Bwindi Impenetrable National Park lies in south-western Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. The park covers an area of approximately 331 square kilometres. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests, which dates back over 25,000 years and contains almost 400 species of plants. More famously, this “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 320 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
This biologically diverse region also provides shelter to a further 120 mammals, including several primate species such as baboons and chimpanzees, as well as elephants and antelopes. There are around 350 species of birds hosted in this forest, including 23 Albertine Rift endemics.
The neighbouring towns of Buhoma and Nkuringo both have an impressive array of luxury lodges and budget campsites, as well as restaurants, craft stalls and guide services. Bwindi National Park can be accessed from Queen Elizabeth National Park to the northern just 2 to 3 hours drive, from Kampala through Mbarara about 6 to 8 hours drive or from Kabale town to the southern just 1 to 2 hours. These roads then converge at Butogota, just 17 kilometres from the Buhoma entrance-gate. It is recommended to book your gorilla trekking safari with a recognized tour operator.
Admission fees Foreign non-residents: Adults: 40US$ Children: 20US$ Foreign residents: Adults: 30US$ Children: 10US$ Citizens of East African Member States: Adults: 15,000UGX Children: 5,000UGX