The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest forms part of the Bwindi National Park in Uganda and is one of the most biologically diverse ecosystems in Africa. The forest has dense jungle vegetation and is home to the half the world’s remaining mountain gorilla population as well as 11 other mammal species, including giant hogs and forest elephants. The Bwindi Forest is the best place in Uganda to go gorilla trekking and although it may take hours, or even the whole day, the daily success rate for sightings is around 90 percent.
Once you locate a habituated family group, you will spend roughly an hour observing quietly from a respectful distance. Trekking back to the lodge, the procession is usually quiet, as you and your fellow travellers reflect on your encounters with our closest mammalian cousins, recalling soulful gestures, expressions and interactions. The eco-friendly Bwindi Lodge is separated from the forest by a clear mountain stream, and here you can enjoy a well-deserved dinner and a good night’s rest. Rise early for a second day of gorilla trekking (subject to availability), guided rainforest walks, or cultural activities such as tea tasting, community visits, and learning the traditional practices of the Batwa people.
This short gorilla-trekking adventure combines well with an East African big-game safari.