Holidays to Bwindi

A true rainforest adventure, holidays to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest surpasses themselves. Teeming with captivating wildlife and rare flora, the rich biodiversity found in this lush jungle is regarded as one of the best in Africa. Dense and ancient, the deep river gorges and high ridges have remained forested for millions of years, ensuring Bwindi lives up to its impenetrable status.

Mist rising from the forest - Photo by Uganda Wildlife.png Bwindi Forest Treeking from Gorilla Forest Camp On holidays to Bwindi discover a dense extensive forest

Bwindi Highlights

  • Tracking endangered mountain gorilla
  • Taking in 350 species of birds and huge numbers of butterfly
  • Captivating jungle scenery with dense foliage, high ridges and deep river gorges
  • Meeting the Batwa, Uganda's oldest living ethnic group
  • Spectacular walking trails through the forest

The forest has at least 90 mammal species, 350 species of birds, 324 types of tree, a huge number of butterflies and, perhaps its defining feature, around half the world's population of mountain gorillas. The largest living primates, the great apes are endangered as a result of poaching and deforestation. Although big steps have been taken to conserve the species the threat of extinction still remains, so tracking these rare creatures is incredibly moving and certainly one of the most amazing wildlife experiences in the world. In order to track mountain gorillas in the wild be prepared for a potentially arduous day that could last from around a 15 minute walk to an 8 hour trek; the terrain is hilly, very muddy and can involve scrambling through dense vegetation.

Although gorilla tracking is the main focus of any visit, there are numerous other activities to explore in the area. Several forest trails ranging from a half hour stroll to several hours hard walking are on offer and the chance to meet the local people lends an authentic insight into Batwa life. The Batwa are Uganda's oldest living ethnic group and a tour usually concludes in an energetic display of cultural dance.

Selected Bwindi Itineraries

Our favorite itineraries, showcasing the best of Bwindi

All Uganda Itineraries
Young gorillas - Photo by Akorn DMC.JPG

Highlights of East Africa Gorilla Trekking, Safari and Beach Holiday

Cost Per Person
From $7,090 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Serengeti & Grumeti Reserves, Zanzibar Island , Entebbe & Kampala, Bwindi
Tree climbing lion in Queen Elizabeth NP - Photo by Akorn DMC

Classic Uganda Safari

Cost Per Person
From $8,060 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale, Lake Mburo
Bwindi Impentrable Forest NP

Uganda Gorilla Express Holiday

Cost Per Person
From $2,960 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Entebbe & Kampala, Bwindi
Baby gorilla - Photo by Gorilla Doctors

Ultimate Uganda Safari

Cost Per Person
From $8,870 (Includes international flights from JFK)
Entebbe & Kampala, Bwindi, Queen Elizabeth National Park, Kibale, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls

Bwindi Accommmodation

All Uganda accommodations
  • Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp
    Main lodge

    Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is tucked deep in the heart of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and offers the perfect gateway to the park's famous natural beauty. Take-in lush valleys, waterfalls and embark on exciting treks in search of the rare mountain gorilla.

  • Buhoma Lodge

    A superb property found on the edge of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, the lodge is less than five minutes' walk from the start of the gorilla tracking point. Stay in one of 6 chalets and discover the forest's magnificent biodiversity.

  • Mahogany Springs Safari Lodge

    Track mountain gorillas and take in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest's magnificent biodiversity from this stone and thatch property.

  • Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge

    Expect sweeping panoramic views of the Great Rift Valley and the Virunga Volcanoes from this lodge. Set in the Bwindi National Park, stay in stone built cottages and embark on gorilla tracking expeditions into the wilderness.

  • Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp
    Tent interior

    Situated on the border of Bwindi National Park experience a true back to nature experience with this camp. Stay in simple tents by night and journey into the forest in search of mountain gorilla during the day.

  • Silverback Lodge
    Cottages and gardens

    Constructed from locally sourced materials, Silverback Lodge is an excellent base from which to explore Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Enjoy phenomenal birding, gorilla tracking and the chance to meet the local Batwa Pygmy community.

  • Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge

    A fantastic lodge offering strong service hospitality and spectacular views. Relax in your well-appointed bandas before setting off on exciting activities, including meeting the Batwa Pygmies and tracking the terribly endangered mountain gorilla.