The gorillas of Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest
There are plenty of reasons to visit Uganda, the undiscovered pearl of Africa. A landscape of deep lakes, glacial alpine mountains, wide-open savannah and dense rainforests, boasting over 1000 species of birds and other wildlife not found anywhere else in the world, a country largely devoid of tourists, with an excellent year round climate and smiling, friendly locals…its list of charms is endless.
Indeed a safari here is an opportunity to explore one of the most varied and unique countries in Africa, including a forest so dense that its official name is “Impenetrable”.
But undoubtedly the country’s biggest attraction is the fact that it is also home to the world’s greatest concentration of primates, including half its remaining mountain gorilla population.
For those willing to take a walk on the wild side, Uganda offers up a tantalising opportunity to get up close and personal with one of the most rare animals on Earth in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, a World Heritage site with awe-inspiring biodiversity, which lies in Uganda’s southwest. Dotted by forests and lakes and dominated by the dramatic Virunga mountain range, just under 350 mountain gorillas live and play here among the mossy undergrowth of the forest floor.
Tucked away on a on a flat ridge deep within the forest, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is the ideal base for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with Bwindi’s mountain gorillas. This exclusive camp comprising just eight tents is one of the most remote and atmospheric in Africa. Frequently visited by gorilla families due to its unique location, guests are permitted a rare opportunity to rub shoulders with these mountain giants in their natural habitat. Only eight visitors are allowed to view each gorilla family every day, where Sanctuary Retreats’ expert guides will explain the etiquette involved in meeting a giant silverback.
As well as gorilla trekking, guests have an opportunity to meet local Batwa Pygmies and visit Sanctuary’ Retreats’ philanthropy project at Bwindi Community Hospital located on the edge of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which provides much needed healthcare to almost 100,000 locals in the area.
No matter what time of year you are planning to visit, now is definitely the time to book a trip to Uganda with Sanctuary Retreats’ Stay Longer, Pay Less extended stay offer – stay at one or more of its African camps and lodges in 2017 and save up to 40 per cent.
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp is normally priced from US$380 per person per night twin share. But if you stay three to four nights at any combination of Sanctuary Retreats African camps and lodges including Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp you can save up to 30 per cent. Stay five to seven nights and save up to 35 per cent. Stay eight or more nights and save up to 40 per cent.