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Craig Kaufman
Craig Kaufman Africa Travel Specialist
"Uganda is exceptionally rewarding for birdwatchers, with over 1,062 species, compromising 67% of Africa's entire checklist and 11% of all the world's species."

Bwindi Holidays

On the eastern edge of the Albertine Rift Valley, Bwindi Impenetrable National Park holds half of the world’s remaining 1,062-odd mountain gorillas.

The rest now find protection in the equally heavily guarded Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda. The rainforest in Bwindi is dense, with thick undergrowth, vines and over 200 species of tree. Aside from gorillas and chimpanzees, resident primates include black-and-white colobus and blue monkeys. 

Other mammals such as elephant, leopard, bush pig, bushbuck and various species of duiker are present.

Colourful clouds of mixed butterfly species are often seen aggregating at bush-pig mud wallows. Among the 345+ birds recorded, are 23 sought-after Albertine Rift endemics. Many of these are easily spotted in the lower-lying sector, Buhoma, where certain lodges are situated and where some of the gorilla tracking takes place. 

Because the gorilla tracking experience is so intense and time allowed with these magnificent primates is strictly limited to an hour, we recommend you try to make two such excursions, despite the permits costing US$700 each. Please note that demand for gorilla permits usually exceeds availability, so it is advisable try to book gorilla tracking excursions as long in advance as possible.

Keen birders should extend their time in Bwindi to include two nights at the simple but well-tended accommodation in Ruhija, the higher-lying sector of Bwindi. Here, many rarer and more localised birds such as African green broadbill, can be sought.

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Uganda Gorilla & Game Safari - Small Group Tour
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From £4745 per person
9 day holiday
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This 9-day small group safari packs in many of Uganda's natural history highlights to be enjoyed in Queen Elizabeth National Park and Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.
Simply Uganda Gorillas and Game
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From £4850 per person
10 day holiday
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Uganda
This Individual Uganda safari takes you to Queen Elizabeth National Park for game viewing and on to the lush Bwindi Forest Impenetrable Forest National Park for gorilla tracking.
Immersive Rwanda and Uganda - behind the scenes
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10 day holiday
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While on this tailor-made, individual tour, you have the opportunity to experience Akagera National Park, where park staff will enlighten...
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11 day holiday
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From £8170 per person
14 day holiday
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From £8575 per person
18 day holiday
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Uganda     Rwanda
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Gorilla Express Uganda
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From £3320 per person
5 day holiday
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Uganda
This individual tailor-made three night stay at Bwindi Forest Impenetrable Forest National Park in Uganda to see the endangered Mountain gorillas is a perfect add-on to any Eastern Africa safari and/or beach holiday.
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13 day holiday
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Essential Uganda: Chimps & Gorillas Private tour
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From £6600 per person
11 day holiday
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Uganda
This private tour includes all of Uganda's most well-known highlights - Queen Elizabeth National Park, Bwindi, Kibale and Lake Mburo - with the services of a private driver-guide.
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