Bwindi Impenetrable National Park (BINP) emerges as a sanctuary renowned for its Mountain Gorilla population and the awe-inspiring experience of gorilla tracking. This park comprises four distinct locations: Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo. These sectors collectively house around 18 gorilla families, as recorded in December 2018. Securing your tracking permits is a vital step, accomplished through direct booking with Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) Headquarters’ reservations office or via the expert guidance of Trek Africa Expeditions. Remarkably, these permits can be secured up to two years in advance.
Enchantingly, only eight visitors are granted the privilege of spending an hour observing gorillas each day. To partake in this unique encounter, participants must be 15 years or older and are accompanied by knowledgeable UWA guides during their time with the gorillas.
The duration of gorilla tracking is as unpredictable as the wild itself, ranging from a half-hour to an entire day. The length hinges on the group’s movements since their last observed nesting, making each tracking expedition a thrilling venture into the heart of the forest.
Gorilla tracking in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park immerses you in an unparalleled adventure. Traversing the park’s verdant landscapes with an expert guide unravels the complex behavior of these majestic creatures, culminating in a lifetime experience.
Commencing typically at 8:00 am from entrances like Buhoma, Ruhija, Rushaga, and Nkuringo, the gorilla tracking safari unfolds daily, spanning 2 to 4 hours. A vital aspect to keep in mind is that visitors must allocate their time wisely, as the maximum allowed duration with a gorilla family is one hour.
To capture the essence of Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, timing is key. The park’s accessibility peaks during the two dry seasons: mid-December to the end of February and June to October. These windows ensure a more manageable traversal through the thick forests and drier paths. However, it’s important to note that gorilla tracking remains possible throughout the year, unveiling opportunities for discovery regardless of the season.
Reaching Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a journey tailored to your preferences:
As your day of exploration concludes, a selection of accommodations awaits your rest: Clouds Mountain Gorilla Lodge, Bwindi Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge, Gorilla Forest Camp, Buhoma Lodge, Engagi Lodge, Lake Mutanda Resort, Rushaga Gorilla Camp, Gorilla Safari Lodge, Four Gorillas Lodge, Gorilla Mist Lodge, Broadbill Forest Camp—each promises a unique and luxurious stay, enhancing your connection with the wilderness.
Trek Africa Expeditions stands ready to facilitate your transformative gorilla tracking and gorilla habituation safaris in Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of these gentle giants and unveil the magic of Uganda’s natural wonders.