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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

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Safari suitability: 8/10

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Excellent for viewing the mountain gorilla. Due to the physical demands of a gorilla trekking safari, Bwindi is recommended for those who are physically capable of trekking in rough conditions.

Found in: Uganda
Companies: 1124
Tour packages: 983
Wildlife: 10 animals listed
Total area: 330 km² (128 mi²)
Year established: 1991
Anti-malarial: Not required

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  • Mountain gorillas

  • Best months to visit are June through August

  • Home to several other species of primate

About Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Situated in southwest Uganda and established in 1991, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is roughly 330 km² (128 mi²) and is part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Like Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi’s main attraction is the mountain gorilla. It is estimated that around 300 mountain gorillas live in the lush hills within the park. Bwindi is also home to several other species of primate, including the following: Blue Monkey, Black and White Colobus Monkey, baboon, chimpanzee and the Red-tailed Monkey. The park is also a birdwatchers’ paradise, with several hundred species of birds found here and over 200 species of butterfly.

The trek to see the gorillas can take several hours and consists of hiking uphill through dense rain forest foliage such as bamboo and wild celery. Due to the high levels of precipitation, the ground is often wet and slippery and sturdy hiking boots and full-length trousers are strongly recommended.

Due to the primates' susceptibility to human viruses, such as the common cold, gorilla tours are strictly regulated. Guests are permitted only one hour of viewing and are required to remain within a certain distance of them. Visitors who are ill or who are recovering from an illness must not go on safari and, in most cases, will be refunded 100% of their fees when they properly notify their tour operators.

When to visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi's seasons are similar to those of Volcanoes, with distinct wet and dry seasons. The months of March, April and November bring heavy rains to the park, which make trekking in the steep hills of Bwindi more difficult, and are the low seasons. Lower-priced trekking permits were once available during these three months only but, in 2019, the discount pricing was discontinued. The drier months of June through August are also the cooler months, which make the trekking slightly less strenuous and the humid climate more tolerable.

"Gorilla experience in Bwindi Uganda"

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Visited: Oct. 2021 Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2023 Submitted in:

Have you ever encountered the Mountain Gorillas at close range? Well, if not visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park for magical moments with the Gorillas. Located in South-western Uganda on the edge of Albertine Rift, Bwindi Park is known for its exceptional flora and fauna. Many types of birds and butterflies can also be found there, as well as many endangered species, including the mountain gorilla. You have to traverse through the mist covered hillsides blanketed by the diverse rain forest. The forest is hardly accessible hence termed "impenetrable" With knowledgeable and experienced guides you don't have to worry-since most of the guides are locals and well versed with Ugandan terrains. Gorilla trucking is fun, imagine coming up and close with the Gorillas. This is just an incredible feeling! Gorillas are reliably trucked on foot, it can be tiring but also fun. We spent about 2 hours trucking through the dense forest-pumping to a beautiful mother gorilla with her young one entangled on the chest. Cameras clicked as we captured every moment. I can confidently commend this as the most thrilling wildlife experience ever.

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"An unforgettable gorilla trekking adventure: Bwindi Impenetrable National Park"

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Visited: May. 2023 Reviewed: Sep. 03, 2023 Submitted in:

As a tour operator, I have had the privilege of exploring some of the world's most captivating destinations. However, my recent experience at Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Uganda has truly left an indelible mark on my heart and soul. I cannot emphasize enough how extraordinary this place is, and it is with great enthusiasm that I share this perfect 10/10 review. Breathtaking Scenery (10/10): Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is aptly named. The lush, dense jungle foliage is awe-inspiring. It's a place where you feel truly immersed in nature, surrounded by towering trees, cascading waterfalls, and mist-covered mountains. The landscapes are nothing short of breathtaking. Unparalleled Biodiversity (10/10): The park is a haven for wildlife enthusiasts and conservationists. It's home to approximately half of the world's remaining mountain gorilla population, and the experience of trekking through the jungle to observe these magnificent creatures up close is both humbling and exhilarating. The park is also teeming with other rare and exotic species, making it a paradise for nature lovers. Expertly Guided Tours (10/10): As a tour operator, I understand the importance of knowledgeable guides. Bwindi's guides are exceptional. Their expertise in the park's flora and fauna, as well as their passion for conservation, enriches the entire experience. They make the trekking adventure not only informative but also deeply meaningful. Cultural Immersion (10/10): Bwindi is not just about wildlife; it's also an opportunity to connect with the indigenous Batwa and Bakiga communities. Interacting with these warm and welcoming people and learning about their rich cultural heritage was a highlight of my visit. Responsible Tourism (10/10): Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a model for responsible and sustainable tourism. Strict regulations are in place to protect the environment and minimize the impact of visitors. I commend the park authorities for their commitment to conservation. Accommodations (10/10): The lodges and camps in and around Bwindi offer a range of options, from luxurious to rustic. No matter your preference, you'll find comfort and warmth in these accommodations, often nestled within the natural beauty of the park. We spent our 2 Nights at BAKIGA LODGE and their services were amazing Local Cuisine (10/10): Ugandan cuisine is a delightful surprise, and the local dishes prepared by the lodges and nearby restaurants are delicious. Be sure to try the Ugandan Rolex and matoke! Safety and Accessibility (10/10): Safety is paramount in Bwindi, and the authorities go to great lengths to ensure the well-being of visitors. The park is also accessible, with well-maintained trails and infrastructure. Photography Paradise (10/10): Whether you're a professional photographer or just snapping pictures with your smartphone, Bwindi offers endless opportunities for capturing stunning images. Every moment seems like a postcard-worthy shot. Life-Changing Experience (10/10): Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is not just a destination; it's a life-changing experience. It's a place that leaves you with a deep appreciation for the natural world, a profound sense of wonder, and a commitment to preserving our planet's treasures. Our Client's (Couple) Jim and Daren were much amazed by the Gorilla Trekking activity and the exceptional services and care rendered by Bwindi Impenetrable National Park Guides and Management In conclusion, as a tour operator, I can confidently say that Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a destination that stands out as one of the world's most remarkable and transformative places to visit. It has everything a traveler could hope for: breathtaking beauty, incredible wildlife, cultural richness, and a commitment to responsible tourism. If you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, look no further than Bwindi. It's a solid 10/10, and I can't wait to return.

