Bwindi National Park
The Bwindi National Park covers over 300 km square of ancient tropical forest, which in turn covers steep volcanic mountain ranges. Bwindi is home to half the world’s remaining population of critically endangered mountain gorillas as well as ten different species of primates.
Due to the dense undergrowth and rugged terrain, large portions of it can only be reached on foot, preserving its primordial nature. Forest elephants, giant forest hogs, hundreds of butterfly species, and several types of primate roam beneath the thick canopy of trees.
Guests come to trek through the thick jungle to spend time with one of the habituated gorilla family groups. Access to the gorillas is strictly controlled, to limit the impact on the gorillas and prevent them from catching human diseases. While strictly regulated, spending time with gorillas in their natural habitat is a truly thrilling experience. They are so big and powerful, yet also so similar to us. We share 98% of our DNA with them.
The high cost of permits limits the number of tourists and lowers the human impact on the environment. Money from the trekking permits supports conservation efforts and the local communities. Income from tourism has been responsible for helping to save the mountain gorillas from extinction.