Bwindi Guide

Welcome to BwindiGuide.com, A guide to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park in South West Uganda with lots of information on Where to Go, What to Do, Gorilla Trekking, Safari Planning & More.

This is your one-stop travel resource for planning the ultimate safari adventure to the famous Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, a UNSECO world heritage site in South Western Uganda. Discover Bwindi, get to know the different sectors where to go, important attractions not to miss and what to do during your visit to this amazing Impenetrable Forest. This is the most complete guide about Bwindi and the Kigezi Region. Keep this Guide with you to get the most out of your visit during your gorilla safari in Uganda.

Get all the information you need to know about Bwindi Forest, lodging, tours, and activities that are available throughout the park.
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Discover Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Bwindi is situated in South Western Uganda and it is one of the oldest forests that survived the massive plate tectonics that created the Western Rift Valley. The word “Bwindi” is locally known by Bakiga as a “dark”, difficult, fearful place, and hence an “Impenetrable” Forest. Some of Bwindi’s canopy is so dense that no light passes through. Deep inside the jungles, lies a swamp as well. Bwindi comprises of 14 habituated gorilla families with one set for research purposes. It is not matter of branding this dense forest but the fact is that the flora and fauna that exists in the place form major reasons why Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is the perfect destination for rare mountain gorilla trekking. No wonder why the CNN ranked Bwindi Impenetrable National Park among the five best national parks in Africa!
Let your curiosity guide you to new places

  • Entrance Fees, Activity Fees & Gorilla Permits
  • Reservations
  • Gorilla Trekking Tours & Safaris

Things to See

However, the mystical Bwindi Impenetrable Forest isn’t that impenetrable since visitors have access through and it is the perfect destination in Uganda for tourists. It is only in Bwindi Impenetrable forest in East and central Africa that mountain gorillas and chimpanzees are protected in the same environment. While at Bwindi, your expectations shouldn’t dwell on only the 400 rare mountain gorillas, but also tremendous biodiversity that are uncommonly seen in other destinations. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a home to about 310 tree species, 100 luscious fems, 310 butterfly species, 346 bird species that exist in only Western Rift Valley. There are also forest elephants, duiker antelopes, bush pigs, leopards, civets, giant forest hogs, clawless otter, golden cats, genets, side striped jackals, bats and rare rodents. A combination of other primates are also inhabited in Bwindi and they include the rare L’Hoests monkeys, red tailed monkeys, blue monkeys, black and white colobus monkeys, olive baboons, vervet monkeys and nocturnal prosimians like bush babies and pottos. In simple terms the impenetrable forest is an island of rare biodiversity which is also surrounded by the ocean of densely populated picturesque terraced farmlands!

Additional experiences to gorilla trekking in Bwindi forest

Bwindi forest has high levels of biological diversity including 120 mammals, 10 primates, 23 Albertine rift endemics out of 346 birds, 202 butterflies as well as a variety of reptiles and plants. There are many activities such as birding; hiking and natural walks lead visitors into the interior of the forest to some of the beautiful waterfalls and streams.

Things to Do

Tourism Activities in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park & Beyond


Naturalists  give  walks  and  talks  about Bwindi’s  natural  and  cultural  history, every day.
Check out for scheduled walks, talks, and evening programs.


There are lots of organised tours to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Call 209/372-1240  or checkout the listing of the different tour operators who can organise a memorable holiday. A gorilla safari can take 3 days however, you can add on a visit to other places. From swimming safaris in Lake Mutanda or Bunyonyi to hiking volcanoes and tracking golden monkey in Mgahinga Park. The opportunities are endless extending your safari to Queen Elizabeth national park for big mammal viewing and boat cruises or Kibale National park for chimpanzee tracking and primate viewing.


Bwindi Impenetrable National Park  has  a  wide  range  of  walking  and  hiking  possibilities.  Stop  by the different visitor centers  for  trail maps and current trail conditions, or see this page for a list of popular Valley day hikes.

Some of the famous landmarks in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park include:

Visitor Services

Food and Beverage
General Services
Medical Services
Religious Services

Protecting Yourself

There are many ways to experience the wildness of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. While traveling to new places, tou need to know about the conditions. With a little common sense and some pre-planning, you can minimize the unfavorable things that can be associated with many activities.

Weather Conditions


Physical Fitness


Road Conditions & Driving in Uganda

Keeping the Gorillas Wild

Supporting Your Park

Enhance the Visitor Experience
It takes a legion of people working together to protect Bwindi Impenetrable National park, a UNESCO world heritage site for you and future generations of
visitors. You too can extend your connection to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park well after you return home by getting involved with the organizations that partner to preserve this beautiful place.

  • Governmental Organizations
  • Non Governmental Organizations working to protect Bwindi
  • Local Community Based Organizations & Local Projects