Luxury Safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
This is ‘the’ place to come in Uganda to see the famous population of around 350 mountain gorillas. We’ll help advise you on the best places to stay to get up close to the gorillas and make the most of your trip.
Bwindi is also a secretive home for other primate species, including black-and-white colobus monkey, L’Hoest’s monkey, red-tailed monkey, blue monkey, vervet monkeys and baboons. In addition there are 79 mammal species including duiker, elephant, bushbuck, bush pig, giant forest hog and several small cat species that will keep you company as you explore the remote area.
Located at the very southern point of Uganda, in the valley of the Great Rift Valley, Bwindi Forest covers 32,000 ha and is known for its exceptional biodiversity, with more than 160 species of trees and over 100 species of ferns. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species, including the Mountain Gorillas, which will no doubt be the reason for your visit.
When to go
September is deemed the 'best time' but Bwindi is generally good for sightings year round. Slight advantage in the months of June to August as the rainfall is reduced slightly. Wet seasons are March-May and October-early December.
What to do
- Trekking to come face-to-face with the Mountain Gorilla
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Accommodation in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
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Clouds Mountain Gorilla LodgeClouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is situated in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest which is home to a population of somewhat 330 mountain gorillas (gorilla beringei). This is roughly half of the world’s total population! Interestingly, Bwindi is the only forest in Africa where chimpanzees and mountain gorillas co-exist – well worth the time and energy it takes to get here. The lodge comprises of eight stone bedrooms with two of these being double-roomed family units for families or couples traveling together. The main building, with reception, dining, shop and bar area, has six fireplaces to keep it cozy throughout the day. Views from the main balcony area stretch across to Rwanda and the Virungas as well as all the way across the border towards Goma in the Congo – absolutely magnificent! Each room has its own cosy fireplace which is just what you need following a long day tracking the gorillas. They each have all the necessary comforts required to make you feel like this is a second home. The main lodge offers soft and plush finishes with turned wood, and commissioned artwork from Ugandan artists adorn the walls throughout.