Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located in Southwestern Uganda. Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is well known as a home for endangered mountain gorillas.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to about half of the world's remaining mountain gorillas. The other half is distributed among Mgahinga (Uganda), Rwanda and DRC.
Besides the Mountain gorillas, Bwindi has a very diverse ecosystem with over 400 different plant species, 350 bird species and more than 100 mammals.
On your visit to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, you can take part in any of the following activities.
- Gorilla tracking
- Gorilla Habituation
- Bird Watching
- Guided Nature Walks
- Mountain Biking
- Batwa Cultural Experience
- Community Visits
You can visit Bwindi at any time of the year but the best time is during the dry months of June through August, and December to February.
For activities such as gorilla tracking, the permits are always sold out in the high season months of June to August as well as December and January. Make sure to get the booking sorted out some months in advance.
Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is located 460 kilometres from Kampala. Getting to Bwindi by road from Kampala or Entebbe will take about 8 hours.
Another easier faster option is connecting your flight through Kigali in Rwanda, where the drive to Bwindi will take you around 4 hours.
You can also get to Bwindi by getting a charter local flight to any of the 3 nearby airstrips. You can either fly to Kisoro, Kihihi, or Kayonza - all of which are a very short drive to the park.
Where To Stay
There are many accommodation options in and around Bwindi of varying prices. You can also stay in the nearby towns of Kisoro or Kabale.
If you intend on tracking mountain gorillas, staying very close might be the best option but if you do stay far, remember to wake up very early and be at the park headquarters/ tracking points by 7 AM.
Areas around Bwindi are mountainous and cold, so waking up by 7 AM won't be as easy.