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Bwindi

The mountainous jungle home of Africa’s greatest apes

The Bwindi National Park is a Ugandan Eden: There are 120 species of mammals, 348 species of birds, 220 species of butterflies, 27 species of frogs, and many other endangered species. It is a sanctuary for colobus monkey, chimpanzee, and birds such as hornbill and turaco.

The most famous residents, and likely your main reason for visiting, have to be the gorilla. Successful conservation efforts mean that their numbers have been increasing over the last 10 years.
 
The only way to see the gorilla is by tracking through the forest on foot with a researcher familiar with the primate families. The cost of permits - which are strictly limited in number - supports the work of the Ugandan Wildlife Authority, funding their essential conservation work. Trekking group are deliberately limited to just 8 people per gorilla troop, so it’s an incredible, intimate experience when you sit with them, watching as they eat, play, and groom one another.
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Accommodation:
Mahogany Springs

Mahogany Springs is an attractive, well-run property with vast suites, all of which are orientated to make the most of the lodge’s impressive views. The surrounding wilderness - part of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest - is lush, so it is a particularly good spot for birding.

Accommodation:
Gorilla Forest Camp

Gorilla Forest Camp is your only chance to actually stay within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Here you feel very much a part of the forest, its flora and fauna surrounding you, and you might well spot mountain gorilla without even leaving the camp.

Accommodation:
Bwindi Safari Lodge

Bwindi Safari Lodge is an idyllic property with superb views across the forest canopy. The proximity of the gorilla is unmatched, and the bird life is equally rich. You’ll be forgiven for thinking you’ve discovered a Ugandan Eden, albeit one with modern comforts.

Accommodation:
Clouds Mountain Forest Camp

Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge is a remote, award-winning lodge which deserves its many accolades. Its proximity to the gorilla tracking routes is its principal draw, closely followed by the panoramic views and the genuine, warm welcome you receive when you arrive.