Bwindi National Park is Uganda’s premier gorilla safari tour location.

It is considered to have one of the highest biological diversities in Africa with 120 species of mammal, 11 primates, 350 birds and 200 butterflies.

A stretch of ancient rainforest spread over steep valleys and ridges on the Uganda – D.R.C. border.

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Mountain Gorillas

Bwindi’s main attraction is undoubtedly gorilla trekking.

Over half of the world’s mountain gorilla population is present in Bwindi: approximately 320 individuals divided into 20 groups.

Gorilla safari tours focus on two locations; Buhoma and Nkuringo, with Nkuringo offering a far more strenuous trek.

Three groups at Buhoma have been habituated for tourist visits; the Habinyanja A, Habinyanja B and the Mubare group.

Bwindi Forest

  • Bwindi’s incredible diversity is due to the forest’s antiquity (over 25 thousand years old) and its altitudinal range (1100m – 2600m above sea level).
  • It lies on the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley.
  • The high rainfall in the park provides the sources of five major rivers.
  • The 120 species of mammal in Bwindi, make it second to only Queen Elizabeth National Park for mammalian diversity.
  • 23 Albertine Rift endemic bird species are found here, including the African green broadbill.
  • 14 of these endemics are found no where else in Uganda.


In addition to goriila trekking, guided walks are very popular with great opportunities to see primates and birds.

Tours to local Batwa (pygmy) and Bakiga villages are also recommended.


Visiting Bwindi is possible year round. However, the park experiences high rainfall and many visitors prefer to avoid the wettest months (March – May and September – November).