Climb slopes dense with creeper-festooned trees on the track of Mountain gorillas, golden monkeys and forest birds.
June to August
The number of visitors to the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National is drastically limited to avoid too much disruption and over-habituation. Booking up to a year ahead is not uncommon.
This south-west corner of Uganda is one of the most rewarding safari destinations from an eco-tourism perspective. As the local communities around Mgahinga National Park and Bwindi National Park benefit hugely from visitors, who come to walk with local guides in search of the gorillas. And this in turn helps to preserve the fragile ancient rainforest habitats of Uganda.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park (the official longer name) is as thickly vegetated and mysterious as its name suggests. The dense undergrowth of the valley floor is eerily quiet until your steps disturb the smells and sounds of ancient Africa.
Gorilla trekking in Bwindi National Park will typically entail a fair bit of strenuous climbing through thick rainforest. It will appeal most to those who want to get a sense of the whole ecosystem. And who are less bothered by the physical challenge. Indeed, the adventurous terrain adds to the excitement of the whole experience.
As a general rule, the trekking time it takes to reach ‘your’ allocated family group is generally longer in Uganda than Rwanda. And if you are looking to combine gorilla tracking with visits to other wildlife areas, then Uganda has many more well-developed parks, with a good infrastructure.
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