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Bwindi Impenetrable National Park

Covered in thick tropical rainforest and often shrouded in mist, Bwindi provides a perfect habitat for mountain gorillas.

Spread over a series of steep ridges and valleys it certainly looks the part and having survived the last ice age is considered one of the most biologically diverse forests in Africa. The birding here is big and colourful, the forest dark and inviting and the sense of adventure palpable.

Dominant male mountain gorilla in the grass, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Mountain gorilla, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda

A little more about Bwindi

Bwindi is considered one of the world’s most biologically diverse areas and recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. The national park has over 90 species of mammal, including 11 primates, including chimpanzees (rarely seen) and the black and white colobus (always seen!). The forest birding ranks with the best in Uganda including the colourful turaco, Africa green broadbill and flycatcher, with 23 highly localised Albertine Rift endemics present.

Gorilla cleaning his teeth, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Uganda
Bwindi Impenetrable National Par, Uganda

Why visit Bwindi

  • Come face to face with mountain gorillas
  • Search for dazzling turaco’s and black and white colobus monkeys
  • Visit the local Bwindi community hospital
  • Follow forest walks to waterfalls and traditional villages
  • Join gorilla vet researchers in the forest on our unique Gorilla Doctor tour, or take up the challenge and hike from one side of Bwindi to the other, walking between lodges…


A selection of activities and experiences you could consider including in your holiday to Uganda.

Forest Walk

Trek across Bwindi along the Ivy Trail. Pass by waterfalls, spot colourful birdlife and even watch out for gorilla families crossing the path.

Gorilla Trekking

Trek in search of the mountain gorilla families of Bwindi.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Canopy Wildlife

Keep your eyes looking upwards, in search of dazzling turacos and black and white colobus monkeys.

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Gorilla Habituation

Help habituate a family of mountain gorillas. Spend up to four hours with them, helping them become used to the presence of humans.

Suggested Holiday Idea

Where to Stay

Every captivating tailor-made itinerary needs a perfect base. Our team has handpicked this collection of properties to give you luxury options in styles to suit any adventure.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Chris Johnston

25 years ago, my first trip to Africa took on a life of its own. I planned for three months, I stayed for two years. Whilst there, I was mistaken for a priest, attacked by sharks and arrested. Yet the countless, clattering journeys opened my eyes to the beauty of the landscapes and the grace of the people. My recent trips are undoubtedly more comfortable, but the welcome is as warm as ever and the best experiences are still those I never see coming.

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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise set us apart. So too our curiosity. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you, all the while ensuring we travel and operate sustainably.

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