Bwindi Impenetrable NP

Bwindi ( Darkness ) Impenetrable National Park              
Bwindi National Park covers an area of 331 km2. A magnificent verdant swathe across the steep ridges of the Albertine Rift Valley, this ancient rainforest - one of the few in Africa to have flourished throughout the last Ice Age - is home to roughly half of the world's mountain gorillas. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is surely the most exciting and poignant wildlife encounter that Africa has to offer - but we should not let it distract from Bwindi's broader biodiversity, a result of its immense antiquity and an altitude span from 1,160 m to 2,607m.
The national park has 90 mammal species, including 11 primates, of which the black-and-white colobus, with its lovely flowing white tail, is prominent.
The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift Valley endemics present.


Slide Show
More Information

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park                
Getting there
The Park is located in the South West part of Uganda, and the nearest large town is Kabale. Bwindi can be reached from Queen Elizabeth National Park in the north (2-3 hours driving ), from Kabale to the south (1-2 hours driving), or from Kampala via Mbarara (6-8 hours driving). The roads meet at Butogota, 17km from the Buhoma entrance gate. 4x4 recommended during the rains.
 
What to do ?
Gorilla tracking is the main attraction in the Park. Permits must pre-booked at the Uganda Wildlife Authority office in Kampala. Other guided forest walks are also available. One popular trail leads to a pretty waterfall, others focus on birding and monkey-viewing.
 
When to visit ?
Any time, though conditions are more challenging during the rainy season.

Where to stay ?
Two up-market tented camps, a lodge, community-run budget rooms and camping are available near the Buhoma entrance gate.

Accommodations