Without doubt one of the world’s greatest wildlife experiences is the thrill of a close encounter with the reclusive mountain gorillas in their natural habitat. Explore mist-covered mountain slopes and encounter these fascinating primates in the heart of the World Heritage Site known as the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, Uganda. This “impenetrable forest” also protects an estimated 400 mountain gorillas – roughly half of the world’s population, including several habituated groups, which can be tracked.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park is one of UNESCO's heritage sites best known for its gorilla tracking. It lies in southwestern Uganda on the edge of the Rift Valley. Its mist-covered hillsides are blanketed by one of Uganda's oldest and most biologically diverse rainforests.
Track the groups of mountain gorilla that live protected by this dense network of vines and shrubs, rewarded by exhilarating moments as you get to view their complex social structure at work. Gorilla tracking is limited to a maximum of 8 people per particular gorilla group per day. Permits must be booked well in advance as they are on very high demand all year round since only eight permits are allocated to track each group daily.
Uganda is undoubtedly home to twelve (12) habituated gorilla groups located in both Mgahinga and Bwindi National Parks, with Mgahinga gifted with one group, that is, the Nyakagezi gorilla family while the remaining groups are spread around Bwindi National Park in 4 different sectors namely; Buhoma which has Mubare, Habinyanja, and Rushegura; Ruhijja has Butukura, Oruzogo, and Kyaguriru; Rushaga sector has Nsongi, Mishaya, Kahunjye, and Busingye; and the Nkuringo sector having one gorilla family (Nkuringo). The Wanderers will be arranging for permits at Buhoma or Ruhija only.
Ecologically respectful, contemporary-yet-classic in style, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp blends in sensitively with the dramatic African mountain landscape. Situated uniquely inside the national park it has only eight Tents. After a long day of gorilla trekking, soak your tired muscles in the deep bathtub and gaze out onto a spectacular view of the forest as you relive the day’s adventures. Keep an eye out for the family of gorillas that visits the camp four to six times per month.
Committed to supporting the local community and preserving the heritage of this history-rich area, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is loyal to the nature and culture of Bwindi. The camp supports Bwindi Community Hospital, and Ebenezer Nursery and Primary School, and has initiated the Bwindi Women Bike Enterprise. The bicycles can also be hired by tourists who want to take a community tour or would like to explore the area in a more adventurous way.