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Bwindi Impenetrable National Game Park

Apr 2014



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 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 endemics present.


Getting There:
Bwindi can be reached from QENP in the north (2-3 hours), from Kabale to the south (1-2 hours), or from Kampala via Mbarara (6-8 hours). The roads meet at Butogota, 17km from the Buhoma entrance gate. 4x4 recommended during the rains.


Where to stay
Accommodation may be found in Buhoma, Nkuringo and Ruhija at each of the gateways to the park. Both Buhoma and Nkuringo are able to cater for both up-market and budget travellers. Ruhija has limited accommodation that is currently suitable for budget travellers.

Accommodation Buhoma

·Buhoma Community Rest Camp - Budget

·Bwindi View Bandas - Budget

·Buhoma Lodge - Upmarket

·Gorilla Forest Camp - Upmarket

·Engagi Lodge - Upmarket

·Lake Kitandara Bwindi Camp – Mid range.

·Volcanoes Bwindi Lodge – Upmarket

·Gorilla Resort – Upmarket

Accommodation Nkuringo

·Nkuringo Gorilla Campsite and Bunkhouse - Budget

·Cloud's Gorilla Lodge - Upmarket

Accommodation Ruhija

·Institute of Tropical Forestry Guest house - Budget

What to bring

·Wear stout shoes or walking boots suitable for steep muddy slopes.

·Gardening gloves are excellent in the forest when pulling on vines and nettles.

·Carry rain gear, sunscreen lotion, a hat (as the weather is unpredictable) and insect repellent.

·Carry packed lunch and water (porters are available to hire).

When you’re with Gorillas (DOS & Don'ts)

·Keep your voice down or be quiet.

·Don’t point or wave your arms this can a threat.

·If approached by gorillas, move backwards slowly to keep a 5m distance

·Do not use the flash on the camera as this could cause gorillas to charge.


Buhoma, Ruhija and Nkuringo are all about 11 hours drive from Kampala. A 4WD vehicle would be preferable to get to Nkuringo and Ruhija.



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