Know Before You Go
Bwindi is the most popular place to trek the gorillas in Uganda. The park is located in the Southwestern part of the country and is one of the most diverse national parks in East Africa.
Bwindi is divided into four regions: Buhoma region, Ruhija region, Rushaga region, and Nkuringo region. Gorilla permits are issued within one of these four areas for tourists. Within each region is a family or several that have been habituated to humans.
To avoid rain, the best time to visit the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Reserve is during the "cold" season in June through July. It is highly recommended to book your visit with a licensed gorilla trekking tour to ensure safety.
The forest reserve is accessible by either airplane or car. For drivers, Bwindi is a two to three-hour drive from Kampala or can be reached via a daily bus service from Kampala to Butogota by way of Rukungiri and Kihiihi. By air, Bwindi is served by three airfields. Travelers can fly in from Kampala or Entebbe.