Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda? 10-Reasons why you should

Posted by on April 27, 2019

9 – Reasons Why You Should Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda? – More Gorillas – 600 USD Permits – More Permits – More Time with the Gorillas

 Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda?  A question that is often asked.  The name of the Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest may cause you to think twice before putting it on your Bucket list this year; however, the reality is that is a lot easier to visit and to Trek Gorillas in than most realize.  

Why Impenetrable Forest in Uganda?  CNN Travel usually gets its right and in April 2019 picked Bwindi Impenetrable Forest it picked the ancient UNESCO World Heritage Site as the most beautiful place in the World. CNN Travel already had named Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as one of the best Parks in Africa. 

Additionally, National Geographic Traveller (UK Edition) put Uganda on its Cool List for 2019 – the Reason – Safe Gorilla Trekking at an affordable Price.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is Gorilla Park, different from the others in that it is not part of the Virunga Volcanoes.  It is older than the other parks in that it survived the Tectonic Shift that shaped the surrounding area.  This Afromontane Forest attracts not only Gorilla Trekkers but Birders worldwide since it was crowned the best Birding Destination in Africa.  

On top of all of that, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the only Mountain Gorilla Park where Chimpanzees are living in the same forest with Mountain Gorillas. They are not tracked here, but you might see them on a Gorilla Trek.

Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, you most likely have enough reasons by now, but those that need a bit more convincing we have compiled ten more of them below.

Here are 10 -Reasons for Why you should Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

 1. Bwindi Forest is Home to more Mountain Gorillas than any other park in Africa.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is home to over 400 mountain gorillas. Uganda in both Mgahinga Gorilla Park and Bwindi has over half of the Mountain Gorilla Population that remains in the Wild of Africa.  Bwindi Forest along with Mgahinga Gorilla Park has more habituated Gorilla Families to visit than any other country- 17 Groups – Rwanda has 10 groups.

There is also one group that you can visit for four hours on the Gorilla Habituation Experience Trek.

More Habituated Gorilla Families mean more Permits for visitors to the Park.  There are 136 permits for each day compared to 80 in Rwanda.

More Gorilla Groups to visit – More Permits Issued – an excellent reason to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda are the 600 USD Gorilla Permits. You can do a 3-day Gorilla Trekking Safari, with lodging, transport, meals for less than the Gorilla Permit Price alone in Rwanda, and on top of that, you have a chunk of change left over.  No wonder we call Uganda, the T. J. Maxx of Gorilla Tourism, the country that has been the recipient of the “Great Trekker Migration.”

 2. Easy Access from Kigali Rwanda – 4-Hour Drive:

There is a way to access Bwindi Forest easily, in a way that most Gorilla Trekkers do not realize.  You can fly into Rwanda, then drive to the southern Bwindi Forest area such as Rushaga in 4 hours plus and trek gorillas or do the Habituation Experience.

This means saving time and money.  Instead of a long drive from Entebbe or Kampala, flying into Kigali shortens the trip and saves money over flying to the park with Aerolink Airlines.

This is the way that about 70% plus of clients get to Bwindi – they fly into Rwanda, trek in Uganda and we add on other activities in both Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Mgahinga Gorilla Park, Lake Mutanda, Lake Bunyonyi, Queen Elizabeth Park, Lake Mburo and the primate capital of East Africa, Kibale Forest.

If you have been on a Safari in Kenya, you can quickly fly into Kigali and trek Gorillas in Uganda in the Southern area of the Impenetrable Forest.

Easy Access to Bwindi – fly into Rwanda and Trek in Uganda.

 3. More Time with Gorillas on a Gorilla Habituation Experience:

This is the Gorilla Habituation Experience, an all-day trek where you spend 4 hours with a gorilla family and researchers.  This activity is only available in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in the Rushaga, southern area of the park.

The Gorilla Habituation differs from a Gorilla Trek in that you are not just an observer, , but you are an active participant in the Habituation Process.

This is now a permanent activity offering by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.  Since its inception, it has become one of the most successful new activities in Uganda.  Many of our Bwindi Forest going clients choose it over a typical 1-hour gorilla trek.  It is 1500 USD for the permit. However, no one has ever complained.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience – a significant reason that Visitors come to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Spend more time, 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family on an All-Day Gorilla Habituation Experience.  This is not offered in any other Gorilla Park.

 4. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is recognized as one of the Best Parks in Africa:

Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda?  CNN named the park as one of the Best in Africa in May 2017.  Lonely Planet named it as “one of the most unusual Honeymoon Destinations in all of the world.

It is one of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, a natural wonder, giving you another reason as to Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park – Uganda – was voted Africa’s number one birding site (2012) by the African Bird Club and Fodor’s Travel Picks Bwindi Impenetrable Forest as one of Fodor’s 10 Best Travel Destinations – 2013.

All reasons as to why to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – for those that come here – it is an amazing ancient forest that contains the highest number of Mountain Gorillas – plus more.

