Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda?

Posted by on September 26, 2017

Reasons Why You Should Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

A Question often Asked – “Why should I Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda?”


Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda?  A question that is often asked.  The name of Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Ugandathe Park – Bwindi Impenetrable Forest may cause you twice before you might consider it as an African Park to put your Bucket list this year.  The answers as to why to visit this ancient Rainforest in the Highlands of Southwest Uganda and some will surprise you.

Until May 2017 Volcanoes National Park was the choice of many who came to the Heart of Africa to track Mountain Gorillas in the wild.  That changed when Rwanda for conservation, community development, and marketing Reasons raised Gorilla Permit Prices to 1500 USD while in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest the Gorilla Permit Price remained at an affordable 600 USD. 

Beyond Price of Permits, there are many other reasons why you should visit this ancient Rainforest filled with many natural wonders making it the premier Gorilla Destination in Africa.


Why Visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda?  Here are some Reasons that might convince you.


1. Bwindi Forest is Home to over half of the Endangered Mountain Gorillas:

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 – Rwanda has 10 groups.

There are also two groups that you can visit that are being habituated in the Rushaga Area of the Park.

More Habituated Gorilla Families mean more Permits for visitors to the Park.  There are 96 permits for each day compared to 80 in Rwanda.

More Gorilla Groups to visit – More Permits Issued – a good reason to visit Bwindi in Uganda.


2. Easy Access to the Southern Area of Bwindi Impenetrable Forest:

There is a way to access Bwindi Forest easily, 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 3 1/2 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 to the park.

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 Muro and the primate capital of East Africa, Kibale Forest.

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


3. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the only Park where you be 4 hours with a Gorilla Family:

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.

This is a Pilot Program and its testing stage.  Since its inception, it has become one of the most successful new activities in Uganda.  Over 60% of our Bwindi Forest going clients choose it over a normal 1-hour gorilla trek.  It is 1500 USD for the permit, however, no one has complained.

The Gorilla Habituation Experience – a major reason that Visitors come to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.


4. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest 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 of 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 reason as to why to visit Bwindi Impenetrable Forest


5. 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.

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


6. 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 onto 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.

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.