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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is renowned for its mountain gorillas and the incredible privilege of being able to track them. Over half (some 300) of the world's population of mountain gorillas live within Bwindi's forests.
You are told not to stare at the mountain gorillas or to return their gaze but this is easier said than done. Their eyes are so compelling, soft and brown, full of curious gentleness, inquisitive yet also accepting. Looking deep into the expressive brown eyes of these gentle giants is the highlight of any Ugandan holiday but do not let it distract from Bwindi's broader biodiversity. The park is home to at least 120 other mammal species including the black and white colobus, red-tailed and blue monkey. The forest birding makes Bwindi one of the principal birding destinations of Uganda with a total of 350 bird species having been recorded.
At an altitude varying between 1,000 and 2,600 meters Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is characterized by thick tropical rainforest, often shrouded in mist, and is regarded as one of the most biologically diverse forests of Africa.
8 hours 15 minutes
GMT +3 hours
Required for UK passport holders
Yellow fever certificate required
Best time to travel
December - March, June - September
With a tropical climate, the hottest months are December to February. The main rainy season tends to be between April and May and then again from October to November. Due to the altitude the mountain air is a lot cooler. The best times to visit are Uganda are from December to March and from June to September.
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