menu at the top of this page for itinerary options that can be adapted to your wishes. See some top safaris to Bwindi Impenetrable NP below.
On this short safari you will experience the highlight of meeting the mountain gorillas of Uganda. During your gorilla trekking you will walk through the beautiful jungle and spend one hour with the gorillas of the misty mountains. The second night you will spend on the edge of Queen Elizabeth national park with the chance of seeing elephants from the lodge and baboons and other monkeys along the way there.
In this safari you get to experience the highlights of Uganda & Tanzania. Combining mountain gorillas, chimps, boat-cruise safari and a village walkin Uganda with game-drives in Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater in Tanzania. It is an action packed safari giving you a great taste of what East Africa has to offer.
Start off by driving up to the north of Uganda to experience Kidepo Valley National Park with its untouched wilderness. From there start the journey to the south with highlights of boat-cruise, game-drives and chimps trekking on the way, as well as changing nature and friendly people. In the south you will meet the gentle giants of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, the Mountain Gorillas.