Things To Do
In addition to the gorillas, Bwindi is also home to rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus and baboons. You can also find forest duiker antelopes, bush buck antelopes and over 200 species of butterflies. Key wildlife include: gorilla, baboon, monkey, duiker, giant forest hog, warthog, civet, birds.
The gorillas are completely wild but have become used to seeing a few humans after years of habituation. Just eight visitors are allowed to view each group every day. Tracking through dense forest with steep slopes means that participants do need to be physically fit to enjoy the track. Once the gorillas are located, spend a maximum of one hour with them before returning back to camp. Please note only children aged 15 and above can track gorilla.
Batwa Tribe Experience
Learn about and interact with the local Batwa People. This full day activity involves a three-hour walk followed by about an hour spent with the Batwa. The visit includes a music performance, visitation by the goddess, hunting and gathering demonstration and an opportunity to see how they live. The Twa tribe who are also known as the Batwa are the oldest inhabitants of the Great Lakes region of Central Africa.
Community and Philanthropy Tour
Bwindi is surrounded on the Buhoma side by the Bakiga community and the Batwa people community. The tour takes three to four hours and begins with a stroll through a small tea farming project. Here you can stop to meet the tea pickers and perhaps even learn how to pluck tea leaves along the way. Then learn about the camp's philanthropy initiatives and visit the Bwindi Women’s Bicycle Enterprise and the Bead Making Project. Continue your walk to meet the Batwa People, witness their musical goddess-visitation-inspired performances, learning about their rich culture and listen to their animated stories. Complete your tour with a visit to the Ebeneezer Nursery and Primary School followed by the Bwindi Community Hospital and Nursing School, learning about how the hospital was started and the work they do for the community.
Bwindi boasts over 350 bird species, including 24 that are endemic to these highlands straddling Uganda, Rwanda and the Congo - the so-called the "Albertine Rift Endemics". For keen birders, we can arrange for a local expert to guide you on a fascinating 2 to 3 hour walk through the park.
Bwindi is a UNESCO World Heritage site and a spectacular place to visit. In addition to the gorillas, Bwindi is also home to rare forest elephants, giant forest hogs and eleven kinds of primates, such as red tailed and blue monkeys, black and white colobus, baboons and chimpanzees. You can also find forest duiker antelopes, bush buck antelopes and over 200 species of butterflies. Enjoy a guided forest walk on the Munyaga waterfall trail which is about three hours and is a good way to practice or cool down a day before or after the gorilla tracking.
Queen Elizabeth National Park Drives
While staying at Gorilla Forest Camp guests are able to venture out on game drives to Ishasha, located in the south of the well-known Queen Elizabeth National Park popular for its tree climbing lions, savanna elephants, buffaloes, topi, hippos, various bird species, warthogs and the occasional leopard. This is usually a full day outing where guests are able to stop for lunch at the hippo pool.