Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda

Home to around half of the world’s remaining mountain gorillas.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is the best place in Uganda to track gorillas. A mountainous area in the southwest, the forest is home to roughly half the world’s remaining population of silverback mountain gorillas. Extending over a series of steep ridges, this ancient forest in the Virunga Volcanoes mountain range has been declared a World UNESCO heritage site due to its unique environment and gorilla presence. 

Visitors can also see chimpanzees, monkeys, the black and white colobus, small antelope and if lucky, elephants. It is also a superb park for bird watchers to visit with over 350 bird species, of which 14 are not recorded anywhere else in Uganda. This area contains 23 bird species that are restricted to the Albertine Rift, which cannot be seen in any other part of East Africa! Butterflies are also somewhat a speciality within the park, with a list of 220 species, bursts of colour between the trees.

Even in the dry season, you can expect rain in Bwindi and on account of the altitude it can get chilly in the evenings.