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