Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a large ancient forest located in the south west of Uganda, in the Kanungu District on the edge of the Albertine Rift, the western branch of the East African Rift, reaching altitudes of above 2,600 meters.

The name ‘Bwindi’ is derived from a word from the Runyakitara language meaning ‘impenetrable’. The forest earns its name from the extensive areas of bamboo interspersed with larger forest hardwoods. The forest floor is covered with a thick layer of ferns, vines and other plants and this dark and dense environment provides the ideal habitat for its indigenous wildlife.

Wildlife

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has a population of around 340 mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei); roughly half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. The pristine forest is home to the biggest ever troop of gorillas that are familiarised with humans.

Bwindi Forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world and as such has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its biological significance. In addition to large troops of mountain gorillas, it is also home to an abundance of life including 93 mammal species (with 11 types of primate) and 350 species of birds.

Bwindi is the only forest in Africa to where chimpanzees and mountain gorillas co-exist.

Gorilla Tracking/ Habituation Experience

Bwindi is the prime location in the world for gorilla tracking. The steep terrain of the forest and its impenetrable and remote nature requires visitors to be physically fit to take part in on the treks.

The Gorilla Safari Lodge provides the perfect base to explore Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and meet its inspirational occupants! Gorilla Safari Lodge is just at a stone away from the starting point of trekking the gorillas.