Bwindi Impenetrable National Park-As names go, there’s hardly a more evocative African destination than the Impenetrable Forest of Bwindi. This swath of steep mountains covered in thick, steamy jungle is just as magnificent as it sounds. The 331-sq-km World Heritage–listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is one of Africa’s most ancient habitats, even surviving the last Ice Age as most of the continent’s other forests disappeared.
The combination of its broad altitude span (1160m to 2607m) and its antiquity has produced an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, resulting in some 120 mammal species and over 350 bird species calling Bwindi home. The stars of the show, however, are the approximately 400 mountain gorillas living here. This is one of the best places in the world to see mountain gorillas up close. Having a look at these critically endangered creatures up close is an unforgettable experience – don’t miss it.
Although Bwindi Impenetrable National Park’s star attraction is undoubtedly gorilla tracking, visitors can also go bird-watching, mountain biking, hiking, or visit nearby villages. Accommodation in the park ranges from lodges and tented camps to community-run guesthouses. Guests can charter flights from Entebbe International Airport to Bwindi, or take the 7-8 hour drive from Entebbe. Lake Mburo National Park and Queen Elizabeth National Park are around 3hr and 6hr away from Bwindi respectively, making it a possible add-on to an itinerary exploring this part of Uganda.