Most Visitors to the Rainforest do not realize that it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

 5. More Things to Do and See than any other Gorilla Trekking Park:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is more than Mountain Gorillas, and you can easily spend a week trekking, hiking, birding, and experience the local culture with the Batwa People – the first people of the forest or the Bakiga people who came later to this area on a village Walk.

Mountain Biking in the Buhoma is a favorite activity, as is birding.  Hike inside or outside of the park, even hike through the park and continue down to Lake Mutanda the following day.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest with Mountain Gorillas, Chimpanzees, other primates, birds, even forest Elephants is found here.  Explore and discover this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Visiting Bwindi Forest means Gorilla Trekking, but also Hiking in and through the Forest, Birding, Cultural Visits with the Batwa People, Mountain Biking, Village Visits.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is a place of Discovery in the Pearl of Africa.

 6. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest means Safe & Secure Gorilla Trekking:

Bwindi Impenetrable is one of the Safe Gorilla Trekking Parks.  The other two are Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda and Mgahinga Gorilla Park in Uganda.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is safe and secure for Visitors including those trekking the Mountain Gorillas.  Your Trekking Permits pay for conservation efforts, 20% goes to Community projects in the surrounding area of the park and keeping the Park area safe and secure for Visitors.

Gorilla Tourism means you invest in the Country you are visiting and Uganda, in turn, keeps you safe and secure because you are an investor in the country.

There are no Guerillas in Uganda, only Gorillas and the government is doing everything to keep it just that way.

Safe Gorilla Trekking and other activities in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – a significant reason to visit.

 7. The widest array of Add-Ons to Gorilla Trekking:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is located in the Southwest corner of Uganda. From here you can easily extend your safari into Rwanda.  You can also add to your Gorilla Trek in one of the most diverse countries in Africa, Uganda.

Uganda is Africa- Condensed into a Small Country. It is the Pearl of Africa – as Winston Churchill called it in his 1908 book on his African Travels. You can find out why as you travel to Bwindi and beyond.  This is Primate Country, the best gorilla – Chimpanzee – Golden Monkey Trekking in East Africa but it is also Primate Plus country.

Check out the Things to do and see in the Pearl of Africa, Uganda, you will be pleasantly surprised.

Start with Gorilla Trekking in Bwindi Impenetrable and allow us to enhance your time here with add-ons.  Don’t leave out the many things to do and see in Bwindi.

Activities and Park add-ons in Uganda – another reason to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

 8. More Lodging Choices – affordable prices:

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest gives more Lodging Choices from Shoestring to Exclusive Luxury World-Class Lodges.  They are spread in, around and near to the Gorilla Trekking Trailheads located in the park.   Not only does Bwindi Impenetrable Forest give you the variety of lodging choices but also value.

The daily rates of the exclusive lodges are hundreds of dollars less than in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Bwindi Lodge in the Buhoma area that gives you the most value in a luxury lodge is an example of an exclusive lodge in reach of many.

All Lodges that serve Gorilla Trekkers in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest have 24/7 Security for their guests.

You need a tour operator to help you pick the lodge that fits your budget and wishes when it comes to the level of comfort you desire.

 9.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where your Money Stretches Further:

You find more Value for your money in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where Gorilla Trekking Permits are 600 USD instead of 1500 USD in Rwanda.

It is in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest where your Dollar stretches and you get 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family instead of one.  A not only value in regards to Gorilla Permits but also lodging and the rates per night.

Many cannot afford 1500 USD but trek gorillas at a permit cost of 600 USD – that is a 900 dollar saving which can pay for many other things besides permit.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the Gorilla rainforest where there is still affordability.  A three-day gorilla trekking Safari in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is about a thousand dollars less than in Rwanda.  Something you might want to think about.

Gorilla Trekking means Value +Plus – Gorilla Permits will remain at the present 600 USD price until December 2021.

 10.  Bwindi Impenetrable Forest – Gorilla Honeymoon Destination

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has made the list of Best Unusual Honeymoon Destinations.  This Ancient Forest, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with its luxury and exclusive Luxury Lodges fits the bill as an out of the ordinary Honeymoon Destination.  Gorilla Honeymoons allow you to celebrate your relationship with the Gentle Giants of the Forest and there is nothing that compares to an encounter with the Mountain Gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Gorilla Honeymoons have gained in popularity in recent times and we see a trend emerging of Honeymoon Couples wanting to include time with the Gorillas.

You can choose between a normal Gorilla Trek or the Gorilla Habituation Experience where you spend 4-Hours with a Gorilla Family on an all-day trek as an active participant in the Habituation Process.


After the Gorilla Trek, you can relax and chill out along Lake Bunyonyi, Lake Mutanda in Uganda or Lake Kivu in Rwanda.

A Honeymoon in Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, that certainly is a most unusual Destination.