A Guide to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest & Neighboring Areas

A Complete Guide to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park with travel information on what to do, where to go, things to see, maps & guides, where to stay, tips & advice. This travel guide is packed with complete travel information to help you plan a gorilla safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & explore the neighboring areas including Lake Mutanda, Lake Bunyonyi, Echuya Forest & more. This guide features up-to-date information on attractions, hotels, restaurants, places where to go shopping, enjoy nightlife, travel tips and more. Rated as #1 destination and vacation planner for Bwindi Forest, South Western Uganda.

This site is dedicated to making sure you have and maximize the best of your visit to Bwindi by educating you in advance on all that the destination has to offer and how you can plan a smooth safari in Uganda, the Pearl of Africa.

A safari to Bwindi Forest is a visit to one of the most amazing and special places on planet earth. Since 1994 the park receives a considerable number of travelers from throughout the world to experience epic gorilla tracking. Experience the magic of the gorilla land – filled with majestic flora, amazing wildlife, spectacular waterfalls, pristine rivers and much more that provide ample opportunity for great exploration and photography.

 

Guide to Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi

We have tried to provide a comprehensive guide on everything you need to know about gorilla tracking in Bwindi including practical advice on how to plan a perfect gorilla safari in Uganda.

Where Do Travelers Start their Trips?

There are four sectors where gorilla trekking is conducted in Bwindi. Visitors trek from a variety of start points that include Ruhija, Rushaga, Nkuringo and Buhoma itself – dependent upon their allocated group from one of the 18 habituated gorilla families in the forest.

Before booking your accommodation ensure that your Destination Management Company has obtained gorilla permits from the specific sector.

How long does a Gorilla Trek?

Gorilla treks vary in length and therefore calls for physical demand. Clients are always allocated different families just ahead of their trek, according to the clients’ capabilities and requests.

What Activities Should I Engage in During My Visit?

It is important to support ecotourism in Bwindi and therefore visitors are encouraged to engage in other activities that can be done. Visitors should visit the Batwa Community, the amazing Bwindi Hospital, taking a nature walk to spot numerous colorful bird species etc.

What is the Success Rate of Meeting the Mountain Gorillas?

Well, most people think that there are slim chances of meeting the mountain gorillas in the wild! This is not true. There are 95% chances that you will meet the mountain gorillas on a single gorilla trek in Bwindi Forest. However, going on a gorilla trek twice is also a good idea – you are most likely to visit two different gorilla families and even go gorilla trekking in different regions of the forest. 

When is the Best Time to Go Gorilla Trekking?

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi Forest can be done all year round. There are two most popular seasons when most travelers visit the endangered mountain gorillas; December – March and June – October. Please be in the know that if you are looking to traveling during these dates, you need to make your gorilla permit booking well in advance. Here is advice on how to book gorilla permits. Recommended time is at least 4 months before. For last minute checks, get in touch with one of the selected tour operators listed on this website.

We recommend you read the information on weather and climate of Bwindi to guide you in planning a gorilla trek.

What are the Cost and Tour Operators?

Gorilla Trekking does come at a price that is justifiable. Prior to 1990 when the first gorilla family has habituated in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, gorilla trekking has been regulated and thus a gorilla permit comes at a price that aims at controlling the number of tourists visiting the park. The good news is that this protects the environment in which the gorillas live and the proceeds from gorilla tourism are used in protecting the mountain gorillas.

What Should I Pack for Gorilla Trekking?

The packing list for a gorilla trek includes a number of critical items. You need to plan a perfect gorilla safari including the relevant clothing, kit packing list, recommended pieces of gear as well as essentials for gorilla trekking.
Clothing: We provide detailed advice and recommendations on the type of clothing that you need including head gear, foot wear, gloves and more.

Essentials: Trekking poles, hiring porters, etc.

Book Your Tour to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Because you are reading this guide, you are most likely planning to go on a gorilla trek in Bwindi or visit the Bwindi National Park. Have you booked your gorilla permits yet? If not so, you can choose one of the packaged tours listed on this website. If you are looking to travel independently, you can also book a gorilla permit with one of the destination management companies listed here.