The name 'Bwindi' is derived from a word from the Runyakitara language meaning ‘impenetrable’. The forest earns its name from the extensive areas of bamboo interspersed with larger forest hardwoods. The forest floor is covered with a thick layer of ferns, vines and other plants and this dark and dense environment provides the ideal habitat for its indigenous wildlife.
Bwindi Impenetrable Forest has a population of around 340 mountain gorillas (Gorilla gorilla beringei) - roughly half of the remaining mountain gorillas in the world. The pristine forest is home to the biggest ever troop of gorillas that have been familiarised with humans, an important factor if wanting to get into close proximity with them.
Bwindi Forest is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the world and as such has been recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site for its biological significance. In addition to large troops of mountain gorillas, it is also home to an abundance of life including 93 mammal species (with 11 types of primate) and 350 species of birds.
Bwindi is the only forest in Africa where chimpanzees and mountain gorillas co-exist.
Gorilla Tracking/ Habituation Experience
Bwindi is the prime location in the world for gorilla tracking. The steep terrain of the forest and its impenetrable and remote nature requires visitors to be physically fit to take part in one of the treks.
The Gorilla Safari Lodge provides the perfect base to explore Bwindi Impenetrable Forest and meet its inspirational occupants! Gorilla Safari Lodge is just a stone's throw away from the starting point (also known as the trailhead) for trekking to see the gorillas.