This protected forest and UNESCO World Heritage Site that spans the borders of Uganda and Rwanda is home to around half of the world’s surviving population of Mountain Gorillas. Not so impenetrable, as the name might suggest, professional guides take you deep into the forest in search of habituated families of gorillas where you can spend just one hour observing these magnificent creatures from a safe distance for both you and them. Recent success rate figures for finding the gorillas show 90% of all groups are lucky enough to catch sight of the gorillas, proving that this conservation-minded tourism initiative is actually allowing endangered populations to increase. Also keep an eye out for forest elephants, countless other mammal species and over 350 recorded bird species. Gorilla Trekking in the Impenetrable Forest will undoubtedly be one of the greatest experiences you could ever wish to have.
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Uganda is mountainous meaning that even though it is located on the equator, temperatures are quite a lot cooler than you would think. Gorilla Trekking can be done at all times of year but we recommend the best time for gorilla trekking to be when it is drier in January/February or June/July/September. Rains can be heavy during April and May so Uganda as a whole is best avoided during these months.
Gorilla Trekking! Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the other species that make the forest their home, such as the forest elephant and forest hogs, plus over 350 bird species. This is undoubtedly the prime activity for visitors to the Impenetrable Forest.
We recommend visiting some of Uganda’s 10 national parks, especially Queen Elizabeth National Park and Make Mburo National Park. From Entebbe Airport, the gateway to Uganda, flights are easily accessible from Nairobi or other major international air hubs. Charter flights are very expensive in Uganda so most transfers are done by 4×4.