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By: Arcadia
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Visited: May. 2023
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"Exploring Bwindi Impenetrable National Park"

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Visited: May. 2023 Reviewed: Jun. 03, 2023 Submitted in:

It was fun to visit Bwindi. I had the best experience in gorilla trekking and interacting with the gorillas physically.

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Visited: May. 2023
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"Great gorilla trek"

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Visited: Jan. 2008 Reviewed: Jan. 20, 2023 Submitted in:

The Mgahinga National Park in Uganda was great, My clients really enjoyed the adventure. I really recommend this tour to everyone who wants a lifetime experience

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"Experience all families of gorillas"

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Uganda Uganda
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Visited: Dec. 2019 Reviewed: Jan. 09, 2023 Submitted in:

it was a dream come true and was one of the best experience. The gorilla trekking was excellent. One must be relatively fit for this adventure as it is a lot of walking up hill. I would encourage everyone to go for this great adventure.

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"The ultimate gorilla trekking destination"

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Uganda Uganda
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Visited: Oct. 2022 Reviewed: Dec. 04, 2022 Submitted in:

With nearly 54% of the wild gorilla population, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in second to none. The park is accessible by road and air and has some of the best lodges in the region. If you are looking for gorilla trekking in Africa, Bwindi is the place to go

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Visited: Oct. 2022
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"A perfect haven for mountain gorilla trekking"

Uganda Uganda
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Visited: Sep. 2022 Reviewed: Nov. 30, 2022 Submitted in:

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is the world's capital of mountain gorillas and a trek to one of the habituated gorilla families is well worth it. This haven is highly recommended.

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"Friendly mountain gorillas"

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Visited: Dec. 2021 Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2022 Submitted in:

One of the most friendly animals in the world, when they meet with people they feel like meeting with siblings. They carry 95.8% of the human DNA. Don't hesitate to visit these non violent half humans. There is feeling like standing face to face with a half human giant.

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"No better place for gorilla trekking"

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Uganda Uganda
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Visited: Jan. 2022 Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2022 Submitted in:

Bwindi Impenetrable National park is one of a kind. A thick dense forest harboring many plant and animals species. While there are about 1063 mountain gorillas in the wild, more than half of this resides in Bwindi Impenetrable forest. With four sectors and each with several gorilla families, this park is the best place for gorilla trekking. As a tour company, we have arranged several group and private tours to this impenetrable forest and not even one person missed seeing the gorillas. Whoever is considering to go gorilla trekking, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest should be your first choice.

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"Wonderful park"

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Visited: Feb. 2021 Reviewed: Apr. 12, 2021 Submitted in:

This was a fantastic holiday and all the safaris camps were great, a trip to Bwindi National Park is gifted with fantastic view to the endangered mountain gorillas over 540 of these great apes live only to this park. We spent a few days in Bwindi and we would recommend this place as being truly outstanding.

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"Magnificent thick ancient forest of Bwindi"

Uganda Uganda
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Visited: Dec. 2019 Reviewed: Oct. 16, 2020

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park has a number of plant and tree species with a thick under growth of forest fans and mimlopsis common food for the resident ape mountain gorilla it hosts half population of the worlds mountain gorillas that live in groups of up to 20 members led by a silver back. The brown-eyed furred animals do not live in captivity but rather enjoy the forest. Other animals are present like elephants and mountain duikers, although they are rarely seen.

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AeroLink Uganda Limited is a domestic airline offering both scheduled and charter flights into Uganda's national parks. From its base at Entebbe International Airport, AeroLink using its Cessna Grand Caravans, offers daily flights into Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Kihihi and Kisoro airstrips), Queen Elizabeth National Park (Kasese and Mweya airstrips), Murchison Falls (Bugungu, Pakuba and Chobe airstrips), Semuliki National Park (Semliki airstrip) and Kidepo Valley National Park (Apoka airstrip). Effective 1st June 2019, in partnership with its sister company Airkenya Express Limited, Aerolink commenced scheduled flights from Entebbe International Airport to the famous Maasai Mara in Kenya via Kisumu International Airport for Immigration. AeroLink Uganda is affiliated to Airkenya Express in Kenya and Regional Air Services in Tanzania. Visit website

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Based in Kampala, operates scheduled and charter services across eastern and central Africa. Eagle Air is a Private Ltd Company specialising in the provision of Charter and Schedule Air services both within Uganda and around the East & Central Africa Region. Eagle Air was incorporated as an air operator in June 1994. Visit website

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Precision Air is a publicly-listed Tanzanian airline and a leader in providing scheduled flight services to over 10 destinations within and outside Tanzania from its main hub Dar es Salaam. The company operates on the principle that quick, comfortable and reliable service is the best way to serve its customers. Through its customer-focused approach, many have become part of the Precision Air family. Precision Air started with its headquarters in Arusha - the midpoint between the Cape and Cairo, which is the entry point to many of Tanzania's world-renowned landmarks and national parks. The headquarters of Precision Air are now Dar es Salaam, the business complex of the country, which is home to a vast size of traffic travelling within and outside Tanzania. Visit website

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